The Youth Mayor for 2022-23 is Hamra Hanif-Ali.
The Deputy Youth Mayor 2022-23 is Charlotte Clasby
The borough’s 13th Youth Mayor, Hamra Hanif-Ali, was sworn into office on 29 June 2022, in a ceremony at Oldham Council Chambers.
Hamra lives in Hathershaw and attended Waterhead Academy and Oldham Sixth Form College, where she studied A-levels in Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology.
Elected to the Youth Council in 2018, she has attended numerous events, and has represented Oldham’s young people locally, regionally, and nationally, including being a Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority Representative and avid supporter of Votes at 16.
During her time as Chair of Oldham Youth Council we struggled with the restrictions of COVID, but the Youth Council continued, moving online with Hamra chairing admirably.
Hamra has represented young people locally running campaigns around knife crime and mental health. Regionally she was a POSH (Pioneer of Sustainable Hope) Ambassador, tackling issues around the environment and global warming, working with other Youth Councils, and sitting on the Cross-Party Climate Change Group. Nationally, Hamra travelled to Westminster in support of the Votes at 16 private members bill and attended several All Party Parliamentary Group meetings to make sure Oldham had a voice.
“I am excited and honoured to become the 13th Youth Mayor of Oldham and hope to do the role justice, as those who have gone before me have.”
“I look forward to representing all of Oldham’s young people and I am dedicated to meet as many of them as I can over the coming 12 months.”
“Oldham is a town to be proud of and leading the way in many areas. I see my role as making sure that the young people I meet along the way feel involved, and confident they can shape their own futures.”
Role of the Youth Mayor
The role of the Youth Mayor is to represent the young people of Oldham in a formal and civic role.
They are an ambassador for the town and an inspirational role model for young people.
The Youth Mayor shadows the Mayor on Civic engagements and is also a key member of the Youth Council.