53rd Mayor of borough announced

Release Date: 12 April 2017

The 53rd Mayor of Richmond upon Thames will be Cllr Lisa Blakemore, it was announced today.

Cllr Blakemore was first elected as a Councillor for North Richmond in 2010. Since then she was Deputy Mayor between the years 2012 to 2013, held the title of Tenants' Champion (between the years 2010 to 2015) and since 2015, she has been the Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Health.

She has lived in the borough for 10 years. She has always been passionate about improving people’s lives. She trained as a teacher and educational psychologist, working in the industry for a number of years. Following this, Lisa specialised in autism and published a book in 2001 on the subject. After becoming a councillor, she also became involved in a number of local charities and organisations – including Richmond Parish Lands as a Trustee and as a former Governor at Christ’s School.

Cllr Blakemore has one daughter and two grand-daughters – one of which attends a local primary school.

Cllr Blakemore will be formally announced as Mayor for 2017/18 at the Annual Council Meeting on 16 May 2017. At the meeting she will also announce her Deputy and chosen charity.

She said:

“Richmond upon Thames has been my home for more than 10 years and I love it. I have always been compassionate about people’s lives. And through various aspects of my career have been committed to helping people live happily, healthily and safely.

“Becoming Mayor is something I will be very proud of. And, when I have decided on my chosen charity for the year, I will raise as much money as I possibly can for them.”

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Updated: 28 April 2017