The Mayor of Southwark

Profile of the Mayor

Councillor Sandra Rhule was born in Dulwich, to Jamaican parents. Sandra has lived and worked in the borough all her life. She was first elected as a Southwark councillor in May 2006 for Brunswick Park ward, then re-elected as a councillor for Nunhead & Queen’s Road ward in May 2014, which she continues represent.

Mayor Sandra Rhule
Mayor Sandra Rhule

Prior to becoming Mayor, Sandra attended Heber Road Primary School followed by Friern Girls Secondary School, and then studied Dress and Textiles at Southwark College. Her interest in local politics grew from an early age and she went on to study English with Social Policy at LSBU. Sandra has had a varied career working in the Civil Service, as well as the checkouts at Tesco on the Old Kent Road. She says herself that she is ‘Southwark through and through’.

Her chosen charities this year will be local and personal and those chosen work with people of all ages. Not every child is academic and two of Cllr Rhule’s charities this year concentrate their work in exposing young people to the arts. The Mayor’s chosen charities for this year are:

The MumMum Foundation:   MUMMUM is a wonderful local charity who create space and time for those ‘Mums’ suffering from Cancer.  They work to enable suffers to spend time and create memories with their families.

Camberwell Choir School:   The school promote individual creativity in music. Their ethos is based on the approach that Every Child Matters.   

Art Academy London:   The Academy run a community out reach programme, offering free spaces to local children and disability groups.  

In her acceptance speech the Mayor stated her desire to concentrate on community engagement.  She is looking forward to meeting people from all ages and backgrounds and will work hard to raise awareness and funds for her charities this year. 

The Mayor announced Councillor Lorraine Lauder MBE, as her Consort for the year ahead.   Councillor Barrie Hargrove was appointed as her Deputy Mayor and his Consort will be Ms Mary Doherty MBE.

Page last updated: 01 February 2020