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Luton Borough Council

Mayor of Luton

Councillor Maria Lovell is the first Luton mayor to be invested online. Councillor Lovell was the standing Deputy Mayor but stepped up to the role of Mayor following the resignation of Tahir Malik.
In her previous, role she launched the Luton Women’s Network for the International Women’s Day celebration at the Town Hall in March and also hosted Afternoon Tea to celebrate Older Person’s Day last September.
Maria has lived in Luton for over three decades and worked tirelessly through cultural events and exhibitions to support and promote the town’s African cultural heritage and to enhance community cohesion and foster links between Luton and Ghana.
Maria founded the Ghana Society in 2006 to promote and showcase Ghana’s cultural heritage. The society became the first group to demonstrate traditional African costumes in Luton International Carnival. She has supported various charities such as Mercy Ships, Breast Cancer, Prostrate Cancer and World Child Cancer to raise funds for their cause.
Mayor Maria Lovell 

Maria hosted the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) business forum dubbed 'Luton and Beyond' in collaboration with Luton Business Forum during Black History Month last October and created the Deputy Mayors Appreciation Awards to acknowledge local businesses.

In 2011, she received the Mayor’s Citizenship Award for her valuable contribution to the community in Luton. Maria was born in Ghana, West Africa and comes from a family of astute politicians and parents who were ardent humanitarians and activists. She is a member of the United Nations Association.

Maria is also the first to be coroneted as a royal Kente Development Queen and known traditionally as HRH Nana Abena Asantewaa I for the town of Bonwire in the Ashanti region of Ghana. This area is known globally as the home of the renowned Kente fabric and Maria is its royal custodian in the UK and Ireland. Maria has promoted the Kente fabric through various exhibitions throughout the UK and most recently in collaboration with Wardown House in March.

Maria’s passion has been to share her African roots to educate communities and support campaigns which support the elderly, women and Youth.

She was employed in the public sector locally and previously worked in central government and parliamentary business.

Maria has three children.​​​​​​​


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