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At its Annual Meeting on 18th May 2017, the Council welcomed Thomas Exley to the office as Young Mayor of Seaford for the 2017-2018 Municipal Year. Supporting Thomas is Deputy Young Mayor, Dominic Avey. For more information on how to contact Thomas, and his fundraising events please see

For further information on the role please find the Young Mayor's Guide here.


Thomas has served as Deputy Young Mayor for a year under previous Young Mayor, Jessica Batchelor. Jessica and Thomas worked hard together over the year with the aim to raise funds to install a defibrillator within the town. Through their tireless dedication and overwhelmingly generous dnoations from local community groups and members of the public, funds were raised to install a staggering six defibrillators around the town. In June 2017 these were installed at:

     The View at Seaford Head
     Martello Toilets
     Seaford & Blatchington Tennis Club
     St Luke's Church
     St Leonard's Church
     The Mercread Centre

These are public access defibrillators and therefore do not require a trained user; they can be used by any member of public in an emergency situation.

Thomas, Jessica and the Council offers its sincerest gratitude to those that donated to this incredible cause for potentially life-saving equipment to be made available within the town.


Thomas has announced that with the support of his Deputy, Dominic, he will be looking to raise funds to install a wheelchair accessible swing within the play area at The Salts Recreation Ground, to make this play area accessible for all young people. Thomas plans to arrange fundraising events including a Summer Festival in August 2017; details will be released nearer the time.













Picture: Thomas Exley, 2017-2018 Young Mayor with Jessica Batchelor, 2016-2017 Young Mayor (l to r).



Picture: Thomas Exley, 2017-2018 Young Mayor at his Hampton Court Palace Trip - February 2018


Role of Young Mayor

The Young Mayor is a position held for one Municipal year (May to May) with the aim of representing the views of young people in Seaford, to Seaford Town Council.

The Young Mayor is supported by a Deputy Young Mayor, who is elected annually prior to the Annual Meeting of the Council in May, during which the previous Deputy is sworn in as Young Mayor for the forthcoming year.

The Young Mayor, and Deputy, are invited to take part in the Civic events and occasions, some alongside the Mayor of Seaford and others representing the Mayor. The Young Mayor is also invited to give talks or speeches where possible, to help build a relationship with the people of Seaford and increase their profile.

Seaford has its own Youth Task Group and Youth Forum which is based at the Youth Centre on Mercread Road. Both hold meetings throughout the year. The Council has a Councillor that attends the meetings as a representative but the Young Mayor ought to also attend these meetings where possible to enable them to truly represent the youth of Seaford.

There are also Management Committee meetings for The Base youth facility situated on the Salts Recreational Ground which it would be beneficial for the Young Mayor to attend.

The Deputy is also encouraged to attend these meetings to support the Young Mayor and prepare themselves for the following year when they take on the role of Young Mayor.

Past Young Mayors

In 2009 Seaford became the first town in the South East of the country to elect a Young Mayor. The scheme was set up by the Council in partnership with Seaford Head Community College, with past Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Carolyn Lambert, working closely with the school and youth of the town to get the scheme up and running.

2009/10 Oscar Hardy

2010/11 Ellie Homan

2011/12 Maddie Jay

2012/13 Amy Gough

2013/14 Georgia Colyer

2014/15 Millie Hemsley

​2015/16 Gabrielle Edwards

2016/17 Jessica Batchelor


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