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.

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1. The Mayor of Lambeth

Councillor Philip Normal The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Lambeth for 2020-21 were inaugurated on Wednesday 22 April 2020 at first ever virtual annual meeting of the council.

The current Mayor is Councillor Philip Normal who became a councillor for Oval Ward in May 2018.

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Annie Gallop who has been a councillor for Vassal Ward since May 2014.

About the Mayor

The Mayor of Lambeth is elected each year at the annual general meeting of the council.

The Mayor has many civic and ceremonial responsibilities and has an ambassadorial role as first citizen of the borough.

This means the Mayor will promote Lambeth and participate in, and help initiate, activities that help the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of Lambeth and its residents.

The role of Mayor of Lambeth role includes:

  • chairing council meetings
  • attending events in Lambeth and across London
  • fundraising for their chosen charity - see next section.

The Deputy Mayor's role is to represent the Mayor when they're unavailable.

2. Mayor's charity details

The Mayor's chosen charity to support during his term in office is the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT).

Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT)

Visit the Albert Kennedy Trust website.

If you would like to make a donation; cheques should be made payable to 'London Borough of Lambeth Mayor’s Charity' and posted to:

Mayor's Office,London Borough of Lambeth, PO box 734, Winchester, SO23 5DG

Or

If you would like to make a payment by bank transfer the details are:

Bank: Natwest
Sort code: 60-03-36
Account number: 81348789
Ref: Charity 2019/20

3. The Leader of the Council

Leader of the Council - Councillor Jack Hopkins

Jack Hopkins

Cllr Jack Hopkins was confirmed as Leader of Lambeth Council at a meeting of Full Council on 13 February 2019.

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.

Cllr Hopkins first worked at Lambeth as an officer in the Strategic Partnership and Chief Executive’s office in 2005.

He has been a councillor in Oval Ward since 2010 and has been a Cabinet Member since 2012, covering various portfolios including regeneration, economic development, employment, planning, community safety and culture. He became Deputy Leader of the Council in May 2018.

He succeeds Lib Peck, who served as Leader of the Council from 2012 -2019 and left to take up the role of Director at London’s Violence Reduction Unit.

Contact Cllr Jack Hopkins:

Michael Warren
PA to the Leader of the Council
Lambeth Town Hall
1 Brixton Hill
London
SW2 1RW
Phone: 020 7926 1167
Email: mwarren@lambeth.gov.uk

4. The Cabinet

Leader of the Council - Councillor Jack Hopkins

Jack Hopkins

Cllr Hopkins 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 Greater London Assembly 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. He is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Administration’s manifesto commitments and core council strategies, including the Borough Plan.

He is also responsible for maximising youth opportunities, working with partners and the community to make sure that Lambeth's young people have the best opportunities to succeed in life. This includes the Lambeth Opportunity Fund to harness the opportunities that Lambeth has to benefit the young people who live and grow up here. He is also responsible for the council’s ambitious neighbourhood working to shift the Council and our partners culturally and structurally toward a closer working relationship with each other and the public at the neighbourhood level.

Deputy leaders

Working with the Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leaders work across all areas providing support in the political and strategic leadership of the council.

The statutory deputy is the Deputy Leader for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air.

Deputy Leader (Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air) - Councillor Claire Holland

Claire Holland Cllr Claire Holland is responsible for improving all aspects of the local environment and public realm so residents can enjoy a cleaner and greener borough. She works with residents and communities to promote greater sustainability, cleaner air and cleaner and safer streets. Cllr Holland leads on efforts to promote walking and cycling in the borough, as well as tackling air pollution.

She also leads on Lambeth’s response to tackling the climate and ecological crisis. She will oversee flagship public realm projects such as the Liveable Neighbourhoods project in Lambeth, along with the installation of a new network of electric charging points, the planting of 1,000 new trees and installing clean air green screens at local primary schools.

She will also lead on increasing recycling rates and on ensuring Lambeth’s streets are clean. The Cabinet Member will also be responsible for the borough’s road maintenance programme, continuing the council’s investment in repairing roads and pavements to make them safe for pedestrians and cyclists. She will also oversee action to tackle enviro-crimes such as fly-tipping, littering and spitting.

Cllr Holland is the statutory deputy leader for 2020/2021.

