The Mayor

About the Mayor

John Biggs, Mayor, Tower Hamlets, homepageJohn Biggs was elected as the Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets in June 2015, and re-elected in May 2018.

John was first elected to Tower Hamlets Council in 1988 and became Leader in 1994, before the Executive Mayor post had been created. In 2000 he was elected as the first Greater London Authority Assembly Member for City and East London, chairing the Assembly Budget and Performance Committee, but stood down in 2016 to concentrate on Tower Hamlets.

In his role as Mayor of Tower Hamlets John is working to improve the openness and transparency of the Council, to increase the availability of affordable housing for residents, to improve access to employment and training opportunities for local people, and to improve the physical environment of the borough. Elected following a period of some controversy and instability in Tower Hamlets, he is also keen to strengthen the good reputation of the Borough and the confidence of its communities.

A graduate of Chemistry, and at postgraduate level in Computer Science and Law, John has worked as an analyst in the City and as Director of a political pressure group. John is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary and Birkbeck Universities; he is also a member of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Board.

My priorities

As Mayor, my focus is on improving the lives of local people by ensuring that the council, and its partners, provide the best possible services.

I’m focussed on delivering cleaner streets, safer streets, getting people into employment and training and tackling the housing crisis.

We face some difficult decisions in the next few years as local government continues to deal with funding cuts.

I want to see the council working with our public sector partners, local businesses and the community to tackle the issues that face us.

Together, I want us to build a better future for everyone in our borough.

I work closely with my Cabinet and senior officer management team to make decisions.

I am committed to openness and transparency and you are welcome to attend council meetings. You can also view the meeting details. I also hold ‘Ask the Mayor’ Question and Answer sessions throughout the year so residents can raise the issues that matter to them.

Do you want to contact the mayor?

You can use our online enquiry form:

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John Biggs

Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets