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Our Mayor

Councillor Rose Williams was elected Mayor in May 2017.

I was born in Dellwood Nursing Home in Reading in 1947. I was one of the first pupils at Southcote Primary School when it opened in 1954 . I then studied at Westwood Girls School (now Prospect School).

I spent 20 years working for Lloyds Bank, including the time I was Mayor in 1997/8 . During my year in office I visited Reading, Pennsylvania as their guest for a week as they celebrated their 250th anniversary. On my return, I became the first Mayor of the new Reading Borough Council as it became a Unitary Authority on 1st April 1998.

I joined the Labour Party in 1987 and was first elected as a Southcote Ward Councillor in 1991 and served until 2003. I stood down to spend more time with my elderly parents. I had changed career and was working as a kitchen planner for MFI, a job I enjoyed very much and worked there until 2007, when I retired.

For the next five years I travelled to Windsor Castle every Monday so I could be a voluntary steward in St. George's Chapel. There are 10 kings buried there and the chapel receives a million visitors a year. I have been able to give talks about it since to Women's Institutes, etc. It also gave a small group of us stewards the chance to visit the Queen's personal library. We were allowed to touch art works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Holbein, a privilege usually only given to visiting heads of state. 

I re-joined Reading Borough Council as a Katesgrove Ward Councillor in 2011, a role I enjoy very much. I have been a member of a Samba Band called Beatroots since 1997 and still play with them when I can. I am a trustee of 6 local charities so am kept busy. I have two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren. I feel very lucky to be able to serve at such an exciting time in Reading's history. 


The Mayor represents the council at events, welcoming guests and visiting local organisations. She also chairs full council meetings. The Deputy Mayor may stand in if the Mayor is not available.

Invite the Mayor to an event

Contact the Mayor's secretary with the date of your event. If there is a space in the Mayor's diary, you can invite her to your event


The Mayor's chosen charities are Berkshire Phab, City of Sanctuary and Readipop.

Berkshire Phab

Berkshire Phab is a charity that helps disabled and non-disabled people share experiences, socialise and enjoy activities designed for all abilities. We are open four days a week as a drop-in club for adults, and our youth club runs every Saturday for children and young people. Berkshire PHAB has been in Reading for over 40 years and is now based close to the town centre. 

City of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Their goal is to create a network of towns & cities throughout the UK which are noted as being places of welcome and safety for those seeking sanctuary and help them integrate into their local communities. Reading is proud to be considered a City of Sanctuary.. 


Readipop provides valuable musical opportunities to people in need, including vulnerable young people and socially excluded older people.  Our projects aim to bring people together through the shared experience of making and enjoying music. Readipop makes a positive difference to the lives of people in need and believes creativity is vital for a fulfilled life.

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