The public is being invited to watch history being made at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Clr Nosheen Dad, 34, will be installed as the 50th and youngest Mayor of Kirklees at a ceremony on Wednesday May 22.

Mum of two Clr Dad, a Labour councillor for Dewsbury South, will be the first woman of colour and first Muslim woman to become the district’s first citizen.

The mayor-making ceremony will see current Mayor Clr Cahal Burke hand over the chain of office. Clr Dad will be joined by her husband Shiraz Khan who will be the Mayor’s Consort.

Clr Dad, who has chosen the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as her mayor’s charity for the year, said: “Becoming the first citizen of Kirklees is a huge privilege and one I will take enormous pride in.

“I am truly humbled and honoured to be the youngest and first female Asian Mayor of our great district.

“I hope to amplify the voices of everyone in Kirklees, to celebrate the work and the selflessness of people that sometimes goes unnoticed.”

Clr Dad studied politics with media at the University of Huddersfield and was elected as the first female Muslim president of the Students’ Union.

Liz Smaje, a Conservative councillor for Birstall and Birkenshaw, will be joining the civic team as deputy mayor for 2024-25.



During his time in office, Clr Burke (pictured above with Clr Dad) has met hundreds of people and celebrated many unsung heroes.

He has paid tribute to those who have supported him and given his heartfelt thanks to everyone he has met over the last year.

Clr Burke said: “It has been a great privilege and humbling experience for me to be mayor especially as Kirklees Council celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“I want to take this opportunity to give my personal thanks to the organisations, groups, volunteers, schools and businesses for allowing me the opportunity to see the incredible work they do.

“This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I want to thank everybody who has made it so special. I want to wish Clr Dad and Clr Smaje all the best for their upcoming year.”

The Mayor Making ceremony will be held at Huddersfield Town Hall at 12.30pm and everyone is welcome to come along to watch. Anyone attending should arrive at Huddersfield Town Hall via Princess Street and be seated by 12.20pm. You can also watch the ceremony live on the council’s YouTube channel.

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