Wandsworth welcomes new mayor
Published: Thursday 12th October 17
Former army officer Cllr Leslie McDonnell has been chosen as the next Mayor of Wandsworth.
The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Leslie McDonnell in the Mayor's Parlour
Cllr McDonnell has lived in Wandsworth for more than 40 years and has represented the people of East Putney for the past 20 years. He was previously mayor in 2002.
The appointment was made at yesterday’s full meeting of the council following the death last month of the previous mayor, Cllr Jim Maddan. The leader of the council, Ravi Govindia, paid tribute to Cllr Maddan at his funeral, describing him as a “true and genuine servant of the people.”
Cllr McDonnell is a military historian and former staff officer in the Army Reserves and is the borough’s Armed Forces Champion. He was instrumental in Wandsworth becoming one of the first boroughs to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
He is also active in the Rotary Club, St John Ambulance and the Royal British Legion, and is a keen West Ham supporter. He has chosen to support The Rotary Club and St John’s Ambulance through his charitable fundraising this year, as well as the charity chosen by Cllr Maddan, the Wandsworth Community Safety Trust.
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