The Mayor


In May each year, the council elects a councillor to serve as Mayor for twelve months.

The Mayor is the borough's civic and ceremonial head for a year and during that time acts as chair of full council meetings.

The Mayor represents Waltham Forest at public, civic and ceremonial events. The Mayor's role extends to include events and organisations that support the community. The Mayor also entertains guests in the Mayor's parlour for both formal and informal events.

Together with the Queen's representative, the deputy lieutenant, the Mayor receives members of the royal family and VIPs during official visits to the area.

At Annual Council on 24 May 2018, Cllr Sally Littlejohn was elected Mayor for the civic year 2018 to 2019.

The Mayor announced that her partner, Martin Riches, would be her consort and that Pastor Birkett Bennett would act as her spiritual adviser.

The Mayor said that she would continue her predecessors’ practice of appointing a youth mayor or mayoress.

The Mayor's charitable focus will be on teenagers and young adults. The charities she supports, Diverse Voices, Waltham Forest Arts Education Network and X7eaven empower teenagers and young adults in a positive way, by offering, through active cultural creation and expression, opportunities to develop the social skills and personal qualities they need to take advantage of the life chances open to them.

There are two fundraising events where you can get involved to support the Mayor’s Appeal:

Auction of three original works of art produced by local artists.  Download information about the auction.

Charity dinner with entertainment on 21 March at Walthamstow Assembly Hall.  Download the invitation.

It’s easy to donate to the Mayor’s charity.

Make a donation to the Mayor's charity

The Mayor's biography Click to get info

Cllr Sally Littlejohn grew up in Scotland before moving south for higher and further education. She has a degree in French, and post-graduate qualifications in librarianship, translation and teaching and learning. She worked in a number of special libraries throughout London, before embarking on a second career strand in the then-emerging information technology sector, as a technical writer and translator. Latterly, she returned to the information sector in public and academic libraries and archives.

She was first elected in 2014 to serve as a Councillor in Cann Hall ward, where she had settled 25 years earlier. During her four years as a Councillor, she has supported residents in their relationships with the Council, and championed the ward within the Council, especially regarding growth and environmental issues. With an interest in developing social and community capacity, she has been part of an initiative to bring residents and businesses together in the creation of a charity (CannHallCan), which has the aim of opening a community hub and cafe in Cann Hall park, and bringing social, cultural and learning opportunities to Cann Hall. Last year she was the Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee, and she has served on the Planning Committee, as well as Scrutiny Sub-Committees.

As Mayor, Cllr Littlejohn intends to celebrate the strengths that we share in the community of Waltham Forest, as expressed in the goodwill of those in the voluntary sector.

Cultural interests include art, music, film and theatre, and for leisure she enjoys entertaining, reading, cycling and boating.

The Mayor is eager to attend public engagements, however the Mayor shouldn’t be contacted directly.


To invite the Mayor to your event please download the protocol form (69KB Word file) and send it back to the Mayor's office.

The form gives details on protocol and advice on how to address the Mayor.

We’ll usually reply to requests for the Mayor to attend engagements within five working days.

Please ensure that you fill out as much of the form as you can and that it is sent to the Mayor's office as early as possible to avoid delays.

Please be aware that it’s not always possible for the Mayor to accept an invitation.

The Mayor's office Click to get info

The Mayor's Office is open from 9am to 5.30pm.

If staff members are unavailable for any reason, you may leave a telephone message.

Phone messages will usually be answered within one working day, or the next working day if left after 5.30pm or over the weekend.

View the protocol for flying flags for major civic events.

Contact the Mayor