Council Chair and First Citizen of Newham

This page covers the role of the First Citizen and how to invite Cllr Vaughan to your civic event or activity.

Newham Council has elected Councillor Winston Vaughan as its new Chair and First Citizen.

At the Annual Meeting of Council held on 26 May 2021 it was resolved that Councillor Winston
Vaughan be elected as Chair and Councillor Mumtaz Khan be elected Deputy-Chair, of the London Borough of Newham Council for the 2021/2022 Municipal Year.

Councillor Vaughan, who represents Forest Gate South Ward, is highly experienced in public office, having served as a councillor for 23 years.

As the Council’s Chair and Newham’s First Citizen, he has a ceremonial role, representing the borough at community events and activities as well as chairing full Council Meetings, while the executive leadership of Newham remains the responsibility of Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz.

Putting himself forward for the role, Cllr. Vaughan said he would bring personal strengths of “experience, discipline and fairness” and cited extensive experience as a trade union branch officer and in setting up and chairing an ethnic minority advisory committee.

As a Newham councillor his many positions have included serving on Overview and Scrutiny Committee as a scrutiny chair and chairing a number of scrutiny commissions, most notably on health and social care. He also served on a Government Employment Tribunal Panel for 13 years, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Newham Voices, a publication that described him as “the face of Newham”.

After his election at the Council’s Annual Meeting, Councillor Vaughan, who is to choose a charity to support during this time in office, said: “It’s a great privilege to represent the Council and I’m really looking forward to busy times ahead.”

Councillor Mumtaz Khan, who represents Green Street West Ward, was elected Deputy Chair.

Councillor Khan has been a councillor since 2018 and served on the Boundary Commission Committee, Education, Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission, Local Development Committee and Referendum Committee.

Invite the First Citizen to your event

If you would like the First Citizen to visit an event you are hosting, give out some awards or come to anything else that is happening in the borough, please complete the invitation form. 

For a word version and for all other correspondence for the Chair of Council please email [email protected]

Download Invite the First Citizen Document (Word)

Download Invite the First Citizen Document (PDF)

Cllr winston vaughan council chair and first citizen of newham cllr mumtaz khan council deputy chair

Mayor with vw and mk

The Directly Elected Mayor of Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz with the Chair and Deputy Chair of Council.