Councillor Jonathan Glanz was first elected in a by-election in 2009 to represent West End Ward, which covers one of the busiest parts of Westminster.
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.
Jonathan has been Lead Member for Broadband and Connectivity, transforming the position of the council from 638th of the 650 Constituencies in the country to a top 10 position.
After graduating in Laws from UCL, Jonathan 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. Jonathan’s chosen charity during his mayoral year will be Centrepoint, which has supported homeless young adults across the country since its foundation in 1969.
Jonathan served for four years at MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) at the GLA, advising the then Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh in relation to property issues, and as a member of the MOPAC Challenge, holding the Metropolitan Police Service to public account in relation to their work.
Jonathan 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.
Jonathan is a regular theatre-goer and occasional opera and concert attendee, who tries to see new productions across the West End and beyond.
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