Pounding the pavements to meet as many local people as possible is the mission of Runnymede’s new Mayor - Cllr Shannon Saise-Marshall.
The Chertsey Riverside ward councillor has run the London Marathon twice, walked the Great Wall of China, and climbed to the Everest base camp. She became Runnymede's 46th Mayor in May 2023.
Cllr Saise-Marshall is married to an officer in the British Army, and is the chairman at the Royal British Legion Addlestone, a member of the RBL Surrey county committee and represents Runnymede on the Surrey Military Board.
She was a councillor for Chertsey St Ann’s ward 2012-2016, the vice-chair of housing committee and a member of standards and audit committee. She was the inaugural Armed Forces Champion at the Council.
Returning to the chamber in 2022 as a councillor for Chertsey Riverside ward, she sat on licensing, regulatory committee, overview and scrutiny select committee and crime and disorder committee.
During the pandemic Cllr Saise-Marshall set up and organised the Addlestone volunteer service working alongside the Council to provide assistance to vulnerable residents. She was one of the first to volunteer at the vaccination centre in Chertsey, which was acknowledged by the Mayor of Runnymede in 2022.
Cllr Saise-Marshall said: "Runnymede is a great place to live with so much valuable history that we should all be proud of. I care about our community, which is a unique place to live with marvellous people and I'm constantly amazed by what we achieve together. However, there is still lots to do, and I'd love to hear from you, so let me know if I can help."
Her charities for the Mayoral year are Addlestone Canoe Club and Hebrews Café, located at St Paul’s Church in Addlestone.
Cllr Saise-Marshall will also be assisted by Addlestone North ward member, Cllr Bromley who has been appointed as Deputy Mayor.