The Mayor

The Mayor of Didcot


Each year at the Annual Meeting the Council elects a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor to serve for the coming year.

On Monday 4th May Councillor Eleanor Hards was elected the Mayor for 2020/2021. The Deputy Mayor elected was Councillor Mocky Khan.

The Mayor chairs Council meetings assisted by the Deputy Mayor in accordance with Standing Orders.

A Biography - Mayor Eleanor Hards

Eleanor Hards has lived in Didcot since 1988 with her husband Nick who is the Mayor's Escort for this year.

Before retiring she worked in Didcot and across southern Oxfordshire as a locum pharmacist.

Eleanor is an experienced Councillor; she was on the Council for 21 years until 2015, twice serving as Mayor back in the day when John Major was Prime Minister, and then returned to the Council last year. She was also a district Councillor for 16 years.

She was a governor of Northbourne School for many years and is currently a trustee of the local Citizens Advice Bureau, which she chaired until recently. She is also an active member of All Saints Church.

In her spare time Eleanor enjoys gardening and listening to live music of all kinds at Cornerstone and other local venues. She very much looks forward to a time when these places can re-open. She loves steam locomotives and helps to run the shop at Didcot Railway Centre.

Eleanor says "This is a strange time to be taking over as Mayor when so much of the life of our town has been disrupted by the pandemic. I hope we can all stay safe and well and wait for better things to come soon"

Eleanor's chosen charity for the year is Citizens Advice Bureau.