Mayor And Deputy Mayor of Taunton in their robes

Mayor of Taunton

The Mayor represents Taunton on ceremonial occasions, welcomes national and international visitors and attends events organised by local people and community groups. The current:

  • Mayor of Taunton is Councillor Nick O’Donnell
  • Deputy Mayor of Taunton is Councillor Vanessa Garside

Contact the Mayor

  • By email to the Civic Office [email protected]
  • In writing to Civic Office, Taunton Town Council, PO Box 866, Taunton TA1 9GS or
  • By telephoning the Civic and Engagement Lead on 01823 793 637

Please only contact the Civic Office if the matter is with reference to an engagement.

To invite the Mayor to an event

Please complete the Mayor’s booking form and return to the Civic Office.

  1. Mayor’s booking form in MS Word format
  2. Mayor’s booking form in PDF format

Political Stance

Regardless of their political affiliation whilst acting as an elected Councillor, during their yearlong office the Mayor is obligated to be impartial and represent the council and Taunton as a whole.

Addressing the Mayor

The full address for formal occasions is ‘The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor.…’. For more informal occasions Mr Mayor or Madam Mayor, whichever is appropriate, is more customary.

There are also prescribed forms of address to be used when speaking to or addressing visiting dignitaries. The Civic Office will offer advice to ensure that the appropriate form of words is used.

Attire and use of the Mayoral Regalia

The form of attire required at any occasion will be determined by the type of function to be attended. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will normally wear the formal Regalia and Chains of Office on the following occasions:

  • Annual Meeting of the Town Council
  • The Mayor’s Civic Service
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • Such other occasions as deemed appropriate.

The Regalia of Office means the gown, jabot, gloves, hat and Ceremonial Chains of Office or the Mayoral/Day Chain. The Civic Office will advise the Mayoral Party on the appropriate form of dress for a particular event or occasion.