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Councillor Richard Watts

Leader of the Council
Labour Member for Tollington Ward

About Richard

Councillor Richard Watts is 38 and has lived in Islington for 15 years, representing Tollington ward in the north of Islington since 2006. 

Richard served as Executive Member for Children & Families from May 2010 and Executive Member for Finance & Performance from May 2013. 

Before becoming a full time member of the Council’s Executive, Richard ran the Children’s Food Campaign, a national campaign to improve children’s diets. Previously he worked for a number of different campaigns and a consultancy organisation, which led to some work in Kosovo helping develop the political party that formed out of the KLA guerrilla army.  He graduated with a degree in politics from Durham University and before this worked in the Pretty Polly tights factory in Nottinghamshire.
He is a governor of City and Islington College.

Richard and his partner have two children aged 5 and 2. 

Meet Richard

Like all councillors, Richard holds regular advice surgeries for residents in his ward.
For more information about Richard's surgeries access the Leader's page