The Council elected Councillor Humayun Kabir to serve as Mayor of Croydon for 2019-2020. The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Maddie Henson.
Introduction from the Mayor
I am proud and delighted to serve as Mayor, and look forward to working with many of you as possible for the benefit of our wonderful community here in Croydon.
I have lived in the borough for more than 40 years, been actively involved in local politics for 17 and a councillor since 2010, representing Bensham Manor Ward. I have served as a deputy cabinet member for economy and jobs, and finance and treasury, as well as being vice chair of the planning committee for several years.
My background as a small business owner means I am passionate about this vital part of our local economy. I came to England with my parents in 1972 and moved to Croydon when I opened my first catering business in 1977. Small businesses are at the heart of day-to-day life - they serve our community, help to create jobs and opportunities, and make our town and district centres the vibrant places we like them to be.
Later, after studying for three years for a Bachelor of Education degree, I began a new career at Tower Hamlets Council, as a parent advocate and family support services manager. This, together with my experiences as a Croydon councillor, has made supporting children with disabilities, and their families, another cause close to my heart.
I first became involved in community work through what is now Croydon Bangladesh Welfare Association, of which I have been president for two terms. I was a founding member of the Asian Resource Centre, helped to establish the Queens Community Hall through Bensham Manor Community Association, and was part of the steering committee that helped to develop Shahjalal Mosque. As Mayor, I’m keen to celebrate and promote Asian culture, and all the different cultures that make Croydon such a rich and exciting environment.
Away from politics, I enjoy travelling and playing badminton. I’m a family man - I have a wonderful wife Rahena who has supported me over the last 37 years and who will be my consort. I have two daughters, one son and a daughter-in-law. They are all excited and are supportive of my new role.
I am keen to encourage civic pride, and harness our community’s talents, in particular our young people’s, in support of my charities. To promote my themes - community, business and inclusion, and to aid fundraising, I will be introducing an ambassadors scheme and am seeking volunteers of all ages.