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Town Mayor

The Town Mayor 2018-19

Councillor Fulzar Ahmed

Councillor Fulzar Ahmed was born in Worcester and moved to Keighley in 1989 at the age of 7, with his family. His late father Abdul Bari arrived in the UK in the 1960’s working in the steel factory industry.

He attended Greenhead Grammar School and went on to Craven College before moving to Lincoln University and Bradford College obtaining Certificate in Higher Education in Law (HNC).

Councillor Ahmed has worked in highly respected telecommunication companies as a sales manager for the last 14 years.

Councillor Ahmed is married to his wife Husna Begum, who was born in Sylhet in Bangladesh since 2002. They have 3 children, two daughters and one son. They attend St Andrews school, Bingley Grammar school and Skipton Girl’s High school respectively.

He attends Shahjalal Jamia Mosque in Keighley and is a devout Muslim.

Councillor Ahmed is the first British Bangladeshi Town Mayor in Yorkshire. He became an elected Member for the Spring Garden & Utley Ward in 2015 and is currently Chair of Community Development Committee. He has also been a member of Civic Centre & Strategy, Watch & Transport and Finance & Audit Committees. 

In addition to speaking English Councillor Ahmed also speaks Bangla.

He has been a tireless community campaigner driven by his desire to improve the lives of people and their family and everyone in the community. He is involved with many local community organisations including Youth Vision, which helps young people to achieve their potential. 

Councillor Ahmed is a passionate football fan and supports Liverpool. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing football, reading and decorating.

Councillor Ahmed stated “I was elected three years ago with sole intention of serving the people. The theme for my Mayoral Year will be “Mayor for All”. I want to be a mayor that brings all communities together”

The Town Mayor is delighted that his wife, Husna, has agreed to accompany him as Mayoress during his term of office and they both very much looking forward to their year ahead.

Councillor Ahmed has chosen the Children’s Ward in Airedale Hospital as his charity along with a Town Mayor’s Charity Fund which will provide small grants to local groups, charities and voluntary organisations across Keighley.


Mayoress 2018-19

Mrs Husna Begum

Councillor Ahmed’s wife, Husna, was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Educated in Bangladesh, she came to England in 2002. She is a housewife and mother to their three children.

She is very passionate about improving the lives of children and young people, and regularly volunteers for her local school. She is also involved in a number of charities. A devout Muslim.  

The Mayoress only eats halal or vegetarian food, is strictly teetotal but does enjoy a cup of tea or a soft drink. 

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, sewing and cooking. She also loves nothing more than spending time with her children. 


Some events are not appropriate for the Mayor (in chains of office) to attend. These may include:

  • overtly political functions/events
  • supporting a controversial event (unless this is supported by Council)
  • anything likely to bring the Office of Mayor or the Council into disrepute
  • appearing for money or gratuities
  • commercial events where there is no obvious benefit to the people of the Town

If you wish to invite the Mayor to an event, please contact the Town Clerk, or alternatively if you know the full details of the event, please complete the Mayoral Booking Form and return to the contact on the form.

The latest Mayor's report is below, where you can also search for previous reports. We welcome your comments and feedback using the form provided in each report.

Chairman’s Report #12  »  Mayor's Report - 2015/16 (31 March 2016)    (31 March, 2016)

The Mayor for 2015/16 was Councillor Javaid Akhtar, and the Deputy Mayor was Councillor Gary Pedley.

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Previous Chairman’s Reports:
#11Mayor's Report - 2014/15   (31 March, 2015)
#10Mayor's Report - 2013/14   (31 March, 2014)
#9Mayor's Report - 2012/13   (31 March, 2013)
#8Mayor's Report - 2011/12   (31 March, 2012)
#7Mayor's Report - 2010/11   (31 March, 2011)
#6Mayor's Report - 2009/10   (31 March, 2010)
#5Mayor's Report - 2008/9   (31 March, 2009)
#4Mayor's Report - 2007/8   (31 March, 2008)
#3Mayor's Report - 2006/7   (31 March, 2007)
#2Mayor's Report - 2005/6   (31 March, 2006)
#1Mayor's Report - 2004/5   (31 March, 2005)