A BASINGSTOKE councillor will serve as the borough's mayor for a second term. 

On Thursday, May 9, Cllr Dan Putty was elected as the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane for a second time, having previously served as mayor from 2013 to 2014.

Cllr Putty has served as a borough councillor for the Hatch Warren and Beggarwood ward since 1995. He will represent the borough at events during the year supported by the mayoress, Marie-Noelle, known as Mano

Cllr Putty has announced that his theme for the year will be community cohesion. 

Cllr Putty said: “I am honoured to be elected as the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane for a second term.  

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Basingstoke Gazette: The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane 2024/25 Cllr Dan Putty and the Mayoress, Marie-Noelle“I aim to use my mayoral year to promote community cohesion, working together so the borough is a happy and united place to live and work.”

Cllr Putty was born in Mauritius and stayed on the island with his family throughout his primary, secondary and tertiary education. After gaining some experience in financial management and leaving school he decided to travel to England to study nursing.

He arrived in the United Kingdom in 1970 and studied nursing in Basingstoke, qualifying as a mental health nurse. Following this he settled in the borough and is the proud father of two sons Ryan and Sean, and has six grandchildren.

Alongside a demanding career in nursing, Cllr Putty managed to support his local community by working as a volunteer driver for Hampshire social services. He also served as a school governor in local primary and secondary schools and helped at Basingstoke Athletic Club, a club both of his sons competed for.

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Cllr Putty gave up work as a nurse after sustaining an injury. He then chose to return to the financial services sector and took on roles at Allied Dunbar and Scottish Amicable as a financial management consultant.

Cllr Putty has also launched his charity appeal for 2024 to 2025 supporting North Hampshire Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, two charities that are very close to his heart.

The North Hampshire Prostate Cancer Support Group supported Cllr Putty during his prostate cancer diagnosis. The group gives men and their families the opportunity to share their experiences of prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and its side-effects in a safe and confidential environment.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation is an independent charitable foundation, of which he is a former trustee. The foundation is the largest grant maker to specialise in awarding grants across Hampshire.

The Deputy Mayor for Basingstoke and Deane during 2024 to 2025 is Cllr Colin Phillimore.