Mayor of Swindon

Mayor Junab Ali

The Mayor of Swindon is Councillor Junab Ali.

Ward represented

Central Ward

Background information

Junab was born in Sylhet Bangladesh and moved to the UK in 1978. He is married and has three children, two daughters, Sanjidah and Sajidah, and a son, Umar. British Bangladeshi and Muslim, Junab was educated in Newbury, Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon College. He participated in many sports and activities from playing bridge and chess to football, rugby, cricket, basketball, hockey, tennis, swimming and athletics. He represented Wiltshire and Berkshire in national chess championships and Wiltshire in hockey and amateur athletics and is also a 1st KYU in martial arts. 

Junab has run 5K and 10K distances to raise money for charities and he is signed up for the Swindon Half Marathon in September and the London Marathon next year in aid of his Mayoral Year charities.

Junab started his first business at the age of 18 while studying for ‘A’ levels at Swindon College and by the age of 21 had several businesses. He now runs an Electrical Contracting business and is developing other business interests. 

Junab was elected to Swindon Borough Council as a Labour Councillor in 2008 for Central Ward and re-elected in May 2018 for a fourth term. He has held several shadow cabinet posts, including Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, and was a parliamentary candidate in Devizes in 2010 and a European Parliamentary candidate for South West England in 2014.

Junab has been a school governor and a volunteer for different community groups and has raised funds for various charitable causes, including raising over £15,000 for Lechlade Church restoration appeal.


The Mayoress is Rajhia Ali.

Rajhia was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Cheshire and works at Millbrook School.

Mayor’s charities for 2018-2019


TWIGS Community Gardens are a colourful and vibrant set of gardens in the heart of Swindon. They are managed by TWIGS as a resource to give people who experience mental health problems the chance to regain confidence, self-esteem and to learn new skills.

The gardens provide plenty of different ideas to take home to your own garden, along with plants and craft goods to enhance it. All monies raised through sales go directly towards funding our service.

The Harbour Project

The Harbour Project welcomes and supports refugees and asylum seekers in Swindon.

To those who’ve risked their lives, families and homes fleeing war and persecution, they provide friendship and hope for a future. With this purpose, they have been working tirelessly since the Kosovo crisis in 2000. Today, they are aiding people from across the world.

The Harbour Project became a registered charity in 2003 when a small team of staff committed resources to running daily drop-in services, Monday to Friday. Whether it’s recreational activities, assistance with legal processes or help with social welfare, giving all they can to new visitors.

For some, their services are their lifeline. Together with local community partners, they act to save vulnerable people from destitution and build awareness of people on the complex road to becoming a refugee.

Swindon 105.5

Swindon 105.5 is a non-commercial radio service in Swindon, by Swindon, for Swindon. Licensed by OFCOM as a Not For Profit community broadcasting organisation, with a specific Brief and funded by grants, donations, corporate support, fund-raising events and support in-kind. We are the only locally-based station that's broadcasting 24 hours a day. 

Their aim is to run an effective, inclusive radio station that dares to be different to other stations serving the region, by providing a diverse and open access to the citizens of Swindon. Contributing to the promotion of cultural, spiritual, social and economic life of Swindon.

The Station is funded through grants, donations, friends, fundraising activities and since 2017, an element of advertising and programme sponsorship is possible.

Further information

If you would like any further details about the Mayor or the Mayor's Charities, please contact:

The Mayor's Secretary
Tel: 01793 463599

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