Town Mayor and Chairman of the Council

Present and Past Town Mayors 

2020/21    Councillor Philip Martin - elected September 2020 

2019/20    Councillor Glyn Hibbert - elected May 2019

2018/19    Councillor Glyn Hibbert - elected May 2018

2017/18    Councillor John Heasman - elected May 2017

2016/17    Councillor John Heasman - elected March 2016

2015/16    Councillor Grahame Ward - elected May 2015                        

2014/15    Councillor Tony Hutt - elected May 2014

2013/14    Councillor Tony Hutt - elected May 2013

2012/13    Councillor David Callahan - elected May 2012

2011/12    Councillor David Callahan - elected November 2011

Inviting the Town Mayor to your event

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About the Town Mayor

The Town Mayor is the first citizen of Hawkinge. Town Councillors elect the Town Mayor annually. The Mayor-making ceremony takes place in early May at the annual council meeting. The Town Mayor is elected to office for one year.

The Town Mayor chairs the council’s meetings and represents the town at civic and ceremonial functions. During the mayoral year, the Town Mayor will attend many different functions.

The Town Mayor acts as an ambassador for Hawkinge, promoting and upholding the character of the town and supporting community groups and projects.

Every year the Town Mayor chooses a charity for which he/she wishes to raise funds during the mayoral year.

 History of the Mayoral role

The office of Mayor was brought to this country by the Normans in the 11th century and the word ‘Mayor’ derives from the Latin word ‘maior’ meaning greater.

The Mayor has always been acknowledged as the ‘First Citizen’

History of the Town Council

Hawkinge Parish Council requested a review of its status in 2011 as this had not been done since 1968 and given the growth of Hawkinge at that time it was felt that the Parish Council might not have been properly representing the local community, or being effective in local administration

The Shepway report addressed a number of issues for the Parish Council and set out the preparation which would be needed in order for the Community Governance Review to be effective and highlighted that the Council needed to be clear about what it wanted to achieve from the review in relation to the style and name for the Council that would accurately reflect its situation at that time, and its views on warding, the number of Councillors required, and working relationships with surrounding parishes.

The report also asked the Shepway District Council General Purposes Committee to consider whether the Council should adopt the status of a “Town”. The issue of styling and renaming needed to be resolved by the Council before the Review in 2012. This was achieved by passing a resolution under section 245(6) Local Government Act 1972 to adopt the required status.

At this time Hawkinge had a population in excess of 9000 people with an electorate of 5381, with numbers set to increase. It had the facilities of a small town – two supermarkets, a bank, health centre, doctor’s surgery, dentist, community centre, two primary schools, nursing home, museum, council offices, sports pavilion and cricket pavilion and good public transport to local towns.

Town Emblem



A new emblem was created when the Parish Council was changed to a Town Council.

The hawk signifies the “Hawk” in Hawkinge,  the circles are relevant to both the Spitfires and Hurricanes, relating to the local airfield used back in both World War I & II, and the hills and trees relate to the countryside surrounding Hawkinge.


The Town Crest