Current Mayor

2024/2025 Cllr Miss Claire Needs


I am so proud to have been elected Mayor of Bognor Regis. I have served on Bognor Regis Town Council for around five years now and I like to see myself as approachable, welcoming the opportunity of meeting new people and embracing new experiences. I’d describe myself as very outgoing, always trying to see the ‘the fun side of life’ as well as working hard for the community I am proud to serve through my roles as both a Town and District Councillor, and now, also as Mayor.

A little bit about me, I am 39 years of age and a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy and anxiety. I live in a local care home, and I have resided in Bognor Regis since I was 21 years old, having originally grown up in and around Reading, where I attended primary and secondary mainstream education. Following this I attended a specialist residential college in Hampshire which taught me valuable independence skills and where I studied GNVQ Health and Social Care.

Soon after relocating to Bognor Regis, I quickly became involved in the local community and began volunteering for various organisations and charities, including at ‘Scope’ charity shop and Grandads Front Room. I worked as a teaching assistant at Edward Bryant School and have always believed in creating diversity and equality for all.

My hobbies include socialising with friends, spending time with family and visiting lots of different places. I’m also a big fan of Disney, unicorns, and all things brightly coloured, which I think reflect my personality.

The most important attribute I will bring to my role as Mayor, is that I love doing whatever I can to help improve the lives of others as well as making Bognor Regis an even better place to live, work, study, and visit.



Mayor's Consort - Mrs Jane Smith

Mayor's Charity - Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice 


If you would like to invite the Mayor to attend a function please complete the form below, and return to the Civic & Office Manager - Mrs. Rebecca Vervecken, Bognor Regis Town Council, The Town Hall, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1LD, email or telephone 01243 867744.

Please return the form as early as possible prior to your event, with a minimum of two weeks notice. Submission of this form does not guarantee the Mayor's attendance, and you should wait for a response regarding this.

Mayoral Engagement Form WORD    |    Mayoral Engagement form FILLABLE            


Past Mayor's

2023/2024 Cllr. Francis Oppler

Having lived in and around Bognor Regis all my life, I’m certainly no stranger to the charms and many qualities of this Town we call home. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, I attended Nyewood and Bognor Comprehensive schools, and in the years since have particularly enjoyed my time working locally. I’m also a District and County Councillor and in 2019 was proud to be the Deputy Leader of Arun District Council for a two-year period.


It’s great to be back and serving on Bognor Regis Town Council once again, representing my ward and the local community. I was first elected in 1989, following a by-election and remained on the Town Council for nearly 18 years. I’ve had the honour of being Mayor of Bognor Regis on two previous occasions, firstly in 1992 and again in 2003.


What a privilege it is to be chosen as Mayor of Bognor Regis for a third time. I certainly do not take on the mantle, kindly handed to me by my fellow Town Councillors, lightly.


Mayor 2022-23 Cllr John Barrett

What an incredible honour to have been elected as Mayor of Bognor Regis. Having started my working life through an apprenticeship at the old LEC site, I’ve always felt a strong affiliation towards this wonderful seaside Town. Despite spending time living in France and various other parts of the UK, it’s Bognor Regis that I’m forever drawn back to - my 'forever home'. 

In my spare time, I’m a member of Bognor Regis Art Society, and my other passions include photography, archery and spending time with family. 

With excitement in the air over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, and some wonderful regeneration projects happening right now, the Town is certainly a buzz!

Throughout my Mayoral year, I will be supporting two vital charities; 4Sight Vision Support and Bognor Regis Foodbank. Links for both of these charities websites are below and if you can donate anything at all, I know they would be extremely grateful. I hope to raise as much money as possible, for both, over the course of the year.  

Myself and my partner, Carole, look forward to meeting as many of you, our residents, as possible

Mayoress - Ms Carole Brett

Mayor’s Chaplain - Major Matt Butler

Mayor’s Charities - Bognor Foodbank and 4Sight Vision Support



Town Mayor 2021-22 Cllr Steve Goodheart

I attended local schools, St Mary’s and St Phillip Howard, before undertaking a sign writing apprenticeship at a local sign firm and starting my own business.

