The Council elected Councillor Maddie Henson to serve as Mayor of Croydon for 2020-2021. The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury.
Introduction from the Mayor
I am a born and bred Croydonian.
I was born in 1987 in what was then Mayday Hospital (now Croydon University Hospital) and grew up in South Norwood. I first went to Crosfield Nursery where I am now a governor, and went from there to South Norwood Primary, and then to Harris Crystal Palace. I have always lived in Croydon, except when I went to Kent University in Canterbury to get my BA in History.
I have always been driven above all else by a desire to help people, and as a teenager often supported friends to work through difficulties. My interest in politics came from my family and in particular from my Nan, and I became active in local politics when I was 16. I became a councillor for the first time in 2014 for what was then Ashburton ward, and was really touched to be re-elected in 2018 in the newly-formed Addiscombe East, which constituted a great deal of my old ward. Since I was elected I have served on many committees and have specialised in adoption and fostering.
I was married in Croydon Park Hotel in 2011 to my wonderful husband Mark Henson, who is my consort. We originally lived near South Croydon bus garage but soon after we married we moved to Addiscombe where we settled and have since had two children Theo, six and Liam, two, who we adore. I gave birth to both of them just a few weeks before my respective elections.
My husband and I also run an IT business which is based in Croydon.
My experiences both as a mother and as a councillor have confirmed my belief that the most important thing we can do is to invest in our children and I often try to champion the children and young people of our borough.
Arguably my proudest achievement during my time as a councillor is having been instrumental in the reopening of Ashburton Hall after a large refit by the council. This has allowed me to help the community to set up several other community events based out of it, including the Addiscombe Winter Carnival and the Addiscombe Treasure Hunt. Both of these have been really popular and I am really looking forward to transferring all that I have learnt through these events and others into my role as Mayor.
I couldn’t be more honoured to have been elected as the Mayor of my home town, the town that I love.