Councillor George Crawford QPM
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.
George was born and raised in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and takes regular trips to see his extensive and growing family. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1962 and eventually became a Chief Superintendent, before retiring in 1992 to work for ten years as Head of Security for both Wimbledon and Crystal Palace FCs at Selhurst Park Stadium. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished service at the end of his police career.
His hobby has always been Rugby Union and he played for both London Irish and the Metropolitan Police before retiring to take up refereeing. He worked his way up to the English and Irish panel of referees, refereeing junior internationals and the final of the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham. It was whilst refereeing at Twickenham that he made the now famous tackle on a streaker.
George was first elected to the Borough Council in 1999, but lost his seat in 2003. He was re-elected in May 2011 for Cuddington ward. During his time as a Borough Councillor he has served as Chairman on Crime and Disorder Committee and also served on the Scrutiny Committee, Standards Committee and Social Commission. Prior to being elected as Mayor he was also an active member of the Human Resources Panel, the Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee and Social Committee.
When George’s colleagues on the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council elected him Mayor for 2016/17 George decided that he would raise funds for local Macmillan Cancer Support.
He chose this charity as a young family member has recently fought the disease and he also wanted to highlight the work down by his late wife Nancy, and the late Roy Richmond MBE (past Chairman of Epsom Coaches), who worked tirelessly to better the lives of the people of Epsom and Ewell. It was with their valued support that the Macmillan Butterfly Centre in Epsom Hospital was built and also the funding of some specialist Macmillan Nurses at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals. George now wishes to raise as much money as he can for the betterment of the lives of those who suffer from cancer in his local area.
There are a number of events throughout the next 12 months designed to raise money for Macmillan under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Charity Fund. Please use the link below to access the Mayor’s Charity Fund website giving all details of his fund and forthcoming planned events.
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.
The Mayor's Secretary
Telephone: 01372 732000