About the Mayor

Leslie McDonnell has lived in Wandsworth for over forty years and for the last twenty has represented East Putney as a councillor. He was first Mayor in 2002 and Deputy Mayor in 2015. He was a member of the Cabinet for four years with responsibility for the planning portfolio and has chaired various Overview & Scrutiny Committees for over ten.

A former staff officer in the Army Reserves, Leslie is the borough’s Armed Forces Champion and was instrumental in Wandsworth becoming one of the first boroughs to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. He is President of the Putney Branch, Royal British Legion with responsibility for the annual poppy appeal, Area President for St John Ambulance with responsibly for the boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark and Past President and Treasurer of Putney Rotary Club. Indeed he can be seen in late December masquerading as Father Christmas as the Rotary float tours the streets of Putney.

Something of an expert on The Great War, Leslie is a military historian and regular battlefield tourist. More conventionally he enjoys reading, current affairs and politics. Born and bred as he was on the far side of London he remains a loyal, although these days not always over-optimistic, fan of West Ham United Football Club.

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