Former police inspector chosen as new Mayor of Wandsworth

Published: Friday 19th May 17

Putney councillor Jim Maddan has been elected as the new Mayor of Wandsworth.

Cllr Maddan, who represents Thamesfield ward, has served as a councillor in Wandsworth since 2002.

He previously served as Mayor of the borough between 2006 and 2007 during which time he attended more than 700 official events and until his new appointment was cabinet member for adult care and health, a position he held from 2008 until now.

Cllr Jim Maddan is the new Mayor of Wandsworth

He has also chaired the borough’s health and wellbeing board and played a major role in the successful integration of public health services in the borough from the NHS to local government.

Prior to entering politics Cllr Maddan was a police officer for 30 years, rising to the rank of Inspector before retiring in 1999. He was the officer in charge of day-to-day policing in Putney and Roehampton from 1992 until his retirement seven years later.

He has also served as national chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch network in England & Wales and been actively involved with this crimefighting charity since 1992. It is in this crime prevention role that he has served on a number of Home Office committees dedicated to tackling and deterring crime.

He is also a past President of The Rotary Club of Putney and been an active Rotarian for more than 20 years.

In January 2015 Cllr Maddan was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in recognition of his services to policing and the community.

His chosen charity for his Mayoral year is the Wandsworth Community Safety Trust  

Away from the town hall, he is interested in many sports and is a supporter of Harlequins rugby club and as a result of being born and brought up in Worthing in East Sussex is a fan of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. He has also rowed on the Thames and is now a keen and aspiring golfer.

He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to once again serve as Mayor of this Brighter Borough and I look forward to meeting many more of its residents and businesses throughout my year in office.

“Wandsworth is a wonderfully diverse and interesting place to live and work and there are so many unsung heroes who do so much for our community and make it the special place it is. My aim over the next 12 months will be to honour and salute their achievements and shine a spotlight on their amazing efforts.”

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