fb-trackingSkip to main content


Following the government’s latest advice around preventing the spread of coronavirus, we have decided to postpone and reschedule a number of our community events, this includes the Borough Recognition and Sydney Russell Awards.
Please continue to refer to this page for an update on the new revised date.

Our Mayor

The Mayor is the borough’s first citizen.

Within the borough, the Mayor takes precedence over everyone apart from the Sovereign or the Sovereign’s official representative, the Deputy Lieutenant.

The Mayor is elected each year by the councillors and must be a serving councillor, although the role of the Mayor is non-political.

The Mayor attends over 350 engagements during the year, performing civic duties as well as supporting various organisations and charities.

At most events the Mayor will wear the chain or badge and only wears the robes at major civic occasions.

The Mayor’s Office:

  • deals with all invitations and charity events
  • co-ordinates and organises civic functions

Mayor’s profile Toggle accordion

The current Mayor is Councillor Peter Chand

Councillor Peter Chand was born in Dagenham in 1966. He is the youngest of 8 children and his family moved to Dagenham where he still proudly resides. His parents moved to the borough in 1956 shortly after arriving from India.

Councillor Peter Chand was first elected as a Councillor for the River Ward in May 2014 and re- elected again in 2018. He has served as Chair of Standard, Deputy and Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee and Chair of the Planning Committee.

He currently serves as a governor at Dagenham Park School, where his main aim is to inspire the younger generation to play a leading role within our community.

Councillor Peter Chand has always played an active role in the local community. This was instilled into him from a young age by his mother who recognised the importance in helping others.

When he was 15 years old, he raised money for Oldchurch Hospital, along with a group of friends in his back garden, with encouragement from his family. He also did a 12-hour Karate Marathon that gained TV and local media coverage. He has run in three London Marathons, where he raised money for local charities.

Councillor Peter Chand has worked in the sports field as a Sports Development Officer in Newham and Waltham Forest for 25 years.

Councillor Chand currently works with people with learning disabilities.

Having worked in a Day Centre for a number of years, he decided that more could be done to help people with learning disabilities to get more out of life, by doing daily tasks and making new friends.

He has also set up a day time club for people with learning disabilities to help people gain skills around money management, social interaction and health care.

During his Mayoral year, Councillor Chand has pledged to bring people with a disability to the forefront to show that they are respected and valued as active members of our community.

 He hopes to encourage our diverse community to love and respect each other and to celebrate our rich cultural backgrounds.

Chain of office Toggle accordion

This enamelled links on the chain symbolise, from left to right:

  • the Wangey family — Wangey House stood at Chadwell Heath and was demolished to make way for the widening of Chadwell Heath Station
  • the Merttins of Valence — John Henry Merttins resided at Valence House until his death in 1776 and was buried in a family vault at Dagenham
  • the River Thames with the Lucy family — the blue and white lines represent the Thames at Dagenham Breach, the fish represents the Lucy family
  • Henshawe of Valence — in 1616 Nathanael Henshawe held Valence.
  • Osborne of Parsloes (centre link) — Edward Osborne acquired Parsloes in 1583, when he was Lord Mayor of London
  • Valence House — the earliest tenant of whom we have a record was Marjery de Moese, sometime wife of Thomas Weylond, who sub-let the manor to Agnes de Valence about the end of the 13th century
  • the Fairlop Oak
  • Valence coat of arms

Chain of Office

Council Mace Toggle accordion

The Council Mace used is the one granted to the town of Barking when it received the Royal Charter.

It was donated to the council by the then Charter Mayor, Mr A E Martin, who lived in Thorpe Bay, Essex.

It was made in Southend, Essex by the Messers R A Jones and Sons. As this was paid for by Mr Martin the cost is unknown.

The Mayor’s charity appeal 2019-20 Toggle accordion

This year has been a very challenging year which has made it very difficult for the Mayor to raise money for his chosen charities, please help and show your support by donating as little or as much as you can to his JustGiving page.

Donate online at JustGiving

Dagenham United Charity

Established in the early 1980s and formally registered with the Charities Commission.

The charity forms part of Barking and Dagenham group of charities that supports families that are suffering hardship.

Nominations for financial support is made by local schools, who are best placed to understand and recognise a family’s predicament at a specific time. The charity put money onto a store card from a large supermarket which enables parents to buy much needed groceries.

More recently, the charity has been supporting a local hostel with the help of Time FM and Charity Walk for Peace, this enables the charity to put together a Christmas party and Easter egg giveaway.

Registered Charity: 209291

Independent Living Agency

The Independent Living Agency offices are based in Barking and Dagenham. Nearly all of the trustees and staff have lived experiences of disability, including mental health and/or long-term health conditions and learning disabilities.

Every day, disabled people everywhere overcome barriers to participate in society and accessing many things that non-disabled people take for granted. Their belief is that those experiences give a deep understanding of how society can be made more equal and inclusive.

