Cabinet members


At the council's annual meeting on 24 May 2018 the council elected Cllr Clare Coghill to serve as leader of the council for a four year term. 

Cllr Coghill reported to that meeting on the appointment of councillors to serve on the cabinet.

Full details of all council committees (dates and memberships) are available as documents via the meetings, minutes, agendas and memberships page, or individually on the Modern.Gov pages of the website.

Cabinet members

Responsibilities and portfolios

Cllr Clare Coghill


  • Strategy
  • Policy
  • Budget
  • Chair of Investment and Infrastructure Board and People and Risk Board
  • Communications
  • Relationship with partners and government
  • Promoting and building links with arts organisations 
  • Vision 2030


Cllr Clyde Loakes

Deputy Leader

  • Redefining Waltham Forest
  • Envirocrime and planning enforcement
  • Enjoy Waltham Forest
  • Neighbourhood services including street cleansing, refuse collection, waste and recycling
  • Environmental health and trading standards
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Climate emergency
  • Traffic
  • Parking
  • Highways policy and management
  • Transport – bus priority, overground, accessibility
  • Brexit preparedness
  • HR and Gender Pay Gap Strategy

Cllr Liaquat Ali

Transformation and Commercial Operations

  • Commercial Operations
  • Traded Services
  • Digital and Smart Technology
  • ICT
  • Smart Cities
  • Customer Interface
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Procurement and Commissioning
  • Civil contingencies and Emergency Planning

Cllr Naheed Asghar

Health and Voluntary Sector Partnerships

  • Strategic relationship with local, regional and national health authorities
  • Health and wellbeing strategy
  • Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Public Health
  • Voluntary sector
  • Leisure centres and facilities
  • Relationship with Ambulance Services
  • The voice of women and girls

Cllr Louise Mitchell

Housing and Homelessness Prevention

  • Waltham Forest Housing
  • Registered social landlords
  • Private housing sector
  • Private sector licensing
  • Housing standards
  • Registered Provider Compact
  • Homelessness
  • Housing strategy


Cllr Simon Miller

Economic Growth and Housing Development

  • High streets and town centre management
  • Economic development and inward investment
  • Employment
  • Relationship with business
  • Regeneration
  • Planning
  • Council property and capital strategy
  • Training, skills and adult education
  • Walthamstow Market
  • New housing delivery
  • Whipps Cross Campus
  • Town Hall Campus

Cllr Grace Williams

Children, young people and families

  • Statutory functions under the Children Act
  • Education
  • Children and young people’s social services provision
  • Schools capital projects
  • Early years
  • Youth provision
  • Youth offending team
  • Children safeguarding
  • Child poverty
  • Think Families

Cllr Ahsan Khan

Community Safety

  • Crime and disorder strategy
  • Anti-gangs strategy
  • Troubled Families programme
  • Drug action team
  • Relationships with police and fire authorities
  • Prevent strategy

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee

Adult Services

  • Statutory responsibility for adults’ services
  • Personalisation strategy
  • Families and adult services
  • Older people’s strategy
  • Supporting people
  • Identifying and addressing isolation
  • Ethical Care Charter
  • Bridging the intergenerational divide
  • Financial inclusion

Cllr Paul Douglas

Cabinet member – Culture

  • Borough of Culture delivery and legacy
  • Libraries
  • Heritage
  • Sports development

Cllr Ros Flowers

Cabinet junior – Life Chances

  • Implementation of response to the Life Chances Commission

Cllr Vicky te Velde

Cabinet junior – Connecting Communities 

  • Community engagement
  • Equalities
  • Community cohesion

Cllr Ali Strathern

Cabinet junior – Asset Strategy and Transformation

  • One Public Estate
  • Efficient use of the council estate
  • Maximising social benefit from S106 and CIL



The leader has determined that except where specifically provided for in the constitution, or a decision has been taken by herself, or by the cabinet to delegate a decision in a particular matter to a specified individual or body, the following general arrangements shall apply in respect of matters which, under the constitution, are defined as key decisions:

(a) Except where paragraph (b) below applies, all key decisions shall be taken collectively by cabinet;

(b) Where a key decision relates only to a matter within a single portfolio holder’s area of responsibility and/or has only a minimal impact on another executive portfolio in the view of the director of governance (or his/her representative), the decision may be taken by the relevant portfolio holder, subject to the director of governance being satisfied as to the following:

(i) That appropriate consultation has been undertaken on the matter concerned

(ii) That all relevant matters are set out in a report that is considered by the portfolio holder

(iii) A proper record is taken of the portfolio holder’s decision