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The first person of Bangladeshi origin to be elected as Mayor of Brent,UK

Cllr. Parvez Ahmed is the immediate past Mayor of the London Borough of Brent. He was the first person of Bangladeshi origin to be elected as Mayor of Brent. He is also a Councilor in Dollis Hill in the London Borough of Brent, having been elected in 2014.

Parvez Ahmed
Councilor
Dollis Hill
London Borough of the Brent

A successful Businessman and community activist, in 2016, Cllr Ahmed was recognized for his outstanding contribution to politics and the local community by being presented the ‘British Bangladeshi Who’s Who Outstanding Achievement Award’. In 2017, during his Mayoral year, the Canary Wharf Group PLC, commemorated Cllr Ahmed’s excellent contribution to civic duties. Prior to this, in 2006, Cllr Ahmed received a community achievement award from Channel S in recognition for many years of hard work in the community. He completed his education in Bangladesh before moving to the UK. Since the age of twenty one, Cllr Ahmed established a number of businesses throughout Bangladesh, most notably having invested in the textiles and garment industry. He continued his focus in the textiles and garment industry after arriving in the UK where he also opened a restaurant. He has been closely involved with the Bangladesh Caterers Association where he has served as a Management Committee Member, Deputy Secretary General and Secretary General over the past twenty eight years. Cllr Ahmed is also the Chairman of New Generation 2000, and was formerly a Directorate of the North West London Chamber of Commerce. Cllr Ahmed also helped organise the inaugural education awards ceremony for the Bangladesh High Commission celebrating the achievement of young British Bangladeshis, which is now a celebrated annual event.

Cllr Ahmed is an active member of the Labour party over a number of years. He has been involved with many local and national organisations holding a range of posts including Board Member, Management Committee Member, Trustee and Chairman. These groups include the Tricycle Theatre and Cinema, Brent Safer Neighbourhood Team, Brent Minority and Ethnic Forum, Greater Sylhet Council UK, North West London Muslim Forum, Kilburn Partnership, Single Regeneration Board, Friends of Bangladesh UK, West Hampstead Bengali Association, 403 Harrow Road Limited, Bangladesh Centre (Notting Hill, London), Brent Bengali Community Centre and the Sylhet Sador Education Trust. He is also an advisor for the Bangla Post UK Newspaper and a LifeMember of the London Bangla Press Club.
Cllr Ahmed has supported numerous mainstream national charities through donations and regular fundraising. During his Mayoral year in 2016/17, his charity appeal was in aid of his chosen charities, Community Action on Dementia Brent, Brent Centre for Young People and Sufra North West London. He raised thousands of pounds and raised significant awareness for some very worthy causes. In Bangladesh, he has a charity named after himself (Parvez Ahmed Female Educational Trust) to encourage women to continue studying, in addition to supporting the APEX International and the Red Crescent project. Furthermore, he is a Life Member of National Heart Foundation Hospital (Sylhet), Beanibazar Cancer Hospital, Red Crescent Bangladesh, IQra Academy Sylhet, Jalalabad Disabled Rehabilitation Centre and Hospital and Balangonj College.
Married for 32 years to former London Borough of Brent Councillor Lena Ahmed, the couple have been blessed with two sons. His elder son, married with a daughter, has a Masters in Biomedical research and works in the Civil Service, whilst his younger son, has a Law Degree, and works in Local Government.

Parvez has lived in Dollis Hill for over 25 years. He has been a Councillor since 2014 and is passionate about social justice, equality and improving opportunities for young people. A local resident and full-time Councillor, Parvez is out and about in the ward most days and always accessible to local residents. Recent achievements include helping secure grant funding for Cricklewood Boxing Club to provide opportunities for young people, the planting of new trees across the ward and the resurfacing of roads and pavements. During the pandemic in particular, Parvez worked closely with local resident groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses to help support those who were most vulnerable. In addition, Parvez was a volunteer for the Mutual Aid Group in Dollis Hill as well as in helping to set up the local Central Mosque of Brent as a COVID Testing Centre and as a Vaccination centre. Whilst on the Council, Parvez represented Brent as Mayor (2016/17) and served on various committees all with the aim of supporting local residents.

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