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Introducing the new Mayor of Brentwood


Brentwood Borough Council has elected Councillor Mark Haigh as the Mayor of Brentwood for 2024/25.

Councillor Mark Haigh replaces Councillor Gareth Barrett who previously held the role. Councillor Haigh’s appointment was made at Annual Council last week (22 May).

Councillor Haigh was born in Romford and has been a resident of Brentwood for 27 years. Bringing a wealth of experience to his new role, he is a solicitor specialising in family and criminal law. 

A lifelong football enthusiast, Councillor Haigh plays Walking Football for Ingatestone. By his own admission, he has never been much good at it, but has always been an enthusiastic participant. He also has a passion for football, squash, walking and snooker. Since 2018, he has represented the Warley Ward as a Councillor, and he was recently re-elected earlier this month.

Following his appointment, the new Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Mark Haigh, said: “I am hugely honoured to be able to represent Brentwood as Mayor and I am very happy to give myself to the borough I love. This community has been my home for many years and I am committed to making a positive impact during my term. Brentwood’s close proximity to London, its transportation infrastructure by both road and rail and its beautiful parks and landscapes make it a very special place to live. I look forward to working with my fellow Councillors and our residents to continue building a vibrant and inclusive Brentwood.”

Councillor Haigh has chosen two local charities for his Mayoral fundraising initiatives this year: the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Brentwood and SNAP (Special Needs And Parents).

Councillor Haigh added: “As my charities, I have chosen two organisations that offer something special to Brentwood. Brentwood Trussell Trust Food Bank, led by Bonnie and her dedicated team, have been providing vital support for the past 13 years. Their selfless dedication is truly inspiring and supporting them was an easy decision.

“SNAP, founded 30 years ago by eight Brentwood mums, has been a beacon of support for families with children who have specific needs and disabilities. Their hub next to Beechwood Surgery in Warley is a testament to their extraordinary work, offering a comprehensive calendar of services that benefit both children and parents.”

Councillor Jay Laplain has been announced as the new Deputy Mayor of Brentwood.