Ann John OBE was the Leader of Brent Council until May 2012.
She was previously Leader of Brent Council from January 2001 to May 2006, one of the very few women to lead a London borough council. She was Deputy Leader of the Council from 22 April 1996 to 29 January 2001. She was the Deputy Leader of Brent Council from May 1995 to April 1996 and was Labour Group Chief Whip from 1993 – 1995.
Ann is a retired laboratory technician and she was an active trade unionist during her working life, holding office as an ASTMS branch secretary and as a Staff Side negotiator.
Ann represented St Raphael’s ward from 1990-2002 and has represented Stonebridge ward (which now includes St Raphael’s) since May 2nd 2002.
Ann was closely involved in the two most iconic buildings in Brent, Wembley Stadium – the home of football, England’s national sport and the magnificent Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir – the largest Hindu temple outside of India
Ann is particularly interested in voluntary sector issues and was Brent Council’s representative on the London Borough Grants Committee for many years. She was a councillor representative on Brent’s Domestic Violence Forum. She was also an active member of the Brent Energy Network, which was established to encourage energy efficiency.
Ann is also keenly interested in education and in providing better youth facilities and she has taken the lead in developing policies to combat domestic violence. She represents a very deprived ward in the south of Brent and is therefore committed to policies to tackle social exclusion and promote community cohesion.
Ann received her OBE and was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the community in Brent.
Ann has a son, a daughter and a grandson. She lives in Kingsbury with her three cats and has lived in Brent for most of her life. Her leisure interests include opera, theatre, cooking, gardening, reading and travel.