Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas (South Ward)

Town Council Service 2019 – Present

Committees & Current Positions Held

Planning (Chair), Town and Community, Neighbourhood Plan

Previous Positions Held

Mayor of Henley – 2022-2023

Deputy Mayor

Planning (Vice-chair)


Michelle moved to Henley in 2005 and lives locally with her family. She works for the world-famous Leander Club and her children attend a local secondary school, Gillotts. Michelle first started campaigning in the community when she became a co-founder of Keep Henley Active in a bid to save the former LA Fitness site. In 2017 Michelle began campaigning against education cuts and co-founded Together For Education in 2019, leading a parliamentary petition and a protest march.

Since being elected in 2019, Michelle has got stuck in with council work and is chair of the planning committee and most recently was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Ask Michelle

Which local projects are you most excited about?

Keeping the Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan on track. Tackling the Climate Emergency head-on and keeping our outdoor spaces clean, tidy and our businesses thriving in Henley.  I do a lot of work for and with children and young people in Henley. Young people are all of our futures, I continue to lobby for increased funding in education.

How do you feel about being elected as Deputy Mayor?

Honoured and looking forward to the year ahead supporting our Mayor.

When you decided to stand for election, how did you know HRG was the right fit for you?

Henley Residents Group are non-partisan and do not have a whip.  We are all able to vote independently.