Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley
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Councillor Nicholas Bennett of West Wickham ward was elected Mayor of Bromley for 2019-20, at the annual meeting of the council on 8 May 2019.
Nicholas is married to Ruth, who represented Bromley Common and Keston Ward for 16 years. Nicholas has represented West Wickham since 2006. He was elected as a member of Lewisham Council in 1974 and served for 8 years, including as Leader of the Opposition. From 1978-81 he was a co-opted member of the Inner London Education Authority. Nicholas was elected as MP for Pembroke in 1987, and was appointed a Welsh Office Minister in 1990, responsible for Health, Local Government, Planning, Housing and Social Services.
Partially educated at Sedgehill Comprehensive School with members of the rock group Status Quo, he subsequently attended FE colleges, the University of London (BA Hons Philosophy) and the University of Sussex (MA). Before entering Parliament he was Senior Master of a Kent Secondary School and afterwards an LA Education Officer. Following involuntary retirement from Parliament, Nicholas was Government Affairs advisor to Price Waterhouse, and from 1998 he was Chief Executive of the Association of Consulting Engineers. He started his own property renovation company in 2003.
Nicholas has served on most of the council’s committees and for the past 7 years has been Chairman of the Education, Children and Families Select Committee and its predecessor. He has a keen interest in history and architecture, and is the council’s Design and Heritage Champion and a member of the Bromley Borough Local History Society. He has contributed to several books including: ‘100 Buildings in 100 Years’.
Another of his interests is transport. He has crossed the USA and Europe by train, and in 2015 he travelled on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 7 days on his journey from Bromley to Shanghai via North Korea. To relax, Nicholas swims most evenings.
Nicholas has been a magistrate for 21 years and a presiding justice on the SW London Bench. He transferred to the supplementary list the day before he became Mayor. Between 2011-15 Nicholas was the Evelyn Wrench speaker for the English Speaking Union of the USA and lectured in over 30 States.
As an RAF service child he lived for several years in Germany in the 1950s and retains his love of the country through membership of the Bromley Town Twinning Association.
Nicholas is a parishioner at St Joseph’s and St Swithun’s Catholic Church in Plaistow Lane.