Their belief is that having had personal experiences help to see how social changes become a skill. They are experts in harnessing the live experience of staff, members, volunteers and people who use their services which are designed to delivery high quality, more person-centred services.

Their belief is that this will benefit both disabled people and society more widely. They also work to support other organisations who undertake the same role.

Their work is very much influenced by the Social Model of Disability and Independent Living principles.

Registered Charity Number:1064099


The borough’s coat of arms Toggle accordion

The arms were granted in 1965 following the incorporation of the London Borough of Barking.

The description contained in the grant by the College of Heralds is:


Per saltire Gules and Barry wavy of eight argent and azure in chief between two keys in saltire a sword palewise points downwards in base two croziers with Sudarium in Saltire surmounting a lily slipped and leaved and in the flanks a representation of a Barking well smack in full sail to the sinister and a cog wheel all or.


On a wreath argent and azure in front of a demi sun in splendour Or a representation of the Curfew Tower of Barking proper.


On either side a lion or gorged with a collar per pale Sable and Gules holding a torch inflamed. Gold.


Dei Gratia Probemur Rebus – ‘By the grace of God, let us be judged by our deeds’.


The representation of water (for example the wavy blue and white bands) represents the River Thames. The borough is situated on the north bank of the Thames, which plays a considerable part in the industrial life of the district.

The sword and keys represent the patron saints of Peter and Paul (the patron saints of the parish church of Dagenham).

The crossed croziers and the lily stand for the Abbey of Barking (dissolved 1539) of whose manor the parishes of Barking and Dagenham formed a part.

The Barking well smack represents the ancient and important fishing industry at Barking.

The cog wheel signifies the industrial section of the borough.

The Sun is used to denote the progress of the district.

The Curfew Tower (which may still be seen at Barking) was used as a device by the old Urban District Council of Barking.

The lions holding torches were the supporters used to the former Borough of Barking Coat of Arms. They stood for the Cecil and Monteagle families and the torches represent the then 2 chief industries, namely gas and electricity.

Coat of arms

Request the Mayor’s attendance Toggle accordion

Please contact the Mayor's Office to check Mayoral availability.

When we have received your request we will confirm in writing whether the Mayor is able to attend, and send you an engagement form.

Please send the completed form back to us as soon as possible. Please note requests and invitations should be sent in good time.   

Request form for the Mayor's attendance

Borough colours Toggle accordion

The Barking and Dagenham Colours is a banner bearing borough’s coat of arms which is carried in parades and other civic events, including Remembrance services in November and as and when requested with the presence of the Mayor.

The Royal Naval Association carry the Borough Colours for 2019-20.

Previous holders include:

  • Royal Naval Association
  • Scouting Groups
  • The Royal British Legion
  • The Dagenham Girl Pipers
  • The Barking and Dagenham Militaire
  • Barking and Dagenham District Scouts
  • Police Cadets

Request to carry the Barking and Dagenham Colours

Nomination for the Borough Recognition Award Toggle accordion

Nominations for this award are now closed, the Mayoral Support Office Carlie Townsend will be in touch at a later date to discuss if your nomination has been successful.

The Borough Recognition Awards and Sydney Russell Award will be held on Monday 4 May 2020.

The Borough Recognition Award is given to individuals, community groups and organisations within the borough who have shown exceptional qualities and should be recognised for their work in the community.

Nominations can be sent in for any person or group who you believe has made a valued commitment to the people of this Borough.

The Borough Recognition Award is not limited to individuals who have undertaken voluntary work (such as the Sydney Russell Memorial Award). Nominations can be sent in for any person or group who you believe has made a valued commitment to the people of this Borough.

If you know someone who you feel deserves nomination please complete the nomination form.

The selection will be made once a year, and winners of the award will be presented with a signed certificate from the Mayor.

If you would like further information please contact:

Carlie Townsend

Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

020 8227 2982


Nomination for the Sydney Russell Memorial Award Toggle accordion

Nominations for this award are now closed, the Mayoral Support Office Carlie Townsend will be in touch at a later date to discuss if your nomination has been successful.

The Borough Recognition Awards and Sydney Russell Award will be held on Monday 4 May 2020.

The Sydney Russell Memorial Award was established in 1988 in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by the late Sydney John Russell to community service in the borough.

Each year local organisations and individuals are invited to submit nominations for the Award.

The recipient will be a local person who has shown outstanding service in the voluntary sector within the borough for 10 years or more.

If you would like further information, please contact:

Carlie Townsend

Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

020 8227 2982


The Young Mayor

The Young Mayor for 2020-21 is Jessica Soares Paim and her charity is Refuge. 

The first Young Mayor was elected by the BAD Youth Forum in February 2015.

The Mayor's Office

Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

020 8227 2982