The Mayor's pages
Councillor Melvin Cohen has become the 49th Mayor of Barnet after being officially sworn in during the annual meeting of the council at Hendon Town on 21 May 2013.
It is the second time Councillor Cohen has served as Barnet’s Mayor, having held the role before in 2003. He takes over from the borough’s previous Mayor, Councillor Brian Schama.
The Mayoress will be Councillor Wendy Prentice and the Deputy Mayor will be Councillor Bridget Perry.
Councillor Cohen is only the second councillor to take on the role twice, the last being Victor Usher OBE KSG KGC (OSJ) in 1969 and 1982. He has represented Golders Green ward since being elected to Barnet Council in 1982.
The Mayor has spent most of his life in the borough, having attended Wessex Gardens Primary School and Hasmonean Grammar School for boys. He has a degree in law from University College London and is currently in practice as a consultant solicitor in Temple Fortune.
He is a member of the board of governors of Menorah Primary School in Golders Green and a trustee of Edgware Sephardi Congregation Trust.
During his mayoral year Councillor Cohen has chosen to support two charities:
Kisharon, a charity which assists the Jewish Community by helping to provide support to people with learning difficulties and their families.
The Mayor of Barnet’s Armed Forces Welfare Fund which helps support members of the British Armed Forces who have suffered life changing injuries while on operations. The fund is primarily intended to provide assistance to service men and women with a connection to the borough or the two Territorial Army units based in Barnet.