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).
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.