Hounslow’s new Mayor - former Gurkha and familiar local face

Hounslow Council swore-in its 56th Mayor during the Council’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 4, May 2021.

Published: Friday, 7th May 2021

Image of Cllr Bishnu Gurung, Mayor of Hounslow

Cllr Bishnu Gurung takes over the role for the next 12 months from out-going Mayor, Cllr Tony Louki, who held the position for two years because of the pandemic. 

Cllr Gurung was first elected to the Council in 2014, serving the Hanworth Park ward. 

An ex-British Gurkha Staff Sergeant, he was born and raised in Nepal, and during his time in the Army he served in various parts of the UK, along with Hong Kong, Brunei, and Singapore. He retired from the armed forces in 1995, after completing 19 years’ service. He received the prestigious Long Service and Good Conduct medal upon retirement.

In 2005 he settled in Hounslow, and now works as a full-time bus driver for Transport for London. Along with his day-job and Council duties, Cllr Gurung is heavily involved in supporting various charities and local organisations. He is a division secretary and caseworker for SSAFA ((Soldiers, Airmen and Families Association. He also serves as a trustee and advisor to the Dewachan Buddhist Centre and was the founding Chairman of the Gurkha Nepalese Community Hounslow.

Outside his professional duties, Mayor Gurung is married with three grown-up children who work in a variety of sectors in the UK ranging from the medical sector to IT and finance.

In his spare time Cllr Gurung enjoys staying active, taking part in various sports such as basketball, badminton, and swimming.

Speaking after his election to the office of Mayor for the next 12 months, Cllr Gurung said:

“I feel proud and honoured to have been elected to the role of Mayor, representing such a vibrant borough.

“The past year has been challenging for everyone and I am committed to helping our borough recover and fulfilling my responsibilities.”

Mayoral duties include promotion of the Borough and its civic life, attending citizenship ceremonies, hosting events such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Remembrance Day, opening events (often making speeches), awarding prizes, meeting dignitaries and other guests and sometimes eating cake as well.

Commenting on his chosen charity for the year, SSAFA, he said:

“I am a veteran and have seen the situation and understand very well a soldier's life. I have witnessed first-hand the support SSAFA provide to our Armed Forces and their families, which is invaluable. That is why I would like to support this charity; to give hope and a better life and it’s also an issue very close to my heart.”

“London North West is SSAFA’s local branch and the Hounslow division distributed over £41,000 to local beneficiaries and helped over 40 local families during 2020 alone.”

Find out more about the Mayor’s chosen charity and read his biography.

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