Councillor Brackenridge, who was first elected to City of Wolverhampton Council in 1996 and represents the Wednesfield South ward, has made his motto for the year: “Unity is strength. We are greater than the sum of our parts, we achieve more when we work together than we could ever achieve alone.”
Councillor Brackenridge has been Deputy Mayor for the past two years. He will replace Councillor Claire Darke as the city’s first citizen.
The Mayoress for 2021/2022 will be Councillor Brackenridge’s wife, Sureena Brackenridge. They have 3 children, Ciaran, Eashan and Laura.
Councillor Brackenridge represents Wolverhampton as Chair of the West Midlands Fire Authority. He also serves on the Local Government Association National Fire Services Management Committee and the National Joint Council for fire and rescue services and is currently Chair of the Fire Safety Scrutiny panel.
He said: “It is an honour to be elected mayor of the city in which I was born and raised and has always been my home.
“Wolverhampton is diverse with people from around the world making our city their home, all religions are represented and a myriad of languages spoken. This is one of our key strengths.
“Our citizens are stoic, determined and welcoming. I promise to celebrate this diversity and support all communities in any way I can to the best of my ability at all times.”
In line with tradition, Councillor Brackenridge has selected good causes which he will raise money for over the year.
His chosen good causes are Alternative Giving CIO; The Regimental Association, The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’); and The Wolves Foundation.
Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE was elected Deputy Mayor at last night’s meeting. Her consort is her husband, Karl Samuels.
You can discover more about the new Mayor and the Mayrol office at The Mayor of Wolverhampton webpage.