Sir Robin Wales
In 1982, Sir Robin Wales was elected as a Councillor for the London Borough of Newham – serving until 1986.
A resident of Newham since 1978, he moved to the area after completing a BSc in chemistry at Glasgow University. Sir Robin returned to Newham Council in 1992, becoming Leader in 1995 before winning election as the borough’s first ever directly elected Mayor in 2002. He was knighted in the same year, in recognition of his service to local government, and was re-elected for a third Mayoral term in 2010 with an increased majority.
Birkbeck’s £33m joint venture with the University of East London to open a new educational centre in Stratford in 2013 has had vocal backing from Sir Robin: 'The development of Stratford City means there will be tens of thousands of new job opportunities in Newham; our residents need the skills to fill these jobs – and this is why we welcome Birkbeck.'
Following involvement in London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sir Robin serves on the Boards of the London Organising Committee of the Olympics Games and the Olympic Park Legacy Company to ensure the Games’ legacy is of lasting benefit to Newham.