The Mayor and Cabinet

John Biggs, Labour, was elected Mayor in June 2015 and re-elected in May 2018.

Tower Hamlets has a directly elected Mayor, who is supported by councillors who each have a defined area of interest. Together the Mayor and Cabinet make the decisions on strategy, policy, service provision and finance that ensure the council is run in accordance with our Community Plan and the relevant statutory guidance and legislation.

When major decisions are to be discussed or made by the Cabinet, these are published in the forward plan, in so far as they can be anticipated. The Cabinet has to make decisions that are in line with the council’s Budget and Policy Framework. If it wishes to make a decision that is outside the Budget and Policy framework, this must be referred to the full Council as a whole to decide.  

The Cabinet

The Mayor

Deputy Mayors

  • Cllr Asma Begum is Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children, Youth Services, Education and Equalities (Statutory Deputy Mayor)

  • Cllr Rachel Blake is Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing. 

  • Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman is Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith

The Cabinet