New Deputy Mayor for City of Ryde

Published on 01 March 2023

Mayor Clr Sarkis Yedelian and Clr Shweta Deshpande

Central Ward councillor Clr Shweta Deshpande was voted City of Ryde’s Deputy Mayor during an open vote held at a Council meeting held yesterday evening.

The first Deputy Mayor of South East Asian heritage, Clr Deshpande will serve in the role until September 2023.

As a leader and strategic marketer within the pharmaceutical industry, Clr Deshpande has won innovation awards for lateral thinking and providing solutions to effectively manage cross-functional teams. She holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in English Literature.

Clr Deshpande said she was honoured to be elected as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ryde.

“As a local mum of two kids, I am a strong advocate for community safety and will continue to work collaboratively with our Mayor, fellow Councillors and staff to build a sustainable City that holds promise for this generation and beyond”, Clr Deshpande said.

City of Ryde Mayor Clr Sarkis Yedelian OAM congratulated Clr Deshpande on her election.

“It is a great privilege to have Clr Deshpande serving as Deputy Mayor. Her education, skills and experience are a great asset to our City. She has already achieved a significant amount since her election to Council in 2021 including under former Mayor Clr Jordan Lane, and I look forward to furthering our progressive reform agenda together”, he said.