Haywards Heath Town Mayor

The Town Mayor is elected by the Town Councillors annually and holds office from the Full Council meeting held in early May until the following year. The Town Mayor has the responsibility to promote and uphold the character of Haywards Heath and encourage public involvement in the Council's activities as well as the duties of presiding over meetings of Full Council and of representing the town at Civic and ceremonial functions. The Mayor also has the opportunity to raise funds during the Year of Office for his/her named charity.

The Haywards Heath Town Mayor for the Municipal Year 2023/24 is Cllr Stephanie Inglesfield, alongside her deputy, Cllr Duncan Pascoe.

"I love Haywards Heath where I have been living for over 10 years.  I have four sons and one grandson, which makes for lively family get-togethers.  I am a life coach and a French tutor and I love nothing more than spending time in Victoria Park with a good book to relax. 

This is my second term of office as a Councillor for Haywards Heath Town Council and I am excited and honoured to be Town Mayor for Haywards Heath. I very much look forward to serving my community and working together with them for the benefit of our town and to the interesting role of representing Haywards Heath as Mayor."

The Mayor's Charity

           Stephanie has chosen local charity Time4Children to support during her term of office:

"Time4Children is a charity who listens to children and as a qualified life coach and a mother of 4, this is something that resonates with me. 
By listening to children who struggle with grief, broken family situations, bullying and all sorts of different unexpressed traumas, the children are given a tool that will serve them well for the rest of their lives – the ability of talking things out, the ability of not keeping it all bottled up. This can potentially nip mental health problems in the bud or at the very least help them cope with things better when they arise in the future.

 Happy and open children make happy and open adults, giving children the best possible start in life so that they can achieve their full potential. I am honoured and delighted to announce Time4Children as my charity for my term of office.”


About Time4Children

Time 4 Children provides free 1:1 support sessions, to emotionally vulnerable children, of primary school age in Mid Sussex. Each year we aim to support around 45 children, with at least 675 sessions of emotional listening support. In these sessions children can share their worries, anxieties or fears, with a trained volunteer practitioner using reflective listening and non-directive play techniques. Children need our support for a variety of reasons: they may be dealing with anxiety, family breakdown, parental mental health issues, domestic violence, bereavement and special educational needs, to name a few.

Money raised this year will help towards the cost of training more volunteer practitioners, supplying toys and equipment for the sessions. Providing staff to supervise and support the volunteers, assess referrals, visit families and liaise with schools. It will help provide ongoing training courses and DBS checks for all volunteers and staff. As a tiny charity relying solely on fundraising and donations we simply cannot survive without this kind of support. Parents, schools and the children themselves regularly tell us what a difference our sessions make. The children are less anxious and worried, they have improved self-confidence, better concentration, greater levels of resilience and increased self-esteem.

Without such kindness and generosity from the community, many children would remain unsupported and could go on to develop serious mental health problems before they reach secondary school.


For more information or to contact Time4Children, call 0144 440547 Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm or email office@time4children.org.uk.  Visit the website: https://www.time4children.org.uk/ or help fundraise by emailing events@time4children.org.uk






Inviting the Mayor to your function

The Town Mayor likes to support as many of the local community organisations as possible. If you would like the Mayor to attend or open or appear at your event, for example a summer fete, AGM, concert or play, or to open a new building or business, please email maria.horne@haywardsheath.gov.uk