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New Lord Mayor of Westminster elected

  • May 17, 2024
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New Lord Mayor of Westminster elected

Councillor Robert Rigby has been elected the new Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster following a vote at Full Council on 15th May.

Cllr Rigby has represented Regent’s Park ward since 2010. His career at Westminster City Council has taken in senior roles including chair of the planning committee; deputy cabinet member for finance and regeneration; deputy cabinet member for parking and housing and chair of the Lord’s community group.

Upon election, the new Lord Mayor said:

It is a huge honour and an enormous privilege to accept this role. Westminster is truly an international and multicultural city, and our diverse and vibrant communities make it special and different from other London local authorities. I very much look forward to meeting and supporting our many communities across the city during my year of office.”

The Lord Mayor has chosen two charities to champion: the Cardinal Hume Centre, which looks after homeless young people and the MCC Foundation, which promotes cricket to different communities across the country through free training and matches.

The New Lord Mayor, aged 63, has lived in St John’s Wood for more than 35 years. He has spent his working life in sales and marketing within the travel industry, including 20 years with Japan Airlines during which time he met his wife Emiko.

A keen runner, The Lord Mayor is a trustee of the London Marathon Foundation but regularly runs 10k and cross-country races as a member of the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

Speaking at the Mayor Making event held at Marylebone Town Hall, Cllr Rigby said:

As Lord Mayor it will be a year of firsts – the first time Westminster has had a Japanese Lady Mayoress, and I’m pretty sure it will be the first time for a Lord Mayor to run a 10k race in under 40 minutes!! “

The Lord Mayor plans to get young Westminster residents up and running by visiting primary schools and promoting the Daily Mile – the initiative to encourage all young children to walk or run a mile every day – and he hopes to get as many youngsters as possible to enter the Westminster Mile event in September.

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