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Our Mayor

Councillor Mohammed Ayub was elected Mayor in May 2016. He was born in Pakistan and moved to Reading with his parents in the 1970s. He studied at Newtown Primary school and Alfred Sutton Boys secondary school and finished his education in 1976 when he joined his family retail fashion business in the Broad Street Mall. He left the family business in 1985 and worked at the Austin Rover Plant in Oxford for two years, before re-joining the family business.  In the 1990's he became a self-employed Hackney Carriage Driver.

Mohammed has been a member of the Labour Party for 17 years and became a Councillor for Abbey Ward in 2007. He has been a resident in Abbey Ward for 33 years and enjoys dedicating his time to help the residents of Reading.


The Mayor represents the council at events, welcoming guests and visiting local organisations. He also chairs full council meetings. The Deputy Mayor may stand in if the Mayor is unavailable.

Invite the Mayor to an event

Contact the Mayor's secretary with the date of your event. If there is a space in the Mayor's diary, you can invite him to your event


The Mayor's chosen charities are Dingley's PromiseThe Alzheimer's Society and Readibus

Dingley's Promise

Dingley's Promise was set up in 1988 and delivers life changing support to under 5's with additional needs & disabilities. The staff and volunteers are amazing and they provide specialist learning through play, provide family support and give advice to mainstream education settings. 

The Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer's Society help people with dementia caused by the brain being affected by certain diseases or conditions. About 850,000 live with dementia in the UK and two thirds of the cost of dementia is picked up by people with dementia and their families. 


Readibus have been providing a dial-a-ride service for people in Reading with restricted mobility since 1981 when it was launched by Sir Peter Baldwin and the Mayor of Reading Cllr Basil Dunning outside the Reading Civic Offices. Readibus now drives more than 380,000 miles locally per year.

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