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Hillingdon Council elects new Mayor for the borough

An Ickenham ward councillor takes the mayoralty and shares his aims for the forthcoming year

Hillingdon Council has welcomed its new Mayor for 2016/17, who hopes to 'encourage cohesion' in the borough in the year ahead.

Conservative Ickenham ward councillor, John Hensley, was elected at the council's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, (May 12) with his wife Diane Hensley joining him as Mayoress.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Carol Melvin and her husband and consort Andrew were also inaugurated.

Cllr Hensley takes over the mayoralty from Cllr George Cooper , who saw £102,000 raised for his chosen charities.

He said: “It’s a great privilege and honour to be elected as Mayor and serve residents.

“One of my key aims for the year is to encourage cohesion within Hillingdon ’s community.

“I hope that during my time in office that I can meet many groups, clubs, organisations, as well as those individuals who work to improve the life and wellbeing of our residents.”

Who is the new Mayor?

Cllr Hensley has lived in Hillingdon for 40 years and was first elected a ward councillor in May 2002 for Ickenham.

Both of his two married sons were educated in the borough and he is a postgraduate from Brunel University and a chartered mechanical engineer, electrical engineer and a chartered materials engineer.

In 2015, Cllr Hensley was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Brunel University . He has spent many years in the manufacturing industry and has also been a lecturer at further education colleges and universities.

He has also been a school governor of one junior and three secondary schools in Hillingdon and is an academic adviser to the Engineering Department at Brunel University.

Both Cllr Hensley and his wife share an interest in craft activities, music, reading, gardening and visiting historic buildings - both in this country and abroad.

What does the Mayor hope to achieve?

The Mayor’s Charity Appeal for 2016/17 will focus on the theme of the 'Journey Through Life', supporting the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages.

It will raise money for four organisations:

  • Pield Heath House School, to purchase a sound system and greenhouse.
  • Paul Strickland Scanner Appeal, to purchase specialised equipment to assist disabled patients to access and use the equipment.
  • Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, to purchase specialist nonmagnetic anaesthetic equipment that would enable an anaesthetised patient, to undergo an MRI scan, whilst receiving treatment for either a heart attack or undergoing a heart or lung transplant.
  • Harlington Hospice, to purchase a variety of equipment to help patient comfort and treatment.

Cllr Hensley added: “I would like to raise money to purchase vital equipment that will enable professionals to provide a service which helps the most vulnerable in our society.”

If you would like the Mayor and Mayoress to visit your organisation or event, call 01895 250763 or email: mayor@hillingdon.gov.uk.

If you would like to donate to the Mayor's charities, visit his JustGiving page .

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