A former cognitive behavioural therapist has been appointed the new mayor of Tring and it will be her second time in the hot seat.
Roxanne Ransley, 64, of the town’s Nathaniel Walk, was previously in the post from 2010 to 2011.
She said: “I am really honoured to become mayor again. It is a great privilege.
“You get to meet all sorts of people that you might not usually have come across.”
Part-time swimming teacher Mrs Ransley has plenty of experience of dealing with people from different walks of life having previously worked in Aylesbury Prison for 20 years.
She taught cookery, English and maths there before becoming a cognitive behavioural therapist, helping prisoners change their thinking patterns to help them break the offending cycle.
She said: “It is a very useful skill to have in knowing how to deal with anybody.”
During her year as mayor, Mrs Ransley will aim to raise as much cash as possible for good causes the Herts Air Ambulance and the Tring-based Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
She was elected by fellow councillors at Monday night’s Tring Town Council annual meeting and takes over from Nick Hollinghurst, who also represents Tring on Dacorum Borough Council and Herts County Council.
He said: “My greatest achievement as mayor was to provide a showcase for the organisations and societies of the town, who do so much good work.
“My little innovation was to set up a Facebook page that could show in words and pictures the way these local groups help people.”
He also posted on the social networking website about ‘celebratory events’ like the Tring Carnival – revived in 2011 after a 16-year absence.
Mrs Ransley – who has lived in Tring since 1970 – will now set up a Facebook page called ‘Tring Mayor Roxanne’ to replace Mr Hollinghurst’s mayor page.