Find out what the Mayor, Leader and Cabinet do for Lambeth Council, and how to contact them. See which events the mayor will be attending.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. The Mayor of Lambeth
- 2. Mayoral events
- 3. Mayor's charity details
- 4. The Leader of the Council
- 5. The Cabinet
- 6. Opposition group spokespersons
1. The Mayor of Lambeth
2. Mayoral events
Friday 26 May
Love Your Local Market opening breakfast.
Venue: Brixton Village, Colharbour Lane, SW9.
Wednesday 31 May
Mayor & Guest
Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs Welby reception.
Venue: Lambeth Palace, London, SE1 7JU.
Saturday 3 June
The British Home Summer Fayre.
Venue: The British Home, Crown Lane, SW16.
Sunday 4 June
Friends of Brockwell Park annual tree planting ceremony.
Venue: Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, SE24.
Wednesday 7 June
Ceremony to present certificates of citizenship and welcome packs to new British citizens.
Venue: Redfearn Centre, 329 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5PY.
Sunday 11 June
Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools football annual 7-a-side football tournament.
Venue: Dulwich Sports Ground, (formerly Southbank University Sports Ground), Turney Road, London, SE21 7JH.
3. Mayor's charity details
The Mayor has chosen two charities to support during her term in office; they are:
Oasis Hub Youth
Oasis Hub Youth - Developing character, transforming lives
Oasis Hub Youth is an umbrella of projects and programmes for young people in North Lambeth, tailored specifically to divert them away from the dangers of knife violence, gangs and crime, and instead towards fulfilling, healthy and empowered futures.
We achieve this though providing both crisis point and preventive support to at-risk young people when it is needed most. This varies vastly from mentoring victims of knife violence in St Thomas Hospital A&E, to running self-esteem building workshops in schools, to building character and resilience though a football academy.
At Oasis Hub Youth we believe every young person matters and that every young person deserves the support they need to reach their God-given potential. With your support we can do just that.
Carers4Carers is a social enterprise run by carers for carers.
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a family member or friend who, due to illness, disability, mental health issues or addiction, requires support to live a more fulfilled life.
Our vision is a world in which every carer has a voice. Our mission is to enhance current services for carers and influence future growth and development by building an organisation run by carers for carers. Our personal experience of caring has given us an understanding of the issues faced by carers, whilst our professional skills, knowledge and experience provide the expertise to develop effective solutions that carers want. Carers4Carers deliver 3 services in Lambeth:
Inspirational Us - a social therapy space "It feels as if I've another chance at life... All the new friends I've made I just feel blessed"
Inspirational Together - a family centered activities programme "We all sat together as a big happy family, we laughed and talked to whoever sat next to us... a lot of us don't have family... I felt like I had a one"
Inspirational Champions – a bespoke personal development programme. "My day started out so stressed, in tears with my situation, now being here has made such a difference. Feel like I can be helped, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel as though I can now organise my life better, deal with my caring and achieve my goals"
If you would like to make a donation; cheques should be made payable to 'London Borough of Lambeth Mayor’s Charity' and posted to:
Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill
If you would like to make a payment by bank transfer the details are:
Sort code: 60-03-36
Account number: 81348789
Ref: Charity 2017/18
4. The Leader of the Council
Leader of the Council - Councillor Lib Peck
The leader of the Council is Councillor Lib Peck.
Councillor Lib Peck has been the Leader of Lambeth Council since 2012, and a councillor for the Thornton ward since 2001; a seat she was returned to with a majority of over 1500 on 22 May 2014.
The Leader of the Council is responsible for setting the overall political and strategic direction for the council; acts as the lead spokesperson and manages external relations including with Government, the GLA and local and regional bodies; as well as managing the council’s relations with key stakeholders, partners and investors and holding the council’s Chief Executive to account. The Leader also oversees communications and public awareness campaigns.
Before becoming leader, Lib served in a number of senior positions within the Lambeth Cabinet, including holding the portfolios for Environment and Culture as well as Housing and Regeneration.
