Bullock, Steve Sir

Steve Bullock (born 1954) is the first directly-elected mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham (since 2002).

Born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, Bullock began his career as a van driver for Saltburn and Marske-by-the-Sea Urban District Council in 1972. He later worked as a policy adviser under Ken Livingstone at the Greater London Council, as Chief Executive of Greenwich Community Health Council and as Head of the Labour Group Office at the Local Government Association. Having served on the independent Commission for Local Democracy, he was a founder member of the New Local Government Network.

Elected to the London Borough of Lewisham council in 1982, Bullock then went on to serve as Chair of Finance, Chair of Leisure, Deputy Leader, and Leader of the Council prior to standing down from the council in 1998. Following this, he served as Chair of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust. Bullock's partner is Kris Hibbert, a former fellow councillor.

In 2001 he was elected to the Borough Council in a by-election before seeking the Labour nomination for the new post of elected mayor, having publicly supported the proposal (as chair of the local hospital trust) in the October referendum campaign. He was subsequently elected in the first Mayoral election.


He was re-elected in the May 2006 Lewisham Mayoral poll until 2018 and became the Labour vice-chair of the Association of London Government later that year.

Steve's services to local government were recognised with a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2007.

24th July 2019 was granted the Freedom of the London Borough of Lewisham, presented at the Civic Suite 1 November 2019

Sir Steve was Lewisham’s first directly elected Mayor, serving for 16 years from 2002 to 2018. As Mayor of Lewisham, he created Lewisham’s Young Mayor programme, which has been emulated across the country and Europe, led the Council’s response to save Lewisham A&E and ensured every secondary school in Lewisham was rebuilt. He was previously a councillor for Bellingham between 1982 and 1988, serving as Chair of Finance, Chair of Leisure and Deputy Leader of the Council. He served as Leader of Lewisham Council from 1988 to 1993.

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