A new Mayor appointed

23 May 2019

Councillor Will Pascall has been elected to serve as Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for 2019/20 at the Council’s Annual General Meeting last night, Wednesday 22 May. 

First elected to the Council in May 2010, Councillor Pascall represents Stanley ward, and has been part of the Leadership Team since 2017. First being one of two Deputy Leaders and also responsible for Streets, Planning and Transport and for the last year as Lead Member for Streets, Planning and Transport. Previously he has served on committees including Public Realm, Housing and Property and Adult Social Care. 

Councillor Pascall said: “It is a great honour to be elected by my colleagues. I am aware of the enormous challenges there are representing the borough and will ensure that the legacy of the Grenfell tragedy is at the forefront of my Mayoralty. I also want to be inclusive and work with everyone across the borough. We are a diverse, thriving borough and I will do my upmost to ensure I meet as many residents as possible. Rest assured, whatever your faith, age or where you live, we are one borough and I will be representing you all.”

Councillor Pascall was born in the borough and trained to be a civil engineer and architect. He has worked in central Government and the private sector and is part owner of a centre for small businesses in Chelsea. He is married and has three children.  

The new Chaplain for the Mayor is Rev. Emma Smith, currently at St Lukes and Christ Church, Sydney Street and soon to be the new vicar of St Mary Abbotts, Kensington High Street. 

Councillor Pascall has appointed Councillor Walaa Idris as his Deputy Mayor. She was first elected to Brompton and Hans Town ward last year to the Council and has served on the Planning, Adult Social Care and Health, and Borough and Area Governance Review committees. Councillor Idris is originally from The Sudan and has two children. Her background is as a property consultant.