New Mayor to raise money for Refuge Richmond

Release Date: 23 May 2018

The new Mayor of Richmond upon Thames and his chosen Deputy were formally announced following last night’s Full Council Meeting.

Cllr Ben Khosa, a Liberal Democrat councillor for St Margarets and North Twickenham, becomes the 54th Mayor of the borough and will serve a twelve-month term.

He has chosen to raise money for Refuge Richmond during his Mayoral term. Refuge Richmond works with people in the borough who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence or domestic abuse. Refuge offer emergency housing, and community based support.  

Cllr Khosa has lived in Twickenham since 1985 and served as a Councillor since 2006. He previously served as the Deputy Mayor of the borough in 2009/10. He is a local businessman with two children and two grand-children who have gone through schools in the borough.

As a Councillor he has taken a keen interest in Policing and Community Safety. He is also a keen cyclist, having previously been the borough’s Cycling Champion, and enjoys Bhangra Dancing having performed at a number of Council held events.

Cllr Mona Adams, from the East Sheen Ward, will serve as Cllr Khosa’s Deputy.

Cllr Khosa said:

“I am honoured to serve as the first Indian Mayor of the borough for the year 2018/19 and have chosen to fundraise for ‘Refuge Richmond’ during my term as Mayor. Refuge Richmond does great work helping people affected by domestic violence in the borough and I look forward to working with them throughout the year.”

Cllr Khosa replaces Lisa Blakemore who has served as Mayor since May 2017.

Find out more about Refuge Richmond.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P262/18

Updated: 31 May 2018