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Find out more about the Leader of Westminster City Council and the other councillors who are part of the Cabinet.

Published: 25 January 2021

Last updated: 19 August 2021

Leader of the Council: Councillor Rachael Robathan

In 2010, Cllr Robathan was elected to Westminster City Council to represent the Knightsbridge and Belgravia Ward. Before becoming Leader she previously held the Cabinet Member portfolios for Finance, Property and Regeneration; Housing and Adults and Public Health and was Deputy Cabinet Member for both the Adult Services and Customer Services portfolios. Cllr Robathan has also sat on the Finance and Children’s Policy and Scrutiny Committees and Planning Committees.

Cllr Robathan spent 20 years working in Investment Management, specialising in emerging markets. Cllr Robathan is also a Trustee of The Westminster Almhouses Foundation, a charity which provides sheltered housing to over 60s in the city and a board member for The National Lottery Community Fund.

Portfolio includes: City For All (Corporate Strategy); Governance; Communications; Policy; Climate Emergency; Strategic Partnerships and HR.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health: Councillor Tim Mitchell

Cllr Mitchell was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1998. Tim represents the ward of St James' and has lived in the city for over 30 years. He has previously held a wide range of roles in the council including Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management; Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Corporate Services; Chairman of Audit and Performance Committee and Licensing Committee.

Portfolio includes: Adult Social Care safeguarding; Adult Social Care support for vulnerable adults; Public Health Services; Adult Social Care commissioning; Adult Social Care provided services and Health Partnerships. As Deputy Leader Cllr Mitchell also leads on the Mayoralty, Parliament Square and the Census.

Deputy for Adult Social Care and Public Health: Councillor Christabel Flight (Older People). The portfolio is also supported by Councillor Lorraine Dean, Lead Member for SEND.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City: Councillor Paul Swaddle OBE

Cllr Swaddle represents the Regent's Park ward, having been elected in May 2018. He lives in St John’s Wood and runs a software company in central London. Paul has been working at the leading edge of mobile technology for more than 15 years. Away from the day job, he was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for his volunteer services, and has also sat on the board of Young Enterprise Reading, the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity, which aims to inspire young people to learn and succeed through business.

Portfolio includes: Finance; Property; Capital Programme; Procurement; Smart City programme/Digital Innovation; Digital Offer and Website; Broadband; Customer Services; Legal; Culture and Tourism and Public Art and City of Sculpture.

Deputy for Finance and Smart City: Councillor Margot Bright (Public Art and City of Sculpture)

Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration:Councillor Heather Acton

Cllr Acton has lived in Westminster for 30 years and is committed to helping improve the lives of our residents. She worked as a development economist for UN agencies and various other organisations for 25 years and is a qualified homeopath. Before being elected in May 2010 to represent Hyde Park Ward she chaired her local amenity society. She has held the posts of Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing and Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and has sat on both planning and licensing committees.

Portfolio includes: Regeneration; Voluntary and Community Sector relations and support; Westminster Connects; Ward Budgets; Community Engagement and Inclusion; Police liaison; Community Protection services; Integrated Gangs Unit; Air Quality and Rough Sleeping (street based services).

Deputies for Communities and Regeneration: Councillor Louise Hyams (Westminster Connects and Public Protection) and Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson (Chair of Westminster Builds)

Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning: CouncillorTim Barnes

Cllr Barnes was elected to the council, representing West End ward, in May 2018. A former UCL student, Tim now runs a small Westminster-based business helping tech start-ups to grow. Tim has worked to support entrepreneurs and new businesses for over 20 years. He is a visiting lecturer at Cambridge, works with Loughborough University on business relations and was formerly the Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at UCL. Away from work, he is a trustee of a charity that helps students in Higher Education and Further Education interested in starting businesses and founded another charity project to teach younger children the basics of business, which has worked in 14 countries in Europe and Africa.  He has previously held the post of Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Skills and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

Portfolio includes: Children’s Social Care; Children and Young People’s Commissioning; Schools; Libraries and Registrars; STEAM, internships and young people and City Lions.

Deputies for Young People and Learning: Councillor Lorraine Dean (SEND and Integrated Care) and Councillor Barbara Arzymanow (School's Finance)

Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning: Councillor Matthew Green

Cllr Green was elected to the council, representing Little Venice ward, in May 2018. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in French and Russian, he spent a number of years in diplomatic postings in Japan and Ukraine. He has also worked in the European Parliament in Brussels and for one of London's former MEPs. At present, he works as a communications consultant, specialising in public sector communications, especially related to employment policy and foreign affairs. He has lived in Westminster since 2013 and is currently a governor of the United Colleges Group, one of the largest providers of further education in London. He has previously held the post of Deputy Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning and also served as the council's EU Residents' Champion.

Portfolio includes: Business Support and Economic Development; Employment; Licensing Policy and Service; Town Planning; Planning Policy; Place-Shaping and Westminster Adult Education Service and the Oxford Street programme. 

Deputy for Business, Licensing and Planning: Councillor Elizabeth Hitchcock (Neighbourhood and Community Planning). The portfolio is also support by the Vice-Chairman of Licensing, Councillor Jim Glen

Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor David Harvey

Cllr David Harvey FCA FCCA MCIPR has represented Vincent Square Ward since 2010, where he lives with his wife Angela, also a councillor. He has previously held the Cabinet portfolios for Leisure & Community, Environment, and Education & Skills and chaired the Policy & Scrutiny committees covering health, social services, customer services and community issues. In his business life he ran global professional bodies and chaired international academic organisations and charities focused on the challenges of small and medium-size enterprises and family-owned businesses; he advises organisations in those sectors today.

Portfolio includes: Housing Services including allocations; HRA; Temporary Accommodation and Rough Sleeping (housing-based services).

Deputies for Housing: Councillor Susie Burbridge (Community Engagement) and Councillor Richard Elcho (Leaseholder relations)

Cabinet Member for City Management: Councillor James Spencer

Portfolio includes: Leisure; Parks and Open Spaces; Waste and Street Cleansing; Highways; Parking and Mortuaries.

Deputy for City Management: Cllr Mark Shearer (Leisure)

Non-Executive positions​

Chairman of Planning: Councillor Robert Rigby

Vice Chairman of Planning: Councillor Jim Glen

​Chairman of Licensing: Councillor Matthew Green

Vice-Chairman of Licensing: Councillor Jim Glen

Audit and Performance: Councillor Ian Rowley

Chairman of Standards Committee: Councillor Judith Warner

Chairman of Pensions Board: Councillor Eoghain Murphy

Lead Members / Champions

Councillor Ian Adams – LGBTQ+ Lead Member

Councillor Tim Barnes – Lead Member for Soho

Councillor Jim Glen – Cycling Champion

Councillor Mark Shearer – Armed Forces Champion

Councillor Karen Scarborough – Lead Member for Air Quality

Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson – Animal Welfare Champion

Councillor Lorraine Dean – SEND & Learning Disabilities