As a 'Bognorian', I’m immensely proud of having been elected to be Mayor of Bognor Regis by my fellow Councillors.

My parents moved from a war-torn London to Bognor Regis (which must have seemed like paradise to them!) Our family grew up in the town, spending summers on the beach.

Over the years, I’ve been involved in many local groups including BEAM, Bognor Regis Community Gardeners,  ParkVision and 39 Club to name a few. I also started the annual Rox festivals and the Rox Music & Arts Charity is one of my chosen charities along with the HFT charity which supports people with physical and/or learning disabilities in our communities.

The regeneration of Bognor Regis is something I’ve been working towards for the last 30 years. I passionately believe it’s vitally important for future generations of 'Bognorians'.

If you are interested in Bognor Regis, with time to volunteer or skills to share with local groups, please contact me via the civic office in the Town Hall.

My wife, Andrea, and I are both hugely looking forward to meeting as many local businesses and residents as possible throughout the year.

Town Mayor 2019-20 Cllr. Phil Woodall

What an honour it is to have been chosen by my fellow Councillors to serve as your Mayor for a second time. I come into the role this time knowing for certain what a fun, informative and enjoyable year it will be. As always, I'm looking forward to meeting as many local groups, charities and people from our wonderful Town as possible!

The charity I will be supporting is SERV Sussex, which is a UK registered charity providing night-time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items for NHS hospitals across Sussex. This facility is carried out by volunteers, free of charge, 365 days a year, and means the NHS doesn't have to spend their ever stretched budget on a transport service. For further information, visit their website here.

Mayor's Consort - Mr Steve Hearn

Mayor's Chaplain - Major Matt Butler (Salvation Army)

Mayor's Charity - SERV Sussex 

Town Mayor 2018-19 Cllr Stephen Reynolds

I have fond memories coming to visit Bognor Regis in the early 80’s remembering the Ice-cream, the sea, slight sunburn and of course the wonderful world of Butlins with its massive Scalextric tracks and Concorde ride.   

I moved to the Arun area in 1989 and Bognor in 1997. Having moved from the suburbs of London, I soon started to meet so many people that had done the very same thing. My reason for moving was to start my family in a calmer, slower paced community with the beautiful South Downs and the seaside.

Having the great honour of being elected Mayor of such a wonderful Town, I can still see the reason so many visitors later take up residence in Bognor Regis or the local Parishes, as it still has the same appeal now as it did to me and for many residents whom live here now.

My charity for my term as Mayor will be Arun Angels. They are a local charity committed to the support of people whom are vulnerable or have become so and offer support or help when appropriate. They achieve this good deed by patrolling the streets at night at the weekends.

As the Town's nightlife becomes busier, Arun Angels require more support from new volunteers so more patrols can be made during the busier nights.

I am fortunate with my flexible working hours to be able to give my time to the promotion and betterment of the Town an am looking forward to my year as Mayor with a smile. 

Mayoress - Kim Stone (although on some occasions, the Mayor may be accompanied by an alternative Consort)

Mayor's Charity - Arun Angels. 


Town Mayor 2017-18 Cllr Phil Woodall

It is with great honour that I have been elected as your Mayor and First Citizen of the Town for the forthcoming year.

I relocated to Bognor Regis from Enfield, North London in 1970 with my parents and siblings, at which time I enrolled at Michael Ayres Junior School before moving up to Bognor Regis Comprehensive School and eventually attending Worthing technical College to train as an electrician. I've had various Saturday jobs around the Town, which I thoroughly enjoyed- even helping Frank the Milkman on the Westmeads Estate where I lived!

I'm very passionate about DIY and when I'm not in the company of my daughter, son and six grandsons, I'm often found working on some sort of project in the home or around the garden.

I first became impassioned to join the Town Council after speaking to a childhood friend of mine regarding my concerns for some of the negative press the Town receives and wanting to find a way I could speak up for Bognor Regis.

In May 2015 I was elected as a Town Councillor for Orchard Ward and the following year, made Deputy Mayor by my fellow Councillors.

