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Cabinet members

Information about your council members and the role they play in the borough.

Cllr Grace Williams


Councillor Grace Williams

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Strategy
  • Policy
  • Budget
  • Equalities
  • Chair of Investment and Infrastructure Board and People and Risk Board
  • Communications
  • Relationship with partners and government
  • Reset Programme

Cllr Clyde Loakes

Deputy Leader

Councillor Clyde Loakes

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Climate Emergency
  • 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
  • Traffic
  • Parking
  • Highways policy and management
  • Transport – bus priority, overground, accessibility
  • HR

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Relaunch of Suntrap to create climate leaders of the future
  • Nurturing positive behaviour and individual action to tackle the climate emergency

Cllr Liaquat Ali

Transformation and Commercial Operations

Cllr Liaquat Ali

Responsibilities and portfolios

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

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Review of emergency planning provision post covid
  • Digital access and skills

Cllr Naheed Asghar


Councillor Naheed Asghar

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Public Health
  • Strategic relationship with local, regional and national health authorities
  • Health and wellbeing strategy
  • Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Chair of Families Board
  • Relationship with Ambulance Services

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Health inequalities research and strategy
  • Post Pandemic public health action plan

Cllr Paul Douglas


Councillor Paul Douglas

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Culture
  • Libraries
  • Leisure centres and facilities
  • Heritage
  • Sports development
  • Ward engagement and funding

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Fellowship Square cultural outreach programme
  • Delivering the new Soho Theatre

Cllr Ahsan Khan

Community Safety and Voluntary Sector

Councillor Ahsan Khan

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Violence reduction
  • Crime and disorder strategy
  • Anti-gangs strategy
  • Supporting Families programme
  • Drug action and Youth Offending teams
  • Prevent strategy
  • Ending Violence against women and girls
  • Relationships with police and fire authorities
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Volunteering and Community Participation

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Mission based volunteering strategy
  • Early action on safe spaces for domestic violence and expanding the safe spaces and bystander intervention programme

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee

Adult Services

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • 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

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Big conversation with older people
  • A place to age well strategy

Cllr Simon Miller

Economic Prosperity

Councillor Simon Miller

Responsibilities and portfolios

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

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Creating a dynamic jobs programme
  • Building jobs partnerships

Cllr Louise Mitchell

Housing and Homelessness Prevention

Councillor Louise Mitchell

Responsibilities and portfolios

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

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Homelessness and Temporary accommodation strategy
  • Private sector licensing

Cllr Alistair Strathern

Children and Young People

Councillor Alistair Strathern

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Outstanding outcomes for children
  • Statutory functions under the Children Act
  • Education
  • Children and young people’s social services provision
  • Schools capital projects
  • Early years
  • Youth provision
  • Children safeguarding

Reset Priority Areas:

  • Outstanding outcomes for children
  • Recovery plan for children and young people

Cabinet Commissioners

The role of ‘Commissioner’, previously Junior Cabinet Member, has been updated to reflect a more action-focused role, leading engagement with our community on three key priorities for the council to support our borough to recover from the pandemic.

These roles will have greater visibility and be more outward facing, ensuring delivery of cross cutting action. There will be three Commissioners to strengthen governance and political capacity and their portfolios are reflective of post pandemic priorities and the Council reset.

Reporting structure

The Commissioners will work with the appropriate Cabinet members but report directly into the Leader to ensure portfolios remain interlinked and cross-cutting.

Commissioners are not Members of the Cabinet, do not have any voting rights nor decision-making powers, and nor can they be council spokespeople. They will lead the way as a team ensuring cross cutting action on priority areas following the pandemic.

Cllr Ros Flowers

Jobs and Opportunities

Councillor Ros Flowers

Responsibilities and portfolios

Oversee actions and policies supporting the Borough’s dynamic jobs programme. 

  • Creating ‘one front door’ for jobs
  • Supporting local businesses, innovators, and commercial creators
  • Developing job creation academies

Link Cabinet member: Cllr Simon Miller

Cllr Sharon Waldron

Resilience and Recovery Asset Strategy and Transformation

Councillor Sharon Waldron

Responsibilities and portfolios

Oversee actions and policies supporting the Borough’s recovery from Covid and building more resilience in communities.

  • Tackling loneliness and isolation
  • Overcoming food poverty and improving food resilience
  • Flood Recovery
  • Impacts of COVID health equalities research
  • Vaccination programme
  • Customer resilience

Link Cabinet member: Cllr Naheed Asghar

Cllr Vicky te Velde


Councillor Vicky te Velde

Responsibilities and portfolios

 Oversee actions and policies supporting the Borough’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work.

  • Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for Waltham Forest
  • Council ethnicity and gender pay gap
  • Pioneering improvements to improve equality

Link Cabinet member: Leader - Grace Williams

Exercise of executive powers

2. Except where specifically provided for in the Constitution, or a decision has been taken by myself or by 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:

  1. Except where paragraph (b) applies, all key decisions shall be taken collectively by Cabinet;
  2. 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 and Law (or his/her representative), the decision may be taken by the relevant Portfolio-holder, subject to the Director of Governance and Law 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; and

iii.        a proper record is published of the Portfolio-Holder’s decision.

3. I confirm the delegation of executive powers to officers as set out in:

  1. The General Scheme of Delegation;
  2. The Council’s Constitution; and
  3. As set out in item 9 of this agenda.

and that all officers with delegated powers may in turn delegate those powers to other officers in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and legislation.

4. As executive leader, I reserve my statutory powers to make different arrangements for the discharge of executive functions to those set out above where this is desirable or necessary in the circumstances and following the receipt of legal advice, where appropriate.

Councillor Grace Williams

Leader of the council