The Leader and the Cabinet

Leader of the Council: Councillor Nickie Aiken

A headshot of Councillor Nickie AikenPrior to being elected Leader of the Council, Councillor Aiken’s Cabinet roles have included Children and Young People, Parking, Community Protection and Premises Management. Over her time as a Cabinet Member, Cllr Aiken has been responsible for the introduction of the council’s successful ‘Your Choice’ programme which resulted in a significant decrease in serious youth and gang violence throughout Westminster. As well as the launch of ‘Breaking the Silence’, Westminster’s acclaimed domestic abuse strategy. She was also instrumental in overseeing the move to a Tri-borough arrangement for Children’s Services which was the first of its kind in the UK.

Prior to starting her young family, Nickie was Head of Group PR at Bradford and Bingley and a former Press Officer to the Rt Hon William Hague MP.

Portfolio covers City Policy and Corporate Strategy, City for All, Oversight of WCC Transformation Programme, Communications, Government Relations and Public Affairs, London Councils, Central London Forward, Sustainability and Transformation Plan, West End Partnership, London Devolution and Growth, Civic Engagement and Royal Parks Board, Local Government Association, Tri Borough Strategy and Cabinet Support and Member Services.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage: Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL

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Cllr Robert Davis has served as a Councillor on Westminster City Council since 1982 and is currently the longest serving member of the council. He is Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, including responsibility for the mayoralty, special events, West End Live, public art, design strategy, Business Improvement Districts, adult education, employment and apprenticeships, theatres, tourism, green plaques, place shaping and major public realm schemes. Before taking on this new portfolio in January 2017, Cllr Davis had 17 years continuous service as Chairman of the Council’s Planning committee and 15 years as Cabinet Member for Planning. Cllr Davis was Lord Mayor of Westminster in 1996 to 1997 and currently serves as a rota Deputy Lord Mayor; he is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.

He chairs the Board of the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park as well as being a Trustee of Mousetrap Theatre Project, the Savoy Educational Trust, and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation set up in the name of his late civil partner, Sir Simon Milton (former Deputy Mayor of London). Cllr Davis was also chair of the London Mayor’s Association for 18 years before he retired from this post in 2016. He is also President of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association.

In 2014, he was voted 'Conservative Councillor of the Year' in a national newspaper. 

He was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and at Wolfson College, Cambridge, before training as a solicitor at the College of Law in Lancaster Gate. Cllr Davis is a solicitor and recently retired as a partner in Freeman Box where he specialised in property law.

Cllr Davis was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2015 for his services to local government and planning.

Portfolio covers Mayoralty, Special Projects (eg Key West End Partnership Projects including Chairmanship of the Oxford Street Strategic Board, Hanover Square; Bond Street (and environs), Baker Street/Gloucester Place 2 Way, Queensway, the Strand/Aldwych, and Harrow Road, the refurbishment of City Hall), supporting businesses including Business Improvement Districts, enterprise, markets and street trading, economic development including the Cross River Partnership, employment and adult education, place shaping, special events including West End Live, public art projects, green plaque scheme.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Corporate Services: Councillor Tim Mitchell

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Tim was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1998 and is currently the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services and Chief Whip of the Council's Conservative Group. He previously held a wide range of roles in the council including Audit and Performance Committee chairman and latterly Chairman of Licensing Committee. Cllr Mitchell is active in council-wide business sitting as General Purposes Committee chairman, member of the Appointments Sub-Committee and as a chairman of a Licensing Sub-committee.

Tim represents the ward of St James' and has lived in the city for 25 years.

Portfolio covers Property, IT and ICT, Digital, Capital and Revenue Budget Framework & Monitoring, Revenue Collection, Benefits and Benefits Policy, Internal Audit, Treasury, Customer Services, Website, Tri-Borough Operations, Procurement, Contract Management and Central Commissioning, EU Grants, Westco, Performance, Equalities, HR, Legal, Corporate Complaints and FOI, Council Committee Services and Member Training and Scrutiny Liaison.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health: Councillor Heather Acton

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Heather 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 Sustainability and Parking, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and has sat on both planning and licensing committees.

Portfolio covers Adult Social Services, Carers, Relations with NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups, Mental Health, Adult Disabilities, Public Health, Chairman of the Health and Well-Being Board, Asylum Seekers, Drug and Alcohol Services and Sexual Health.

Cabinet Member for City Highways: Councillor Danny Chalkley

Councillor Chalkley

Cllr Chalkley has represented the residents of Vincent Square Ward since his election to Westminster Council in 2002. He is currently Cabinet Member for City Transport, Highways and Parking with responsibility for areas, roads and highway maintenance, relations with TfL and Parking Policy and Enforcement. Previously, Cllr Chalkley served as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Cabinet Member for City Management. He also serves as a trustee for the Burdett Coutts School Foundation.

Portfolio covers Roads and Highway Maintenance, Transportation Commissioning, Small Transportation Budget, Highway Capital Projects, Relations with TfL, Road Safety, RTA Duties, Network Management Duties, Relations with Utilities and Providers, Transportation Policy, Parking Policy and Enforcement, Parking CCTV, Safe Streets, Cycling Strategy, Pedestrian Strategy and School Crossing Patrols.

Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People: Councillor Richard Holloway

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Richard was elected to represent Bayswater Ward in 2014. Before taking up the Children, Families and Young People Portfolio, he was the Deputy Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure where he launched Westminster’s new Open Forum resident engagement model.

Richard served as a Councillor Board Member for City West Homes, Westminster’s housing Arms Length Management (ALMO) before his promotion to the Cabinet.

