New Mayor for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Councillor Margaret Thompson was officially installed as the new Mayor of Kingston at Annual Council (Tuesday 14 May).
Councillor Thompson is the borough’s 184th Mayor. A resident in the borough since 1985, she was first elected as councillor for Chessington North and Hook Ward in 2010. Before becoming Mayor, she was the council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and chair of the Children’s and Adults' Care and Education Committee.
Councillor Thompson lives in Hook with her husband Richard Thompson, a Professor of Experimental Physics at Imperial College. She has three children David, Andrew and Naomi and a grandson Fintan.
Margaret Thompson qualified as a paediatric nurse and has held a variety of specialist posts in hospitals and the community. She was Kingston's first nurse specialist for looked after children. Margaret is also a governor at two schools and sits on the Board of Governors for Kingston Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, gardening, reading and steam trains.
Councillor Margaret Thompson on becoming the Mayor, said:
“Becoming Mayor is a huge privilege, one that makes me feel very humble, and I will do my very best to serve the Royal Borough and its residents to the best of my ability. Kingston is a beautiful place, with a real sense of its own long history and identity.
“Thank you to Thay Thayalan, whose quiet grace has been inspirational - he will be a very hard act to follow, but an excellent role model.”
Councillor Thompson’s husband, Richard, and two sons David and Andrew were appointed as the Mayor’s Consorts and her daughter, Naomi, as her Mayoress. Councillor Munir Ravalia was appointed as her Deputy Mayor.
Councillor Ravalia was elected as a councillor in Coombe Vale ward in May 2018 and lives in New Malden with his family. He has been a resident in Kingston for a number of years and was formerly a pupil at Coombe Hill Infants. A dentist by profession, Councillor Ravalia has for a number of years worked with local charities to help refugees in Kingston. He is passionate about preventing and helping young people to stay away from getting involved in crime and violence.
The Mayor’s charities will be Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and Oxygen.
KCIL provide a range of services to ensure that disabled people who live, work or study in Kingston are able to lead independent lives. They also provide disability-related advice and information to other interested individuals or organisations. Oxygen is a charity that provides help and practical support to local young people, working in schools, youth centres and other settings. It is particularly concerned with improving young people's mental health, self - confidence and life chances, and works to prevent knife crime and other kinds of violence.
Watch Councillor Margaret Thompson being installed as the 2019-20 Mayor.
Further information about the role of the Mayor can be found in the Your Mayor section of the council’s website.