In line with the new ways of safe and social distancing guidelines, the Civic Mayor will only be able to attend events that have carried out their own risk assessment. This can be emailed along with the event form to the Mayor’s office at

Consideration can then be given based on the information provided and the event organiser will be informed as to whether the Mayor will be able to attend.

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:

Current Civic Mayor

Cllr Mandy Darling was appointed the Civic Mayor at the Council meeting on 17 May 2022

I am honoured to be given the opportunity to represent the Council on its Civic and Ceremonial duties.

Councillor Mandy Darling moved to Torbay over 30 years ago when she married Councillor Steve Darling from Torbay, current Leader of Torbay Council. The couple have two boys, who were both educated in Torbay schools and are studying or working in the Bay. Cllr Mandy Darling has worked for the NHS since 1984, firstly in London but for the major part of that time in the Elderly Care Department at Torbay Hospital. 

In 2015 Cllr Mandy Darling was elected as a Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Tormohun ward.  She very much enjoys the community role she plays and  strongly believes that everyone should have somewhere to live, food on the table and a high standard of education. Throughout her time at Torbay Hospital and her years as a Councillor, Cllr Darling has been ably assisted by her guide dogs, Todd, Brock, Coral and her current working companion Pepsi, a black Labrador retriever who works very hard and plays even harder.  In addition to her desire to "Turn the Tide of Poverty," she is a keen advocate of accessibility for all.  You will often find her raising issues when she feels that communities are being excluded.