The leadership and ceremonial roles in Torbay Council are distinct from each other.

The leadership - in the form of Leader of the Council and Cabinet - deals with the business running of the council, and works with private enterprise, industry and the voluntary sector to improve the standards of living for the people of the Bay in delivering local services.

The Civic Mayor is responsible for chairing meetings of the council.  The Civic Mayor also undertakes civic and ceremonial duties in the Borough and attends community engagements and represents Torbay at civic events outside the area on behalf of Torbay Council.  The Civic Mayor is always expected to act impartially and in a non-political way.

If you wish to invite the Civic Mayor to an event you are organising, please complete the event information form and return no later than 14 days before the event to the Civic Support, Governance Support, Town Hall, Torquay, TQ1 3DR.

Alternatively, you can return the form via email to the following address: civic.support@torbay.gov.uk

Current Civic Mayor

Maggi Douglas-Dunbar was born in Wiltshire and travelled with her father who served in the Army, living in Cyprus, Malta and Germany.

Maggie trained as a State Registered Nurse in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and also as a Midwife at Queen Charlottes Hospital in London.

During this time, she worked as a Midwife for ten years including six years in a Government run hospital in the Bahamas before moving to Torbay in the late 1980’s, where Maggie managed Nursing Homes and worked at Torbay Hospital.

On retirement, she held the post of Dementia Specialist Nurse and was responsible for changing practice and educating staff up to degree level. As part of her successful medical career, she obtained a BSc (Hons) Psychology and a Masters in Dementia Management.

Her personal interests upon her retirement was to join the Paignton Rotary club, currently Youth lead. She is the Trustee of the Society for Torbay Museum and is also on the Committee of the Friends of Palace Theatre as well as being Secretary of the Clifton with Maidenway Community Partnership. She is interested in local history and heritage, Green Spaces, Environmental issues and animal welfare.

Maggie has been active in Liberal Democrats for a number of years and cares passionately about the Borough or Torbay. She spent many happy years here with her husband and daughter until she was widowed a few years ago. Her daughter was also schooled locally and her experience of living in the area has helped to provide a good understanding what is important to her and that of the residents of Torbay and to the Council as a whole.
In May 2019, she became a newly elected Councillor for the Clifton and Maidenway Ward. She has experience in supporting the previous Chairman, Councillor Ian Doggett over the past two years with Civic events for Torbay Council.

At the ceremonial Annual Council meeting held on 28 May 2019, Maggie Douglas-Dunbar was inaugurated as The Worshipful Mayor of Torbay and is looking forward to her year serving as Mayor for 2019-2020.