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.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
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.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety
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.
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

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




Philip Glanville


  • Property
  • Digital and ICT
  • Strategic Communications and Consultations [with support from the Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years and Play]
  • Devolution and Policy [with support from the Cabinet member for Community Safety, Policy, and the Voluntary Sector]
  • Customer Services, Casework Review and Complaints 
  • Woodberry Down regeneration 
  • Chair of Health & Wellbeing Board 

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care

  • Statutory Deputy Mayor
  • Ethical governance and chair of standards committee
  • Democratic and electoral services
  • Legal services
  • Hackney Education and Schools (Hackney Learning Trust)
  • Children's social care
  • Looked after children and fostering
  • Troubled families [with the Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years and Play]
  • Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men Project
  • Young Hackney
  • Young Speakers and Youth Parliament
  • Mayor’s Fair Futures Commission [with Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy, and the Voluntary Sector]
  • Making Hackney ‘A Child Friendly Borough’ [with the Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years and Play]

Cllr Rebecca Rennison

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance, Housing Needs and Supply

  • Housing needs (inc. lettings and allocations policy)
  • Rough sleeping
  • Homelessness and temporary accommodation
  • Internal advice services (particularly housing options / homelessness related)
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Insourcing
  • Audit & Procurement
  • Pensions
  • Strategic Housing
  • Housing Regeneration

Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas (until July 2021)

Community Safety

  • Strategic relationship with the police
  • Crime reduction and antisocial behaviour
  • Integrated Gangs Unit
  • Noise nuisance
  • Environmental Health and Trading Standards
  • Licensing enforcement 
  • Licensing policy [working with Chair of Licensing]
  • Youth Justice
  • Environmental Protection
  • Emergency Planning
  • Domestic violence and abuse - cabinet position above 
  • Mayor’s Fair Futures Commission [with Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care] 

Cllr Chris Kennedy

Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure

  • Adult Social Care 
  • Ageing Well Strategy
  • Supporting People 
  • Public Health and the relationship with the wider NHS
  • Health devolution and integrated commissioning 
  • Mental Health 
  • Leisure and sport 
  • Food Justice including Food Poverty
  • Waterways and boaters
  • Communications and Consultations
  • Strategic relationship with the voluntary sector, including voluntary sector grants, strategy property

Cllr Guy Nicholson

Planning, Culture and Inclusive Economy

  • Planning – performance and policy
  • Economic Development
  • Strategic infrastructure development [inc. economic regeneration – the latter with Cabinet member Energy, Sustainability, Transport and Waste]
  • Impact of Brexit
  • Town Centres
  • Olympics legacy
  • Markets 
  • Building Control 
  • Culture
  • Hackney Museum and archives
  • Libraries and library services

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie

Housing Services

  • Housing Management / Services
  • Housing Service Transformation and Improvement
  • HRA business plan and strategic Asset Management Plan
  • Better Homes Partnership
  • Fire and resident safety
  • TMO Champion
  • Travellers
  • Maintaining strong relations with the tenants and residents movement

Cllr Jon Burke

Energy, Waste,

Transport and Public Realm

  • Energy - generation, efficiency, and procurement
  • Climate Change - including responding to the emergency, mitigation, adaptation, and public awareness
  • Corporate decarbonisation
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Waste services and waste prevention
  • Recycling
  • The circular economy
  • Street and estate cleansing
  • Clean air and tackling pollution
  • Parking control
  • Public Realm and Streetscene
  • Strategic and local transport
  • Liveable neighbourhoods
  • Parks 

Cllr Carole Williams

Employment, Skills and Human Resources

  • Employment Strategy and Partnerships
  • Hackney Works
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Supported Employment
  • Human Resources and Organisational Development 
  • Relationship with the Trade Unions 
  • Adult Learning and ESOL
  • Post 18 skills, including further and higher education
  • Equalities and anti-racism
  • Fair Trade with the Fair Trade Champion 
  • Volunteering 
  • Windrush
  • Policy, strategy and devolution [working with the Mayor]
  • Refugees and vulnerable migrants 

Cllr Caroline Woodley

Families, Early Years and Play 

  • Early years 
  • Children's centres and nurseries
  • Child Minding
  • Special Educational Needs and alternative settings
  • Tackling child poverty
  • Play and adventure playgrounds
  • Play Streets
  • Making Hackney ‘A Child Friendly Borough’ [with Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care]
  • Troubled Families [with Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care]

Mayoral Advisers




Cllr Sem Moema

Private Renting and Housing Affordability

  • Private Sector Housing
  • Housing Affordability
  • Promoting shared ownership and other intermediate products
  • Housing Association relationships and accountability
  • Hackney’s Housing Company and Living Rent Homes
  • Older People’s housing

Cllr Yvonne Maxwell

Older People

  • Ageing Well strategy
  • Ensuring Council policies are age-friendly, and that older people have a voice in shaping council services
  • Dementia Champion
  • Support to the Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure on voluntary sector – especially around older people including lunch clubs, Connect Hackney, and the new Marie Lloyd Centre

Member Champions


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

Fairtrade champion

Cllr Peter Snell

Heritage champion