Mayor to continue in post until May 2021

The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, will continue in her post for an extended period until May 2021.

The decision to extend the Mayor’s current term due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis was announced at the council’s virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 7 September.

The extended term will see the Mayor’s successor, Councillor Sabrina Francis, take on the role in May 2021, maintaining her role as Deputy Mayor until then.

The Mayor will use her extended term to raise awareness of domestic violence and the support that is available to survivors while supporting Camden’s communities during the recovery from the Covid-19.

In addition, it was announced that the Mayor will also raise the profile of Camden Safety Net – a confidential service available to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Camden. The service has provided additional services in response to a sharp increase in calls during lockdown.

Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, Mayor of Camden
“This past year has been devastating in so many ways – but one of the most gut-wrenching aspects is the increase in domestic violence.

“Women with experiences of domestic violence in Camden have never needed your help quite as much as they do now and, by continuing to raise awareness of this issue, I hope that more women and children can be supported to access advice, emergency accommodation and counselling services to help them rebuild their lives.

“I am honoured that I have been given the opportunity to continue in the role of Mayor until May 2021 and fully intend to use this time to focus on domestic violence and the important work of Camden Safety Net.”
Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, Mayor of Camden

It was also announced at the AGM that Camden's Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Sir Ian Johnston, will retire after 12 years in office.

In his role as Deputy Lieutenant, Sir Ian attended many of the royal visits to the borough and civic events, most notably recently the 30th anniversary commemoration of the King’s Cross fire.

Roxane Zand will succeed Sir Ian as Camden’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant.

Further information

  • Biographies of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are available here.
  • Domestic violence can affect anyone and takes many different forms but the sad fact is it does particularly affect women - one in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. If residents need help, they can contact the Council’s Camden Safety Net on 020 7974 2526, by text to 07814 671427 or by emailing [email protected]