Councillor Shafique Shah has been appointed as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Shafique's family originates from Dadyal, Azad Kashmir. The father of five became Lord Mayor on Monday 9th June 2014. His wife, Sadia Shafique became Lord Mayoress of Birmingham.
The telecoms engineer grew up in Bordesley Green and has represented the inner city area as a councillor since 2005. He said: “What I am looking forward to is the opportunity to meet as many regular, hard-working citizens of the city that time will allow. “I intend to accept as many invitations as I can to visit city schools and meet the young people that will be the future leaders of our city.” Coun Shah went to Sir Wilfred Martineau School and later graduated in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. He worked as a senior manager for a telecoms company before branching out into business for himself and has travelled widely on business – including to China.
“I have, as yet, not found any city as welcoming and warm as my home of Birmingham. I always feel proud to say I am a Brummie. I will work hard as an ambassador for our great city to show the world all the positive aspects Birmingham and its citizens have to offer.” Coun Shah is chairman of governors at Bordesley Green Girls School and has previously campaigned to increase the number of school places in the area. The new Lady Mayoress is a full-time mother and active member of her local community. She wants to use the position to support charities and voluntary groups. Coun Shah, a Birmingham City supporter, takes over from devoted Aston Villa fan Mike Leddy whose year as Lord Mayor is coming to an end.
Extracts used from Birmingham Mail