Councillor Parvez Ahmed was elected Mayor of Brent last night (18 May 2016).
Cllr Ahmed was elected at the Annual Meeting of Brent Council and officially appointed as First Citizen of Brent at the Mayor Making Ceremony which was witnessed by fellow councillors and representatives of voluntary and community organisations from across the Borough.
Cllr Ahmed has been a Councillor in Dollis Hill since being elected in 2014 and lives in Dollis Hill with his family. He is the first person of Bangladeshi origin to be elected as Mayor of Brent. A successful businessman and community activist, he has lived and worked in Brent for over 30 years.
His chosen charities for the year are Brent Centre for Young People, Sufra North West London and Community Action on Dementia Brent. His wife, former Brent Councillor - Lena Ahmed, will be taking on the role of Mayoress.
Mayor of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed, said:
"I'm honoured to have been elected Mayor of Brent and I'm looking forward to championing our great Borough during my Mayoral year.
"Brent really is a fantastic place to live and work and I'm looking forward to working with a variety of voluntary and community organisations, raising money for great causes and meeting residents.
"I accept this role with great honour and pride and will carry out my duties with care and diligence."
Watch a video of the Mayor Making Ceremony last night:
The outgoing Mayor, Councillor Lesley Jones MBE, thanked Brent's new Mayor for his support at the Mayor Making Ceremony and wished him well for the coming year. Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, ward councillor for Alperton was appointed Deputy Mayor.
Residents can keep up with the Mayor's official engagements and visits around the Borough by following his Twitter feed @mayorofbrent or visit www.brent.gov.uk/mayor.
Tributes paid to Cllr Tayo Oladapo
Following a statement from Brent Council Chief Executive, Carolyn Downs, Councillors from across the political spectrum paid tribute to Cllr Tayo Oladapo following his sad passing earlier this year.