Cllr Teji Barnes, chair of the London Road Safety Council, has been elected as the new mayor of Hillingdon.
Cllr Barnes, who grew up in West Drayton and Hayes and now lives in Ruislip with her three children, was elected at the council’s AGM – held virtually on 14 May.
She was first elected as a councillor in 2014, and immediately became the borough’s representative on the London Road Safety Council (LRSC).
In 2018, cllr Barnes was appointed chair of the LRSC.
As mayor, cllr Barnes will attend local events, performances and exhibitions, and welcome schools and community groups to the mayor’s parlour and council chamber when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.
Cllr Barnes said: “I’ve been a councillor for Cavendish ward since I was first elected in 2014, and I am looking forward to the year ahead serving the whole community as mayor of Hillingdon.
“The role will utilise many of the skills I have gained over the years, including teaching, owning my own business, working in finance, volunteering with the Samaritans, and of course, my role as a councillor.
“The highlight of the year will be meeting all the different residents and helping to improve their quality of life.
“During my time as mayor, I will be raising funds for the Centre for ADHD and Autism Support Charity, Ruislip.
“The charity is so beneficial to local residents and the staff are wonderful at empathising, engaging, educating and supporting individuals and their families who live with the difficulties of these conditions.”
21 May 2020