1. The Mayor
Cllr Sayonara Luxton - Mayor 2019/20
Ian Luxton, Mayor's Consort
Sayonara was born in Goa and at the age of 23 was presented with the opportunity to move to Dubai and work with the CEO of Airbus Industrie, she chose to emigrate and join her family in the Middle East. While in Dubai, she met her husband Ian, then based at the World Trade Centre and they have been happily married for 29 years.
They came back to the UK in 1993 and have lived here since with their four daughters. Three of the girls have now finished University and enjoy successful careers in their respective industries. Charlotte, 28, completed a Masters in English Literature and is currently a Brand Manager for Johnson & Johnson in Maidenhead. Bianca, 27, recently graduated from her Legal training Contract with Edwin Coe LLP and is now based at EasyGroup as a Brand Protection Lawyer. Abigail, 23, is a Nuclear Engineer with the MOD and at present is based in Washington D.C as part of the British Embassy. The baby of the group Zara, 19, has just started her first year at Exeter University studying Finance. Ian is still trying to get Charlotte to move out.
In 2000, the family moved to Sunningdale to be closer to the Marist Convent School in Sunninghill, where the girls attended school. Since moving to Sunningdale, Sayonara has enjoyed a rich and busy career as a local Councillor for the Sunningdale ward, and has recently been re-elected to serve her fourth term. In the last 12 years, Sayonara has served the Borough as Chairman of the Licensing Panel, Chairman for Foster Parenting, Chairman for the Adult Overview and Scrutiny Services and presently is the chairman for the Audit and Performance Review panel. She is a member of numerous other committees serving the community, including the Ascot Charitable Trust where she has acted as a trustee for several years, raising hundreds of thousands pounds for national charities.
For the next year, Sayonara will be supporting Thames Hospice as the Mayors Charity. She will take a leading role in fundraising for the charity and helping define new opportunities for growth within the Borough.
Sayonara is hugely proud to have been re-elected as Mayor and looks forward to meeting and helping people and organisations across the Royal Borough. She hopes to build upon her previous successes and make a positive impact on our local community in the coming year.