Changes to Newham Council’s cabinet and mayoral advisors announced
PUBLISHED: 16:10 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:10 24 February 2017
Newham Cll PR
Newham Council’s leadership team is taking on a different look following a cabinet reshuffle.
Newham Council's new cabinet
Cllr Clive Furness will be part of the cabinet as mayoral advisor for adults and health
Cllr David Christie, cabinet member for strategic policy
Cllr Frances Clarke, cabinet member for financial inclusion and health promotion
Cllr Forhad Hussain, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour, sports and leisure, and deputy cabinet member for community neighbourhoods.
Cllr Ken Clark, deputy mayor (statutory) for strategic delivery and cabinet member for community neighbourhoods, regeneration and planning and public affairs
Cllr Lakmini Shah, cabinet member for work and skills and domestic violence
Cllr Lester Hudson, deputy mayor for resources and cabinet member for finance
Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people
Cllr Rachel Tripp, cabinet member for transformation and the small business programme (and equalities)
The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, has announced a change to the structure, putting cabinet members and mayoral advisors into four broad areas.
Community neighbourhoods will expand, with a team of delivery lead councillors – Cllrs Ayesha Chowdhury, Ann Easter, Pat Murphy and Terry Paul – as mayoral advisors, reporting to Cllr Ken Clark.
In addition to his cabinet post as member for community neighbourhoods, regeneration and planning and public affairs, he has been appointed as statutory deputy mayor, meaning he will officially deputise for Sir Robin when required.
Cllr Lester Hudson will also remain as deputy mayor, but not in a statutory capacity, and will head up a team of resouce lead councillors as well as being the cabinet member for finance.
This team will consist of Cllrs Andrew Baikie, Ian Corbett, Richard Crawford and Tahmina Rahman, and will focus on investments and efficiencies.
Four community lead councillors will oversee the council’s work across the eight community neighbourhood teams – Cllrs Hanif Abdulmuhit, Idris Ibrahim, Mas Patel and Salim Patel.
Sir Robin’s cabinet will broadly remain the same, with Cllrs Frances Clarke, Forhad Hussain, Quintin Peppiatt, and Lakmini Shah remaining in their roles.
Cllr David Christie has been appointed cabinet member for strategic policy, while Cllr Rachel Tripp’s remit has expanded to be the cabinet member for transformation and the small business programme, in addition to equalities.
Cllr Clive Furness will be part of the cabinet as mayoral advisor for adults and health, while Cllr Joy Laguda will be the chair of the council and the civic lead.
Sir Robin Wales said: “Together we have achieved much for our residents but we fully understand that there is much more to do. The challenge ahead of us is great and to ensure we continue meeting it head on, I have reviewed and changed the team around me to support and deliver the council’s commitment and vision.”