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Cllr Linda Bird and her Consorts
Cllr Linda Bird and her Consorts

Published: Thursday, 14th May 2020

Former Deputy Mayor, Cllr Linda Bird, has been appointed as Mayor, and joining her as Deputy Mayor this year will be Cllr Denise Hyland.

Unfortunately, we are unable to give them an official inauguration ceremony at this time, but once normal life resumes, they will be given their deserved welcome.

Cllr Bird’s Consorts over the forthcoming year will be her daughters, Amy and Emily. All members of the Mayoral team live and work in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Cllr Linda Bird has taught young people around borough since 1972, teaching dance in Eltham and becoming a headteacher in Thamesmead. Linda continued her teaching as a part time youth worker, teaching adult education evening classes, and running a successful dance company called Greenwich Youth Dance. Linda stood for council in 2014 and was pleased to be elected by the people of Eltham North Ward, where she has lived since 1980.

Cllr Bird has said “My priorities as a local Councillor and now as Mayor have always intended to be harnessing the power of diversity and difference, and championing equality and fairness. The coronavirus crisis lends these priorities a renewed focus, and a chance to support the rebuilding of the Borough in a way which serves the whole community. My Mayoral legacy will be to foster and continue to grow our borough’s community spirit, an initiative to build hope for the future.”

This year, Cllr Bird has chosen two charities to support during her time as Mayor. Metro Greenwich - a leading equality and diversity charity providing health, community and youth services across London and the South East, and Greenwich Starting Blocks - a local charity offering support for young athletes and giving opportunity for excellence.  

Dr Greg Ussher, CEO, from Metro Charity said: "We are so impressed by Cllr Bird’s vision as to how we can build fairer communities, and her commitment to diversity and equality. We are simply delighted to have been chosen as one of the Mayor’s charities."

The Mayor would usually be attending events and meeting our residents, which is not possible right now. However, there are many ways to stay in touch using online events. If you are hosting any virtual events that you would like to invite the Mayor to, contact the Mayor’s office: mayor@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.