Merton welcomes new Mayor of Merton for 2011/12

Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender was unanimously elected as the next Mayor of Merton for 2011/12 at Merton’s full council meeting last night.

Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, a conservative councillor representing West Barnes, has served as a councillor in Merton for eleven years. Councillor Chris Edge, representing Dundonald Ward, was elected as Deputy Mayor for 2011/12.

The Mayor of Merton announced Parkinson’s Merton as her main charity for 2011/12 and committed to supporting a number of other local charities throughout the year with a series of fundraising events. Those local charities include Merton and Morden Guild, Merton Vision, Age Concern, Crossroads, Merton Music Foundation, Merton Concert Band, Dean City Farm and Merton Priory Project..

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: “I would like to thank all of my councillor colleagues so much for electing me as Mayor of Merton. I am very excited about the forthcoming year and value the responsibility of being first citizen for the London Borough of Merton.

“I’m looking forward to involving residents in many exciting, fun and family friendly events in the coming year and to rallying support and funds for my chosen charities which play such a valuable role in the borough.”