Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito
Yvonne Mosquito was born in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, then moved to Highgate and then Erdington. She attended Chandos and Queensbridge Schools. She was a volunteer helper, teacher, and then co-ordinator in the ACSHO Saturday School in Handsworth for seventeen years and helped to establish other Saturday schools in the Lozells and Bordesley Green area. Her first paid job was as an administrator for a double glazing company./p>
In the early 1990’s she worked and led an organisation that helped youngsters out of the cycle of deprivation to go on into further and higher education. She became a Councillor in 1996 and held a variety of positions. She has led and worked on the following issues; child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, elder physical and financial abuse, forced marriage, places of safety, highlighted the fears around knife crime, and supported the development of multi-agency safeguarding and domestic abuse hubs.
Yvonne has chaired and brought in funds for nurseries, set up the Business Executive Forum as a mentoring and inspirational body which linked local businesses to young people. As General Secretary of the Standing Consultative Forum, she worked with the twelve major faith groups to address issues around social justice and inequality.
Yvonne’s support to the family of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare, who were killed in the New Year shootings, helped bring about change in the way the police dealt with gang violence.
She has championed mental health while on the Police Authority from her appointment to it in 1996. As Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner she had responsibility for a number of areas which included Counter Terrorism, and Human Resources. As acting Police and Crime Commissioner she signed the contract which supported the transformation of the West Midlands Police. As Chair of People and Organisation in Birmingham City Council and Chair of Personnel in the West Midlands Police Authority she worked closely with Unison to ensure workers were treated fairly. She supported the Equal Pay, Bullying, Sex Discrimination and Victimisation and Tribunal Fees campaigns.
She has called for support for local small companies and businesses. As a Commissioner for the Legal Services Commission she argued for fair commissioning processes.
Lord Mayor prefers low fat, low sugar foods.
Lord Mayor’s Consort does not eat pork.