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About the Mayor of the Borough of Worthing

Councillor Jon Roser
Mayor of the Borough of Worthing

2023-24 Mayor of Worthing Borough Council Cllr Jon Roser

Jon was born in Lewes in 1961 and attended school at Wallands Primary and Lewes Priory. His family moved to Hassocks in 1972 following his father’s promotion to manager of a local bank.

Together with his elder sister and brother, Jon enjoyed a supportive and loving family life that helped develop and inform the values that he tries to live by to this day.

In the mid 1980s Jon moved to Brighton to live and work in a Buddhist Community where he was eventually ordained during a retreat in southern Spain.

On his return to the UK he continued to work in Evolution, a buddhist run gift shop that donated its profits to local and international charities.

In 2002 He took a break from the shop and spent 4 years living and working at a Retreat Centre on the edge of Ashdown Forest where his duties included everything from mopping floors to leading meditation retreats.

Jon moved to Worthing in 2006 and has continued to work in retail in various businesses. He currently works in Savers in Montague Street.

He joined the Labour Party in 2015 and first stood for the Council in 2019 before being elected for Selden Ward in 2021.

Part of his role as a councillor over the past year has been as co-chair of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

He says:

“As JOSC co-Chair I gained valuable insight into how the Council works and how it interacts with the wider community. I would like, over the next year to be a Mayor for the Community, and to work with the whole Council to make Worthing the best place it can possibly be for all its residents.”

Jon has chosen three charities to support during his mayoral year, for details please see:

Jon says:

“The charities I have chosen help some of the most disadvantaged in the community. Please consider supporting them in whatever way you can!”

See also: Councillor Jon Roser's webpage

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Page last updated: 02 June 2023

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