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.

Mayor: Cllr Christopher Robbins CBEAt Annual Council on 30 May 2019, Cllr Christopher Robbins CBE was elected Mayor for the civic year 2019 to 2020.

The Mayor announced that his wife Shelley will be his Mayoress, and his daughters Emma and Victoria will act as consorts.

The Mayor announced that he will be supporting Parkinson’s UK. He also launched the Mayor’s Young Enterprise Fund, which will provide support for entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 25.

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 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.

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