Mayor John Biggs has announced his Cabinet. This leadership team draws on the knowledge, experience and dedication of Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets.
One of the key objectives of this Cabinet is to do away with the secrecy and opaque nature of decision making that plagued the previous administration.
Decisions will be taken transparently and openly, with cabinet meetings held around the borough; council meetings will no longer see the mayor sitting in silence; and councillors will be fully involved in the decision making process, ensuring that local ward knowledge is always fed into the process.
Mayor: John Biggs
Cllr Rachael Saunders: Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services & the Third Sector
Cllr Shiria Khatun: Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Community Affairs
Cllr Sirajul Islam: Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Performance
Cllr Rachel Blake: Cabinet Member for Strategic Development
Cllr Joshua Peck: Cabinet Member for Work & Economic Growth
Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs: Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services
Cllr Asma Begum: Cabinet Member for Culture
Cllr Ayas Miah: Cabinet Member for Environment
Cllr David Edgar: Cabinet Member for Resources
With forthcoming decisions such as the South Quay Masterplan, Rich Mix litigation and the upcoming report on the Medium Term Financial Plan, the Mayor and Cabinet will be diving straight in to the new culture of transparent and fair decision making.
And in early changes, the Mayor has got rid of the leased car used by his predecessor, agreed that the long-delayed report into the sale of poplar Town Hall be released to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as required by a Council resolution over a year ago, and instructed that there be a long-delayed settlement with the Rich Mix Centre in Bethnal Green and that legal action pursued under the previous Mayor the effect of which would have threatened the existence of the centre be ended.
Mayor John Biggs commented:
"I'm very pleased to announce the Cabinet and I know we will all do our utmost to serve the residents of Tower Hamlets. I am incredibly proud to serve all people of this borough, but this is no time for complacency: whilst I have already made some changes such as scrapping the mayoral car, we are fully focussed on the big challenges ahead.
“As there was a period of time with no mayor, there was a pause in decision making. We must act now in an efficient and fair manner to sort out these decisions for the benefit of residents. I am beginning to clear the backlog of decisions, and to reverse some actions of my predecessor which were in my view unhelpful for the Borough.
“I have already held one mayor's surgery to listen to residents' issues and there will be many more of these meetings. And I have pledged a regimen of greater transparency and openness.
“It is vitally important that we now press on: serving the residents of Tower Hamlets fairly, transparently and efficiently."