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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.

Mayor: Cllr Christopher Robbins CBE

In light of the pandemic, Waltham Forest Council did not hold an Annual General Meeting in May 2020 as planned.

Cllr Christopher Robbins CBE is therefore continuing in the role of Mayor for the foreseeable future.

His wife Shelley and daughters Emma and Victoria will continue in their roles of Mayoress and consorts respectively.

The Mayor is also supported by a number of young people who comprise a Mayor’s Youth Team.

During his extension of office, the Mayor will be supporting Haven House Hospice which supports families, looking after children and young people, from birth, who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.  

The Mayor's biography Click to get info

Bethnal Green-born Christopher Robbins was first elected to Waltham Forest Council in 2002. He held a cabinet post for seven years before serving eight years as Council Leader. Throughout this time he has represented Grove Green ward.

Cllr Robbins received the CBE in 2017 for public and political service. He has lived in the borough for 45 years and is married with two children and two grandchildren.

The Mayor is eager to support appropriate public events, although the number and type of events that the Mayor might attend in person is currently very limited. Please complete and return this protocol form if you would like him to attend in person.

If you would like the Mayor to participate virtually, please complete and return this protocol form.

The forms give 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 5.15pm.

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.

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