I am really looking forward to making a difference and serving you all as your Mayor this year. I hope to meet as many of you as possible!

Mayor's Consort - Mr Steve Hearn (on some occasions, the Mayor may be accompanied by Mrs. Pam Moseley)
Mayor's Chaplain - Captain Jonathan Rouffet
Mayor's Charity - Alzheimer's Society & Epilepsy Action 

Mayor Pat Dillon


Town Mayor 2016-17 Cllr Pat Dillon

I have been married to my wife Maureen for 50 years and we share three children and three grandchildren. We first moved to Bognor Regis from Surrey more than 10 years ago and are proud to call this town our home.

We are both actively involved in the local community and volunteer at the Alexander Theatre, working in the cafe and around the theatre. During school's half term holidays, I help organise Family Fun Weeks and other events to encourage children to use and enjoy their local theatre!

I am a qualified Scuba diving instructor with the BSAC and used to teach on the circuit for the south east region. I have dived in places around the world, my favourite place being Gozo, near Malta.

A retired tradesman, nowadays I spend most of my free time at the Theatre and helping out in the community. I am a Trustee of many local groups and during my year as Mayor hope to visit as many as possible whilst continuing to actively promote Bognor Regis and its wonderful people!

Mayoress - Mrs Maureen Dillon
Mayor's Chaplain - The Reverend Tim Crook
Mayor's Charity - Sea Cadets and other forces

Mayor Jeanette Warr

Town Mayor 2015-16 Cllr Jeanette Warr

This is my third time as the Mayor, the previous two were in 1997 and 2005 and I am privileged to serve the Town Council again. I joined the Town Council in 1995 after protesting about the closure of Marks and Spencer in the town and have been actively involved in everything Bognor Regis ever since.

I moved here from Surrey 38 years ago following my grandparents and parents to the area. My two children attended Felpham Community College and I also have two grandchildren and they attend The Regis School.

I thoroughly enjoy living by our lovely seaside and the surrounding countryside so leaving here would not be an option. I have had my own business in the area for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the community. Bognor Regis is a traditional seaside town and it is important to retain our heritage whilst ensuring we get the modern facilities we need to keep moving forward and improving. There are a number of new projects in the pipeline to hopefully bring about regeneration.

‘The Toby Booker Fund’ is the campaign I have chosen for my charity during my year as Mayor. Toby needs to have an operation in the next year to enable him to walk and run with his friends, costing £40,000 for it to be successful and I very much hope to contribute towards achieving this throughout my Mayoral year.

Mayor's Charity - The Toby Booker Fund

Mayor Tony Gardiner

Town Mayor 2014-15 Cllr Tony Gardiner

I moved to the area 11 years ago to be of support to our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter due to my daughter’s ongoing illness. Born in Farnham Surrey, I have been married for 52 years to Sandra and we have three grown up children and three granddaughters. I was a councillor for 23 years in separate periods from 1971-2004 on Aldershot and Rushmoor Borough Councils! For many years we were involved in various charities.

As a family when our children were younger we enjoyed many happy hours at Bognor Regis while staying at my mother’s caravan at nearby Selsey. Our daughter went to West Sussex Institute of Higher Education now UCC, the Bognor Regis campus, and is married to a local man.

At Bognor Regis Town Council, I am a councillor representing Marine Ward and a past Chairman of the Environment and Leisure Committee. I became a member of Surrey & Sussex Association of Local Councils as a non payment director, promoting the causes of Bognor Regis. For 6 years I was a volunteer at the Regis Centre where I did many hours of painting.

I am a member of the Roman Catholic Church. I am interested in all aspects of sport, especially football; my belief is that sport brings all communities together.

As Mayor I hope to be able to visit all schools and religious communities in Bognor Regis. My feeling is that it is the people of the area that make the community and I aim to make contact with as many people as possible.

