Annual Council approves appointment of Kingston’s new Mayor and portfolio holders

New Mayor Councillor Yogan Yoganathan alongside Deputy Mayor Councillor Nicola Nardelli

Councillor Yogan Yoganathan has been appointed 187th mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames at Annual Council (24 May), the first meeting of the newly elected administration.

Councillor Yoganathan has lived in the borough for 52 years and previously served as mayor from 2005-2006. As a councillor he has served as chair and co-chair of the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2009 New Year’s Honours for his work in community relations and services to local government.

Alongside him, Councillor Nicola Nardelli was appointed Deputy Mayor. 

As is customary, the Mayor has chosen two local organisations to champion as his special causes during his time in office - The Community Brain CIC and Creative Youth.

Community Brain works with communities in Kingston to develop togetherness, using the widest range of the arts, education and local history. Creative Youth aims to enable young people across the borough to realise their potential through innovative, ambitious and original projects in the Arts. 

Annual Council also approved the appointment of the administration's new portfolio holders, who are as follows: 

Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance - Cllr Andreas Kirsch 
Deputy Leader - Cllr Alison Holt
Portfolio Holder for Assets, Leisure and Commissioning - Cllr Noel Hadjimichael 
Portfolio Holder for Business, Recycling and Customer Contact - Cllr John Sweeney 
Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Governance - Cllr Peter Herlinger 
Portfolio Holder for Climate Action and Sustainable Transport - Cllr Ian Manders 
Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Community Engagement - Cllr Roger Hayes Planning
Portfolio Holder for Housing - Cllr Emily Davey 
Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services including Education - Cllr Steph Archer 
Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Public Health - Cllr Sabah Hamed 

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Published: 25th May 2022