Responsible for:

  • Tackling air pollution and overseeing the delivery of installing clean air green screens at local primary schools and the tree planting programme.
  • Increasing recycling rates and overseeing the council’s waste strategy and street cleaning services.
  • Promoting sustainability, overseeing the installation of a new network of electric car charging points and leading on efforts to reduce carbon as Lambeth seeks to become carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Tackling environmental crime including fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.
  • The council's enforcement functions including Licensing, anti-social behaviour, trading standards and noise nuisance.
  • 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 expanding Controlled Parking Zones.
  • Overseeing a programme of road maintenance and repair through the capital investment programme.
  • Delivering public realm improvements to Lambeth’s public spaces, reshaping them so that they are safer for vulnerable road users Lambeth Cabinet & key Political Appointments (April 2020 Final V.3) 6
  • Strategic transport planning and transport infrastructure, delivering local transport schemes, overseeing the implementation of Lambeth’s long-term transport strategy and lobbying for improvements to Lambeth’s rail network.
  • Utilities and contractor relations.
  • Championing affordable energy, including local schemes.

Deputy Leader of the Council (Housing and homeslessness) - Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite

Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite is responsible for housing management services, including working with tenants and leaseholders, tackling homelessness and delivering decent homes for all tenants. She leads on the delivery of the council’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, which aims to prevent homelessness, improve the supply and sustainability of Temporary Accommodation and ensure that all people sleeping rough in Lambeth are supported off the streets and assisted in improving their lives. She is also responsible for delivering the council’s commitments to improving the quality and security of the private rented sector.

Responsible for:

  • Housing management services and fire safety.
  • Managing the capital investment (LHS) programme to ensure delivery of decent homes for all housing tenants.
  • Overseeing the management of the Housing Revenue Account.
  • Overseeing Lambeth’s homelessness, rough sleeping and temporary accommodation services.
  • Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping by delivering our ambitious Homelessness and Rough Sleeping and overseeing investment in better advice and support for people facing homelessness.
  • Improving the advice and support available to people living in the private rented sector.
  • Introducing a new private renters’ charter setting out renters’ rights and Lambeth’s powers to intervene.
  • Overseeing tenant engagement and rent setting.
  • Ensuring a high standard of leaseholder engagement to improve the transparency and performance of the major works programme.
  • Overseeing the delivery of new resident boards and estate action plans to give tenants opportunities to scrutinize performance of contractors and the housing service.
  • Registered Social Landlords and House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing.
  • The council’s older people’s housing schemes, sheltered housing and extra care housing across the borough.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance - Councillor Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson Cllr Wilson is responsible for oversight of the council’s strategic financial management and monitoring performance. This includes setting a balanced budget and monitoring the delivery of the capital investment programme.

The council faces significant financial pressure over the next few years as a result of central government funding cuts. Cllr Wilson is responsible for ensuring the council’s financial strategy can meet reforms to local government finance, including business rates reform. He also leads on the ambitious capital investment strategy, ensuring investment supports the delivery of the key outcomes identified in the Borough Plan, and on generating new income through investment, opportunity asset sites and adopting a corporate commercial framework or trading approach where appropriate.

Cllr Wilson leads on the council’s commitments as a London Living Wage Employer, including encouraging all Lambeth businesses to pay the Living Wage and our work with local Business Improvement Districts to promote Living Wage Zones.

Responsible for:

  • The council's financial strategy, including budget setting, budget monitoring, financial policy and performance.
  • Revenue collection, business rates, council tax and benefits and Council Tax Support (CTS) underpinned by the council’s Income and Debt Strategy.
  • Generating new income through investment, opportunity asset sites and adopting a corporate commercial framework or trading approach where appropriate.
  • Capital investment programme, property management and asset strategies
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Council’s Pension Fund.
  • Performance management across the council.
  • Workforce matters including Human Resources and Trade Union relations
  • The Lambeth Children’s Home Redress scheme
  • Digital transformation, including customer services.
  • Democratic Services: including electoral registration and legal services.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People - Councillor Edward Davie

Edward Davie Cllr Edward Davie is responsible for delivering our commitment to giving young people the best start in life. That includes the statutory role of lead member for children’s services, powers and duties in relation to looked after children, and our commitment to improving the care of the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Responsible for:

  • Statutory lead member for children’s services role, including responsibility for corporate parenting, child protection, children with disabilities and protecting children from sexual exploitation.
  • Commissioning Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Special Education Needs (SEN) services.
  • Tackling child poverty.
  • Commissioning of early years’ services, including children’s centres, one-o-clock clubs, and work to deliver Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) programme
  • Overseeing commissioning and delivery of youth and play services including adventure playgrounds, working with voluntary and community sector providers
  • Working with Young Lambeth Cooperative and other organisations to ensure that young people are at the heart of decision-making on their services
  • Education and schools, including educational achievement and attainment, special educational needs, sufficiency of places and promoting inclusion

Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety - Councillor Jacqui Dyer

Jacqui Dyer Keeping Lambeth resident’s safe is our top priority: Cllr Dyer will lead on our work with the community, the police, our partners and the Mayor of London to combat crime in Lambeth. That includes youth violence, community safety, crime reduction programmes, tackling violence against women and girls and tackling anti-social behaviour and hate crime. Cllr Dyer is responsible for the council’s ambitious agenda to increase jobs, skills and apprenticeships for Lambeth residents.

