Councillor Victoria Obaze was formally elected Speaker of the Council at the annual general meeting on Wednesday 15 May and, alongside her colleagues, celebrated in style with family, friends and other invited guests.
Victoria first became a councillor for the Whitechapel ward in the local elections on 3 May 2018. She will now represent the borough at special civic and ceremonial occasions and events. If that wasn’t enough, she will also represent the Queen as ‘first citizen of the borough’ and will host events and welcome visitors such as other royals, VIPs and foreign dignitaries.
Cllr Obaze said: “I am honoured and privileged to take the office of speaker of the council. I look forward to meeting members of this great community, hearing their views and raising money for my chosen charities.”
Victoria will chair full council meetings and will support local businesses, as well as voluntary and community organisations, schools and charities. Her chosen charities for the year ahead are: Alzheimer’s Society dementia project at Mile End Hospital; Providence Row homelessness charity; Bangladeshi Parents and Carers Association, which supports people caring for family members with disabilities.
Last year, Cllr Obaze served as deputy to the council’s previous speaker, Councillor Ayas Miah. Her CV also boasts being a former member of the Audit Committee, Licensing Committee and Licensing Sub-Committee. She is also a governor of Sir John Cass Secondary School.
Posted on Thursday 30th May 2019