Councillor Ian Adams was first elected to Westminster City Council in 2002, representing the ward of Little Venice.
He and his partner, Christopher, have lived together near Paddington, W2 since 1994.
In his 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 several key committees, including the Children’s and Community Protection Scrutiny Committee, and Environment and Customer Service Scrutiny Committee. Ian previously served on the Board of CityWest Homes and on the Governing Body of City of Westminster College.
Ian is interested in promoting opportunity for young people and preventing social isolation among older residents. His chosen charities for his year as Lord Mayor reflect these concerns. The Social Mobility Foundation’s Westminster Initiative will provide opportunities and networks of support for local 16 to 17-year-olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families, including internships and support in gaining university places. Alongside this, Ian will continue in his role as Deputy Chairman of Age UK Westminster to support its work on behalf of older people through fundraising and publicity.
Outside of his council duties, Ian is a Director of NHS Resolution, formerly known as the NHS Litigation Authority, which provides indemnity cover to the NHS. He previously held senior positions elsewhere in the NHS, as well as the BBC, and in education and pensions. Ian holds two degrees, including an MBA awarded with Distinction from the University of Bradford. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).
Ian and Christopher, who is employed as a Senior Architect, married in 2014 following their earlier civil partnership. Christopher will serve as Lord Mayor’s Consort.