Lord Mayor of Westminster
The Lord Mayor of Westminster: Profile
From 2010-2013, Sarah chaired the Westminster Scrutiny Commission and the Adult Services and Health Policy Scrutiny Commission which has been nationally recognised for its investigations into lost cancer referrals and promoting patient safety.
As Cabinet Member for Children’s Services from 2006 to 2009, Sarah introduced the pioneering Family Recovery Programme which aims to strengthen families, reduce crime and disorder, reduce duplication of resources and reduce long-term costs to public services.
By pooling budgets and assigning wraparound teams to families with multiple problems, the project has delivered positive outcomes for children and adults who were formerly trapped in a cycle of unemployment, domestic violence and ill health. It is an approach now recognised and promoted by national government.
Sarah also oversaw the establishment of four academies and one foundation school in Westminster and was particularly involved in the rebuild and appointment of new leadership at Pimlico Academy. Placed in Special Measures by Ofsted, Pimlico was subsequently rated ‘Outstanding’ after a record 18 months. She continues to be a school governor.
Sarah was Cabinet Member for Leisure and Lifelong Learning between 2004 and 2006, pushing through plans for the new Pimlico Library and Little Venice Sports Centre. She has also served as a non-executive director of Westminster Primary Care Trust and has twice been identified by The Municipal Journal as one of their ’40 rising stars under 40.’
Sarah Richardson combines her council role with her career as an award-winning strategic consultant for Edelman, the world’s largest public relations company. She specialises in corporate reputation, crisis communications, community engagement, infrastructure and public health, providing senior counsel for CEOs, global brands and not-for-profits.
A former journalist and commissioning editor on the Evening Standard, Sarah has also worked for The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Vogue. In 2008, Sarah was made a Fellow of the British American Project. Fellowships are presented annually to “exceptional young people from each side of the Atlantic who have achieved distinction in their fields”. BAP Fellows are selected on the basis of service to their communities as well as professional achievements. Sarah is also a former junior international fencer and British Under 20 Women’s Foil Champion.
Sarah is married to Damian Collins, the Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe and her Consort for this year. They have two young children.
The Lord Mayor's charity
Delivering Opportunity through Enterprise will be the overriding theme of Sarah’s year as Lord Mayor and she has pledged to deliver a Mayoral Manifesto, creating opportunities for our residents, widening the horizons of our young people, showcasing the best of our City’s creative talent and identifying and mentoring a new generation of leaders in commerce and public office.
The Lord Mayor’s charity for the Civic year is The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, established in memory of the former leader of Westminster City Council and dedicated to delivering Simon’s vision of a caring city that offers opportunity for all. The Foundation builds on the success of Simon’s pioneering “One City” initiative which at its heart had the aim of encouraging business to prosper; providing young people with jobs and training, and ensuring that older residents were looked after and involved in a community that valued their contribution.
For photos of a diverse range of events attended by the Lord Mayor of Westminster visit the Flickr page.
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