London Borough of Barnet

48th Mayor of Barnet sworn into office

Published Wednesday 16 May 2012

Councillor Brian Schama has become the 48th Mayor of Barnet after being officially sworn in during the annual meeting of the council at Hendon Town Hall last night (15 May 2012).

Councillor Schama’s wife Lynda will be Mayoress, with Councillor Kate Salinger appointed as Deputy Mayor and Councillor Brian Salinger as the Deputy Mayor’s escort.

During his mayoral year Councillor Schama has chosen to support two charities: Barnet Carers, which helps and supports over 5,000 carers, and Barnet Hospital – with any money raised helping to pay for specialised ward equipment for nursing stations.

The new Mayor said: “I treasure the honour of being the 48th Mayor of our wonderful borough.

“I’m proud of what has been achieved in Barnet over many years, it is a pleasant and safe haven for all.

“Times are difficult for the UK with the current economic climate but we should never forget to celebrate all that we have here for which we can be justifiably proud - our residents, schools, hospitals, local businesses and our multi-faith community living together in harmony.”

Councillor Schama, who was born in Golders Green, has always lived in the borough. He has been married to Lynda for 38 years and has two sons.

Prior to being married, the couple mentored children in the care of the Norwood Orphanage.

Councillor Schama has forty years' experience managing many leading retailers and manufacturers in the UK and abroad.

During Councillor John Marshall’s mayoral year in 2009, he chaired the Mayor of Barnet’s charity appeal, helping to raise £83,000 for Chai Cancer Care and Barnet Carers.

Notes to editors: Pictures of the Mayor making ceremony are available on request. Please contact press officer: Nick Griffin