New Deputy Leader appointed at Westminster City Council

Thu, 20/06/2019

 A new Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member have been appointed at Westminster City Council to strengthen the senior team.

Leader Cllr Nickie Aiken confirmed the new appointments:

  • Cllr Tim Mitchell becomes Deputy Leader while retaining his current cabinet responsibilities for environment and city management
  • Cllr Tim Barnes joins the Cabinet with responsibility for economic development, education and skills.

Cllr Aiken said:

“Tim Mitchell brings a wealth of experience to this role. He will be at the forefront of all our work to ensure residents and visitors enjoy a City that is safe, clean and enjoyable to spend time in. I also look forward to him taking our #Don’tbeIdle campaign to its next stage. I am fortunate to have a councillor of his calibre to support me as deputy.

“Tim Barnes is perfect to drive forward the economic development, education and skills agenda as he runs his own small business in Westminster and 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. Tim was also a school governor for eight years at a central London secondary school.”

Cllr Mitchell was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1998 and represents the St James’s ward. He has lived in Westminster for 25 years.

Cllr Barnes was elected to the West End ward in May 2018. A former UCL student, he now runs a Westminster-based company that grows tech start-ups.

The new Deputy Leader takes up his role immediately while Cllr Barnes will join the Cabinet from 1 July after completing his work as Chairman of the Communities & Customer Services Policy & Scrutiny Committee.





Last updated: 20 June 2019