As Mayor, Councillor Woodroofe will undertake all civic ceremonial duties within the borough. This includes attendance at the Remembrance Day Service and greeting members of the royal family visiting the borough. He will also chair meetings of the full council. The new Mayor will be assisted in his duties by Councillor Tejinder Dhami who was appointed Deputy Mayor.
As part of his new role Councillor Woodroofe will also hold events throughout the year to raise money to support his chosen local charities The Log Cabin and Age UK.
Councillor Woodroofe was first elected as a councillor for the Northfield ward in 1994 where he served for 12 years until May 2006. During that time he undertook a variety of duties, including vice chair of the education and planning committees and chair of the library and arts committee. He returned to the council in 2014 as a member for Greenford Green ward, and has served as vice chair of a scrutiny panel and of the planning committee. He has also been a governor of several schools, in particular Elthorne Park High School, where he served from its foundation and chaired its premises committee.
In his professional career Councillor Woodroofe worked for much of his adult life in the BBC’s News Information Research Department. When he left, he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Management at the then Thames Valley University, now the University of West London, and later worked there in its library. He is currently a librarian in north London and specialises in the reading development of offenders.
He takes over the mayoralty from Councillor Dr Patricia Walker who stepped down on Tuesday. She dedicated her mayoral year to highlighting the problem of homelessness in the borough, collecting money and goods through her own charity events and by engaging the community, including schools and the faith communities, the council and the local university in fund raising efforts. Councillor Walker’s initiatives included organising collections of clothes and bedding, and other essentials, as well as re-gifting unwanted Christmas and birthday presents.
During Councillor Walker’s year in office she gave a number of awareness raising talks on homelessness including sharing a platform with Ealing Soup Kitchen, St Mungo’s, and Acton Homeless Concern, the latter charity was the focus for her fund raising activity.
At the meeting Councillor Anthony Young was also given special recognition as Ealing Council’s longest-ever serving councillor. Councillor Young was first elected on 5 May, 1978 and has served continuously in office for 39 years.