Rita is a local mum who has lived in Westminster for the whole of her adult life, having been a pupil at Wilberforce Primary school & St Augustine’s Secondary school. She has worked in community engagement for some years at both the Stowe Club and the Beethoven Centre and was elected to Westminster Council in 2014 – where she is a member of the Scrutiny Committee for Children & Sport. Her husband is involved as a volunteer with MIND (the mental health charity) & Queens Park Bangladesh Association.
Rita was elected as a Councillor for Maida Vale Ward in May 2014.
She has a special interest in child and youth development and is a Board Director of Paddington Youth Enterprises Ltd – a social enterprise company promoting employment & business enterprise opportunities for youth.
Rita has an excellent reputation in fundraising, social organisation, charities and event organisation. She appreciates that the post of Lord Mayor is devoted to the promotion of the City, its initiatives and support of a wide range of local organisations, including charities and business. As its first citizen, she would welcome important visitors and dignitaries to the city, with royal visitors being welcomed by the Queen’s representative.
Rita already works tirelessly for her community and would bring vitality and youthfulness to the role. Should she be elected she would expect to go that extra mile by promoting more inter-generational activities & would introduce a Mayor’s medal for young people aged 18 and under who have inspired others by their actions. She would also broaden the Civic Reception model to encompass Community based receptions in the North and South of the Borough – reflecting the values & diversity of mixed generations. In this respect she would introduce a monthly ‘At Home with the Lord Mayor’ – to which members of the public would be welcome to come and share a cup of tea.
Rita would be pleased to ensure that the Lord Mayor’s Annual Appeal should benefit young people with mental health concerns.
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