The Mayor of Wandsworth

The Mayor of Wandsworth for 2021/22 is Councillor Richard Field who was previously the Mayor for 2016/17 and Deputy Mayor 2014/15.

Councillor Richard Field was born at St. George's hospital at Hyde Park before the hospital moved to Tooting.

He has been a Wandsworth councillor since 2014 and prior to being elected spent a decade working for the English Rugby Football Union (RFU) as marketing director and responsible for sponsorship, fundraising and promoting the sport at all levels ranging from the England national team to the grassroots game.

He has also been a consultant and advisor to both the Six Nations tournament, the European rugby cup and to Wasps RFC. He has also been a mentor for the Prince's Trust.

As a councillor he has served as chairman of the audit committee, deputy chairman of the planning applications committee and chairman of the Wandsworth (conservation area) advisory committee. He is chairman of the borough's Junior Citizen Scheme, the founding chairman of the Wandsworth Heritage Awards for Schools and a trustee for the Wandsworth Young Person of the Year competition.

As a Nightingale ward councillor he is a well-known campaigner in favour of 20mph speed limits on the borough's roads and has often been seen wielding a speed gun in support of police operations targeting speeding motorists. His mayoral charities for the year are Regenerate-RISE, a Roehampton based charity that supports isolated older and vulnerable residents and the Full Circle Fund Therapies, of which he is patron, which offers care and support to very sick children and adults at St George's Hospital.

During his year as mayor he is keen to continue to work to help young people achieve their aspirations, and also wishes to promote and encourage small businesses and the job opportunities on offer in Wandsworth, especially in the recovery from COVID-19.

He said: "It is an absolute honour and privilege to once again serve as Mayor of Wandsworth. My job over the next 12 months will be to support and highlight the work of the many brilliant people, groups and organisations that make Wandsworth such a diverse and great place to live and work.

"It will be my task to help make sure they get the recognition and plaudits their successes and accomplishments so richly deserve for all their sterling work."

Councillor Richard Field

The Deputy Mayor

The borough’s deputy mayor for the year will be Balham ward councillor Lucy Mowatt, a registered dietitian working for Public Health England. She was first elected in 2018 and has served on the planning applications committee and also as deputy chairman of the strategic planning and transportation scrutiny committee.

Charities

Find out about the charities being supported by the mayor this year and how to make a donation.

Roll of Honour

Every year the Mayor recognises local people who have volunteered their time to help others via the Roll of Honour award and presents them with a special Wandsworth Mayoral pin. 

Contact the Mayor

The Mayor of Wandsworth takes the civic lead in all matters of concern in the life of the borough and aims to meet and greet as many of its citizens as possible during her term in office. 

The role of Mayor of Wandsworth is non-political, and he acts as the civic lead for the borough leading on civic matters such as the Chairing of Council Meetings, conducting citizenship ceremonies, meeting foreign dignitaries and royalty etc. In addition, the Mayor undertakes and supports a wide variety of charitable and fundraising events and the community life in the borough.

Sometimes people mistake the role of the Wandsworth Mayor to be something like that of the Mayor of London and consequently the Mayor’s Office is sent requests for assistance with operational front-line matters. We regret that we are unable to assist directly with these requests. Information in respect of contacting the Council regarding enquiries concerning front-line services and complaints can be found online.

To write to the Mayor or to invite the Mayor to a function or event please contact the Mayor’s Office:

Follow the Mayor on Twitter @WandsworthMayor

Invite the Mayor to an event

Arranging a Mayoral visit

The Mayor regularly attends local functions in the community. However, due to the impact of COVID-19 and the need for us all to comply with the latest Government guidance, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are not routinely attending events 'in person'. However, they are happy to join virtual or online events so please do get in touch.

If you feel that your event can comply with the latest Government guidance on gatherings and social distancing and you would like to request a Mayoral visit, please complete the Mayoral visit request form. You will be asked to include a risk assessment setting out the action you will be taking to comply with the Government guidance, for example, signage and cleansing measures.

The Mayor’s Office will not usually accept events that will lead to unnecessary social gatherings, or those where the attendees will be particularly vulnerable, such as care homes.

Your form and risk assessment will be reviewed by the Mayor’s Office and we will contact you to discuss the arrangements.

The Mayor is happy to be invited to:

  • Chair Annual General Meetings
  • Visit schools and voluntary groups
  • Open fetes/garden parties
  • Attend sports and charitable events

Please note: To request a Mayoral visit or an engagement please complete and submit your application at least 14 days before the date of the function. 

Attendance by the Mayor will not be confirmed by the Mayor’s office unless they have received a fully completed application form and a risk assessment.

The Mayor will sometimes consider requests if they are made with less than the 14-day period, but they need to be accompanied by a fully completed application form and risk assessment.

You can request a Mayoral visit by downloading an application form and post to the address on the form or scan and send it to mayors.office@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Before completing a request, read our guidance on protocol for a Mayoral engagement.

Availability

Please note that while the Mayor and Deputy Mayor attend as many events as they can, prior commitments sometimes mean that a visit is not possible.

What happens next

A member of the Mayor's Office will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

If you have any queries in the meantime, email mayors.office@wandsworth.gov.uk.

If for any reason the Mayor is unable to accept an engagement, the Deputy Mayor may attend on behalf of the Mayor.