Merton’s Former Mayor is runner-up in top award

The London Borough of Merton’s former Mayor, Councillor Edith Macauley JP has been voted runner-up in the prestigious Mayor of the Year Award organised by The Co-operative Bank.

The Mayor of the Year Award set out to find the Mayor who has had the most exceptional year in office. Out of almost 100 local authorities across the country Councillor Macauley was selected as having made one of the most outstanding contributions to her local area.

Councillor Macauley will be presented with The Mayor of the Year Runner Up Award on Friday 14th November at 11am, in the Council Chamber, Merton Civic Centre.

A true ambassador for Merton Council, Councillor Macauley was Merton’s first black female Mayor. She worked hard to raise the profile of the borough’s ethnic diversity by regularly attending events held by Sikh, Jewish and other communities.

Councillor Macauley said; “To be selected as runner-up in the Mayor of the Year Award is a magnificent honour. It has been a privilege to serve the community and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of being Mayor of Merton. I will always have very fond memories of my year in office.”

David Dunn, Senior Manager, Public Sector & Community Development at The Co-operative Bank, said: “To win this honour reflects the hard work and dedication that Edith has shown in the role of Lord Mayor.

“As leading bankers in the local authority sector we appreciate the contribution made by Mayors on a local level and are very pleased to be able to bring national recognition to Edith who has achieved something very special during her term in office.”

The awards panel, consisting of six judges, was particularly impressed with her fundraising efforts. The mayor’s Charity Ball had more attendees than ever previously and contributed to the final sum of money raised during the year, £40,000. This is the highest amount raised for the Mayor’s charities at Merton in almost 20 years.

The achievement is even greater, considering Councillor Macauley juggled her mayoral duties with her professional commitment to the Communication Workers Union, as well as her role as a magistrate in Wimbledon.