Town Mayor

Our current mayor for 2022/23 is Councillor Eric Taylor

The Town Mayor is elected annually at the Annual Meeting of the Council. The Mayor wears a chain of office when carrying out official engagements. The chain is also worn on ceremonial occasions as part of the official dress.

The Mayor is keen to support all manner of local organisations and events. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event or function please email your invitation directly to towncouncil@diss.gov.uk.

Town Mayor

Personal Message from the Town Mayor

I feel honoured to be elected by my fellow members of council as the town mayor for another year, 2022/23.

For those that don’t know me, I moved with my family to Diss from Manchester in 1983. Throughout my working life I have been involved with the design and manufacture of specialist agricultural machinery and in the last 12 years of working, managed one of the UK’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturers.

When I retired in 2013, I was able to follow my interests in how the town was changing particularly with regard to new development and infrastructure.

 

I've been a member of council for over four years and have chaired the Planning Committee and been a steering group member of the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan for most of this time.

 

I am passionate about all things Diss and want the town to prosper and grow whilst retaining its individuality and unique character.

Initiatives included in the council’s strategy plan cover such as cleanliness, cost efficiencies and new revenue streams, Mere biodiversity, and the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan and Facilities Management Programme will help us achieve the council's aims.

I can’t promise you that I will have all the answers to the town's problems, but I can promise you I will work hard to achieve the Council's aims

Eric

Mayor of Diss

Recent events attended
The mayor's charities
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"This year, I have decided to support two charities; Marie Curie and Cancer Research.

I selected these charities because like so many other people I have lost a number of family members and friends to cancer.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the world's largest independent cancer research organization. It is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man, and was formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Cancer Research UK conducts research using both its own staff and grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness and influencing public policy.

The organisation's work is almost entirely funded by the public. It raises money through donations, legacies, community fundraising, events, retail and corporate partnerships. Over 40,000 people are regular volunteers.

1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime. Rising referrals and a growing population will continue to increase pressure on cancer services. It is easy to think ‘’it won’t happen to me’’ but 30 years ago I needed a relatively new treatment and fortunately it worked it worked for me. For this reason, it is important that this important research continues to develop new treatments as well as cures for the many different cancers.

My second charity is Marie Curie is a registered charitable organisation in the United Kingdom which provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness and those close to them, and campaigns for better support for dying people. It was established in 1948, the same year as the National Health Service (NHS).

In the financial year 2020/21, the charity’s community nursing services cared for 42,168 people with a terminal illness, while its nine hospices cared for 7,385 people. The charity’s information and support service were used more than two million times.

Marie Curie campaigns on issues affecting people living with a terminal illness, their families and carers, and it’s the largest charitable UK funder of palliative and end of life care research.

For those that have been in this situation you will know only too well how crucial and necessary this support is to all the family."