Ron Mushiso the GLA candidate for South West London. Ron is a teacher and an experienced Councillor representing in Chiswick at the London Borough Hounslow. He is the Deputy Leader of the Conservative group, where he serves as a permanent member of the Corporate Parenting Panel concerned with the welfare of children in care.
Ron arrived in the UK as a 12-year-old from a small rural village in Uganda. He had left Uganda following the deaths of his Mother and Grandfather in quick succession in his village. He came to London to meet his father and start a new life in a safer environment. Ron attended the Heathlands, a comprehensive secondary in West London and despite having little formal primary education and limited command of the English, he found that he had a passion for sports. He credits the support of his teachers who helped and equipped him with the fundamentals for reading, writing, and speaking.
Shortly after settling into his new school and family, Ron faced a new challenge. He was placed into foster care when his teachers raised an alarm about his welfare. By his 15th birthday, Ron had been placed with six different foster families. He eventually settled permanently in Richmond at the home of Celine and Don Hassell, whom he still refers to as his parents.
"My experience in care changed my life and as a result I am passionate about ensuring everybody has access to a good start in life. It starts with education and that is why I became a teacher, a coach, and a school governor. Sports enables the physical, social and emotional resilience and education is the foundation for opportunity and future success." - Ron
Ron is a former professional rugby with four England Students caps to his name. He retired early from the sport and took up coaching to give back and use experience help the next generation. He has coached at London Scottish, London Irish, and Richmond.
"Coaching rugby is rewarding because you get to see almost immediately the values of discipline, respect and hard work developing before your eyes. Furthermore these values are transferable in a wider society.” - Ron
Ron’s Journey into politics began with an internship with a Senator in Texas, USA. On his return, he joined the Conservative Party after seeing first-hand how politicians can help those least well off by creating opportunities and encouraging free enterprise.
As a Councillor, Ron has focused on championing various community initiative, including fundraising to build a Green Living Wall to improve the air quality at a local primary school, starting a 2nd hand laptop donation drive to ensure that children from disadvantage background were able to access online learning during the pandemic and organising litter pick with families and local businesses to foster a sense of civic pride and responsibilities in the community.