Redbridge Mayor

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Jyotsna Islam, Mayor of Redbridge 2023/24 Municipal Year

I moved to Redbridge in the eighties, lived here ever since, got married and raised my family in our borough. I work full time for local government over 35yrs, by trade I am a registered social worker specialized in adult social care, managing various frontline services and in management. I am passionate in helping vulnerable people in need support and serving my local community.

I am also involved in various community organisations in support of local needs and creating platform to support local people.

I am a councillor for Aldborough ward since 2018 and it has been a privilege and an honour to have served the residents of my ward, and Redbridge, ever since. I have worked tirelessly to improve Aldborough and our borough. I have been Chair for Redbridge Planning Committee and member of Health Scrutiny Committee for five years, enjoyed advocating for housing crisis, heath matters within Redbridge with counter partners.

I am particularly proud to have campaigned with our residents and MP to save King George hospital A&E, supporting Redbridge residents throughout the pandemic and advocating with regards to Whips Cross Hospital Development, taking pride of having cleaner environment and supporting residents in clean up campaigns etc.

I am always keen to listen to residents’ concerns and hear their views, utilise my transferable skills as appropriate and advocate for their specific issues.

To have been nominated to become the mayor of the borough, it is a huge privilege and immensely humbling. Also, it is a great honour to represent Redbridge and I look forward to meeting many of our unsung heroes over the coming year.

Just to acknowledge there are so many needy charities, it has been an extremely difficult decision to make. Hence, I have ended up with two chosen charities London Air Ambulance and ELHAP. Each of the charities are unique and making significant life changing difference in one’s life.

London Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance Charity is the charity that funds London’s Air Ambulance. Their medics perform life-saving surgery at the scene for London’s most critically injured. They are the only helicopter emergency medical service caring for the 10 million people that live, work and travel in London every day.

On average, London’s Air Ambulance attend five patients every day. Their medics can carry out open chest surgery, give blood transfusions and put patients into an induced coma at the scene. Last year London’s Air Ambulance treated 1977 patients across London, including 76 in the Borough of Redbridge.

They are now up against time as they must raise an additional £15m to replace their helicopters and to get them operational by 2024. Your support will mean they can continue to run their emergency service 24/7, 365 days a year.


This organisation is based in Redbridge one of three adventure play area in London, who provides opportunities and ray of hope to disabled and disadvantaged children, young people, adults and families Northeast London and Essex area. Since 1976, they have supported tens of thousands of disabled children and families with respite support, holiday schemes.

Their Orchard Project focuses on nature, horticulture, arts, and work-based skills for those young people who may not fit in to college environment and a Transition Project for disabled young people moving on from Children’s Services.

Each of these charities are desperately in need of support from everyone in the community to help them. And I will work hard with my Appeal Committee during my mayoralty year to raise as much money and awareness for these charities. I hope, I can count on your support and participation at fund raising events for these well deserving causes.

Supporting me in my Mayoral Year will be my Consort Cllr Sham Islam, Shaleen Islam, Jabin Islam and Helen Islam.

My Deputy Mayor will be Councillor Saira Jamil and her consort will be Mohammed Jamil, Mohammed Taqi, Anum Taqi and Yasir Jamil.

Lastly, I would just like to express my gratitude again for this opportunity to serve as Mayor of Redbridge for 2023/24 municipal, once again thank you. 


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