An architect by profession, Navin came to the UK as a University College London scholar in 1973. He worked as an Architect and Development Planner and joined the Labour party in 1977 after becoming involved in Community Action groups in Brent and Harrow. Elected as a Harrow Councillor for Kenton East Ward in 1994, Navin was Leader of Harrow Council from 2004 to 2006, and remained the Harrow Labour Group Leader until June 2008. He is a founder member and trustee of the Harrow Anti-Racist Alliance, serving as the Executive Member for Harrow Council of Racial Equality, is a member of the Ethnic Minority Taskforce and a Governor of Glebe School. In 2006, he received an Asian Achievers Award.
A member of the Fabian Society, Navin remains especially interested in community cohesion and planning, regeneration and housing. He is currently serving on the Environment and Planning Committee and is the lead Labour Group member for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. He lives in Harrow with his wife Rekha, also a Harrow councillor, and his two grown-up children. In his spare time, Navin enjoys art, music, travel and photography.
Navin is currently the Deputy Chair of the Regeneration Committee, and a member of the Planning and Transport Committees.
Navin Shah AM
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA