New Civic Team announced in Kirklees

Kirklees Council announced its new Civic Team at the Mayor’s final Civic Reception on 10 May 2018.  The reception was held to thank organisations and businesses in the borough for hosting both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at events throughout the past year.

New Mayoral Team

Cllr Christine Iredale, who hosted the reception, introduced the incoming Mayor, Councillor Gwen Lowe, who will take up the role on 23 May 2018.

Councillor Lowe will be joined by her husband, Ken, who will be her Consort for her term of office.  She has been a Kirklees councillor since 2006 representing the Batley West Ward, and for many years was the Chair of both the Area and District Committees.

She has sat on many different committees and panels which have included WYCA Transport, Planning, and Community Safety Scrutiny. Her main passions are the environment and community safety, so she is very passionate about her long-standing position as Chair of the Batley Neighbourhood Management Group.

She also chairs The Friends of Batley Railway Station which she set up with the late Jo Cox MP, and is Vice Chair of The Friends of Staincliffe Park – where she spent many happy times as a child.

Charity work

 Cllr Lowe has chosen to support 2 charities during her term of office as Mayor – both of which she feels passionately about.

Her charity appeal will support Kirkwood Hospice and the RSPCA locally, and she is already planning the year ahead with her Charity Committee.

Cllr Lowe said:

“I have had the most wonderful time this last year as Deputy Mayor.  It has been a privilege to meet so many people doing great work in the borough and contributing to the community and the area in general, and I am looking forward to getting my sleeves rolled up and joining in with many more community groups, organisations and businesses in the area during my term of office as Mayor to make a difference.  To be Mayor is something I have dreamt about since being a little girl, and so it is a huge personal honour to be given the opportunity to undertake the role.”

The Deputy Mayor for the forthcoming Municipal Year will be Cllr Mumtaz Hussain.   Councillor Hussain is a ward Councillor for the Dewsbury West Ward, and has also been a Councillor since 2006.  He has represented the Council on the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel and the Kirklees Community Association.

Councillor Hussain said:

“I enjoy working as a local councillor and always try my best to strive for positive results within the local community. It is an honour to be selected to represent the borough as Deputy Mayor, and both my wife and I are looking forward to undertaking this important Civic role”.

Cllr Hussain’s wife, Noreen, will be the Deputy Mayoress for the year.

Come see the ceremony

The new Civic Team for Kirklees will take office at the Mayor Making Ceremony on Wednesday 23 May.  The ceremony will be held at Huddersfield Town Hall at 12.30 pm, and everyone is invited to come along and see the ceremony of the occasion.

Stay up to date

You can follow Gwen’s first year as mayor on Twitter @KirkleesMayor and  Mumtaz’s can be found at @deputymayorkirk

 

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