Philip Braat is the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow and is the elected member for the Anderston/ City/ Yorkhill ward.
He was first elected to represent the ward in 2007. During his tenure in office, Philip has held a variety of high-profile roles within the Council. During the last Administration, he held the post of City Treasurer of Glasgow City Council and Convener of Strathclyde Pension Fund, with ultimate political responsibility for all matters financial. Between May 2017 and January 2019, he served as the Depute Lord Provost of Glasgow.
Until the unification of the Single Police Service of Scotland on 1 April 2013, he was the Convener of Strathclyde Police Authority, the then largest Force in Scotland prior to 1 April.
In 2018, Philip was appointed Honorary Officer in the Royal Navy Reserves and has the rank of Captain.
Over the years, Philip has had many responsibilities within Glasgow City Council and has been a member of several committees and boards. He was Chair of the Anderston/City Area Committee, the Central & West Local Planning Partnership Board (LCPP) and the Central & West Local Housing Forum. Philip has been a member of various Council Committees, such as Development & Regeneration Services, Land & Environmental Services, Education and Social Work Services, as well as the Finance & Audit and the External Governance Scrutiny Committees.
He has served as Deputy Executive Member for Business and the Economy and, until March 2009, he also served as a member of the Licensing Board. Among others, Philip has been a Board Member of Glasgow Housing Association, the Kelvin Hall Sports Trust, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Limited (SECC) and was the Council’s official representative to the United Nations Association Glasgow branch.
Philip also sat on the Glasgow Criminal Justice Authority and on the Board of the Legal Services Agency. He was Glasgow’s appointee to the Board of the West of Scotland Loans Fund and played a pivotal role in the formation of Business Loans Scotland.
Philip is a graduate of law from Glasgow University and obtained his Diploma of Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. He has practised Commercial Property Law and is a Notary Public. In November 2019, he was awarded a Postgraduate Master’s Degree (MSc) in History from the University of Strathclyde.
He has dual nationality (British/Belgian) and having lived in Belgium for many years, he is fluent in Flemish/Dutch.