About the Mayor
The Mayor is elected each year at the annual general meeting of the Council.
The outgoing Mayor continues until a successor is elected. If present at the annual meeting, the outgoing Mayor may vote in the election and may exercise a second or casting vote if votes are equal.
The Mayor appoints a deputy mayor (currently Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi) who holds office until immediately after the election of a Mayor at the next annual meeting of the council.
The Mayor has many civic and ceremonial responsibilities and has an ambassadorial role as first citizen of the borough.
This means the Mayor will promote Brent and participate in, and help initiate, activities that help the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of Brent and its residents.
Mayoral duties carried out by the mayor include:
- Chairing Council meetings
- Signing documents under seal
- Conducting citizenship ceremonies
- Hosting civic events
- Attending local events
During their period of office, the mayor will receive numerous invitations to events/functions in the borough and across London. The role played at these events varies, depending on their nature and the expectations of the organiser.
At the beginning of each municipal year, it is traditional for the mayor to select one or more local charities to support. The mayor’s office will organise a number of events to raise money for these charities and at the end of the mayoral year the proceeds of these events and any donations received will be evenly distributed to the chosen charities. The mayor may choose to establish a Charity Committee with representatives of the charity(ies) to assist and promote the fundraising efforts.
London Borough of Brent
Brent Civic Centre
Tel: 020 8937 1141
Cllr Arshad Mahmood is the current Mayor of Brent for 2018-19.
Cllr Mahmood was elected at the Annual Meeting of Brent Council on 14 May 2018 as First Citizen of Brent at the Mayor Making Ceremony which took place at Brent Civic Centre.
Born in Pakistan, Cllr Mahmood came to the UK at the age of 14. He has lived in Dollis Hill his whole life and is now a councillor for that ward. He has worked mainly within the retail industry, before being inspired by his cousin, a social worker, to stand for the Council. He has four children and four grandchildren.
The new Mayor of Brent said:
"It is a huge honour to be appointed Mayor of Brent and to serve this great borough. I’m looking forward to working together with residents and community groups across Brent, as well as raising money for my chosen charities for the year. "I would also like to thank my friend and colleague, the outgoing Mayor Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, for his significant contribution to the office of Mayor."
Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, who represents Stonebridge ward, was also elected as Deputy Mayor.
Residents can keep up with the Mayor's official engagements and visits around Brent by following his Twitter feed @mayorofbrent.
Watch video of the Mayor making ceremony 2018
Mayor of Brent’s Charity 2018-19
The Mayor will be supporting two charities during his year in office:
- Sufra NW London – a local charity established in 2013 to address both the causes and consequences of impoverishment in the community. The Community Hub provides a life-line for people in crisis, including families living in extreme poverty and people who are vulnerable, homeless and socially isolated.
- The READ foundation – a non-profit organisation working to create school places for children affected by poverty. They have been delivering educational and welfare projects in the developing world since 1994.
Want to help?
For further information and to find out how to donate, email: email@example.com or telephone on 020 8937 1141 to discuss.
The Mayor's diary
If you have any queries concerning the Mayor's diary please contact The Mayor's Office on 020 8937 1141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the diary of events is subject to change at short notice.
Current Mayor, Cllr Arshad Mahmood engagements 2018-2019
Previous Mayor, Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan engagements 2017-2018
Inviting the Mayor to an event
The mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by organisations in the borough. However, due to demand, it may not be possible to attend every event to which the mayor is invited. It is recommended that you submit your invitation no less than 10 days prior to the event.
Once you have correctly submitted your information, your invitation will be sent to the Mayor’s office for consideration. Once approved, you will receive confirmation from the Mayor's office.
Please note the Mayor's attendance is subject to availability and subject to you returning a completed protocol form.
Protocol for Mayor
The mayor of Brent is the first citizen and by law has precedence everywhere in the borough (unless there is a member of the royal family or Lord Lieutenant of Greater London also present).
These guidelines set out the protocol that must be observed at events which the mayor attends in an official capacity. The mayor is unable to accept an invitation where the organisation feels, for whatever reason, unable to accept this procedure. If the mayor decides to attend a function in a private capacity he / she would be without regalia of office and he / she would be treated as any other private individual.
How to address the Mayor
In printed literature the current mayor should be referred to as “The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, Councillor Bhagwanji Chohan”. In person the mayor should be addressed as Mr Mayor.
The Deputy Mayor
If the mayor is unable to attend a function the current deputy mayor may attend where possible and should be accorded the same protocol as for the mayor. The deputy mayor should therefore be referred to on paper as “The Worshipful the Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, Councillor Arshad Mahmood” and in person as Mr Deputy Mayor.
Arrival and departure
The organiser must ensure that a named person meets the mayor on arrival and makes introductions to the host or notable guests. The organiser should also ensure that the mayor is escorted from the venue to the mayoral car at the time of departure. Where possible a parking space should be reserved for the mayor’s car as near to the venue entrance as possible.
If you would like the mayor to make a speech this will need to be provided along with the protocol form which can be found under the ‘Inviting the Mayor’ tab.
London Borough of Brent
Brent Civic Centre
Tel: 020 8937 1141