Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Cllr Govindia, pitured speaking at Place West London, was first elected to Wandsworth Council in 1982 and became leader in May 2011. He has held several cabinet portfolios and chairmanships during his 34 years at the town hall, specialising in the fields of regeneration, housing and planning.
He is co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and played a key role in securing the Northern Line extension to Nine Elms in north Battersea.
Cllr Govindia is also a member of the Government’s national panel of expert on estate regeneration.
Cllr Govindia said: “I’m very proud of the role Wandsworth Council has played in pioneering valuable new homeownership schemes and in developing a new model for estate regeneration which puts the needs and wellbeing of existing residents at its very heart. Tackling London’s housing challenges and raising the aspirations of disadvantaged communities have been central to by career and remain my top priorities.”