Chris Robbins has been serving Waltham Forest since 2002, when he was elected as a councillor for Grove Green in Leyton.
He is now in his third term as leader of the council, having first been elected as leader in 2009. Prior to that he acted as cabinet member for children and young people.
Previously, Chris worked in the trade union movement for 27 years, fighting against low pay, workplace injustice and unemployment.
He was born and brought up in Bethnal Green and has spent his entire life living in East London. He lives with his family in Leyton, where he has lived for 39 years.