Cllr Stephen Cowan was first elected as a councillor in 1998. He has served as Leader of the Council since Labour took control of the authority in 2014.
Under Stephen’s leadership the borough has developed Upstream which has evolved from thought leadership cocreated with local business people into a joint venture between Imperial College and Hammersmith & Fulham Council. Its focus is on the biotech, digital and creative industries. In 2017 the local authority published ‘Economic growth for everyone – An industrial strategy for Hammersmith & Fulham’.
In January 2018 Hammersmith & Fulham Council became the first local authority in the country to formally call on the government to halt plans for a Hard Brexit and give the British people a second EU vote.