The Mayors biography
The Mayor of Runnymede for 2020-21 is Councillor Elaine Gill.
Elaine was born in Harrow Middlesex and attended Roxeth Manor Infant, Junior and Secondary Modern school. Elaine's working life began with a secretarial role with the Halifax Building Society followed by other secretarial positions until 1977, when she left work to bring up a family.
Elaine married Harry in 1975 and in June celebrated their 45 wedding anniversary. They have two sons, James and Andrew.
Elaine and the family moved to Thorpe Village in December 1981 and is where the family still reside.
As a mother of two young children, Elaine got fully involved with all community aspects of Thorpe village. Elaine became the first Parent Governor of Thorpe C of E First School where her sons attended and also became involved in the Scout movement and helped with 2 Thorpe Scout Group.
In 1990, Elaine returned to work and joined Staines Thameside Medical, the GP surgery in Chertsey Lane run by Dr. John Pittard and partners. Elaine as Deputy Practice Manager stayed until 2002, thinking to retire to a quiet life. That was not to be! In 2002, Elaine became Secretary of TWRA (Thorpe Ward Residents' Association) and in 2004 was persuaded to stand as an Independent Councillor in the local elections.
Elaine became a Councillor for Thorpe Ward in June 2004 and continues in that role to the present time. Elaine has served on various committees, primarily Planning and Licensing. Elaine works hard to represent all Ward members and gets involved in a range of community projects such as organising the Diamond Jubilee Street Party in 2012, Magna Carta Street Party in 2015 and spearheading the campaign for refurbishment of Thorpe War Memorial in 2018. Elaine is also involved with Thorpe Community Hall and is a Trustee. This has been an ongoing project from when the boys attended Scouts in a ramshackle building. Monies were raised and a new building erected in 2011. The Hall is now used by all sectors of the Community.
St. Mary's Church, Thorpe where Elaine was christened and confirmed holds a special place in Elaine's heart. Her son James was married to Anna there in July 2010, and christenings of grandchildren and funeral services for her parents have been held at St. Mary's.
Family is most definitely the focus of any of Elaine's free time with her sons, four grandchildren and other close relatives living locally. Gardening, sport and travelling with friends (when COVID-19 allows) also provides great enjoyment.
Elaine feels extremely privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity to represent the Borough of Runnymede as Mayor. Elaine and Harry are looking forward to the next eighteen months, although realise that at the moment with the restrictions of COVID-19, life is quite surreal for us all.
Until restrictions are eased, it may be just virtual events at schools and clubs etc., in the Mayoral calendar but Elaine will be quite happy and keen to join in and participate where possible.
Elaine so hopes that in the latter part of the Mayoralty she and Harry will get the opportunity to meet (in person) with residents far and wide in Runnymede.
Elaine has decided on her chosen charities and these will be announced in May 2021. It does not feel appropriate to announce them in the current climate.
Regrettably infection rates for Coronavirus continue to rise again, but it is hoped between now and May 2021, with any restrictions permitting, some form of "Thank You" events can take place in Runnymede. It is of huge importance to recognise all the volunteers, workers and residents etc. who have worked so hard through this pandemic and indeed continue to do so.