Merton’s new Mayor was signed in at full council this week and pledged to focus on engaging with the young people of Merton.
Councillor Nick Draper, who represents Colliers Wood, was elected as Mayor on Wednesday 13 May. He was elected for the ward in 2002 and 2006. Before this he was elected to Lower Morden in 1994.
As Mayor Councillor Draper will represent the borough at formal functions, chair meetings of the full council and raise funds for his chosen charities Merton MIND and Grenfell Housing. He said:
“Alongside my formal council duties I also plan to visit as many schools and youth organisations as possible, actively promote the Youth Parliament and intend to have a great time in the process.”
Merton Mind works to promote good mental health in the community and represents people with mental health problems in Merton. Grenfell Housing’ s mission is to reduce the impact of homelessness on young people in the borough and with this their main aim is to provide good quality housing options as well as offering support and training for those aged 16 to 30.
Councillor Draper, whose many interests outside politics include his job with the National Blood Service, being a governor for three of the borough’ s schools , cycling, singing & playing the guitar, said: ‘I am thrilled to have been elected Mayor, it is a great honour and one I can’t wait to get out there and share with the people of Merton.’
‘I am passionate about making a difference and particularly want to focus my efforts on getting young people in Merton on board and engaging them in activities throughout the borough. I aim to raise as much money as possible for both my charities and hope everyone around the borough will support me in doing so.’
Outgoing Mayor Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘It was a great honour and privilege to have served as Merton’s Mayor and a remarkable year that I enjoyed immensely. I would like to thank everyone who supported me through my mayoral year and also for all he support I received for my chosen charities, the Wimbledon Guild and The Vine Project and for helping me raise over £45,000.”
Councillor Karin Forbes will replace Councillor Krysia Williams as Deputy Mayor of Merton.