Mayoress - Mrs Sandra Gardiner
Mayor's Chaplain - Father Anthony Churchill (Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Bognor Regis)
Charities - Bognor Regis Branch RAFA and The Number 18 Project

Mayor Paul Wells


Town Mayor 2013-14 Cllr Paul Wells

I have always lived around Bognor Regis and have been a councillor since 1999, serving on town, district and county councils. I run a business from my shop in the Arcade and live in North Bersted with my wife, Jane and our two children. I’ve always taken a keen interest in Bognor Regis from an early age, and founded the very successful Sands of Time event, as well as being involved with the Birdman rally since 1996.

I am particularly interested in the pier, so much so that I co-wrote a book about it in my teens and was involved in a bid for Heritage Lottery Funding in the nineties. I have more recently been involved in talks with the owner to safeguard this historic structure for the town and have chosen the newly formed Friends of Bognor Regis Pier as my charity to fundraise for during my year of office.

Mayoress - Mrs Jane Wells (on some occasions the Mayor may be accompanied by an alternative Mayor’s Consort)
Mayor's Chaplain - The Reverend Andrew Wadsworth from St. Wilfrid's Church, Ellasdale Road, Bognor Regis
Mayor's Charity - Friends of Bognor Regis Pier

Mayor Eileen Anderson

Town Mayor 2009-10 and 2012-13 Cllr Eileen Anderson

Born in Durham to Scottish parents, we moved to Bognor Regis when I was three years old. My Father joined the then Bognor Regis Urban District Council. I was educated at Nyewood C of E School and Villa Maria Convent High School in Bognor Regis. I attended Secretarial College for one year and my first job was in the Treasurer's Department at Bognor Regis Urban District Council. I left there after five years to get married and start a family. At this time my Father became Chairman of Bognor Regis Urban District Council. Other employments included ten years with Pearl Assurance in Chichester, working in the office of Age Concern, in a Doctor's practice and finally at the Head Quarters of West Sussex Fire Service in Chichester in the Personnel Department.

My interests include singing in a local group, flower arranging, the W.I., where I have arranged various events, Horticultural Club and the Bognor Regis Organ and Keyboard Club. I also attend the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham and am a keen walker.

I have always carried a flag for Bognor Regis and am confident we can improve our image more and more, with the help of the Council and local organisations.

Mayor's Chaplain - The Reverend Andrew Wadsworth from St. Wilfrid's Church, Ellasdale Road, Bognor Regis
Mayor's Charity - Brain Tumour UK and St. Wilfrid's Hospice 

Mayor Jim Brooks

Town Mayor 2011-12 Cllr Jim Brooks

I have lived in Bognor Regis since 1960 when my parents moved here from Wales to become the first children’s entertainers at the new Butlin's Holiday Centre. I have been actively involved in community affairs since the early 1980s, and was first elected to the Town Council in 2007.

Music has always been amongst my chief interests. I sing and play fiddle and guitar in a local folk group and my house in Argyle Road has been home to Airship Records and recording studios, and later to Radio Bognor, now Spirit FM. With my father, Hal Brooks, I've also been a clown, touring Galas as 'Captain Jim' with 'The Super Sausage Squad'.

I am extremely proud and honoured to have been elected Mayor of my beloved adopted home town. Together with the help of the people of Bognor Regis, its organisations. and of course my fellow councillors, I will strive to make the town an even better place for its residents and visitors.

Mayor Sandra Daniells

Town Mayor 2010-11 Cllr Sandra Daniells

I have lived in Bognor Regis since 1985, and was first elected to the Town Council in 2004. I am divorced with two adult sons, one of whom, Adam, serves on the Council with me. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1983, and own a Care Home for the elderly in Aldwick Road. I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I do enjoy computers, cooking, cruising holidays and walking my Basset Hound Bertie!

I have always been a keen supporter of tourism and events, as I see this a key way in which we can encourage visitors, raise the town’s profile, and thus aid the local economy. During the forthcoming year I will aim to be an excellent ambassador for the Town and promote it’s charms to those I meet in the course of my duties, as well as using my role to foster links between businesses, organisations and individuals where those opportunities arise. I would be delighted to hear from local people who have any suggestions or initiatives that we, the council could explore, and thus contribute towards making Bognor Regis an even better place to live and work.