Councillor Brenda Fraser is the Mayor of Merton for 2016-2017.

Councillor Fraser was elected to Merton Council in 2010 as Councillor for Longthornton ward. She came to the UK 50 years ago, in 1965, from Jamaica and made her home in Mitcham. She will be the borough’s first Jamaican woman mayor. Councillor Fraser has two grown-up children and a grandson.

She has been an Open University lecturer in health since 2003. Previously, she worked in the health sector and for the Police. Councillor Fraser is a magistrate, school governor and is on the board of South Thames College and is well known for her community work.

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The role of the Mayor

In May each year the council elects a councillor to serve as Mayor for twelve months. They also elect the Deputy Mayor for the same period. The Mayor can choose to appoint a Mayor's Chaplain, who also serves for a year. Traditionally, the Mayor of Merton has also chosen two locally based Mayor's Charities for which he or she will organise a number of fund raising events throughout the Mayoral year.

The Mayor becomes Merton's ceremonial and civic head for the year and during that time can choose not to serve on committees. The Mayor chairs full council meetings.

The Mayor represents Merton at public affairs and civic and ceremonial events. As First Citizen of the Borough, their role extends outside the borough to include events and organisations that support the community. The Mayor also entertains guests in the Mayor's Parlour at the Civic Centre for both formal and informal events.

In addition to attending events all over the borough, the Mayor has the role of receiving members of the Royal Family during any official visits to the borough.

Addressing the Mayor

When first meeting the Mayor it is usual to address him or her as 'Your Worship' and afterwards as 'Mr Mayor' or 'Madam Mayor'. Referring to the Mayor in the third person (for example when making an official public introduction) it is recommended to use the words, 'The Worshipful, the Mayor of the London Borough of Merton, Councillor ...'  The wording, ‘The Worshipful, the Mayor of Merton, Councillor ...’ is also acceptable.