Harrow bid farewell to Mayor Jean Lammiman, who honoured more than 500 engagements during her tenure.
Mrs Lammiman believes she has managed to raise more than £40,000 for her chosen charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, although the final amount is not likely to be calculated until next month.
The former Mayor, who lives in Pinner, has been an elected Conservative councillor for the past 14 years and now returns to her ward responsibilities for Hatch End.
Mrs Lammiman said: "The whole year has been a bit like a two week holiday, but a fantastic one. You spend the first part real-ly enjoying it and the second part dreading it coming to an end.
"I have been fortunate to meet an awful lot of people and see the hard work that goes on around the borough.
"I have also, with the great help of everyone, managed to raise in excess of £40,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
"It is still the biggest killer of teenagers so it's nice to contribute to a great cause."
Before taking the mayoral role in May last year Mrs Lammiman was chairwoman of Harrow Council's overview and scrutiny committee for four years and enjoyed a successful business career working for the London Stock Exchange and also Rank Xerox.
She also has an active interest in Harrow Young Musicians and is the author or coauthor of eight published books.
Her mayoral year was praised by fellow councillors when she stepped down on Thursday last week and handed the baton to her deputy, Councillor John Nickolay.
Councillor David Ashton (Conservative), who took over as the leader of the council on the night, said: "In this borough we are fortunate to have been blessed with a great run of mayors.
"But with Jean we had a mayor who had a certain grace and presence about her.
"She bought a lot of the enthusiasm to the position and we are very grateful for all the exceptional work she has done over the year."