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Mayor's cabinet

Information about cabinet members and their responsibilities.

Mayor Damien Egan

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham

The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, chooses councillors to form the cabinet. The cabinet and the Mayor collectively make key decisions about local services. The Mayor is responsible for the strategic direction of the Council, leads the community and speaks up for the borough. The Mayor is also the cabinet portfolio holder for COVID-19 response and recovery.


Brenda Dacres

Councillor Brenda Dacres, Deputy Mayor of Lewisham and Cabinet Member for Safer Communities

Deputy Mayor responsibilities

  • Equalities
  • Lewisham Disabled People's Commission
  • Bakerloo Line Extension
  • Council events
  • Civic calendar
  • Mayor's Charity.

Cabinet Member for Safer Communities responsibilities

  • Youth violence
  • Youth justice
  • Youth Offending Service (YOS)
  • Partnership with police
  • CCTV
  • Regulatory services
  • Environmental Health
  • Trading Standards
  • Noise enforcement
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Violence against women and girls

Chris Barnham

 Councillor Chris Barnham, Cabinet Member for Children's Services and School Performance

  • Primary and secondary school performance
  • School admissions, attendance, inclusion and school place planning
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Early years education and childcare
  • Early help, including children’s centres and family support
  • Children’s social care including child protection, support for children in need, corporate parenting for looked after children
  • Youth services, including Youth First
  • Child poverty
  • Young Mayor's programme.

Paul Bell 

Councillor Paul Bell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

  • Social housing building programme
  • Housing need, including lettings and allocations policy
  • Homelessness and temporary accommodation
  • Planning
  • Regeneration
  • Landlord licensing
  • Private rented sector regulation
  • Gypsies and Travellers.

Chris Best

Councillor Chris Best, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

  • Adult social care, including care home and at-home provision and quality assurance
  • Public health
  • Mental health
  • Birmingham & Lewisham African and Caribbean Health Inequalities Review (BLACHIR) 
  • Health and social care integration
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Joint commissioning
  • Supporting people
  • Older people, including representation, active citizenship, combating isolation, housing, technology, aids and adaptions
  • Technology, aids and adaptions
  • Local Assemblies.

Kevin BonaviaCouncillor Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Democracy, Refugees and Accountability

  • Corporate Strategy implementation
  • Policy development
  • Refugee resettlement and migrant support
  • Customer services and complaints
  • Digital strategy
  • Governance
  • Legal services
  • Democratic and electoral services
  • Communications
  • Trade unions
  • Armed Forces Covenant.

Photo of Cllr André Bourne, Cabinet member

Councillor André Bourne, Cabinet Member for Culture

  • Culture, including London Borough of Culture 2022 programme
  • Libraries
  • Leisure centres
  • Evening and night time economy
  • Arts
  • Broadway Theatre
  • Sports development
  • Adult education.

Paul Bell Councillor Patrick Codd, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

  • Environment and climate change
  • Air quality
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Transport, including walking and cycling
  • Highways
  • Parking strategy and enforcement
  • Recycling and waste reduction
  • Street cleaning and fly tipping
  • Renewable energy, including district heat networks
  • Fuel poverty.

Amanda de Ryk

Councillor Amanda de Ryk, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

  • Council budget
  • Human resources and organisational development
  • Transformation
  • Income generation
  • Internal audit
  • Efficiency
  • Revenue collection and benefits
  • Pensions
  • Council contracting
  • Ethical procurement and modern slavery
  • Emergency planning and resilience
  • Bereavement services.

Councillor Kim Powell

Councillor Kim Powell, Cabinet Member for Business and Community Wealth Building 


  • Local economic development and inclusive growth
  • Community Wealth Building
  • Youth employment
  • Mayor's Apprenticeship programme
  • Business and retail support
  • Community development
  • Grants programmes
  • Volunteering
  • Community centres
  • Markets
  • Social enterprise
  • Higher education
  • Further education

Cllr Sophie McGeevor is currently on parental leave.