Mullard takes on the Chair after Claire Holder was suspended
from the position of chief executive three months ago. The carnival
was also officially launched last night and is due to take place
on August 25th and 26th.
A former resident of Notting Hill, Mullard is confident that
he can have a timely influence on this year's carnival. Speaking
to the BBC, he said: "I think there will be enough time
to introduce a balance and framework for the Carnival which
is one of the reasons I have been chosen for the job."
Mullard, who is a resident of Pimilco, has served as an academic
at the University of London and University of Amsterdam in the
past. He helped establish CARD (Campaign Against Racial Discrimination)
as well as having worked on a number of race/ethnic related
social programmes and projects.
He is considered to be an expert on ethnic relations, publishing
numerous books on the subject as well as being chairman and
chief executive of Focus, a consultancy firm for multi-ethnic
He may need to use all his consultancy skills to iron out the
Trust committee's previous problems. He told the BBC that he
has a clear vision of what needs to be done: "Firstly we
need to bring home to everybody the essential quality of Carnival
which is that it transcends the individual and the group."
"The second thing we need to do is make the connection
between Carnival and the economic structure of London and hence
Carnival is good for London and London is good for the Carnival.
They're inseparable," said Mullard, speaking to the BBC.
"The third thing we need to do is provide a vision of
a multicultural diverse London. I think by holding out these
things to all people makes it very attractive to them."
Debi Gardner, of the Notting Hill Carnival Trust board, welcomed
the appointment, saying: "The Trust is under obligation
to appoint an independent chairperson of national reputation
and relevant experience. Chris Mullard fulfils these requirements
and can apply his excellent leadership skills and abilities
to the position."
Residents and Carnival enthusiasts wait to see how matters
develop over the coming days, including the issue of the proposed
reversing of the traditional route.