The Mayor of Southwark
Profile of The Mayor
Councillor Charlie Smith was born in South London and grew up in Westminster, where he attended school, leaving at the tender age of 15. After completing his secondary education he worked in the construction industry for almost 20 years, during which time he spent many evenings studying at night school to obtain numerous A Levels. This in turn led to employment as a surveyor, and working in a number of local authorities as a Homeless Housing Advisor.
Charlie married Susan in 1966 and they have three adult daughters and five grandchildren who keep both him and Susan quite busy. By 1995 he moved with Susan to live in East Dulwich, Southwark where they and their dog and five cats still reside today.
The Mayor first stood as a Labour candidate in the local elections of 1998, in the old Ruskin Ward. Charlie was successfully elected to the East Dulwich Ward 2002 and served until 2006. He was re-elected to the East Dulwich Ward in 2014. Charlie has also stood for Parliament on two occasions.
He has served on the council's Licensing, Education and Scrutiny and Housing Sub-Committees. Charlie is also a very keen Chelsea FC supporter and sings regularly in a Choir in Forest Hill. He enjoys Walking Football which he plays at the indoor facility at Millwall’s Ground and takes part in Silver Aerobics on a weekly basis at the Dulwich Leisure Centre.
During his installation ceremony the Mayor announced that he had chosen two charities to benefit from his charity appeal for 2017/2018: Southwark Pensioners Centre and The Change Foundation. The Mayor was keen that his charity fundraising this year would benefit both younger and older Southwark residents.
He also spoke of the privilege of becoming Mayor of London's most historic borough and of his intention to serve with humility: "It is a huge honour to be appointed Mayor of the borough where I have long established family roots, and which I am proud to call home. I intend to bring dignity and gravitas to the role and to meet as many people during my Mayoral year as possible."
The Mayor will be accompanied by the Mayoress, his wife, Mrs Sue Smith and he appointed Councillor Jamille Mohammed as his Deputy Mayor. Councillor Mohammed did not appoint an official Consort but will nominate accompanying individuals as required.
Page last updated: 24 November 2017