New Mayor appointed for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee year
Cllr Miller, who has served as a councillor in the Chineham ward since 2009, will represent the borough at events during the landmark jubilee year supported by the Mayoress, his wife Sandra. He has revealed that the focus for his mayoral year will be on bringing the community together to support each other as the borough emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the country faces an economic crisis.
Describing his appointment as “an honour “, Cllr Miller said at the meeting: “I am privileged to have been elected as the 71st Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane during the reign of Her Majesty The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year and as the 44th Mayor since the establishment of our borough. As first citizen I am here to dedicate my term in office to the residents of this borough."
Cllr Miller is a retired Royal Air Force Officer, who served in the armed forces for 25 years, followed by 10 years as an international staff member of NATO in Brussels. He continued as a contractor in the defence aerospace industry before retiring in 2014.
He has lived in Chineham with Sandra since 2007 and joined Chineham Parish Council as a co-opted member in the same year. Since becoming a ward member for Chineham he has taken a special interest in planning and development. He is an active supporter of armed forces veterans’ affairs and is the vice-chair of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Council of Partners.
Cllr Miller has also launched his charity appeal for 2022/23 supporting two local good causes - The Pink Place and Tough Enough To Care.
Cllr Miller became aware of The Pink Place, incorporating The Blue Space for men, when he assisted it to gain charity status. The charity provides free wellbeing services, complementary therapies, counselling, mindfulness sessions and support to adults affected by cancer, living in Basingstoke and the surrounding area, from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.
As a veteran of the armed forces, Cllr Miller has a particular interest in the welfare and mental health of the military community and has chosen to support Tough Enough To Care, a local mental health charity that focuses on male dominated environments such as the military, construction trades and sports clubs aiming to remove the stigma that surrounds the subject of mental health.
The Deputy Mayor for Basingstoke and Deane during 2022/23 is Cllr David Leeks and the Deputy Mayoress is his wife Amanda.
For more information on the Basingstoke and Deane Mayor visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/mayor