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The Mayor of Merton

Cllr David Chung, Mayor of Merton 2015-16

Councillor David Chung is the Mayor for 2015-16 with Councillor Pauline Cowper as Deputy Mayor.

Councillor David Chung was elected to Merton Council in 2002.  He was born in Guyana and has lived in Longthornton for the past 34 years with his wife Irina and their three daughters and seven grandchildren.  David’s daughters attended local primary and secondary schools in Merton and he has represented Longthornton ward for the past 13 years.

David has worked across the education spectrum as a secondary school teacher, in educational research, as a lecturer in the sociology of education and in training and development.  

David is the first appointed Mayor of Longthornton, a ward rich in history and cultural diversity.  He has served as Chairperson of the Children and Young Persons’ Scrutiny Committee and has been a governor of several local schools. As Cabinet Member for Education he oversaw the transition of Tamworth Manor Secondary School to The Harris Academy and Eastfields School to St Mark’s Church of England Academy.

As ward councillor, David has supported major local developments including a Lidl store in Mitcham and the Rowans housing estate.   He is keen to see a community centre being built as part of the planning decision for the Rowans estate.

During his year as Mayor, Councillor Chung will be focussing on visiting and supporting schools to highlight the good work achieved by headteachers, governors, teachers, students, parents and others who contribute to the educational needs of the young people of Merton.  

The borough benefits from hundreds of volunteer groups who give selfless service towards improving the quality of life for others.  David wishes to celebrate and recognise their efforts during his mayoral year.

He will also be offering support to any climate change initiatives within the borough together with the important contribution made by the business community who will be invited to continue to participate in the support of mayoral events.

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