The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia

Mayor2017-18Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia was made the 474th Mayor of the City and District of St Albans at the Annual Council meeting on 24 May 2017.
 
Iqbal feels privileged to serve as the Mayor of St Albans City and District for 2017/18 and considers this a great honour. He will be supported by his wife Farhat, who takes on the role of Mayoress for the year.
 
Iqbal has been a District Councillor for Ashley ward since 2007. In the last decade, he has sat on the following Committees: Audit, Health and Community, St Albans Health and Wellbeing, Planning, and City Neighbourhood. He has also served as the Vice Chair of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Chair of the Housing Consultative Forum.
 
He was made Deputy Mayor in 2008/9 and this cherished experience has helped equip him for the role of Mayor .
 
Iqbal wants to engage with the community and promote cohesion. He has chosen the theme of ‘Your Community - Our Community’ for his year as Mayor.
 
Iqbal also feels very passionate about supporting young people with emotional, social and educational needs. For this reason, he has chosen Youth Talk as his official charity. He aims to increase awareness of the counselling and support service for young people and to fundraise for the charity.
 
Iqbal was born in Baffa in the Mansehra District of Pakistan, situated at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. He studied at the local primary school and was brought up in this beautiful region by his parents, along with his three sisters and two brothers. With the continued support and guidance of his parents, Iqbal studied Law at the University of Karachi and graduated with first class honours. He was the first member of his family to attend university.
 
In 1982, Iqbal emigrated from Pakistan to the UK where he married Farhat in a small civil ceremony in St Albans. They have two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren.
 
Iqbal has always had a deep-set passion to help the youngest in our society develop. In 1990, he started work as a primary school teacher in Denbigh Junior School in Luton. He taught at the school for over a decade and was known for his enthusiasm.
 
Iqbal then chose to change his profession, becoming a Personal Advisor for Hertfordshire Youth Connexions. In this role, he helps young people who are not in education or training by providing them with information, advice and guidance about careers and personal development.
 
Since moving to St Albans, Iqbal has become actively involved with various voluntary and statutory organisations. His wife Farhat is also a keen volunteer. She is a trustee of St Albans for Refugees and a co-founder and former Chair of Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association (HAWA).
 
Iqbal enjoys playing cricket, badminton and snooker. He is fluent in several languages and loves reading books from different cultures.
Date of last review: 05 June 2017