Patricia Hay-Justice is the new Mayor of Croydon. After Manju Shahul-Hameed had office for one year, Hay-Justice will serve for the 2015-16 term. She was Deputy Mayor until now.
Labour member Hay-Justice was elected to represent Addiscombe ward in 2010 and participated in several committees such as Crime prevention or Housing ever since.
After having a career in facilities and property management, working for companies cooperating with the NHS, the Birmingham-born moved to Croydon in 2003 and quickly became engaged in the community with several charities. Those included the Mind mental health service and CAYSH, which supports young homeless people.
In her acceptance speech she highlighted the borough’s diverse nature, the plans for the development of the town centre and the many greens spaces Croydon’s citizens enjoy.
Hay-Justice said: “We are living in exciting times. We are on the verge of major development of our town. Working with our business partners, such as Hammerson & Westfield and the Ruskin Square consortium, we are due to see our town centre and our district centres enhanced and transformed.”
Her Deputy Mayor for the term will be Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawler.