Jules Pipe was re-elected as Mayor of Hackney for a fourth term in May 2014, having become the borough's first directly elected Mayor in October 2002.
As Mayor, Jules is responsible for providing transparent and accountable leadership to the Council, as well as acting as a champion and advocate of the borough. Since he became Mayor, Hackney has seen the establishment of six new secondary schools, one of the country's largest housing programmes, one of the fastest falls in crime in London, and the successful campaign to put Hackney on the tube map.
Council Tax was frozen for ten years, and the Council has confronted a £110m cut to its government grant and additional cost pressures of £42m since 2010, without making material reductions or any closures to frontline services. Jules was also at the forefront of Hackney's ambitious plans and aspirations for the borough's 2012 legacy.
Jules's priorities as Mayor are:
- Making Hackney a place where everyone can succeed, through a first-class education, investment and jobs, and providing support to those who need it most.
- Making Hackney a place that everyone can enjoy, with clean, safe streets, excellent parks and public services, and a great quality of life for all who live here.
- Making Hackney a place where everyone can contribute, through listening to residents, and involving them in the decisions we make and the things we do.
Jules has been Chair of London Councils, the organisation that represents the 32 boroughs and the Corporation of London, since 2010.
Before becoming Mayor, Jules worked as a newspaper journalist, working for, among others, the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph, as well as serving as a ward councillor from 1996 to 2002, and Leader of the Council from June 2001 until elected as Mayor in 2002.
He was born and grew up in East London. In the 2008 New Year's Honours List, Jules was awarded a CBE in recognition of his service to local government.