Across these posts, she secured the delivery of a £450 million programme of investment into Lambeth’s housing, developed the Lambeth Homes Standard with tenants and residents, and has been instrumental in bringing new leisure facilities to the borough in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood.
Housing has been a key focus of Lib’s political career to date. As portfolio holder she was responsible for a significant drop in the number of empty council homes in Lambeth, as well putting housing budgets on a steady footing by tackling a £12 million deficit and improving levels of rent collection.
“Both supply and affordability pose big challenges for us in Lambeth, but Lambeth has a fantastic sense of community, and we absolutely do not want families to be priced out of the borough as their households begin to grow.
The work continues. During our next term in office, we’re pledging to build 5000 new affordable homes for Lambeth residents.”
Lib has also been instrumental in bringing new jobs and homes to the borough through the Vauxhall Nine Elms Development, for which she serves as Co-Chair of the partnership over seeing the regeneration project.
As well as her work in Cabinet, Lib has a strong record of local campaigning. Locally, she has been instrumental in:
- Bringing the 255 bus to her ward at the request of local residents
- Supporting the expansion of a key local school, Telferscot
- Seeing the development of the Weir Link children’s centre turn a derelict launderette into a thriving community centre used by children and families in Clapham
- Bringing improvements to local housing estates
Lib also serves on the Board of Directors of the Brixton Pound, is London’s representative for the Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and is a member of the GMB union.
Lib has been a resident of Thornton for over 17 years, where she lives with her partner and two daughters.
Having studied History at the University of Manchester, Lib has worked for a peace organisation, for Justice, an eminent UK human rights organisation, as well as serving on the board of the Prisoners of Conscience Trust.
Lib has had a lifelong interest in politics and decided to become a councillor to better represent her community in Thornton.
She says, “I believe local councillors have a key role to play in acting as a vital link between the community and the council, representing the interests of fellow residents.”
Lib is also a big advocate of women’s and human rights. She is proud to be one of the few female leaders in local government, and is keen to champion women’s involvement in politics.
She is also a strong proponent of the London Living Wage, and worked to ensure that Lambeth became one of the first councils to pay it to all its employees.
She is also a firm believer in the importance of green issues and sustainability and is a keen cyclist, using her bike most days to get around Lambeth.
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Contact Cllr Lib Peck:
5. The Cabinet
Leader of the Council - Councillor Lib Peck
Cllr Peck is responsible for setting the overall political and strategic direction for the council; acts as the lead spokesperson and manages external relations including with Government, the GLA and local and regional bodies; as well as managing the council’s relations with key stakeholders, partners and investors and holding the council’s Chief Executive to account.
The Leader oversees communications and public awareness campaigns.
She is also responsible for driving the borough’s growth and regeneration aspirations, specifically leading on Vauxhall and Waterloo opportunity areas and realising inward investment potential across Lambeth.
PA to the Leader of the Council
Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill
Phone: 020 7926 1167
Working with the Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leaders are responsible for the overall financial and policy direction of the Council. They work across all areas of the Council to ensure our ambition for Lambeth is met and manifesto commitments are delivered. On an alternating basis, they deputise for the Leader.
During 2017/18, the statutory deputy is the Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources). Benefits and Council Tax Support are reported to both Deputy Leaders.
Deputy Leader of the Council (Investment and Partnerships) - Councillor Paul McGlone
Cllr McGlone is responsible for key borough-wide projects including the Your New Town Hall development and the council’s ambitious programme to deliver 1000 council homes. He also leads on the borough’s strategic partnerships the Council's relationship with the community and voluntary sector.
- Housing strategy and delivery; including affordable housing and housing growth, establishing Homes for Lambeth and exploring new models for financing and delivering more homes.
- Strategic oversight of the borough’s home building programme; including estate regeneration schemes, building 1,000 new council homes, and delivery of new housing schemes including the small sites programme.
- Delivering the Your New Town Hall project: working across the council, with residents and stakeholders, on this critical corporate project which will consolidate council assets and deliver savings, create hundreds of jobs, build affordable homes and provide new community facilities and civic centre for local people.
