Eddie Griffith is a Councillor and Community Activist in the London Borough of Haringey, having first been elected in 1986. He entered local politics to make a positive difference to the lives of local people who were less fortunate than himself. He served two terms as Mayor, 2005-6 and 2010-11respectively, thereby earning two Past Mayor’s Certificates in the process, and as Mayor Emeritus continues to perform Civic Duties including Citizenship Ceremonies, at regular intervals.
Over the years Councillor Griffith was able to juggle his Civic Commitments with his professional role as an Educator, Mentor and Role Model to under-achieving students at a Secondary School in the London Borough of Newham, having gained a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences from Salford 1982,Teacher Training (PGCE) in 1983, and an MA (1990) from University of London’s Institute of Education in Educational Administration. In 1995 he was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (FRSA).
The achievement which filled Eddie with greatest pride was the Town Linking (Twinning) Relationship between Haringey in London and Holetown in 2009, and its ratification in Barbados in 2011.There is now a healthy ongoing relationship between the two areas, which thus far has realised two official visits to the Annual Holetown Festival and another visit pending February 2017. Young Ambassadors visited Haringey in 2015.
The Town Linking Relationship formally established exchange visits with a cultural, educational, sporting, community base, with special emphasis on Schools within the two geographical areas being the norm. His vision is that young people would meet on a regular basis across the geographical spectrums to exchange ideas, share cultures and good practises leading to a better understanding and promotion of good citizenship. To this end he created the Hartown Association as a focal point of contact.
An equally valued achievement is his 30 fruitful years as Governor of a local Secondary School (Highgate Wood), mostly as Chairman or Deputy Chairman. His passion for Education and issues around teaching and learning and the maintenance of high standards remains undiminished. He is also particularly concerned that black students do not underperform. Among his future projects is an autobiography entitled ‘A Return to Parlour’ packed with a wide range of experiences, surprises and anecdotes which is due for publication in the summer of 2017.