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The Lord Mayor of Westminster

Councillor Jonathan Glanz was elected and takes on the ceremonial role of The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster.

Published: 15 December 2020

Last updated: 25 January 2021

The Lord Mayor of Westminster councillor Jonathan Glanz


Councillor Jonathan Glanz is the current Lord Mayor of Westminster, and was first elected in a by-election in 2009 to represent West End Ward, which covers one of the busiest parts of Westminster.

The Lord Mayor of Westminster is the ceremonial, non-political and non-executive First Citizen of Westminster. They are elected annually from among the City Councillors and chair all Full Council meetings.

It is by statute the First Citizen which is an honorary title and means that the Lord Mayor takes precedence over everyone apart from a member of the Royal Family and the Lord Lieutenant of London.  

The role is to represent and promote the interests and welfare of the City of Westminster, its residents and visitors, council services and activities.  

The Lord Mayor is also Deputy High Steward at Westminster Abbey for their term of office. This is an ex-officio role, but means the Lord Mayor attends many events at the Abbey throughout the year in this ceremonial position. 

In addition, the Lord Mayor traditionally undertakes the following duties: 

  • celebrating the achievements of Westminster’s citizens and communities

  • supporting the city’s diverse communities

  • promoting Westminster locally, nationally and internationally

  • representing Westminster at important civic and ceremonial events 

Councillor Jonathan Glanz

Jonathan has served in Cabinet and as Chairman of the Audit and Performance Committee, Policy and Scrutiny Committees, and also served on a wide range of other Committees and Taskgroups. 

He has been Lead Member for Broadband and Connectivity, transforming the position of the council from 638 of the 650 Constituencies in the country to a top 10 position. 

After graduating in Laws from UCL, he qualified as a solicitor and practised full-time until 1990. Thereafter, he set up his own property-based business in Westminster. 

He has been married to Manuela since 1987, and their son, Max, grew up and was educated in Westminster. 

Prior to his election, Jonathan was involved in community politics, chairing both the Marylebone Association and the Marylebone Millennium Commission, as well as supporting the work of charities and voluntary organisations. His chosen charity during his mayoral year will be Centrepoint, which supports homeless young adults across the country since its foundation in 1969.

After serving four years at MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) at the GLA, Jonathan advised the then Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh in relation to property issues, and as a member of the MOPAC Challenge, held the Metropolitan Police Service to public account in relation to their work.

Outside of work, he is a keen runner, having run the London Marathon in 2012 and 2014, and now regularly runs Half Marathons for a variety of charitable causes. He regularly visits the theatre and occasional opera and concert, and tries to see new productions across the West End and beyond. 

Contacting the Lord Mayor’s Office

You can contact the Lord Mayor's Office in any of the following ways: 

Telephone: 020 7641 2021 

Email: [email protected]   

Write to us at: 

The Lord Mayor’s Office  

Westminster City Council  

19th Floor  

64, Victoria Street