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New Lord Mayor of Leicester to be inaugurated

Published on Thursday, May 11, 2017

LEICESTER’S new Lord Mayor is due to be officially inaugurated in a ceremony at the Town Hall tonight (Thursday, May 11).

Cllr Rashmikant Joshi will be handed the chains of office from outgoing Lord Mayor Cllr Stephen Corrall at the annual mayor-making meeting, which starts at 5pm.

Cllr Joshi has been a Labour city councillor since 2005, first as ward member for Belgrave and more recently as a councillor in the Humberstone and Hamilton ward.

Born in Mwanza, Tanzania in 1958, he moved to Leicester in 1974 and initially studied business management at Melton Mowbray College of Further Education, before going on to work in retail and with voluntary organisations.

He began his involvement with mental health work in 1999, and now works with the Adhar Project, helping people from ethnic minorities who have mental health issues.

During his term of office, he will be continuing his support of a range of mental health charities, the full list of which has yet to be confirmed.

Cllr Joshi has also been the secretary of The Shree Hindu Temple Community Centre for the last 15 years, and is also president of the National Council of Hindu Temples, a trustee of the Leicestershire Bhrama Samaj, a member of Leicester Council of Faiths and of the Leicester Faith Forum. 

Currently a governor at Abbey Primary School, he has also previously served as a governor at Green Lane Infants School and Bridge Junior School, and is also a radio presenter at Sanskar / Sabras Radio.

As a politician in the city, he was first elected as a councillor for Belgrave in 2005, re-elected in 2007 and 2011, and since 2015 has served in Humberstone and Hamilton ward. 

During his time as a councillor he has also chaired a number of the city council’s committee’s including housing, environment and sustainability, as well as serving as vice-chair for economic development, transport and tourism and the overview and select committees. Cllr Joshi has also recently been vice-chair of the city council’s Labour group.

Cllr Joshi lives in Hamilton, and has four children, two grandchildren. He will be supported during his term of office by his wife Mita, as Lady Mayoress.

Cllr Joshi said: “I am humbled and delighted to be taking up the role of Lord Mayor of Leicester.

“The city has been my home for over 40 years, during which I’ve been involved in the community in many roles, so it’s a real honour for me now to represent the city as its Lord Mayor.”