On May 17, Cllr Ian Adams was elected as the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster at a full council meeting held at Porchester Hall.
Cllr Adams was first elected to Westminster City Council in 2002, representing the ward of Little Venice.
In 15 years as a Councillor, Ian has held a number of senior positions, including Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Chairman of the Westminster Scrutiny Commission. He has also chaired the Children’s and Community Protection Scrutiny Committee and the Environment and Customer Service Scrutiny Committee.
Other roles have included being on the board of both CityWest Homes and the City of Westminster College.
The new Lord Mayor said: “I have a real passion for promoting opportunity for young people and tackling loneliness among older residents.
“This is reflected in my chosen charities for the year: the Social Mobility Foundation and Age UK, where I am deputy chairman of the Westminster branch.
“The Social Mobility Foundation’s Westminster Initiative is a particularly exciting project - providing educational and work opportunities for local 16-17 year-olds who can’t get them at home or school.”
Outside of council duties, the Lord Mayor is director of an NHS body responsible for handling negligence claims on behalf of the health service. His previous roles include senior positions elsewhere in the NHS, the BBC, and the education and pensions industries. His professional qualifications include an MBA from the University of Bradford and membership of both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Cllr Adams and his partner, Christopher, have lived together near Paddington, W2 since 1994. Cllr Adams and Christopher, a senior architect, married in 2014. Christopher will serve as the Lord Mayor’s Consort.