Rushmoor’s new Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been chosen for the coming mayoral year.

Cove and Southwood ward councillor Sue Carter is the new Mayor of Rushmoor for the 2019/20 year.

The appointment of Councillor Carter as Mayor, and North Town ward councillor Frank Rust as her deputy, was unanimously approved at the annual council meeting on Tuesday 21 May.

Councillor Carter first joined Rushmoor Borough Council in 2008 and was the Cabinet member for Leisure and Youth for three years. She has also served as Chairman of the Leisure and Youth Policy Review Panel.

Outside of her council work, she coached football for Rushmoor Community FC over a period of 11 years where she was able to help build the nursery part of the club, for four to seven-year olds.

In 2012, she was nominated for the Hampshire Constabulary Area Commander’s Certificate for her outstanding work on behalf of her residents working in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Team. In 2013 she was awarded the top youth team coach in the county by the Hampshire Football Association.

She was also a governor at Parsonage Farm Infant School for four years and at Southwood Infant School for three years. She is currently a trustee of the Shots Foundation.

Councillor Carter said: “It’s no surprise to everyone I have a theme for my mayoral year and it’s about supporting our youth.

“I am passionate about them and how they are an inspiration and our future. They need to believe in their value and what they can achieve. I will continue my work on bringing everyone together to support the needs of our youngsters and how they can support and help make this borough a better place.

“It does not matter who you are or where you come from, everyone makes a difference however big or small.”

She was proposed by The Leader of the Council, Councillor David Clifford, and seconded by Cabinet member for Major Projects and Property, Councillor Martin Tennant, who both praised her service to the local community.

Councillor Clifford said: “Sue is a really good local councillor who has been an inspiration for many young people. Normally we say the Mayor is an ordinary person doing an extraordinary job. Now we have an extraordinary person doing an extraordinary job. We are blessed to have both.”

Councillor Tennant said: “Sue has a passion for young people and ensuring everyone has a good start in life, and I know she will be a great ambassador for Rushmoor. She will bring a modern slant to the traditional role of Mayor and I know she will do a fantastic job.”

Councillor Carter has selected four charities for her mayoral year and will be fundraising for:

  • The Mental Health charity Mind – money raised will be spent on projects in the borough
  • The Rushmoor Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP) – providing inspiring work programmes for youngsters
  • The Parents Action Group (PAG), which works with families of children with special needs.
  • The Ripple Pond – A UK–wide self-help support network for the families of physically or emotionally injured service personnel and veterans
  • A day will also be set aside for raising funds for the Halow Project charity, which works with young people with a learning disability

Councillor Rust was first elected to Rushmoor Borough Council in 1994 and has served as a councillor for 22 years. He is currently a member of the Policy and Project and Advisory Board.

He was previously the chairman of the Human Resources Sub-Committee and Vice Chairman of the Standards and Audit Committee.

Outside of the council, he is a Director of the Rushmoor Gymnastics Academy and Secretary of the Aldershot and District Allotments Association.