The new Kirklees Civic Team was unveiled at the Mayor’s concluding Civic Reception, where the district’s organisations and businesses were acknowledged for hosting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at various events over the past year.

The event, hosted by Councillor Masood Ahmed at Dewsbury Town Hall, introduced Councillor Cahal Burke as the incoming Mayor, who will officially assume office on May 24. Joining him as Mayoress will be his daughter, Sinead. Councillor Nosheen Dad will serve as Deputy Mayor, with her husband Shiraz taking on the role of Deputy Mayor’s Consort.

Expressing his gratitude at the reception, Councillor Ahmed reflected on his tenure, stating, “It has been an incredible year for myself and my daughter Iram. It was a momentous year as we witnessed the Platinum Jubilee, the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Coronation of our new King.” He also expressed his appreciation for the warm reception he received from the community, businesses, and charitable organisations, remarking, “It has been an honour being Mayor, and I want to thank everybody I have met for making it so incredibly special and creating so many memories that I will never forget.”

Councillor Burke, who has been serving as a councillor since 2010, highlighted his experience and contributions to the Kirklees Council. He has been involved in committees such as the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee and served as the lead member for the Children’s Scrutiny panel.

Additionally, he has held positions as Deputy Group Leader and business manager of the Lib Dem Group. Councillor Burke’s charity appeal during his term will support the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity and the Huddersfield Royal Air Force Association.

Councillor Dad, elected in 2015, represents the Dewsbury South ward and has served on the Appeal Panel. Her involvement extends to outside bodies, including the Walker and Greenwood Educational Charity and the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE).

The official transition of the Kirklees Civic Team will take place at the Mayor-Making Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 24. The ceremony, open to the public, will commence at 12.30 pm at Huddersfield Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged to arrive via Princess Street and be seated by 12.20 pm.