Your Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Your Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor for 2020-21 is Councillor Sushila Abraham. The Deputy Mayor stands in for the Mayor when necessary.

Councillor Abraham lives in Surbiton with her husband Dr. Mathew Abraham, who is a barrister. They have one son Matthew, also a barrister, and have lived in the borough for over 30 years.

Cllr Abraham is a solicitor and has had her own practice on Ewell Road, Surbiton since 1999. She is a Council Member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing Surrey Solicitors and enjoys working closely with the elderly and vulnerable. 

She was elected as a Councillor in 2013 in a by-election for Berrylands Ward and has served as Deputy Chair and Chair of Surbiton Neighbourhood, as well as serving as a School Governor. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, golf and travelling.

About the Office of Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor, when deputising, should be treated as the Mayor would be treated. The Deputy Mayor will normally deputise for the Mayor when the Mayor is away from the Royal Borough, ill, or when there is a clash of functions and it is desirable for the Royal Borough to be represented at both. The Deputy Mayor may also appoint a Deputy Mayoress or Escort to accompany them on official engagements.