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Mayor of Runnymede

Mayor of Runnymede 2017-18

The Mayor of Runnymede for 2017-18 is Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri

The role of Mayor is a non-political post and the Mayor is the civic head of the Council. Within the Borough, the Mayor takes precedence over all except the Queen and her representative, the Lord Lieutenant. This high standing is a traditional one of honour and dignity, rather than constitutional. The Mayor is the "first citizen of the Borough" and acts as an 'ambassador' for the Council.

In addition, the Mayor acts as Chairman at meetings of the Full Council and has an important role in regulating proceedings and debate. This role is formally set out in the Council's Constitution. Runnymede is one of the few councils which continues to operate a committee-based system, giving every councillor - as opposed to simply a smaller executive - a practical input into the way local services are administered.


The Mayor's Charity Events

Cllr Chaudhri is very close with his family and therefore has chosen to support charities close to his heart during his Mayoral year. They are the British Army Benevolent Fund, the Neonatal Intensive Unit and the Critical Care Unit at St Peters Hospital and Eikon; a Surrey based charity for young people.


How do I invite the Mayor to my event?

Cllr Chaudhri is delighted to be invited to local events, such as activities at schools, charity projects and events at the local hospitals. Anyone wanting to get in touch with the Mayor can do so by contacting his secretary via email or by calling 01932 425645.


The Mayor's biography

Cllr Chaudhri has been a Runnymede Borough councillor since 2012 in the Foxhills ward and has lived in Englefield Green since 1981.

Throughout his year as Mayor, Cllr Chaudhri is keen to encourage cooperation with our neighbouring councils and also wants to continue hosting the business leaders' dinners put in place by his predecessor.

Cllr Chaudhri is keen to attend many community events and be present in the local communities during his year as Mayor. He has a lot of community spirit and is an ex-policeman as well as a qualified martial arts instructor. He received his BSc from Thames Valley University.

Throughout the year Cllr Chaudhri will be supported by his wife Aleema, the new Mayoress and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Dolsie Clarke.


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