Councillor Gerard Hargreaves to serve as Mayor for a year from 20 May 2020
Councillor Gerard Hargreaves was elected to serve as Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for 2020/21 at the Council’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20 May 2020.
First elected to the Council in 2010, Councillor Hargreaves represents Chelsea Riverside ward, and was part of the Cabinet and Leadership Team from 2013.
During that time, he held various portfolios including Community Engagement, Community Safety, Planning, Transport, Culture and Leisure. He served as the Mayor’s Consort from 2017-2019.
Gerard has represented the borough on the Greater London Reserve Force and Cadets Association and as a Council Appointed Trustee at Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.
Councillor Hargreaves said: “It is a great honour to be elected by my colleagues. We start the Mayoral year in the most extraordinary circumstances and I am aware of the enormous challenges that this makes for all areas of life in the borough.
When we emerge from COVID-19 lockdown, I want to support residents, community organisations and businesses to rebuild.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sof McVeigh, and I look forward to having the opportunity of meeting as many residents and organisations across the borough as possible during the year.”
Councillor Hargreaves was born in Lancashire and went to University in Wales. He served in the British Army for seven years and now runs his own Management Consultancy specialising in Executive Development. He has lived in Kensington and Chelsea for 30 years.
The new Chaplain for the Mayor is Rev. Canon Dr William Taylor, vicar of St. John’s Notting Hill.
Councillor Hargreaves appointed Councillor Sof McVeigh as his Deputy Mayor. She was elected in 2018 to represent Brompton and Hans Town ward on the Council.
The Mayoral Charity for the year will be homeless charity, Glass Door. Visit the Glass Door website.
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