Councillor Liz Frost
The Mayor is the first citizen of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and has several specific roles during their one year term of office. These include representing the Council and local community at formal and ceremonial occasions, both within the Borough and elsewhere, and chairing full meetings of the Council.
Although born near Manchester, Liz spent most of her childhood in Worcester Park. She studied Ophthalmic Optics at City University, where she met Chris. They married, she completed her training to become an Optometrist and they moved to North Holmwood.
In 1976, with a baby and a toddler, they moved and settled in Epsom. Liz worked very part-time, fitting in around the children. She gradually became involved in their daughter’s school’s Parent / Staff Association, took up playing badminton, and became a Youth Club / Junior Church leader at her church. As the children grew older, she increased her work and looked for new interests. In 1995 she was appointed to a new post of Optometric Advisor to Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth Health Authority. She still undertakes both part time Optometric Advising and some clinical work as an optometrist. Also in 1995 she was elected as a Councillor for the Association of Optometrists (AOP). She was soon appointed to the Board and served as AOP chairman from 2001-03.
Liz had been involved in the Woodcote (Epsom) Residents’ Society for many years, both as a committee member and chairman. Then in 2011 she was asked if she would stand for election to the Borough Council. She agreed, and so decided not to stand for re-election to the AOP Council.
During her time as a Borough Councillor, Liz has served on the Social Committee (vice chairman), Strategy & Resources Committee, Environment Committee and Local Committee and has chaired the Health Liaison Panel. Her outside body appointments include the Management Committee for the Citizen’s Advice, Epsom & Ewell; Epsom & Ewell’s Mental Health Champion; Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators (chairman); Downs Consultative Committee (chairman) and Training Grounds Management Committee.
Liz would like to use her Mayoral Year to publicise and promote the horse training and racing industry in the borough, and to raise awareness that for all of us, our mental as well as physical health is important and has its ups and downs.
During this year, Liz has elected to support three charities. These are:
- Citizen’s Advice, Epsom & Ewell – she has seen the excellent work they do to help our residents, particularly those who have housing or debt problems
- The Sunnybank Trust – Liz used to live in Sunnybank and has for many years had great admiration for the founder of this charity that works tirelessly supporting and enabling those with learning disabilities
- The Lower Mole Countryside Trust – which supports the work of the Lower Mole Partnership to maintain and preserve our valuable open spaces, thus providing the environment to enhance our physical and mental health
Liz has formed a Charities Committee, and exciting events are planned for the year. More information can be found on www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk
Mayor's attendance at events
The Mayor is always pleased to receive invitations to local events and to meet representatives of local community groups, schools, youth groups and charitable organisations. If you would like the Mayor to support your organisation by attending your special event or require any other information, please do not hesitate to contact the Mayor's Secretary.
Patron and awards
During the Mayoral year, the Mayor is Honorary Member of:
- The Royal Automobile Club
- The Epsom Club
- Epsom Rotary Club
During the Mayoral year, the Mayor is President or Patron of the following organisations:
- Epsom & Ewell Puffins Club
- Epsom Common Association
- Epsom Age Concern
- Epsom & Ewell Phab
- Mid-Surrey Mencap
- Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspapers for the Blind
- Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau
- Epsom & Ewell Town Twinning Association
- Conquest Art
- Epsom & Ewell Multi Faith Forum (new addition in May 2017)
The Mayor's Secretary
Telephone: 01372 732000