First elected to the Council in 1986, Councillor Paget-Brown served as Chief Whip of the
Conservative Group from 2000 to 2011 and has been Deputy Leader since April 2011.
He has also held a number of other senior positions. On the introduction of the Cabinet
system in 2001, he served as Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Regeneration and the Voluntary Sector, overseeing the introduction of Council-funded Police Community Support Officers and the creation of a model “Safer Surer” Board consisting of the Borough Commander, Council Chief Executive and other officers.
In regeneration, he was responsible for a range of capital investment projects in North Kensington, including Baseline Studios, and for maintaining strong levels of employment support and training for local residents.
As Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Leisure he led the award-winning
Exhibition Road streetscape refurbishment and the major renovation of Albert Bridge. He also launched the Council’s first ever Arts and Culture Policy and has been responsible for the ongoing renewal of the borough’s parks and gardens. In 2007 he launched the Royal Borough Environmental Project which has `greened’ scores of `grot-spots’ in corners of the borough and supported the creation of over 300 Community Kitchen Gardens.
Away from the Council, Nicholas Paget-Brown has a background in business and worked for a small start-up company in the City which established the UK’s first online research service for financial institutions. This was acquired by Reuters in 1985 and he was appointed
international marketing manager for a range of Reuters’ research products with global responsibility for promoting them. In 1991 he set up Knight-Ridder Information’s London office. Subsequently he set up a small consultancy business which produced a corporate newsletter on energy and environmental policy and offers training and consultancy on a range of public affairs issues.
Councillor Paget-Brown was Parliamentary candidate for Don Valley (a South Yorkshire Mining seat) in 1992 and chaired Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association between 1999 and 2001, which included the period of Alan Clark’s death, the selection of Michael Portillo and the subsequent by-election.