- Generating new income through investment, opportunity asset sites and adopting a corporate commercial framework or trading approach where appropriate.
- Working with the voluntary sector, community hubs and forums to develop a strong and effective partnership with the voluntary sector in Lambeth with the purpose of supporting the priorities and outcomes set out in the Borough plan.
- Developing a sponsorship and fundraising strategy to support the delivery of the borough plan.
- Lead for the borough’s strategic partnership, the Lambeth First Executive (LSP).
- Implementing the council’s flagship financial resilience strategy, to ensure our most vulnerable residents are protected and supported through significant changes to the welfare system.
Telephone: 020 8674 3250
Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources) - Councillor Imogen Walker
Cllr Walker is responsible for oversight of the council’s strategic financial management. This includes setting a balanced budget and monitoring the delivery of the capital investment programme. She is also responsible for the council’s corporate services. She is the Statutory Deputy Leader for 2017/18.
- Delivering the council's financial strategy, including budget setting, budget monitoring, financial policy and performance.
- Revenue collection, council tax and benefits and Council Tax Support (CTS).
- Developing the council’s capital investment strategy to ensure that it supports the delivery of the Borough Plan and the council’s financial strategy in relation to maximising income across the borough’s assets.
- Overseeing the management of the Housing Revenue Account.
- New Homes Bonus.
- Monitoring the council’s capital investment programme, property management and asset strategies to maximise the council’s resources.
- Pushing forward on the council’s commitments as a London Living Wage employer.
- Ensuring the council’s commissioning and procurement strategies provides social value through all of its activity and contracts.
- Aligning technology, information and process management to support the organisation's transformation to a customer-focused, cost-effective and digital by default council.
- Leading on workforce matters including Human Resources, Trade Union relations, Pension Fund and the BAME leadership programme for council employees.
- Monitoring performance across all council activity.
- Deputy Statutory lead for Children’s Services.
- Democratic Services: including electoral registration and legal services.
Telephone: 07946 216 941
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care - Councillor Jackie Meldrum
Cllr Meldrum is responsible for Adult Social Care, ensuring Lambeth’s most vulnerable adults are safeguarded, protected and are supported to lead lives that are as independent as possible.
She leads on reducing isolation and oversees a Lambeth-wide befriending scheme.
Cllr Meldrum is also responsible for developing approaches to improve the links between social care and housing services.
- Statutory responsibility for adult social care of older people, people with disabilities and those with mental health issues. This includes safeguarding and monitoring performance of all aspects of social care services for adults across the council and its partners.
- Overseeing the council’s older people’s housing schemes and improvements to Lambeth’s sheltered housing schemes and extra care housing across the borough.
- Developing approaches to improve the links between social care and housing.
- Developing a carers’ strategy to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of carers.
- Ensuring the council is effectively planning and delivering long term care for disabled people, including children who will require support throughout their lives.
- Overseeing personalisation and direct payments to improve choice for people receiving social care services from the council.
Telephone: 020 7926 1166
Cabinet Member for Families and Young People - Councillor Jane Pickard
Cllr Pickard is responsible for delivering the council’s early intervention approach to family support, including working with partners to identify and secure funding for projects that focus on early action and prevention.
She also leads the borough’s youth and play services, working with partners to ensure the borough’s provision meets the aspirations of Lambeth’s young people, particularly working with the Young Lambeth Cooperative (YLC).
- Implementing an innovative early intervention and prevention model for children’s services, specifically overseeing the investment of £38 million through the LEAP programme.
- Tackling child poverty.
- Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
- Overseeing youth and early year’s services, including the borough’s network of children’s centres.
- Working with the Young Lambeth Cooperative (YLC) to ensure young people are at the heart of decisions on the youth services provided in the borough.
- One o’clock clubs and adventure playgrounds, including Coop Youth and Play Programme.
- Developing effective family intervention projects, including the Troubled Families programme.
