Last updated: 3 November 2023

Next review: 6 September 2024

Cllr Grace Williams: Leader

Cllr Grace Williams

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Strategy and policy
  • Strategic People Board
  • Strategic Place Board
  • Communications
  • Public Affairs
  • Culture and Events
  • Corporate Performance
  • 15 Minute Neighbourhood Corporate Framework

View Cllr Grace Williams's profile

Cllr Clyde Loakes: Deputy Leader and Climate and Air Quality

Cllr Clyde Loakes

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Climate Action Plan and Behaviour change
  • The Hive
  • Waste
  • Transport
  • Parking
  • Traffic
  • Flood resilience
  • Biodiversity
  • Street cleansing and fly-tipping
  • Parks
  • Emergency Planning

View Cllr Clyde Loakes's profile

Cllr Ahsan Khan: Deputy Leader and Housing and Regeneration

Cllr Ahsan Khan

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Waltham Forest Housing
  • Private housing
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Strategy
  • Regeneration and planning
  • Housing Associations and registered providers
  • Corporate Assets
  • Families in Housing Need Programme

View Cllr Ahsan Khan's profile

Cllr Naheed Asghar: Health and Wellbeing 

Cllr Naheed Asghar

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Public health
  • Health and Wellbeing Strategy
  • Joint Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Integrated Care System
  • Whipps Cross development
  • Sports and leisure

View Cllr Naheed Asghar's profile

Cllr Vicky Ashworth: Jobs, Social Inclusion and Equalities

Cllr Vicky Ashworth

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Jobs
  • Cost of Living support
  • Equalities
  • Voluntary Sector (strategy and ways of working with VCS)
  • Businesses
  • Training, skills and adult education
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Borough of Sanctuary

View Cllr Vicky Ashworth's profile

Cllr Paul Douglas: Finance and Resources

Cllr Paul Douglas

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Human Resources
  • Finance and Budget
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Commercial Operations
  • Traded Services (including Servicestore)
  • Digital inclusion
  • Customer Services
  • Libraries
  • Democracy and Councillor Support
  • Procurement

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Cllr Khevyn Limbajee: Community Safety

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Safety and crime
  • Working with the police
  • Planning enforcement
  • Environmental health and trading standards
  • Strategy on VAWG
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Anti-gangs
  • Relationship with fire service
  • Regulation
  • Property licensing

View Cllr Khevyn Limbajee's profile

Cllr Kizzy Gardiner: Children and Young People

Cllr Kizzy Gardiner

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Supporting Families Programme
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Youth and Family Resilience
  • Early Help 0-18
  • Schools
  • Early Years, Childcare and Business Development
  • Special Education Needs and Disability
  • Quality Assurance

View Cllr Kizzy Gardiner

Cllr Louise Mitchell: Adults

Cllr Louise Mitchell

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Adult Social Care
  • Wellbeing and independence
  • Quality Assurance
  • Practice Support
  • Adult Social Care role in Integrated Care System
  • Tackling Loneliness
  • Poverty Reduction

View Cllr Louise Mitchell's profile

Cabinet Commissioners

The role of ‘Commissioner’, previously a 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 the 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 to 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 Elizabeth Baptiste: Renters

Cllr Elizabeth Baptiste

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Relationships with Housing Associations and Registered Providers
  • Property licensing

Link Cabinet member: Cllr Grace Williams

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Cllr Rosalind Doré: Destinations

Cllr Rosalind Doré

Responsibilities and portfolios


  • Future Culture Programme
  • Cultural Development
  • Working with cultural institutions
  • Fellowship Square
  • Destinations

Link Cabinet member: Cllr Grace Williams

View Cllr Rosalind Doré's profile

Cllr Sharon Waldron: Housing Transformation

Cllr Sharon Waldron

Responsibilities and portfolios

  • Housing Transformation Programme
  • Housing Customer Experience

Link Cabinet member: Cllr Ahsan Khan

View Cllr Sharon Waldron's profile

Councillor Catherine Deakin: Health Equity

Cllr Catherine Deakin
  • Marmot Implementation Plan

Link Cabinet member: Cllr Naheed Asghar

View Councillor Catherine Deakin's profile

Exercise of executive powers

1. 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:

  • Except where paragraph (b) applies, all key decisions shall be taken collectively by Cabinet;
  • 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.

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

  • The General Scheme of Delegation;
  • The Council’s Constitution; and
  • 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.

3. 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