The Mayor of Wandsworth

The Mayor of Wandsworth for 2022/23 is Councillor Jeremy Ambache. 

About the Mayor

Councillor Jeremy Ambache is a Social Psychology graduate and has degrees from Sussex, York and Kingston Universities. During his career working in both Children’s and Adult’s Social Care he worked as a Social Worker, Manager and Director for several Local Authorities between 1971 and 2005. Jeremy advised Central Government on national policies on Health, Social Care and preventing and tackling abuse of vulnerable adults.

After retiring from full time work Jeremy was involved in voluntary work, promoting patient and public engagement within the NHS, as a Trustee of Age UK (Wandsworth) and as Board Member of Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which had responsibility for commissioning local NHS services.

Jeremy was elected for Roehampton and Putney Heath ward from 2014 to 2022 and again this May to represent the new West Putney ward. He was a member of the Planning Applications Committee and Community Services and Open Spaces and he was the Labour spokesperson on Children Services and Education and for Adult Social Care and Health.

During the pandemic Jeremy and his fellow ward Councillors have helped to build ‘social capital’ and community infrastructure in Roehampton working with the ‘My Roehampton’, the Roehampton Response Network, the Roehampton Community week project and the Roehampton Partnership. These groups have all helped Roehampton to build a stronger community with many different agencies working with the local community; this has included schools, Roehampton University, the NHS, the Council, the Police, Residents Associations, local Businesses, voluntary, community groups and religious groups.

Jeremy has two daughters and six very active grandchildren who all need taking to sleep overs, drama classes and sports matches. In his leisure time Jeremy is a keen walker, cyclist, swimmer, and tennis player. 

The Deputy Mayor

The borough’s Deputy Mayor for the year is Councillor Sarmila Varatharaj. Councillor Varatharaj graduated as Valedictorian (Highest ranking student) in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire, having completed four study abroad programmes in Florida, Switzerland, Thailand, and Chile. 

She has been a Human Rights activist ever since she was a student at Burntwood School; this is when she started volunteering for British Tamils Forum, an advocacy organisation working against the Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. She has successfully completed a course in Justice through Harvard University. 

She volunteers for NGO, Global Human Rights Defence and has been the spokesperson to the United Nations Human Rights Council since the age of 21.  She has worked on UN Resolutions passed at the Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka through regular engagement with the UK government and Countries across the globe. 

She is proud to serve in Wandsworth, a community so rich in culture and diversity, where she was born and raised.

Charities

Find out about the charities being supported by the mayor this year and how to make a donation.

Roll of Honour

Every year the Mayor recognises local people who have volunteered their time to help others via the Roll of Honour award and presents them with a special Wandsworth Mayoral pin. 

Contact the Mayor

The Mayor of Wandsworth takes the civic lead in all matters of concern in the life of the borough and aims to meet and greet as many of its citizens as possible during her term in office. 

The role of Mayor of Wandsworth is non-political, and he acts as the civic lead for the borough leading on civic matters such as the Chairing of Council Meetings, conducting citizenship ceremonies, meeting foreign dignitaries and royalty etc. In addition, the Mayor undertakes and supports a wide variety of charitable and fundraising events and the community life in the borough.

Sometimes people mistake the role of the Wandsworth Mayor to be something like that of the Mayor of London and consequently the Mayor’s Office is sent requests for assistance with operational front-line matters. We regret that we are unable to assist directly with these requests. Information in respect of contacting the Council regarding enquiries concerning front-line services and complaints can be found online.

To write to the Mayor or to invite the Mayor to a function or event please contact the Mayor’s Office:

Follow the Mayor on Twitter @WandsworthMayor

Invite the Mayor to an event

The Mayor regularly attends local functions in the community. He is happy to be invited to:

  • Chair Annual General Meetings
  • Visit schools and voluntary groups
  • Open fetes/garden parties
  • Attend sports and charitable events

Please note: To request a Mayoral visit or an engagement please complete and submit your application at least 14 days before the date of the function. 

Attendance by the Mayor will not be confirmed by the Mayor’s office unless they have received a fully completed application form.

The Mayor will sometimes consider requests if they are made with less than the 14-day period, but they need to be accompanied by a fully completed application form.

Before completing a request, read our guidance on protocol for a Mayoral engagement.

Start my request

If you prefer, you can download an application form and post it to the address on the form or scan and send it to mayors.office@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Availability

Please note that while the Mayor and Deputy Mayor attend as many events as they can, prior commitments sometimes mean that a visit is not possible.

What happens next

A member of the Mayor's Office will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

If you have any queries in the meantime, email mayors.office@wandsworth.gov.uk.

If for any reason the Mayor is unable to accept an engagement, the Deputy Mayor may attend on behalf of the Mayor.

Keep up to date

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