Ian Neilson

Executive Deputy Mayor

Cape Town

Ian Neilson holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

He spent 20 years as a Consulting Engineer, involved in a wide range of Water Engineering projects, across South Africa. He was also involved in a number of Municipal Engineering planning projects. Several of his projects received professional awards.

He entered local politics in 1996 when he was elected to the Blaauwberg Council, a municipality that was incorporated into the new unicity of Cape Town in 2000.

Subsequent to the 2000 elections he was appointed as the Executive Councillor for Safety and Health, a post he held for two years. During this period he oversaw the establishment of a Municipal Police Service for the City of Cape Town.

After the political upheaval of 2002, he was in opposition as the deputy caucus leader of the DA.

The DA was returned to power in the 2006 municipal elections as part of a coalition. The Executive Mayor appointed him as the Mayoral Committee member for Finance as well as the chairperson of the 2010 World Cup committee.

He was elected by the Council as Executive Deputy Mayor on 27 May 2009.

After the 2011 elections, Ian was re-elected as Executive Deputy Mayor and also continues to hold the Finance portfolio.