Mayor of Runnymede

The Mayors biography

The Mayor of Runnymede for 2023-24 is Councillor Shannon Saise-Marshall.

The Mayor of Runnymede for 2023-24 Councillor Shannon Saise-Marshall.

Shannon was born to a private soldier and married an officer in the British Army, her life has been service.  Living in Chertsey for more than 30 years, she 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.

Shannon has been recognised for her efforts supporting the Armed Forces by the Commander British Forces in the Falkland Islands whilst living there 2016-2018, and was the first civilian to be awarded such an honour.  She organised and directed a Christmas Panto for over 500 personnel serving overseas and managed the Oasis Café, providing pastoral care and cakes to support over 1000 military and civilians in the South Atlantic.

Before moving to the Falkland Islands, Cllr Saise-Marshall 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 RBC.

Returning to the chamber in 2022 as a councillor for Chertsey Riverside ward and she sat on licensing, licensing subcommittee, regulatory committee, overview and scrutiny select committee and crime and disorder committee.

During the pandemic Shannon 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.

Shannon was a school governor at Pyrcroft Grange Primary School, Chertsey 2012-16 and also a governor at Mount Pleasant School in the Falkland Islands 2016-18.  A qualified youth worker, Shannon has always taken an interest in young people’s issues; this is reflected in her choices for fundraising during her mayoral year.

Shannon has supported many charities over the years and raised money  for Breast Cancer UK, Dyslexia Action and the Felix Fund to name a few.  She has also completed the London Marathon twice, walked to Everest Base camp and trekked the Great Wall of China.  In the 2012 London Olympics Shannon was cast in the closing ceremony leading the Red Truck as ‘Mum’.

Shannon is committed to serving the community and considers it to be a great privilege to represent the borough as the Mayor, and she is looking forward to meeting as many people, charities and good causes as possible. 

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.