Ravi Govindia to be new council leader

Published: 12 May 2011

Conservative councillors have chosen Ravi Govindia to be the new leader of Wandsworth Council.

Cllr Govindia is set to replace Edward Lister who will step down as leader to take up a new role as deputy mayor of London.

Born in Jinja, Uganda's second largest city, Ravi first arrived in the UK aged 17 following General Idi Amin's expulsion of Ugandan Asians.

First elected in 1982, he has chaired several committees during his career at the council including leisure and amenity services, technical services and planning.

He currently holds the post of cabinet member for strategic planning and transportation. 

The leaders of two neighbouring councils have welcomed Cllr Govindia into his new role. Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Greenhalgh said:

"Congratulations to Ravi Govindia on succeeding Edward Lister to become leader of Wandsworth Council. I have nothing but unqualified admiration for the fantastic achievements of our neighbour over the last 33 years and am sure that Ravi will continue to build on them.

"Both H&F and Wandsworth are two councils that are committed to deliver the highest quality services for our residents at the lowest possible cost to the council taxpayer."

Leader of Merton Council Stephen Alambritis said: "I welcome the election of Cllr Govindia and wish him the best of luck in his new position. Whilst we may come from opposing political backgrounds, I of course still appreciate the immense honour and responsibility placed on him as Leader.
"Like Merton, Wandsworth is facing difficult times and if we can work together in the best interest of our residents I am sure we can bring positive results and strike a better deal for them."

Cllr Govindia is set to formally take over as leader at the next full council meeting on Wednesday 18 May.