Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader presented with MBE by Prince Charles

Fri, 05/02/2016

Yesterday (4 February 2016) Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, was invested into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was awarded the honour by the Queen on her Birthday List last year for services to local government and planning.

He was presented with his MBE by Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Cllr Robert Davis MBE said: "What an amazing day. I was truly honoured to be given such recognition for the work that I have done at Westminster City Council, none of which would have been possible without the wonderful officers and fellow councillors I have worked with at City Hall. Over the thirty years I have been a councillor, this has truly been one of my highlights and to be awarded such a high honour for doing something I love doing makes it all the more special.

“I am hugely proud of this city, so to receive an MBE for the work I have done around planning and the built environment in this magnificent place is humbling. Especially when you consider the wealth of heritage and that my time here will account for just a small chapter in that history.

“I was delighted to hear that Prince Charles is as proud of the City as I am, it is always nice to know that people who live and work in Westminster love the place as much as I do.”

Robert Davis was first elected as a Councillor for Westminster City Council in 1982 and is currently the longest serving member of the Council. He has held the planning brief in Westminster continuously for 14 years. Robert was the civil partner of the late Sir Simon Milton, who passed away in 2011, having served as Deputy Mayor of London and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff (2008 to 2011). Sir Simon was also Leader of Westminster City Council (2000 to 2008).

Key achievements:

  • Cabinet Member for planning since 2001
  • Westminster City Councillor for over 33 years
  • Created West End LIVE, the largest musical theatre festival in the world, more than a decade ago
  • Oversaw the £21m rejuvenation of London’s iconic Leicester Square
  • Has led multi-billion pound growth projects throughout Westminster, creating thousands of jobs, homes and offices
  • Created Special Policy Areas to protect the heritage of Savile Row and the area of St James’s
  • Led the Regeneration of Piccadilly and Marble Arch
  • Instrumental in the creation of the new St James’s Theatre in Victoria and the forthcoming Nimax Theatre on Charing Cross Road
  • Was the youngest Lord Mayor of Westminster from 1996 to 1997
  • Chairman of the London Mayors’ Association (1998 to present)
  • Appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants in 2006
  • Improved the quality of architectural design in Westminster through his Design Excellence Initiative which raised the bar in standards
  • One of the driving forces behind London’s New Year’s Day Parade
  • Led the Council’s Green Plaque scheme to honour those that have played a part in making London what it is today
  • Co-founder of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, which aims to create opportunities for young people including the construction of a university technical college, and addresses loneliness and isolation amongst older people
  • Created Westminster’s City of Sculpture initiative to bring arts and culture to the streets and parks of London


Cllr Robert Davis has served as a Councillor on Westminster City Council since 1982 and is currently the longest serving member of the Council. He is Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, with specific responsibility for Planning, the Mayoralty and Special Events. Cllr Davis also chairs the principal Planning Application Committees.

Cllr Davis was Lord Mayor of Westminster in 1996 to 1997 and currently serves as a rota Deputy Lord Mayor. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.

Additionally, he chairs the London Mayors' Association and the Board of the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, as well as being a Trustee of Mousetrap Theatre Project, the Savoy Educational Trust and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation which was set up in the name of his late civil partner Sir Simon Milton (former Deputy Mayor of London).

In 2014, he was voted 'Conservative Councillor of the Year' in a national newspaper.

He was educated at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and at Wolfson College Cambridge before training as a solicitor at the College of Law in Lancaster Gate.

Cllr Davis recently retired as a partner in Freeman Box, where he specialised in property law.

Last updated: 8 March 2016
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