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PRERNA BHARDWAJ: Gerrards Cross Town Council elects first female mayor

 Published on: 14th June 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

The new Mayor of Gerrards Cross is the town’s first female and youngest-ever Mayor.

Councillor Prerna Bhardwaj was chosen as Mayor at Gerrards Cross Town Council’s (GCTC) annual statutory meeting on Monday, May 20.

Speaking to CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews, Mayor Bhardwaj said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be the first female and youngest-ever Mayor of GCTC. There are many things I want to do and I look forward to cracking on!”

Cllr Bhardwaj has been a councillor since the by-election in December but says she has been involved politics since the age of 16. She has been active within the Conservatives for many years and was formerly vice-chair of the Gerrards Cross branch, now chair.

Cllr Bhardwaj remembers shadowing Baroness Shreela Flather in the House of Lords and admiring her work in fighting for women and children in developing countries. This inspired her to pursue a career in law, and following her graduation from the University of Kent, she was called to the bar. After working as a barrister, the now mayor moved into banking, working at UBS and Goldman Sachs. It was at the latter that she decided she wanted to do something “more fulfilling” and pursue her passion for politics.

She then began writing legal and political articles whilst working as a presenter on her father’s radio station, NuSound Radio which is based in East London.

She said: “Back when I was in my teens, my dad wanted to get his radio licence and he spoke to his MP who helped him get one in the end. That showed me how politics can really help people.”

Cllr Bhardwaj moved to Gerrards Cross six years ago when she married. As a mother to two small children, she says that issues impacting children and families, like speeding and littering, are high up on her priorities as well as supporting charity.

She said: “I want to inspire children to be more politically active. I really benefited from having a great politics teacher at school.”

If you would like to contact cllr Bhardwaj, you can do so by emailing her on Prerna.Bhardwaj@gerrardscross.gov.uk

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