Brent welcomes in a new Mayor
2 May 2019
Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi was yesterday (1 May) elected as the new Mayor of Brent for 2019-20.
Cllr Ezeajughi became the First Citizen of Brent at the Annual Meeting of Brent Council's Mayor Making Ceremony which took place at Brent Civic Centre. The event was attended by councillors from across the borough, as well as representatives from Brent's voluntary and community organisations. Cllr Lia Colacicco, who represents Mapesbury ward, was also elected as Deputy Mayor.
Born in Nigeria, Anambra state, he studied Science at Nnamadi Azikiwe University, earning a Batchelor's degree.
Following this, he worked briefly in the family business and has lived in Brent since moving to the UK in 2004.
After gaining a Master of Science at Kings College London, he worked for several organisations, including the Royal Mail, Public Health England and he currently works for the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA).
He was elected councillor for the Stonebridge ward in May 2014 and was re-elected in May 2018.
Cllr Ezeajughi is married with four children.
The Mayor will be supporting two charities during his year in office:
• Sickle Cell Society - First set up as a registered charity in Brent in 1979, the Sickle Cell Society is celebrating 40 years of working alongside health care professionals, parents, and people living with sickle cell to raise awareness of the disorder. The Society’s aim is to support and represent people affected by a sickle cell disorder to improve their overall quality of life.
• Jason Roberts Foundation - The foundation is a registered charity working to support young people to celebrate diversity and promote respect across the UK. The Foundation has worked with hundreds of children and young people from the Brent area. In recent years the work of the Foundation has broadened to provide a more holistic programme of support, including mentoring, life skills, education and training projects within its wider sports activities and has worked with young people at risk of offending, those excluded from school or struggling in the school curriculum, and young people with physical and learning difficulties.
The new Mayor of Brent said:
"It is an amazing privilege and honour to be appointed as Mayor of Brent and to serve this great borough that I have called home since 2004. I gained inspiration from my late Dad to get involved in local politics. In my Mayoral year I hope to be able to work with all of Brent's rich and diverse communities. I look forward to raising money for my two amazing local charities for the year."
Residents can keep up with the Mayor's official engagements and visits around Brent by following his Twitter feed: @mayorofbrent or on Instagram @mayorofbrent