Hillingdon Council has welcomed its new Mayor Cllr Chamdal after he was elected at the council’s Annual General Meeting yesterday (20 May). He replaces retiring Mayor, Cllr Teji Barnes in the prestigious role to highlight and promote the great things that happen in Hillingdon and help bring communities together.
Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mayor will attend local events and meet with residents and community groups across the borough. Cllr Chamdal will be accompanied by Mayoress Reeta Chamdal (his wife) and the Escort will be his daughter Evangeline Chamdal. The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Becky Haggar and the Deputy Mayor’s Consort is Marios Kaikitis.
Cllr Chamdal is no stranger to making a difference, he was School Governor to Whitehealth Infants and Juniors, and also Ruislip High School where his key responsibilities were Finance and children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.
Away from politics, he is a proud father of four children and a grandson and is also an avid cricket and golf fan. He started his career in the food industry manufacturing samosas and Indian sweets and then moved onto bread and now cake production.
In his term, he has officially named Domestic Abuse Survivors and the Navratri Garba as his chosen charities.
He chose Domestic Abuse Survivors due to the rise in incidents throughout the pandemic and says he was impressed by how they cared for those who turned to them for support. His other names charity – Navratri Garba – provides free food to the those most in need. Cllr Chamdal said that he was inspired by how the charity supports the wider community and hopes to raise awareness of the extraordinary work both these charities do for Hillingdon residents.
At the annual ceremony, Cllr Chamdal said: “It’s a great honour to be elected the new Mayor of Hillingdon. I want to say thank you and congratulate our outgoing Mayor Cllr Teji Barnes who has done a fantastic job in meeting residents and community groups to help bring us all together – despite the challenges this pandemic has brought.
“I hope to continue the great work she has done and look forward to meeting many of our residents, young and old and from different communities. This last year has been difficult for us all, and I hope that with things easing that we are able to celebrate the great things that take place in our borough.”