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NEWLY APPOINTED: Hillingdon mayor ‘proud’ of borough’s diversity

 Published on: 12th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The new Mayor of Hillingdon was announced at the council’s annual general meeting last month.

Councillor Shehryar Ahmad-Wallana has taken over from retiring Mayor of Hillingdon councillor Becky Haggar, as the borough’s ceremonial and civic head for the year.

Mayoress duties will be shared by Mayor Ahmad-Wallana’s wife, Amtul Woud Wallana, and their daughter, Tooba Khulat Wallana.

Mayor Ahmad-Wallana said: “Being elected Mayor makes me feel such pride; it’s just amazing to be the first citizen of the borough. It’s a great honour and privilege. I’m grateful to everyone for this opportunity.”

The Mayor moved to the country from Pakistan in 2003 and was naturalised in 2009.

He said: “We have a very diverse borough and that is one of the great things about Hillingdon.

“Whatever I may achieve as a Mayor will be for local people.

“Politics is not a profession to me; it’s a passion. I love helping the community and I believe we have a great community.”

Mayor Ahmad-Wallana’s chosen charities are the Halo Children’s Foundation, which supports bereaved young people, and the Al-Falah Institute, an educational and support centre for women, children and refugees.

The Mayor’s first engagement was to open the newly refurbished tennis courts in Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, with his daughter Tooba.

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