The Mayor

The Mayor of Witney is elected after a majority vote of councillors annually at the beginning of May at the Town Council’s Annual Meeting. The Mayor is the Chairman of the Council, is entitled to attend all meetings in an ex officio capacity and presides over the Full Council meetings. He or she is the elected representative of the Council who leads civic engagements and attends public events in Witney. Historically, the Mayor is bestowed the honorary title of first citizen of the town and is also an Honorary Rotarian during their year.

The Mayor of Witney for 2017-18 is Cllr Chris Woodward

Hi everyone, my name is Chris Woodward and it’s an honour to be your Mayor of Witney. Born and raised in The Plough in 1985, I went to school at Ducklington Primary School and then Henry Box, leaving in 2002, I eventually found myself working there under the guidance of Rod Walker, Bob Edy, David Bell and Marcus Wood, all of whom shaped who I am today.

I’ve been a town councillor for Witney since the 2011 elections, most recently serving as the ward councillor for Burwell Meadow. In my time on the council, I have contributed to all of the standing committees and have the pleasure of being a committee chairman for four years, previously on Leisure and Recreation and up until recently on Community Services. Through the council, I also sit on the board of Trustees for the Henry Box Heritage Collection and the Witney Educational Foundation. Challenging and questioning my way through each.

I am a very community minded person, who will grasp any opportunity to meet and engage with as many people or groups as possible through my year of Mayoral office – the community of Witney is awesome and should be celebrated.

Continuing on the theme of community, I have been a governor for Witney Community Primary School, serving as Chair for 2 years, then served in the boards of Ducklington and Wood Green School. I have used my skills and experience from running academy facilities teams to help other schools with their workload, health and safety, strategic planning or procurement methods to ensure that vital money is spent appropriately, hopefully allowing more to go into the classroom, be it resources or staff. I am presently a staff governor at Iffley Academy, an Ofsted-rated Outstanding SEN provision where I have been Facilities Manager for the last three years.

Outside of work and council commitments, I spend every second with my best friend and Wife, Jayne, and our three year old golden Labrador, Meg! We’ve been together 6 years and married for nearly 5 of them. I wake up and my first thoughts are of Jayne, how I can serve the children where I work and how I can help our community. Jayne focusses my efforts to ensure what I do is for the very best.

This year, the Mayors Charities are Special Effect and the Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group, the latter in honour of Jayne’s late stepfather, Philip, who recently passed away. Philip was my hero and I owe so much to him.

I dedicate my year in office to Philip, and to my parents Denny and Keith. (Mum and Dad, thank you for everything you still do for me and being my biggest supporters.)



The Mayor’s Charities

For further information on the Mayor’s chosen charities please click on the links below.

Request the Mayor

To request the Mayor at an event please complete our Booking the Mayor form or contact the Mayor’s P.A –


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