The Leader and the Cabinet

Leader of the Council: Councillor Nickie Aiken

Prior 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 was 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, City for All and Corporate Strategy; Royal Parks Board; Local Government Association; London Councils; Central London Forward; Government relations and public affairs; Policy, Performance and Communications including Cabinet Support and Member Services, ceremonial and Lord Mayoral matters and the City Promotions, Events and Filming service; People Services function; equalities and emergency planning.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community: Councillor David Harvey

David was first elected to represent Vincent Square Ward in 2010. Before taking on the role as Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community he held the Environment, Sports and Community 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 sports and leisure; voluntary and community services; library and registration services; community engagement and neighbourhoods, including Open Forums, liaison with neighbourhood fora and Amenity Societies and Queen’s Park Community Council; education and schools; business and enterprise; skills, employment and WAES and culture and heritage.

Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management: Councillor Tim Mitchell

Tim was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1998 and is currently the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management and Chief Whip of the Council's Conservative Group. He previously held a wide range of roles in the council including Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Corporate Services, 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 and as a member of the Appointments Sub-Committee.

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

Portfolio covers environmental sustainability, air quality and biodiversity; parks and open spaces; street cleansing; waste and recycling; highways and transport; parking; road safety and walking and cycling strategies

Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health: Councillor Heather Acton

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 care and public health; relations with the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups; drug and alcohol services; sexual health services; mental health; adult disabilities; Chairman of the Health and Well-Being Board; Children’s Services and Safeguarding including looked after children, care leavers, young carers and Troubled Families project and unaccompanied Children Asylum Seekers.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration: 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 Finance, Property and Regeneration portfolio she held the position of Cabinet Member for Housing and before that Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health and 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 regeneration including the housing strategy for older people programme and responsibility for the Council’s Wholly Owned Housing Development Company; strategic finance; financial management; financial and asset administration; corporate property, planning and strategy and procurement and contract management.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services: Councillor Andrew Smith

Cllr Smith has represented the Lancaster Gate Ward since 2008.  He has previously served as the Chairman of the Children, Environment and Leisure Committee and a Planning Chairman.  Born and brought up in Yorkshire, Andrew has lived in Westminster for 15 years.  He works for a Westminster based business in the communications sector. 

Portfolio covers housing services including the Housing Options Advisory service and allocations; social housing management matters; management and maintenance of the Council’s housing stock; asset management of HRA land; energy conservation within Westminster’s housing stock; rents of social housing dwellings and housing benefits; provision of social and community facilities on housing estates; existing sheltered and special needs housing; CCTV on estates; customer services and digital transformation.

Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing: Councillor Ian Adams

Ian Adams has lived in Westminster since 1994 and has been a Councillor since 2002, today representing Hyde Park ward where he lives with his husband Christopher.  He served as The Lord Mayor of Westminster in 2017-18.  He has served as a Governor of City of Westminster College and as a Trustee of Age UK Westminster.  He holds an MBA awarded with Distinction and is a Leadership Fellow of St George’s Windsor Castle.  He works as a senior executive in the NHS and is the Council’s LGBT+ Champion.  

Portfolio covers Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy; representing the Council on the Safer Westminster Partnership; relations with the Police; domestic abuse including the MARAC process; enforcement activities in relation to antisocial behaviour including waste enforcement; integrated neighbourhood services; City Inspectors; licensing and the evening and night time economy; trading standards, noise and environmental services including pest control, commercial and private residential, environmental health and street trading; mortuaries; rough sleeping.

Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning: Councillor Richard Beddoe

Richard was elected to Westminster City Council in 2010.  Prior to becoming Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning Richard spent 18 months as Chairman of Planning presiding over the decision of a large number of significant planning applications.  Before his interest in planning developed Richard held roles including Cabinet Member for City Management and Deputy Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Deputy Cabinet Member for Public Protection in which he was responsible for the launch Westminster’ s first dedicated domestic abuse court within Westminster Magistrates Court.  Richard’s day job is as a barrister specialising in complex child protection cases.

Portfolio covers place shaping; public realm including street works and street furniture; city urban design strategy; the Council’s Green Plaque and City of Sculpture schemes; planning policy; building control and street naming; trees; Compulsory Purchase Orders; neighbourhood planning; Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106.

Deputy Cabinet Members

Deputy for Economic Development, Education and Community: Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson

Deputy for Environment and City Management: Councillor Karen Scarborough

Deputies for Family Services and Public Health: Councillor Christabel Flight and Councillor Iain Bott

Deputy for Finance, Property and Regeneration: Councillor Robert Rigby

Deputy for Housing and Customer Services: Councillor Murad Gassanly

Deputy for Public Protection and Licensing  Councillor Louise Hyams

Non-Executive positions

Chairman of Licensing: Councillor Angela Harvey

Chairman of Planning: Councillor Gotz Mohindra

​Lead Member for Edgware Road: Councillor Heather Acton

Lead Member for LGBT+: Councillor Ian Adams

Lead Member for Soho: Councillor Tim Barnes

Mental Health Champion: Councillor Iain Bott

Older People Champion: Councillor Christabel Flight 

Gig Economy and Broadband Champion: Cllr Jonathan Glanz

Armed Forces Champion: Councillor Rachael Robathan

Animal Welfare Champion: Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson

EU Champion: Councillor Matthew Green

Cycling Champion: Councillor Jim Glen


Last updated: 20 June 2018
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