Councillor Raj Mehta was elected as Mayor for 2018/19 at the Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony on Thursday 24 May 2018. Raj will be supported during his term in office by the Mayoress, his wife, Dr Poonam Mehta.
Raj was brought up in Anfield and after moving to Telford over 13 years ago, he became a Borough Councillor for the Horsehay and Lightmoor Ward at the 2016 by-election. Raj has also served as a member of Ketley Parish Council since 2012.
Raj has been working with the NHS for nearly two decades and runs a surgery practice in Aylesbury where he is also Chairman of the Health & Engagement Forum. In 2016, he was awarded by the Community Foundation, the Inspiration Award for Health and Well Being in the Community and in 2017, the Bringing People Together Award.
He lives with his wife, Poonam who is also a local GP and their two children, Swastik and Rahul.
Raj has previous experience serving as a Police Constable for West Midlands Police for 10 years and currently holds the position of School Governor for Lawley Primary School. He is also Vice-Chair for the Confederation of Indians and has experience as an Interpreter for the UK Border Agency with the ability to speak in several languages including Punjabi, Hindu and Urdu.
In 2001, Raj raised £20,000 to aid resources following a natural disaster in Gujrat and continued his fundraising in 2018, raising another £20,000 for the John Taylor Hospice and Severn Hospice Telford.
The Deputy Mayor
The Mayor will be supported during his year in Office by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stephen Reynolds who is one of three elected representatives for Oakengates & Ketley Bank Ward.
Stephen was brought up in Solihull and upon leaving school was employed at the newly formed Severn Trent Water where he spent his working life as a Customer Relations Officer. Since his retirement, he has done voluntary work for Severn Hospice and the National Trust.
Stephen moved to Telford when he married his wife, Shirley and together they have two grown up children; Graham who works at Telford College of Arts & Technology and Gilly, also a Borough Councillor.
Stephen became a Borough Councillor at the 2015 election and has held the position of Deputy Mayor for 2016/17 and Mayor for 2017/18. Since 2011, he has served as a Member of Wrockwardine Wood and Trench Parish Council as well as a Member of Oakengates Town Council, where he has undertaken the role of Mayor three times.