Responsible for:

  • Tackling hate crime, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • Overseeing our highly regarded Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (VAWG).
  • Overseeing the Youth Offending Service (YOS) and gang intervention work.
  • Overseeing the Safer Lambeth Partnership.
  • Delivering the serious youth violence strategy using a public health approach to tackling the root causes of violent crime.
  • Developing & delivering our apprenticeship programme in order to achieve our target of creating 1,500 apprenticeship opportunities over the next four years.
  • Delivery of a dedicated apprenticeships advice service and online brokerage to make it easier and simpler for young people to access opportunities.
  • Employment opportunities for vulnerable adults and people with disabilities.
  • Adult learning, training and skills.
  • Post-16 education, training and skills for employment in schools, colleges and other settings.
  • Directing the council’s employment programmes to provide increased opportunities for the long-term unemployed, those with complex needs, vulnerable adults, people with disabilities and those identified through the Equality Commission as in need of additional support.
  • Overseeing Lambeth Working and Pathways to Employment to ensure that our jobs strategy helps those in need.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes - Councillor Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett Cllr Matthew Bennett is lead member for planning and leads on economic growth, strategic infrastructure, regeneration and the delivery of new homes in the borough. As lead member for planning Cllr Bennett is responsible for ensuring that Lambeth’s planning policy delivers sustainable growth, maximises the number of genuinely affordable new homes for local people and that the benefits from growth are fairly shared across the borough.

Cllr Bennett is responsible for the borough’s economic development and growth, ensuring that Lambeth is a good place for businesses to thrive. The council is committed to an ambitious programme of building new genuinely affordable homes at council rent. Cllr Bennett is responsible for the council’s wholly owned housing company, Homes for Lambeth, and for delivering our estate regeneration schemes, strategic housing projects and the small sites programme.

Responsible for:

  • Lead member for Planning.
  • Housing strategy and delivery; including affordable housing and housing growth and exploring new models for financing and delivering more homes.
  • Working with partners, including housing associations, to deliver more affordable homes.
  • Leadership of the borough’s own house building programme; including estate regeneration schemes, building 1,000 new council homes, Homes for Lambeth and delivery of all new housing schemes including the small sites programme.
  • Overseeing the borough’s strategic infrastructure needs; implementation of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and delivering Cooperative Local Investment Plans (CLIPs) to ensure the proceeds of growth are fairly shared across the borough.
  • Economic development including boosting trade in town centres
  • Regeneration schemes across the borough including transport schemes (Vauxhall and Waterloo), Future Brixton, visioning West Norwood and working with the Leader on Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea.

Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture - Councillor Sonia Winifred

Sonia Winifred Cllr Sonia Winifred is responsible for the strategic approach to Lambeth’s rich and diverse cultural and tourism sectors. Cllr Sonia Winifred works with community groups to support the thriving arts and cultural communities. She is responsible for Lambeth’s library services and for our maintaining our fantastic parks and open spaces.

Lambeth is an open and welcoming borough where people care about one another and we celebrate our diversity. Cllr Sonia Winifred is responsible for working with partners across the borough to make Lambeth more equal including embedding equalities into all parts of the council’s work and delivering the work of the Equalities Commission and overseeing Equalities Impact Assessments.

Responsible for:

  • Libraries.
  • Overseeing the development of a new modern archives service for the borough.
  • The borough’s parks, local food production and community composting schemes.
  • Registrars, cemeteries and crematorium services.
  • Working with organisations in the borough’s thriving arts and cultural communities including the Black Cultural Archives.
  • Delivering the Events Strategy.
  • Delivering the work of the Equalities Commission, including delivering at a neighbourhood level, and overseeing Equalities Impact Assessments (EIA).
  • Celebrating our borough’s diversity, for example leading on the delivering the annual Windrush Day.
  • Chair of the Equalities Impact Assessment Panel.

