Peter John Leader, London Borough of Southwark

Cllr Peter John OBE has been the leader of Southwark council since May 2010 and was appointed London Councils’ executive in 2012 and is now executive member for business, skills and Brexit, as well as Deputy Chair of the Leaders’ Committee.

He was born in Weston-super-Mare and attended his local comprehensive school, before going on to study law at the University of London. After graduating in 1988 he became a barrister.

He was elected as a councillor for South Camberwell Ward in 2002 and after serving as group chief whip became leader of Southwark Labour in 2004.