New mayor of Brent sworn in at a virtual ceremony

29 April 2021

Cllr Lia Colacicco is the new Mayor of Brent after being elected as the borough’s first citizen at the council’s Annual General Meeting.

It is the first time that the mayor making ceremony has been held virtually in Brent’s 56-year history.

Councillor Colacicco took over the chains of office from Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi today (April 29) in an online ceremony attended by councillors and community representatives.

Following a career in marketing Cllr Colacicco, who is married with two children, served as a councillor for Mapesbury since 2014. She has been Deputy Mayor for the past two years.

In her maiden mayoral speech, Cllr Colacicco said ‘It is a huge honour to have the opportunity to represent our fantastic borough as Mayor in a year when we are Council of the Year and the European Football finals come home to Wembley. Brent is a melting pot, full of beautiful colourful variety. There’s no need to travel to see other cultures, it’s all here. But my favourite thing is that Brent, our very own Brent, is officially the ONS-approved happiest borough in the whole country proving, if proof were needed, that people really do love where they live.

During her year term, the Mayor will support two charities:

Parkinson’s UK: The charity works to change attitudes, support sufferers and their families, and fundraise for research to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Cricklewood Library: The NW2 community library provides facilities for children and adults, as well as space for local people to meet in its community café.

Outgoing Mayor Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi , who has been in post for two years as Covid-19 prevented the annual ceremony going ahead in 2020, said: “It has been a huge privilege serving as Mayor for not just one, but two years. My term has been incredibly rewarding although extremely challenging at times, especially seeing the impact of COVID-19 on our borough. I want to wish Cllr Colacicco the best of luck for her Mayoral term. I am certain she will represent the borough brilliantly and be a credit to our residents.”

Cllr Abdi Aden, who represents the Stonebridge Ward, was elected as Deputy Mayor – the first Somalian Deputy Mayor in Brent’s history.

Residents can keep up with the Mayor's official engagements and visits around Brent by following her Twitter feed: @mayorofbrent or on Instagram @mayorofbrent

Woman in red cloak stands in front of wooden board with former mayors enscribed