Wandsworth Council Leader awarded CBE

Published: Saturday 31st December 16

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in recognition for his services to local government.

Cllr Govindia 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.

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Cllr Ravi Govindia

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, which unlocked central London’s biggest economic development and home building programme.  

Cllr Govindia is also a member of the Government’s national panel of experts on estate regeneration; and in 2012 he launched London’s most ambitious housing estate regeneration programme. Wandsworth’s unique approach to these schemes will see the number of social rent and affordable homes on local estates increase, and all directly affected council tenants and owner-occupiers are being offered a brand new property within these new developments.

Under his leadership the council has delivered record levels of new housing and pioneered a range of innovative homeownership schemes to help ordinary working households on to the property ladder. 

Other key council achievements during Ravi’s time as leader include developing a unique approach to protecting London’s vulnerable pub trade which has seen 120 Wandsworth pubs given protection from the threat of redevelopment or conversion.

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. 

“It is a great privilege to serve the people of Wandsworth and I want to thank the many brilliant councillors, council officers and community leaders who do so much to improve life chances and opportunities in our borough. This honour is for all of us.”

This is Cllr Govindia’s second honour, having been awarded an MBE in 2007. 

CBE stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire. MBE stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire. 

Find out more about the honours at www.gov.uk/honours

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Recent comments

I think it is a disgrace you need to paint a whole picture of wandsworth it is not the brighter borough recycling poor air pollution poor staff attitude to problems poor cleaning poor your lets talk is a big waste of time you came across as ignorant at the one I went to its alright to build houses for foreign investors look at Hampton row six months empty space could of been used for public housing not given to the one with the highest bidder
a arthur

19 January 2017

Congratulations to Mr Ravi Govindia for his CBE award in the New Year's Honour List. It is a well deserved recognition to his job and all he does for Wandsworth and London. I am very happy for him!
Lucia Perez-Valdes

12 January 2017

Yes, Ravi Govindia has done marvellous job in borough of Wandsworth with his team. I hope hope to continue his good work and make more improve in required area. Thank you to all for hard working and making our borough brighter.
Narendra Bhagalia

8 January 2017

Congratulations to our Council Leader Ravi Govindia on being awarded a CBE in recognition of his hard-working and dedication on behalf of all the residents of Wandsworth. We are very fortunate in living in the best Borough in London.
Martin Flint

6 January 2017

Congratulations! Very proud!

6 January 2017

Here's an idea, Mr Govindia, if you're really interested in earning your gong: PUT COUNCIL TAX UP TO A REASONABLE LEVEL AND FUND ESSENTIAL SOCIAL SERVICES PROPERLY. Oh and I wonder how long it'll take now for Wandsworth to quietly drop it's opposition to Heathrow expansion. Watch this space.
Steve Lee

6 January 2017

Congratulations Ravi...a well-deserved honour for all the work and expertise you have given the borough over the years.
John Evans

6 January 2017