- Commissioning of school nursing and health visiting.
Telephone: 07805 943 085
Cabinet Member for Children and Schools - Councillor Jane Edbrooke
Cllr Edbrooke is the lead member for Children’s Services, responsible for all the Council’s statutory functions, powers and duties in relation to children’s social care and education and learning.
- Strategic oversight of Children’s Services to ensure that improvements are made in the care of the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people.
- Driving forward fostering and adoption services to improve the quality of care and the stability of placements for looked-after children and care leavers.
- Corporate parenting.
- Delivering a successful Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) offer to families and young people, including transport policy, educational provision and support for families and communities.
- Children with disabilities.
- Education and schools: working with Lambeth’s teachers, governors and parents to raise the performance of Lambeth schools and oversee pupil place planning so every Lambeth child has a school place.
- Working with partners on the provision of post-16 education, training and skills for employment in schools, colleges and other settings.
- Safeguarding against child sex exploitation.
Telephone: 020 8671 2425
Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment - Councillor Jenny Brathwaite
Cllr Brathwaite is responsible for housing management services, including working with tenants and leaseholders, tackling homelessness and delivering decent homes for all tenants.
She is responsible for improving all aspects of the local environment so residents can enjoy a cleaner and greener borough. She works with communities and residents to stimulate behaviour change, promoting sustainability across the borough.
- Housing management services, Tenant Management Organisations, tenant and leaseholder engagement and rent setting.
- Private sector housing, Registered Social Landlords, HMO licensing.
- Homelessness prevention, temporary accommodation, housing options and advice service, rough sleepers and supported housing for vulnerable adults.
- Managing the capital investment (LHS) programme to ensure delivery of decent homes for all housing tenants.
- Increasing recycling rates and overseeing the council’s waste strategy and street cleaning services.
- Tackling environmental crime including fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.
- Making Lambeth the most cycle friendly borough in London, improving road safety, signage and street lighting.
- Overseeing the borough’s parking needs, including traffic management, enforcement and a review of Controlled Parking Zones across the borough.
- Overseeing a programme of road maintenance and repair through delivering the capital investment programme.
- Delivering the council’s ‘Our Streets’ programme of community-led public realm improvements.
- Delivering local transport schemes, strategic transport planning and transport infrastructure, including rail and aviation.
- Utilities and contractor relations.
- Promoting cleaner air, sustainability and carbon reduction.
- Championing affordable energy, including local schemes.
Telephone: 07805 943 813
Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities (job share) - Councillor Jim Dickson and Councillor Mohammed Seedat
Cllrs Dickson and Seedat are responsible for delivering a strategic vision for health and wellbeing for all residents, fostering closer integration with health commissioners and promoting joint commissioning of Health and Social Care and for the council’s public health duties, including financial oversight of the public health budget.
They are also responsible for community safety, crime reduction programmes and working closely with the police to keep Lambeth residents safe and secure.
- Development and implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, leading on how the council and its partners work together to promote integration, improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
- Public Health services and promoting adult preventive healthcare, healthy lifestyles, preventing disease and improving general health. This includes responsibility for running a shared public health service with a single Director of Public Health.
- Integrating heath and adult social care with NHS bodies, ensuring that services work together to give the best care based on a person’s personal circumstances.
- Leading the mental health strategy and mental health services, furthering the aim that health and social services promote mental health and reduce the discrimination and social exclusion associated with mental health problems.
- Leading on the pan-London HIV Prevention Programme and the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham sexual health strategy.
- Leisure and sports facilities to get more people involved in sport, particularly widening participation for young people and those on low incomes.
- Tackling anti-social behaviour, reducing the fear of crime and ensuring residents feel safe and secure.
- Leading on programmes to tackle homophobic hate crime, domestic violence and the council’s highly regarded Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (VAWG).
- Delivering a community safeguarding plan to ensure the council’s enforcement functions are working effectively across all services including Trading Standards, Licensing and Noise Nuisance.
- Ensuring Lambeth’s iconic night time economy thrives in a safe and sustainable way.
