Nadia Shah

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Nadia Shah
নদিয়া শাহ
Mayor of Camden
In office
11 May 2016 – 17 May 2017
Deputy Richard Cotton
Preceded by Larraine Revah
Succeeded by Richard Cotton
Deputy Mayor of Camden
In office
May 2015 – 11 May 2016
Preceded by Larraine Revah
Succeeded by Richard Cotton
Camden London Borough Councillor
for Regent's Park
Assumed office
22 May 2014
Preceded by Tulip Siddiq
Personal details
Born September 1979 (age 39)
Camden, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) J. Shah
Children 3
Parents Muhammad Nazrul Islam (father)
Residence Camden, London, England
Profession Politician

Nadia Shah (Bengali: নদিয়া শাহ; born September 1979) is a British Labour Party politician, councillor for Regent's Park and former Mayor of Camden. In May 2016, she became the first female mayor of British Bangladeshi heritage. She was elected onto Camden councils cabinet after stepping down as Mayor. She became a cabinet member and held the portfolio of Skills, Employment & Youth and is currently serving as the cabinet member for 'Safer Communities'.

Early life[edit]

Shah was born and brought up in Camden, London, England where has lived with her parents and three sisters.[1] She attended school in Camden[2][3] and graduated from the University of Greenwich.[4]

Shah's ancestral home is at Kulaura Upazila, Moulvibazar District, Bangladesh.[4][5]


Shah worked in Camden for all of her working life.[2][3] She started her career as an investments adviser at NatWest Bank of England. She also worked at Home Office and several departments of the local and central government of Britain.[4] Shah has been employed as a social worker and a youth worker.[2] As a teenager she volunteered with young people in the borough,[3] and she has managed community projects helping people with drug addiction and a community centre as a project manager.[2][3] She became a coopted trustee for the Surma centre (the largest organisation working for the Bangladeshi community) and then went on to become an elected director.[1]

She is a trustee of the Business Improvement District and a governor in schools. She is a lifelong member of the London Mayors Association, A trustee of the West Euston Partnership.

In May 2014, in the Camden London Borough Council election, Shah was elected as a councillor for the Regent's Park ward,[4] where Tulip Siddiq was a councillor before becoming MP in 2015.[6] In 2014, she was elected by members and served on the executive committee of the council.[1]

In May 2016, Shah was appointed Mayor of Camden at Camden Town Hall in a ceremony which also saw confirmation of the council's new cabinet.[2] She became the first Bangladeshi-origin female mayor in any city in the UK.[4][5][7] Shah chose the Anna Freud Centre in Hampstead as her official charity for the forthcoming year.[2]

Shah also works as an athletics co-ordinator for the University of East London's Academic Registry department, co-ordinating an athletics running group.[8]

Shah currently works in the family business and also self-employed.[1]


In 2014, Shah received the Camden Community Award in recognition for the work and dedication for the work done with the community.[1] In November 2016, she picked up the inaugural Lord's Taverners Community Partnership Award on behalf of Camden Council.[9] Shah received a further award for her education to the community, and was recognised by the Canary Wharf Group plc as the First Female British Bangladeshi and was awarded for her excellence in performing her civic duties in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Shah's husband, Jajil Shah, works as the chief of Information Technology department at Camden Council.[4]

Shah trains regularly at the Sports Dock gym and fitness centre at University of East London, and has run half-marathons. She has organised community runs around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Karim, Mohammed Abdul; Karim, Shahadoth (November 2016). British Bangladeshi Who's Who (PDF). British Bangla Media Group. p. 31. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, Rachel (12 May 2016). "New Mayor of Camden Nadia Shah chooses Anna Freud Centre as her charity". Hampstead and Highgate: Ham & High. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bangladeshi-origin Nadia Shah becomes mayor of Camden". 12 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Britain's first woman mayor of Bangladeshi origin". Dhaka Tribune. Dhaka. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Bangladeshi-origin Nadia becomes Camden mayor". The Daily Star. Bangladesh. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Bangladeshi-origin Nadia made Camden mayor". Daily Sun. Bangladesh. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Bangladeshi-origin Nadia Shah becomes Mayor of Camden,UK". Bangladesh: 13 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b Brooke, Mike (13 May 2016). "Nadia gets her Olympic legacy 'Couch to 5k' group up and running at UEL". East London Advertiser. London. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Camden Council receive Lord's Taverners Community Partnership Award". The Big I.D.E.A. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Larraine Revah
Mayor of Camden
11 May 2016 – 17 May 2017
Succeeded by
Richard Cotton