Role of mayor
In May 2010 the residents of Tower Hamlets voted in favour of
having a directly elected mayor for the borough.
The mayor is usually elected on a four-year term of office. He
has personal responsibility and executive powers with authority to
delegate work through the appointment of a
Cabinet of between two and eight council members.
The elected mayor is responsible for determining and delivering
a wide range of policies and priorities. He also ensures that
all council services are delivered effectively and
efficiently. The mayor may engage advisors
(Word 21k) to provide advice and assistance in specific
areas of activity.
The mayor plays a key role in bringing together the different
agencies working for a better borough. All public services, such as
community safety or healthcare, come under the mayoral remit to
deliver the best for Tower Hamlets’ residents. On the local,
national and international stage the mayor will represent the
borough, acting as a figurehead and champion for the borough’s
The mayor has executive responsibility for the day to day
running of local services and is responsible for most operational
decisions about council services, except the regulatory functions
(planning, licensing, appeals). The mayor exercises powers within
the budget agreed by Council and is held to account by the Overview
and Scrutiny Committee.