South Bermondsey councillor Paul Kyriacou has been elected Mayor of Southwark for the next year. Riverside ward's Eliza Mann is the new Deputy Mayor.
A keen sportsman in his teens, he represented Southwark in the London Youth Games. He trained in weightlifting, shot put and the discus in Southwark Park and travelled to Germany to represent the borough in these sports.
Cllr Kyriacou worked for five years for the government agency Employment Zones, based at the Elephant and Castle, helping long-term unemployed people back into work.
"I've lived in Bermondsey all my life and consider it a great honour and privilege to represent the people of Southwark as Mayor," he said.
"I'm looking forward to getting involved in a whole range of issues, in particular highlighting the work of the many volunteers in the community. There are so many people who give up their time for free and commit huge amounts of energy to a whole variety of causes. I'd like to highlight and raise the profile of the fantastic work that they do."
Cllrs Kyriacou and Mann were elected to their new roles at Southwark Town Hall on Wednesday night.