Cabinet Members for Health and Social Care - Councillors Jim Dickson and Danny Adilypour

Danny Adilypour Jim Dickson Cllrs Dickson & Adilypour are responsible for working to ensure safe, efficient and effective public health and adult social services that are as joined-up as possible with the local NHS. Their strategic focus is to reduce health inequalities so that more residents enjoy longer, healthier and independent lives. They are responsible for deepening integration between adult social care and health services to deliver more efficient and joined-up services and leading on how the council and its partners work together to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities. They are responsible for promoting public health in all polices, preventative healthcare, healthy lifestyles, preventing disease and improving general health.

Responsible for:

  • Statutory responsibility for adult social care of older people, people with disabilities and those with mental health issues.
  • Safeguarding and monitoring performance of all aspects of social care services for adults across the council and its partners.
  • Implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • Public Health services and promoting public health in all policies.
  • Leading on the Pan-London HIV prevention programme and the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham sexual health strategy.
  • Delivering the carers’ strategy to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of carers.
  • Integrating health and adult social care with NHS bodies.
  • Overseeing nationally directed changes to adult social care.
  • Leading the mental health strategy and mental health services.
  • Supporting implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, supporting how the council and its partners work together to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities, with particular attention to mental health.
  • Ensuring the council is effectively planning and delivering long term care for people with disabilities, including those children who require support throughout their lives.
  • Leading efforts to support organisations and community groups to tackle loneliness and social isolation across the borough and introduce a good neighbour befriending scheme to support older people and disabled people.

This appointment will be shared in the next municipal year, where each councillor will be in post for 6 months on a consecutive basis

Cabinet Members for Voluntary Sector and Leisure - Councillor Donatus Anyanwu

Donatus Anyanwu Cllr Donatus Anyanwu is responsible for leading on the council’s relationship with and support to the voluntary and community sector, working with key partners in Lambeth to deliver on the outcomes in our Borough Plan. He is responsible for working with the voluntary sector, community hubs and forums to deliver the borough’s voluntary sector strategy and for our work with the voluntary sector to ensure our most vulnerable residents are protected and supported through significant national changes to the welfare system.

Responsible for:

  • Lambeth’s voluntary sector strategy, support for the voluntary sector and community sector property strategy.
  • Support for community groups, including the Lambeth Forum Network.
  • Implementing the council’s flagship financial resilience strategy.
  • Supporting the borough’s small businesses and Business Improvement Districts
  • Developing a sponsorship and fundraising strategy to support the delivery of the borough plan.
  • Overseeing Sports and Leisure, ensuring residents are healthier and have ample access to leisure and sports opportunities.

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.

The role of Policy Leads is to support the delivery of the council’s key priorities. They support policy development and implementation and underpin joint working at Cabinet level by engaging with external stakeholders and backbench councillors on key policy areas. They report directly to the Deputy Leader (Jobs, Skills and Performance).

Councillor name Portfolio and reporting to
Cllr Jackie Meldrum Deputy Cabinet Member leading on Resident’s Services reporting to Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite
Cllr Mahamed Hashi Deputy Cabinet Member leading on Youth reporting to Cllr Edward Davie
Cllr Christiana Valcarcel Deputy Cabinet Member leading on disability; reporting to Cllr Jim Dickson & Danny Adilypour

Policy leads

  • Cllr Anna Birley – Private Rented Sector
  • Cllr Maria Kay – Income Generation
  • Cllr Emma Nye - Recycling
  • Cllr Jon Davies - London Living Wage

Champions

  • Cllr Irfan Mohammed – Business
  • Cllr Nanda Manley-Brown - Education and Schools
  • Cllr Josh Lindsey - Health in the Built Environment
  • Cllr Nigel Haselden - Urban |Design & Heritage
  • Cllr Jess Leigh - Armed Forces
  • Cllr Annie Gallop - Animals

Group Officers

Labour Group:

  • Chair: Stephen Donnelly
  • Vice-Chair: Ben Kind
  • Secretary: Rezina Chowdhury
  • Treasurer: Iain Simpson
  • Chief Whip: Tim Windle
  • Deputy Whip: Scarlett O’Hara
  • Social Secretary: Marcia Cameron

Green Group:

  • Group Co-Leader: Councillor Jonathan Bartley
  • Group Co-Leader: Councillor Nicole Griffiths
  • Deputy Leader: Councillor Becca Thackray
  • Standards/Monitoring: Councillor Pete Elliott

Cabinet - meetings, agendas and further information

All councillors, contact details and surgery details

5. Opposition group leader

The opposition leader is Green group leader Councillor Jonathan Bartley and co-leader Councillor Nicole Griffiths