Hounslow Council announces new Mayor and Cabinet for year 2024 / 25

Image above: Mayor Karen Smith and Deputy Mayor Muhammad Shakeel Akram

New Mayor announced along with new Cabinet roles

Karen Smith has been elected as the new Mayor of Hounslow at the Council’s Annual Meeting. Mayor Smith has been a councillor in Hounslow South since 2018. She will be joined by Deputy Mayor Akram, a councillor for Feltham North for the year 2024/25.

A Cabinet shuffle has also been announced. As we reported last week, Katherine Dunne has been replaced by Tom Bruce as deputy leader, and Guy Lambert as stepped down from a Cabinet role.

READ ALSO: Cllr Katherine Dunne dropped as Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council

During her year of office, Cllr Smith will undertake a variety of civic responsibilities, including chairing Borough Council meetings and attending and hosting events. The role is purely ceremonial, and non-political.

The new Mayor has lived in Hounslow all her life and attended Hounslow Heath and Heathlands Schools, followed by West Thames College (Hounslow Borough College at the time).

Before joining the Council Mayor Smith worked for the Metropolitan Police in both Hounslow and Chiswick Police Stations. She currently works at ArtsEd in Chiswick.

Tom Bruce appointed Deputy Leader

Councillor Tom Bruce was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Council at the meeting. He has been a councillor in Hounslow South for ten years and was Cabinet Member for Education before taking on his current portfolio of Regeneration and Development.

Councillor Bruce has been chosen as the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Twickenham. He spoke to the Chiswick Calendar last week about his parliamentary hopes.

READ ALSO: Hounslow Cabinet member Cllr Tom Bruce chosen as Labour parliamentary candidate for Twickenham

Council leader announces new Cabinet roles

The Borough Council meeting also saw the introduction of a selection of new Cabinet roles for the authority’s elected leadership team.

The Cabinet roles are:

  • Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Shantanu Rajawat takes responsibility for Strategy, Resources and External Affairs.
  • Cllr Tom Bruce becomes Hounslow Council’s Deputy Leader as well as Cabinet Member for Assets, Regeneration and Development.
  • Cllr Samia Chaudhary becomes the Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Employment.
  • Cllr Ajmer Grewal becomes the Cabinet Member for Residents Support, Communities and Equalities.
  • Cllr Shivraj Grewal becomes the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Recycling and Transformation.
  • Cllr Katherine Dunne remains the Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment and Transport.
  • Cllr Lily Bath becomes the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Health Integration
  • Cllr Salman Shaheen becomes the Cabinet Member Culture, Leisure and Public Spaces.
  • Cllr Sue Sampson retains her role as the Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Homelessness.
  • Cllr Raghwinder Siddhu joins the Cabinet as the Member for Public Safety, Regulatory Services and Enforcement.

Image above: Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat

“We have aligned these roles to better reflect the changing needs of our community, the people we serve and the challenges we face” – Council Leader, Shantanu Rajawat

Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, said:

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Mayor and Deputy Mayor. We are certain they will carry out their roles with the same dedication and dignity as their predecessors and become fantastic ambassadors for our borough.

“I am also pleased to announce our new cabinet roles and welcome our new cabinet members. We have realigned these roles to better reflect the changing needs of our community, the people we serve and the challenges we face.

“I would like to pay tribute to those who have served in the previous roles for their unwavering support and devotion to duty.

Together, we are committed to fostering a thriving, safe, and sustainable community. I look forward to working closely with all my colleagues to achieve our shared goals and ensure that Hounslow remains a vibrant and inclusive place to live and work.”

Hanworth Village By-election announced

There will be a by-election in Hounslow following the resignaiton of Councillor Noreen Kaleem. The by-election will be on Thursday 4 July, the same day as the General Election. Cllr Kaleem was one of three councillors in Hanworth village alongside Richard Foote (Labour) and Allan Joseph (Conservatives).

Nominees have until 4pm on Friday 7 June 2024 to submit their papers to the council.