By KLTV Newsdesk –
The new Kirklees Civic team for the 2023-24 Mayoral term was today officially installed at the traditional Mayor making ceremony.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Cahal Burke, assumed office on Wednesday, May 24, as the current Mayor, Councillor Masood Ahmed, stepped down.
Councillor Burke, who had been serving as the Deputy Mayor, was elected to Kirklees Council in 2010 and represented the Lindley ward, where he resided with his family.
Throughout his career as a councillor, he has made significant contributions as a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, particularly as the lead member for the Children’s Scrutiny panel.
Additionally, Councillor Burke served on planning and licensing committees and held positions as Deputy Group leader and group business manager of the Lib Dem Group.
His involvement extended to external organizations, including The Peak District National Park (PDNP) authority, The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, and The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.
For his tenure as Mayor, Councillor Burke has selected two charities to support: the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity and the Huddersfield Royal Air Force Association.
Honour and Privilege
Expressing his gratitude, Councillor Burke said: “I’ve had a wonderful time this last year as deputy mayor, meeting some of the people doing fantastic work in Kirklees and contributing to their communities.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be mayor, especially as Kirklees Council celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.
“I am looking forward to getting to meet many more community groups, organizations, and businesses during my term of office that make our district a special place to live, work, and visit.”
Alongside Councillor Burke, Councillor Nosheen Dad has been appointed as the Deputy Mayor for the upcoming Municipal Year.
She was elected to the Dewsbury South ward in 2015 and has actively served as a councillor on the Appeal Panel.
Councillor Dad has also been involved with external bodies such as the Walker and Greenwood Educational Charity and the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE).
Delighted by her selection, Councillor Dad expressed her enthusiasm, said: “It is an honour to be selected to represent the district as deputy mayor, and I am looking forward to undertaking this important civic role.
“I enjoy working as a ward councillor and seeing the positive work going on, and this opportunity will give me a fantastic chance to meet more groups and organizations that are helping to make our whole district thrive.”
The mayor making ceremony can be watched in full here: