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

Cove and Southwood ward councillor Steve Masterson is the new Mayor of Rushmoor for the 2018/19 year.

The appointment of Councillor Masterson as Mayor, and fellow Cove and Southwood ward councillor Sue Carter as his deputy, was unanimously approved at the annual council meeting on Wednesday 23 May.

Councillor Masterson first joined the council in 1991, serving until 1995 and then between 2004 and 2012 and from 2015, and has just finished a year serving as Rushmoor’s Deputy Mayor to Councillor Sophia Choudhary where he has already carried out many engagements.

During his time on the council he has been Cabinet member for Safety and Regulation and Chairman of the Community Policy and Review Panel and Licensing and General Purposes Committee.

Councillor Masterson first moved to Farnborough more than 30 years ago, after travelling around the world as part of a military family and currently works as a gents’ outfitters for Debenhams at Winchester, after working for many years in their Farnborough store.

Councillor Masterson said: “To be able to hold the office of Mayor and the first citizen is an honour and I will do my very best to maintain the high standards set out by previous Mayors across all parties.”

He was proposed by fellow Conservative, Councillor John Marsh, and seconded by Labour’s Councillor Barry Jones, who both praised his service to the local community.

Councillor Masterson has selected three charities for his mayoral year and will be fundraising for the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), Parity for Disability, which provides support adults with multiple disabilities and Step by Step, which supports vulnerable young people.

He added: “I am able to support one charity that is based in Aldershot (Step by Step), one in Farnborough (Parity for Disability) and one which overarches the three services, in a borough which is very proud to be the Home of the British Army.”

The Mayor’s first fundraising events are a charity cycle ride and golf tournament in September. Further details will be available nearer the time.

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.