The current Mayor is Councillor Eileen S Keller
Eileen was born in Hulme, Manchester to a single parent. She had a challenging childhood and together with her brother Chris, she was taken into care at the age of 3 and lived in the Ragged Boys Home in Blackburn.
Her mother married a Londoner when she was 6 years old and the family moved to Bow, London into a prefab home.
As a family, they were very much involved with All Hallows Church in Bow where Eileen sang for the Church choir.
The family moved to Dagenham when Eileen was 10 years old. She attended St. Alban’s Church where she made her confirmation and became a Sunday school teacher.
Eileen met her husband, Reg, at the old Cambell Youth Club and they’ve been married for 46 years.
Her first job was in a chemist’s shop until she married. After having two children, Catherine and Ian, she worked at Ford for 4 years and then went on to work for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for 26 years.
Eileen began work in the Right-to-Buy Department, moved to Business Manager of Legal and Property Services and was then promoted to Facilities Manager.
A committed trade unionist, Eileen became the President of B11 GMB branch and a member of the London Regional Council. She was a member of the Valuation Tribunal and is currently Chair of the Barking and Dagenham Citizen Advice Bureau.
Eileen enjoys her family; she has four grandsons and two granddaughters. She is involved in London gymnastics (as her granddaughters take part) and is also currently a School Governor at the Dagenham Park Church of England School.
She has been an active member of the Labour Party since 1985 and a member of the Labour Group for over 26 years.
Eileen was first elected as a Councillor for River Ward, Barking in May 2010 and is now serving her second term.
She embraces her role and receives satisfaction for helping local residents and others.