Councillor Steve Summers was elected at the council’s Annual Council Meeting and takes on the ceremonial role of The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster from the outgoing Lord Mayor, Councillor The Lady Flight.
Taking on the role following his election at Porchester Hall, Cllr Summers started his speech by thanking the outgoing Lord Mayor: "Thank you for everything you’ve done for the city and for the advice you’ve given me. If I can do anywhere near as good a job as you have, I know I will have a good year.
"I genuinely couldn’t think of a better role. Acting as first citizen of a city I love. Getting to meet more of the people that make it tick and thanking them for what they do. It truly is the best job in the best city in the world."
Cllr Summers was elected to Westminster City Council in 2006 representing the Vincent Square ward, where he lives. In his 10 years as a Councillor he has been involved in many areas of council activity, although he has taken a particularly keen interest in sport and leisure.
He served in the council’s Cabinet for 5 years where he was responsible for libraries, sports and leisure, parks and gardens, customer services and the voluntary sector. Cllr Summers was also responsible for Westminster’s preparations for the Olympics in 2012. In addition, Cllr Summers served as a planning committee Chairman and as Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning and Deputy Cabinet Member for Licensing and Community Protection.
Cllr Summers’ chosen charity for his year in office is Greenhouse Sports, a charity based in Church Street that targets disadvantaged children across London and challenges academic under achievement through sport.