The Mayor


In May each year, the council elects a councillor to serve as Mayor for twelve months.

The Mayor is the borough's civic and ceremonial head for a year and during that time acts as chair of full council meetings.

The Mayor represents Waltham Forest at public, civic and ceremonial events. The Mayor's role extends to include events and organisations that support the community. The Mayor also entertains guests in the Mayor's parlour for both formal and informal events.

Together with the Queen's representative, the deputy lieutenant, the Mayor receives members of the royal family and VIPs during official visits to the area.

At Annual Council on 25 May, Cllr Yemi Osho was elected Mayor for the civic year 2017-18.

The Mayor explained that her theme for the year will be service, courage and hope.  She announced her husband, Olukayode, and her son, Richard, as her consorts and Pastor Birkett Bennett as her spiritual adviser.

In addition, she will continue her predecessor’s practice of appointing a youth mayor or mayoress.

The Mayor will undertake fundraising activities in conjunction with Diabetes UK to support local borough-based diabetic services and raise awareness of the impact of diabetes on people’s health.

The Mayor's biography Click to get info

Cllr Yemisi Osho is a distinguished nurse practitioner with more than 30 years’ service. She qualified as a Registered Midwife in 1984 and worked both in Primary Care and Teaching Hospital in Ogun state, Nigeria before coming to England in 1988, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1993. She has since obtained various post graduate qualifications.

She has worked in various capacities as nurse practitioner including senior management and board roles in the NHS. She has also worked as Regional Officer with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and was a co-pioneer of the RCN BME Nurses Forum.

Cllr Osho awarded the Queen’s Nurse Title in 2012 by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in recognition of her leadership and commitment to providing high quality care to patients.

She was elected as a councillor representing Lea Bridge Ward in May 2014. Since then, she has supported and represented residents on various issues relating to healthcare, schools, planning applications and individual personal cases. Cllr Osho has regularly organised International Women's Day event and given awards to some of the residents in recognition of their service and exemplary contributions to community.

During her year as Mayor, Cllr Osho has pledged to serve the whole of Waltham Forest in a way that values and celebrates its diverse cultural communities. She hopes to encourage young people to take an interest in health-related careers and to get residents from all walks of life to engage with and contribute to the life of the borough.

Cllr Osho plans to undertake fundraising activities in conjunction with Diabetes UK to support local diabetic care services and raise awareness of the impact of diabetes on people’s health. 

 She is married with two sons. Her husband, Olukayode, and younger son, Richard, will act as consorts during Cllr Osho’s year in office.

The Mayor is eager to attend public engagements, however the Mayor shouldn’t be contacted directly.


To invite the Mayor to your event please download the protocol form (69KB Word file) and send it back to the Mayor's office.

The form gives details on protocol and advice on how to address the Mayor.

We’ll usually reply to requests for the Mayor to attend engagements within five working days.

Please ensure that you fill out as much of the form as you can and that it is sent to the Mayor's office as early as possible to avoid delays.

Please be aware that it’s not always possible for the Mayor to accept an invitation.

The Mayor's office Click to get info

The mayor's office is open from 9am-5.30pm.

If staff members are unavailable for any reason, you may leave a telephone message.

Phone messages will usually be answered within one working day, or the next working day if left after 5.30pm or over the weekend.

View the protocol for flying flags for major civic events.