Issue - meetings
Meeting: 14/05/2018 - Council (Item 5)
Vote of Thanks to the Outgoing Mayor
For the incoming Mayor to invite a vote of thanks for the outgoing Mayor, in accordance with Standing Order 27(c).
NOTED the vote of thanks to the outgoing Mayor.
The Mayor then invited Councillor McLennan to propose a vote of thanks for co-opted and other Members serving on the Council’s Committees.
Councillor McLennan stated that the Annual Meeting of the Council was an opportunity to highlight the valued work of the Council’s co-opted committee members, given the core role they played as critical friends in the Council’s democratic process. She advised that their independence and objectivity were highly valued and concluded by thanking all of the co-opted Members for their work in supporting the success of the Council’s Committees over the past year.
The Mayor then invited Councillor Butt to propose a vote of thanks to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Chohan.
Councillor Butt began by thanking Councillor Chohan for his dedication to the Mayoralty during his time in office, highlighting his origins in Kenya before moving to the UK to set up a successful business. As a councillor in Alperton he outlined how the outgoing Mayor had always put his residents first, encouraging them to engage in civic life and community projects and had shown a deep commitment to his local community, volunteering for many organisations across both Brent and London. This had continued during his time as Mayor, with him attending many civic and ceremonial events and serving as an outstanding ambassador for the borough, promoting Brent across London and the world. In addition, Councillor Butt highlighted the outgoing Mayors legacy in relation to his charity and fundraising efforts in support of the Asian Women’s Resource Centre and the Akshaya Patra Foundation, both providing vital support for local communities across the Borough. As a result of the time and effort invested, he was pleased to announce that Councillor Chohun (supported by the Mayors office) had raised over £30,000 during his year in office, for which he was congratulated by all members of the Council. The funds raised would improve the lives of many residents and he felt reflected the hard work and commitment that Councillor Chohan had invested as First Citizen of Brent. Councillor Butt ended by asking everyone assembled at the meeting to join him in offering their sincerest thanks to the work of Councillor Chohan as Mayor of Brent during the 2017/2018 municipal year.
The Mayor then invited Members to make additional contributions in thanking the outgoing Mayor.
Councillor Colwill (Leader of the Conservative Group) congratulated Councillor Mahmood on his election as the new Mayor and thanked Councillor Chohan for his year in office on behalf of the Conservative Group. He praised his chairmanship of Full Council meetings over the past year in terms of his friendly, open minded and fair approach and also took the opportunity to congratulate him for his wonderful fund raising efforts. He ended by extending his best wishes for the future to Councillor Chohan on the conclusion of his term of office.
The Mayor then invited Councillor Chohan to respond and review his year in office.
Councillor Chohan expressed his gratitude for having a final opportunity to review his year ... view the full minutes text for item 5
Meeting: 17/05/2017 - Council (Item 3)
Vote of Thanks to the Outgoing Mayor
For the incoming Mayor to invite a vote of thanks for the outgoing Mayor, in accordance with Standing Order 32 (c).
The Mayor invited Councillor McLennan to propose a vote of thanks for Co-Opted Members serving on the Council’s Committees.
Councillor McLennan stated that the Annual Meeting of the Council was an opportunity to highlight the valued work of the Council’s Co-Opted Committee Members. She outlined that two long standing Co-Opted Members of the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, Dr Jeff Levison and Mother Christine Cargill, were standing down after many years of service. Members heard that whilst Co-Opted Members’ roles comprised of being ‘critical friends’ to the Cabinet, their objectivity and counsel aided the Council drive for continued improvement in delivering services for residents. She concluded by thanking all of the Council’s Co-Opted Members for their work on the Council’s Committees over the past year.
The Mayor then invited Councillor Butt to propose a vote of thanks in the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Ahmed.
Councillor Butt stated that Councillor Ahmed had been an exemplary and dedicated Mayor to the people of Brent. This, he said, had been evidenced by the vast number of events he had attended and the amount of money he had raised for three charities based in the Borough (Brent Centre for Young People, Sufra North West London and Community Action on Dementia Brent). He stated that the outgoing Mayor had been a model of determination, grit and community spirit in his civic work and had also presided over some key decisions being made at Full Council meetings. Councillor Butt asked everyone assembled at the meeting to join him in offering their sincerest thanks to the work of Councillor Ahmed as Mayor of Brent during the 2016/2017 municipal year.
The Mayor invited Members to make additional contributions in thanking the outgoing Mayor.
Councillor Colwill (Leader of the Conservative Group) congratulated Councillor Chohan on his election as the new Mayor and thanked Councillor Ahmed for his year in office on behalf of the Conservative Group. He said that it had been a pleasure to accompany him to events in Westminster and his inclusivity to all was welcome. He praised his chairmanship of Full Council meetings over the past year where he had treated all Members fairly and equally. Councillor Colwill also referenced the Mayoral support to voluntary groups and placed on record his thanks to all voluntary groups across the borough who were doing invaluable work for residents.
Councillor Warren (Leader of the Brent Conservative Group) also thanked the Mayor for his achievements during his year in office. He praised the number of engagements which the outgoing Mayor had attended. He extended best wishes to Councillor Ahmed on the conclusion of his term and wished the new Mayor well in his role.
Councillor Kabir referenced the high number of events Councillor Ahmed had attended during the past municipal year, and highlighted that many of these were also outside of Brent itself. She stated that she had heard very positive feedback about the Mayor’s presence at events outside of the borough, which had shown what an exemplary ambassador the outgoing ... view the full minutes text for item 3