Mayor announces changes to Cabinet and new Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas has been appointed to the Council’s Cabinet as part of a temporary reshuffle to cover Cllr Caroline Selman’s role while she takes maternity leave.
Cllr Fajana-Thomas, who has lived in Hackney for more than 30 years, and has worked for more than a decade in the voluntary sector, including on community safety, mental health and wellbeing, becomes Cabinet Member for Community Safety. She will take on the role from 12 October.
She has represented Stoke Newington ward since 2010 and served as Speaker in 2011/12.
I’m delighted to appoint Susan to the Council’s Cabinet. She is a tireless anti-racism campaigner and brings more than 10 years of experience and a strong passion for ensuring our communities are safe and residents are listened to. I know she is committed to implementing the recommendations of the recent Hackney Young Future’s Commission, especially continuing our public health approach to reducing violence.
Over the last four years, Caroline has worked tirelessly to stand up for Hackney’s amazing voluntary sector and bring together our communities, partners and police to keep the borough safe. We wish her the best as she goes on maternity leave and look forward to welcoming her back next year.
I’m proud to be given this opportunity to lead the Council’s community safety work, and wish Caroline all the best as she starts a new and exciting chapter in her family’s life.
I’m passionate about ensuring our borough’s young people are safe and secure, and that we do all we can to support families affected by youth violence. It’s important that everyone has trust and confidence in public services, especially Black communities disproportionately affected by the impact of crime and more likely to be victims.
I look forward to being a champion for them, working closely with our partners and police to make Hackney a safer borough.
Some areas of Cllr Selman’s portfolio will be temporarily picked up by other existing Cabinet Members.
Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure, will cover the voluntary sector, including grants and property. He will be supported by Mayoral Adviser for Older People, Cllr Yvonne Maxwell.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources, will cover policy, strategy and devolution, including work with refugees and vulnerable migrants.
Updated Cabinet portfolios from 12 October
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care
Cllr Rebecca Rennison
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance, Housing Needs and Supply
Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas (until July 2021)
Cllr Chris Kennedy
Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure
Cllr Guy Nicholson
Planning, Culture and Inclusive Economy
Cllr Clayeon McKenzie
Cllr Jon Burke
Transport and Public Realm
Cllr Carole Williams
Employment, Skills and Human Resources
Cllr Caroline Woodley
Families, Early Years and Play
Cllr Sem Moema
Private Renting and Housing Affordability
Cllr Yvonne Maxwell
Member Champion role
Mental Health champion
Cllr Yvonne Maxwell
Dementia champion (covered as part of Mayoral Adviser role)
Cllr Sade Etti
No place for Hate champion
Cllr Gilbert Smyth
Cllr Peter Snell