Formerly a change communications manager for Britain's best loved retailer, John Lewis, Richard currently works as the internal business communications manager for a global telecommunications company.

Portfolio covers Building Schools for the Future and Primary Capital Programme, Children’s Health and Commissioning, Youth Offending, Looked After Children and Care Leavers, Extended Services, Multi-Agency Protection Arrangements, Children at Risk, Unaccompanied Children Asylum Seekers, Early Years, 14 to 19 Entitlement, Special Educational Needs/Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, Interagency Co-Operation (Children’s Trust), Schools and Education, Interagency and Education, Play Services, Advice Information and Guidance, Parenting and Child Poverty, Family Recovery and Troubled Families, Gangs and Youth Employment.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community: Councillor David Harvey

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David was first elected to represent Vincent Square Ward in 2010. Before taking on the role as Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community he held the Sports and Leisure portfolio. Previously he has also chaired the council’s Adults, Health & Community Protection Policy and Scrutiny Committee and was Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance. He has lived in south Westminster for nearly 20 years and is married to fellow Councillor, Angela Harvey.

David is Chair of the Family Firms Institute, the global policy network of academics and experts in family enterprise, was President of the UK Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and led STEP, the professional expert community dealing with inheritance planning for families and the vulnerable.

Portfolio covers Street Cleansing, Waste, Recycling, Go Green and Bi-diversity, Sports and Leisure, Libraries, Voluntary and Community Sector and Volunteering, Ward Budgets, Localism Act (Community Rights), Neighbourhood Planning Forums and Amenity Societies, Parks and Open Spaces, Cemeteries and Mortuaries, Olympic Legacy and Sustainability Matters (eg low carbon, air pollution and air quality).

Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Rachael Robathan

Councillor Robathan

In 2010, Cllr Robathan was elected to Westminster City Council to represent the Knightsbridge and Belgravia Ward. Before taking up the Housing portfolio she held the position of Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health since March 2012 and, before that, 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 is the council’s Armed Forces Champion and Westminster’s representative on the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for Greater London.

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 Director of the Big Lottery Fund.

Portfolio covers Housing Options, Sale and Purchase of Housing, Housing CPOs, Housing Regeneration (eg Church Street, Ebury Bridge, etc), Housing Management and CWH, Community Build, Housing Renewal Strategy, Empty Homes, Sheltered and Special Needs Housing and Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation and Hubs.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm: Councillor Daniel Astaire

Councillor Astaire

Elected in 2001 to represent the Regent's Park ward, Cllr Astaire has undertaken a variety of roles in the council. He has been a member of the Cabinet since 2006 and, during that time, his portfolios have covered Customer and Community Services, Community Protection, Parking, Families, Society and Adult Services and Housing, Regeneration, Business and Economic Development. In January 2017, Cllr Astaire took on the role of Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm.

Cllr Astaire was called to the Bar before moving to the London office of an international law firm as a commercial litigator. He currently works for a litigation practice in Mayfair. He is also a board director of the London Marathon Limited which rightly claims its position as the top charitable fundraising event in the country.

Portfolio covers Planning Policy and City Plan, London Plan, Building Control, Street Naming, Development Opportunity Frameworks, Compulsory Purchase Orders, London Local Authorities Act 2007, Trees and Tree Policy, Grants Relating to Planning, Public Realm Public Works including Street Furniture and Street Improvements, Planning Performance Agreement oversight, Community Infrastructure Levy and Neighbourhood Area Action Plans.

Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing: Councillor Antonia Cox

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Antonia Cox lives with her family in Hyde Park ward, where she was elected in 2012. A former leader writer at the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, she is vice chairman of governors at Marylebone Boys' School, the free school she helped to found in 2014. She is a non-executive director of the Student Loans Company, a public body. She previously chaired the Adults, Health and Public Protection Policy and Scrutiny Committee and, as a member of the council's pension committee, brought in its stewardship and voting policy. 

Portfolio covers Area Working, Neighbourhoods and City Inspectors, Community Protection including Domestic Violence, Safer Westminster Partnership, Crime Board, Relations with the Police, Rough Sleeping, Licensing Policy and Enforcement, Trading Standards, Pest and Noise Control Services, Residential and Environmental Health, Emergency Planning, Fire and Relations with the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and Street Trading.

Deputy Cabinet Members

Deputies for Adult Social Services and Public Health: Councillor Christabel Flight and Councillor Paul Church

Deputies for Business, Culture and Heritage: Councillor Peter Freeman and Councillor Lindsey Hall

Deputy for Children, Families and Young People: Councillor Karen Scarborough

Deputy for City Highways: Councillor Robert Rigby

Deputy for Environment, Sports and Community: Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson

Deputy for Finance, Property and Corporate Services: Councillor Gotz Mohindra

Deputy for Housing: Councillor Andrew Smith and Councillor Susie Burbridge

Deputy for Planning and Public Realm: Councillor Adnan Mohammed

Deputies for Public Protection and Licensing: Councillor Iain Bott and Councillor Louise Hyams 

Non-Executive positions

Chairman of Licensing Committee: Councillor Angela Harvey

Chairman of Planning: Councillor Richard Beddoe

Lead Member for Crime Prevention: Cllr Peter Cuthbertson

​Lead Member for City Reform: Cllr Jean-Paul Floru  

Lead Member for the Shared Economy: Cllr Jonathan Glanz

Pubs Champion: Cllr Thomas Crockett 

Lead Member for LGBTQ+: Cllr Paul Church 

Lead Member for Mental Health: Cllr Paul Church 

Westminster’s Animal Welfare Champion: Cllr Jacqui Wilkinson 


Last updated: 20 June 2017
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