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Cabinet

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: 11 July 2022

Leader of the Council: Councillor Adam Hug

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Leader Elect of Westminster City Council

Councillor Adam Hug has been a councillor for Westbourne ward since 2010. He has been Leader of the Labour Group since 2015 having previously served as Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Protection.

Portfolios include: Corporate Strategy; Governance; Communications; Policy; Future of Westminster Commission; Strategic Partnerships and People Services; relations with the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure: Councillor Tim Roca

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A headshot of Councillor Tim Roca looking at the camera

Councillor Tim Roca has been a councillor for the Harrow Road ward since 2015. Originally from the Northwest, he works in higher education at a London University. 

Before becoming Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Leisure and Culture in May 2022, he was Shadow Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.  

Portfolios include: Children’s Social Care; Children and Young People’s Commissioning; Schools; Libraries and Registrars; Young people and Science Technology, Engineering, ART and Maths (STEAM), internships and City Lions; Leisure, Culture and Tourism; Public Art and City of Sculpture; Westminster Adult Education Service and Lifelong Learning. As Deputy Leader, Councillor Roca also leads on the Mayoralty.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Protection: Councillor Aicha Less

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Councillor Aicha Less smiling to the camera

Councillor Aicha Less has represented Church Street as a ward councillor since 2016. Councillor Less has lived, attended schools and worked in Westminster her entire life and is mother to two daughters. 

Before becoming Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Protection in May 2022, she was the Shadow Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing, and Children and Young people. She is also a governor at the Portman Centre for Families and Children. 

Portfolios include: Police liaison; Community Protection services; Integrated Gangs Unit; Community Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Residents Groups and local forums; Westminster Connects, Ward Budgets; Licensing Policies

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Voluntary Sector: Councillor Nafsika Butler-Thalassis

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A headshot of Councillor Nafsika Butler-Thalassis smiling at the camera

Councillor Nafsika Butler-Thalassis was first elected as a councillor for Maida Vale ward in 2018 where she has lived for 23 years. Councillor Butler-Thalassis has two young children and is a CEO of a local health charity. 

Before becoming Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Voluntary Sector, Councillor Butler-Thalassis Nafsika was the Shadow Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health. 

Portfolios include: Adult Social Care safeguarding and support for vulnerable adults; Public Health Services; Adult Social Care commissioning; Adult Social Care provided services and Health Partnerships; Food Poverty Strategy; Voluntary Sector Relations.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development: Councillor Geoff Barraclough

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A headshot of Councillor Geoff Barraclough smiling at the camera

Councillor Geoff Barraclough was first elected as a councillor for Maida Vale Ward in 2018, where he has lived for over 20 years. He works for an international technology company. 

Before becoming a cabinet member, he was the Labour spokesperson on planning and business. 

Portfolios include: Business Support and Economic Development; Employment; Town Planning; Planning Policy; Place-Shaping; Smart City programme and Digital Innovation in the public realm, Broadband.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform: Councillor David Boothroyd

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A headshot of Councillor David Boothroyd looking at the camera

Councillor David Boothroyd has been ward councillor for Westbourne since 2002. From Yorkshire, he grew up in Cheshire and after graduating from Cambridge University has worked as a researcher for Members of Parliament and in the private sector, writing a book on the history of British political parties which was published in 2000.

His current job involves community consultation and supporting renewable energy projects. Councillor Boothroyd was Labour spokesperson on finance before becoming cabinet member.

Portfolios include: Finance; Corporate Property; Capital Programme; Procurement; Customer Services; Legal; the council’s digital services.

Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality: Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg

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A headshot of Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg smiling to the camera

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg has been a Westminster councillor for over thirty years. He was first elected to represent the Harrow Road ward from 1982 to 1990, before his election in 1997 for Queens Park where he served for nearly 25 years.

He was Leader of the Opposition from 1987 to 1990 and from 2004 to 2015. Following the most recent elections in May 2022, he now represents Hyde Park ward. 

Portfolios include: Parks and Open Spaces; Waste and Street Cleansing (collection and enforcement); Recycling; Highways; Parking and Mortuaries; Parliament Square and Communications Unit.

Cabinet Member for Housing Services: Councillor Liza Begum

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A headshot of Cllr Liza Begum smiling at the camera

Councillor Liza Begum was born and raised in Pimlico and was first elected as a ward councillor in 2021. Following the elections in May 2022, Councillor Begum represents the new ward of Pimlico South. Prior to becoming the Cabinet Member for Housing Services, she was the Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing.  

Portfolios include: Housing Services including allocations; HRA; Temporary Accommodation and Rough Sleeping (both housing and street based services). Councillor Begum will also lead relations with housing associations.

Chief Whip and Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters: Councillor Matt Noble

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A headshot of Councillor Matt Noble smiling at the camera

Councillor Matt Noble has represented the Church Street ward since 2018. He previously held the position of Shadow Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Property and now works for a software company, having previously been involved in the property industry outside of his role as councillor and cabinet member. 

Portfolios include: Climate Action, House building along with Estate Regeneration; Private Rented Sector strategy and regulation.

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