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 19 May, Cllr Peter Herrington was elected Mayor for the civic year 2016-17.

The Mayor explained that his theme for the year will be patience, understanding and tolerance.  He announced his wife, Mrs Susan Herrington, as his Mayoress and Canon Rodney Matthews as his spiritual adviser.

In addition, he will continue his predecessor’s practice of appointing a youth mayor or mayoress.

This year the Mayor is supporting Whipps Cross Hospital, in recognition of the treatment and care he received when seriously ill two years ago.

The Mayor's biography Click to get info

Born in Hackney, Cllr Herrington came to live in Highams Park in 1955.

He attended Selwyn Avenue Boys Primary and William Morris Technical High schools – the later formerly in Gainsford Road, Walthamstow.

In 1966, his 35 year career in sales and marketing began as a trainee with Bakelite Xylonite Ltd at the Halex factory in Highams Park.

Cllr Herrington has represented the Endlebury Ward in Chingford for 18 years. During this time his interests have been wide ranging and he has chaired a number of the Council’s scrutiny committees.

For many years he represented the Council on WF Race Equality Council and London Road Safety Council. His involvement with the latter has included being Chair of the Executive and Chair of Full Council. In 2013 his service was recognised when he was made a Life Vice-President.

Cllr Herrington is married to Susan who will be Mayoress during his year in office.

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-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.