Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, was elected the Mayor of Newham in May 2018 and is the lead member for Inclusive Economy and Housing Delivery. Since her election, she has been leading a transformative and radical agenda in Newham, reflecting a series of manifesto commitments to address inequality and poverty in the Newham, invest in young people to widen opportunities, embed Community Wealth Building as the economic approach being adopted by the Council, increase participatory democracy and respond to the Climate Emergency.
As part of an ambitious programme of scaling up Council housing delivery in the borough she is leading one the most ambitious genuinely affordable housing programmes in London through a number of significant regeneration schemes, including the Carpenters Estate and the Affordable Homes for Newham programme.
In response to Covid-19, she has led the Council’s development of its ‘Towards a Better Newham’ strategy and action plan, and Newham has become the first council in the country to make the health, happiness and wellbeing of its residents the key indicator of economic success. She is the co-chair of London’s only Enterprise Zone in the Royal Docks and is a member of the Mayor of London’s LEAP Board.
As an advocate for racial justice and equalities, Rokhsana was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the UK.