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New Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff begin their term of office


Cardiff councillor Bablin Molik, who has become the 118th Lord Mayor of Cardiff, has named UCAN Productions - a performance and creative arts charity for blind and partially-sighted children - as her chosen charity for her term in office.

Cllr Molik will be assisted in the key ambassadorial role for the city by Cllr Jane Henshaw who is the new Deputy Lord Mayor.

Both councillors will take up their new positions at Cardiff Council's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, May 25th.

Cllr Bablin Molik said: "It is a great honour to become the 118th Lord Mayor of Cardiff. I am the 16thfemale Lord Mayor, the first woman of colour and the first Muslim Lord Mayor of Cardiff. As well as the civic duties that will be bestowed upon me, I am very keen to get out into the community to champion my chosen charity which will be UCAN Productions. Cardiff has so much to offer, and I look forward to the busy schedule ahead of me. Already a wide series of events are being organised so that we can visit as many communities across the city as possible."

The Lord Mayor acts asthe lead ambassador for the city's civic functions, and as the chairperson at Full Council meetings.

Cllr Molik is a councillor for Cyncoed and Lakeside. She was first elected to the council in 2017 and was re-elected in 2022. Her husband, Molik Musaddek Ahmed will become the Lord Mayor's Consort.

Married with two teenage daughters, Cllr Molik moved to Wales as a six-year-old child from Bangladesh. She was educated in Cardiff, attending Marlborough Primary School, then Corpus Christi Roman Catholic School before studying for A Levels at St David's Roman Catholic Sixth Form College. Cllr Molik has a BSc Degree in Biochemistry and a PHD in Eye Biology from Cardiff University.

The new Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Jane Henshaw, is a councillor for the Splott ward.Originally from Wrexham, Cllr Henshaw moved to Cardiff in 2014 and was first elected to the council in 2017.Her daughter, Angharad Andersonwill become the new Deputy Lord Mayor's Consort.

Mother of four children with four grandchildren, Cllr Henshaw has a BA Degree in English and History and is delighted to become the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff for the coming year.

Cllr Henshaw said: "It is an honour to be awarded the title of Deputy Lord Mayor and I will support Cllr Molik in her role, as well as assist with the busy schedule of civic functions that we have ahead of us."

Cllr Molik takes over as Lord Mayor from Cllr Graham Hinchey and Cllr Henshawtakes over asDeputy Lord Mayor fromCllr Abdul Sattar.