- Tackling crime and safety issues in the areas specifically affecting young people: driving improvements in the Youth Offending Service (YOS) and gang intervention work.
Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Jobs - Councillor Matthew Bennett
Cllr Bennett is responsible for regeneration and planning, encouraging economic development in our town centres and making the borough an attractive place for businesses to thrive.
He is also responsible for working with a range of partners to boost jobs, growth and employment opportunities to benefit local people, and ensuring there are opportunities for vulnerable adults and disabled people to be supported into employment.
- Regeneration schemes across the borough including transport schemes (Vauxhall and Waterloo), Future Brixton and working with the Leader on Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea.
- Lead member for Planning.
- Economic development including boosting trade in town centres; supporting small businesses, business rate administration and reliefs, markets and Business Improvement Districts.
- Overseeing borough’s strategic infrastructure needs; implementation of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and delivering Cooperative Local Investment Plans (CLIPs).
- Developing & delivering our apprenticeship programme.
- Directing the council’s employment programmes to provide increased opportunities for the long-term unemployed and those with complex needs.
- Overseeing Lambeth Working and Pathways to Employment to ensure that our jobs strategy meets those in need.
Telephone: 07805 941 837
Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture - Councillor Sonia Winifred
Cllr Winifred is responsible for libraries as well as Lambeth’s rich and diverse cultural and tourism sectors.
She is also responsible for the council’s equalities and diversity ambitions, including embedding equalities into all parts of the council’s work and ensuring that the priorities identified in the Equalities Commission are delivered for the benefit of Lambeth’s diverse communities.
- Libraries, including delivering the opening of the new West Norwood Library.
- Developing a new, modern archives service for the borough.
- Working with organisations in the borough’s thriving arts and cultural communities including the Black Cultural Archives.
- The borough’s parks including the delivery of the Council’s parks investment programme.
- Local food production and community composting schemes.
- Registrars, cemeteries and crematorium services.
- Delivering the work of the Equalities Commission and overseeing Equalities Impact Assessments (EIA).
- Vice-Chair of the Equalities Impact Assessment Panel.
Telephone: 07920 548 075
Lead Member for Community Relations and Brixton Neighbourhood Lead - Councillor Donatus Anyanwu
Cllr Anyanwu is responsible for engaging with the borough's diverse communities and developing and implementing the council's long-term community relations strategy.
He will improve the representation and engagement of all Lambeth's communities, including those hardest to reach, to promote equality of opportunity, and foster good relations.
Cllr Anyanwu will work closely with all Cabinet members to identify and support community engagement projects across all portfolio areas. He will improve the representation and engagement of all Lambeth's communities, including those hardest to reach, to promote equality of opportunity, and foster good relations.
Cllr Anyanwu will work closely with all Cabinet members to identify and support community engagement projects across all portfolio areas.
- Leading on community engagement and increased participation in local decision making.
- Identifying community leaders of the future and create opportunities for them develop civic leadership skills.
He is also the Neighbourhood Lead for Brixton.
Email: email@example.com Telephone: 07946 219 220
Deputy Cabinet members
Deputy Cabinet Members are responsible for working closely with the appropriate Cabinet Member, undertaking specific projects to drive process in these areas and deputising where agreed.
- Councillor Claire Holland, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, reporting to Councillor Jane Edbrooke.
- Councillor Anna Birley, Deputy Cabinet Member for Partnerships, reporting to Councillor Paul McGlone.
- Councillor Danny Adilypour, Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing, reporting to Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite.
The role of the Neighbourhood Leads is to help to provide feedback, voice opinions, highlight any issues not being addressed, and underpin joint working at Cabinet level. Neighbourhood Leads play an important part in feeding back on a strategic level how policies and commissioned services are being delivered.
- Brixton - Councillor Donatus Anyanwu
- Clapham - Councillor Nigel Haselden
- North Lambeth - Councillor David Amos
- Norwood - Councillor Fred Cowell
- Streatham - Councillor John Kazantzis