Councillor Amrik Jhawar was elected as Mayor for 2020/21 at the Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony on Thursday 21 May 2020. Amrik will be supported during his term in office by the Mayoress, Mrs Nirmal Jhawar.
Councillor Jhawar has lived in Telford for over 50 years with his wife Nirmal. Together, they have two grown-up children and four grandchildren.
Amrik began his career in 1969 working at GKN Sankey, Hadley for 11 years and then went on to work as an employee for the Royal Mail from 1980 until he retired in 2013. He is currently one of three elected representatives for Ketley and Overdale Ward when he recently became a Borough Councillor again at the May 2019 election, he has previously held the position of Deputy Mayor for 2014/15.
Amrik also serves as a Member of Ketley Parish Council where he has previously undertaken the role of Chairman and is a Member of Oakengates Town Council and Lawley and Overdale Parish Council.
The Deputy Mayor
The Mayor will be supported during his year in Office by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Raj Mehta who is one of of two elected representatives for the Horsehay and Lightmoor ward.
Councillor Mehta was brought up in Anfield and after moving to Telford over 15 years ago, he lives with his wife Poonam and their two children, Swastik and Rahul. Raj became a Borough Councillor in the 2016 by-election and was re-elected in May 2019. He has also served as a member of Ketley Parish Council from 2012 – 2019 and is currently Chair of Lawley and Overdale Parish Council and a Member of Dawley Hamlets Parish Council and Great Dawley Town Council.
Raj has been working with the NHS for nearly two decades and runs a medical practice in Birmingham, where he is also Chairman of the Health and 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, he was awarded the Bringing People Together Award.
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 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.
Raj has been an ambassador for fundraising initiatives and has previously raised £20,000 to aid resources following the natural disaster in Gujarat in 2001 and a further £20,000 for the John Taylor Hospice and Severn Hospice in 2018. During his previous term in Office as Mayor for 2018/19, Raj identified a gap between the younger and older generation in the local community and created his Building Bridges Appeal which he has continued as the Founder and Patron to deliver and expand within Telford and Wrekin. Through the Appeal, Raj has also implemented a plaque award scheme to acknowledge when both generations come together and make a pledge to Build Bridges. He also launched a Mayoral Grant Fund as part of this initiative to give back to the wider community, funding grants for the benefit of local voluntary organisations undertaking charitable activity in support of individuals in need but primarily focusing on voluntary groups which support the multi-faith community and broaden diversity.
Raj was appointed the position of Cabinet Member for Communities & Inclusivity for 2019/20 and became a Trustee of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. He has more recently been appointed Chair of the first Interfaith Council of Telford and Wrekin, which has been designed to build community ties and support cultural celebration with representatives from a variety of faith backgrounds including Sikh, Hindu, Christian, Islamic and Jewish as well as West Mercia Police.
Last updated: 22/05/2020 16:22