Wimbledon Park Councillor Janice Howard was unanimously elected to serve as the next Mayor of Merton at a special Mayor Making ceremony on Wednesday 15 May.
The new Mayor took over the role from Lower Morden ward representative, Councillor Mary Curtin who served as Mayor of Merton for the past year.
Councillor Howard, who was elected to Merton Council in 2010, has lived in the borough since 1990. The mum-of-two, who served on the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board for the past year is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles to improve the lives of residents.
Councillor Howard, said: “I feel greatly honoured and immensely proud to be able to serve as the Mayor of Merton and follow in the footsteps of the great many Mayors before me.
I hope, during the coming year, to be able to continue to spread the messages on how a few simple lifestyle changes can really impact positively on everyone’s quality of life.
I am also really looking forward to visiting and meeting residents across all the different parts of the borough. Ever since I first arrived in Merton I have been really impressed by the generosity of local people to get involved with voluntary work, to help the most vulnerable in our community.”
During her long career in corporate conference and events management, Councillor Howard also successfully studied for, and achieved a Master’s degree in operations management.
She said: “I didn’t go to University as a youngster but studied later when I was a working mum so I am passionate about spreading the word that it is never too late to learn new things.”
The new Mayor will be supported in the forthcoming year by her Deputy Mayor, Councillor Edward Foley and her consorts will be her husband Andrew Howard, supported by a their two grown up children Benedict and Isabella Howard. Councillor Howard’s two charities for the coming year are to be Macmillan Cancer Support and Faith in Action.