Figges Marsh representative Councillor Agatha Akyigyina is in line to become Merton’s next Mayor.
Coun Akyigyina has been out forward by the Labour group to replace the outgoing Krystal Miller and be formally sworn in at full council on Wednesday June 4.
Originally from Ghana, Coun Akyigyina has lived in the UK since the age of 9 and in Mitcham foryears. She has two surviving adult children, Charles and Teresa. She also had a daughter, Susannah, who passed away seven years ago and, up until her death, was supported by local charities.
She is governor at St Mark’s Primary School and the special educational needs school, Perseid. She is also a street pastor, Home Start volunteer and associate manager at Springfield Hospital.
She helps at a mother and toddlers group in Mitcham, is vice chairman of North East Mitcham Community Centre, a trustee of the Horizon Centre in Pollards Hill and is also chair of the Ghanaian Parents’ Association.
Coun Akyigyina said: “I feel proud to have been proposed as Mayor by my colleagues. My work in the community and my personal experience of using local services and being supported by local charities when my daughter was ill really made me realise what a great place Merton is and how I would be proud, if I am voted in as mayor at full council, to represent the borough.”
Councillor Laxmi Attawar from Colliers Wood ward has been put forward as Deputy Mayor.