Councillor Kasim Ali
Kasim is an active member of the Kensington CLP, he is Vice-chair for membership, outreach and recruitment for the Kensington CLP. Kasim has lived in North Kensington for almost 20 years. He is a global prosperity researcher, his research area of interest includes education, employment, community safety as well as affordable/social housing and homes fit for human habitation. He has a background in community organising and as a charity project manager
Kasim was elected to represent Dalgarno Ward on the 21st of March 2019. As a Councillor, he is the Chair of Housing & Property Scrutiny Committee, Vice-chair for the Public Transport Liaison Group and he sits on Grenfell Scrutiny Committee.
After the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, Kasim ran six marathons and one ‘ultra-marathon’ in seven days to raise £50,000 for a local charity dedicated to working for the children and young people of North Kensington who were directly and indirectly affected by this terrible disaster in our community.
Councillor Robert Atkinson
Cllr. Robert Atkinson. Currently serving on the ‘Grenfell Recovery’ and ‘Executive & Corporate’ Scrutiny Committees seeking to rebuild the services provided by and public confidence in our Council . Particular Interests in Education, Health and Public Transport and have previously served on Planning, Adult Social Services and Children’s services. One of the 3 councillors for Notting Dale Ward. Have lived in Earls Court/ Brompton for 38 years and been a councillor for 26. Currently a Trustee of Campden Charities and Governor of Servite Primary School. Proud Lancastrian, grandparent and Militant Omnivore.
Councillor Mohammed Bakhtiar
Councillor Mohammed Bakhtiar has represented St Helen’s ward, in North Kensington, since May 2014. He has served on the Housing and Property Scrutiny committee and is currently a member of the Planning Applications committee and the Public Realm Scrutiny committee.
Mohammed is a qualified lawyer from Iraq-Kurdistan and a human rights activist. He has translated many books and articles in English-Kurdish-Arabic.
A veteran Peshmerga from southern Kurdistan, Mohammed has been living in Kensington for over 20 years. He has two teenage children. He is an active member of his Kurdish and Muslim communities, as well as being involved more widely in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and in London.
Mohammed’s special interest, as Councillor, is in the area of Planning and its role in solving the housing crisis in the borough and across London. He pays particular attention to the problem of crime and drug dealing which contribute to anti-social behaviour. Mohammed works with faith groups and believes they can play a significant part in holding communities together, influencing positive change and encouraging politicians and policy makers to forget their differences and work together towards common goals.
Councillor Judith Blakeman
Judith moved into the borough as a child after her family moved south from Liverpool and has lived in North Kensington since 1971. She left school at 16 and worked in a range of jobs before going to university as a mature student. At LSE she gained a bachelor’s degree and then an MSc in Industrial Relations. For 20 years she worked as a national organiser for a major trade union, leaving in 1997 to run Arts for Labour and then the Socialist Health Association.
Judith became active in the local voluntary sector from 1976, leading to her election as a councillor in 1978. Apart from a break of 4 years in the early 1990s, Judith has served on the council ever since. Currently she sits on the Housing and Property scrutiny committee, where she is Labour’s spokesperson, as well as being Chief Whip of the Labour Group, a Vice-Chairman of the Licensing Committee and the Labour Group nominee on the TMO Board. She was elected Leader of the Group in 1988 until 1990, became Deputy Mayor in 2007/8 and served again as Group Leader between 2009 and 2014.
Councillor Emma Dent Coad MP
Emma Dent Coad is a life-long political activist, and has been Councillor in Golborne Ward since 2006. She was elected as the first Labour MP for Kensington on 9 June 2017 by 20 votes, overturning a majority of 7,331. Four days later the atrocity of the fire at Grenfell Tower, near her home, set the seal on much of her work for coming years. She restood for the Council in May 2018 and was re-elected with an increased majority – it is not unusual for MPs to also be Councillors. She continues her work across RBKC supporting campaign groups and residents’ associations fighting for better representation and fairer outcomes for planning and spending priorities.
In Westminster Emma is Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Jon Trickett, Shadow Lord President of the Council and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. She is vice-chair of both the London All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London and for the Planning and Built Environment APPG, and contributes to APPGs relating to the Fire Brigade Union, Council Housing, and Leasehold Reform.
Councillor Marwan Elnaghi
When it comes to be an active labour member, Marwan Elnaghi ticks all the boxes. Passionate about helping residents and where he lives. He is dedicated to every cause that he takes up. Born in the Lebanon, Marwan came to the UK after being sponsored to read for his Engineering Degree by a large international company HQ in London. He moved to the borough in 1989, with his wife and three children. Marwan is an academic with a special interest in the needs of 16-19 years old. “This age range is at a critical stage in their lives. I know from my own three children just how formative those years are in sowing the seeds for future success. One daughter is a civil servant, my other daughter is a secondary school teacher and my son is a civil servant.” Marwan has a BSc in electronics engineering; an MSc in industrial management; a PGDip in computer studies; a PGCE Secondary and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in management studies. His PhD was awarded by Brunel University, where he lectured for several years. He currently lectures at Anglia Ruskin University Business School, specialises in governmental digital transformation. An active member of his residents’ association, he became chair in 2014. Member of Home Ownership Panel and Safer Neighbourhood Board. His outside interests are cycling, walking, reading and fundraising. What drives him to be a Councillor? He explains: “I want to engage with all of my community and make things better. Being a member gives me a great insight into the operations of the Council. Member of British Computer Society (MBCS) and Academic Lead London Central Branch. Member General Teaching Council (MGTC). Committee Members European Conference on eGovernment and International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR).
Councillor Pat Healy
Pat Healy has represented Dalgarno ward since 2010 and previously was a Councillor in Colville ward. A professional journalist, Pat refused to go to Wapping when The Times moved there in 1986, was sacked and then carved out a successful freelance career specialising in health and social policy matters. She is Labour’s spokesperson on Adult Social Care and Health, is a vice-chair of the Licensing Committee, and sits on the steering group in charge of Member Training. Pat is a trustee of North Kensington Law Centre. She is also an active member of her union, the National Union of Journalists.
Councillor Ian Henderson
Ian is Labour Councilor for Colville Ward. He sits on Public Realm Scrutiny Committee (Labour Spokesperson), Planning Committee, Housing and Property Scrutiny Committee and Public Transport Committee.
Councillor Sina Lari
Sina Lari was elected to represent Golborne in May 2018 and serves on the Planning, Investment and Audit & Transparency Committees on the Council. He is a lifelong resident of the Borough and graduated in Biological Sciences from Imperial College where he specialised in epidemiology.
On the Council he is particularly interested in Town Planning policy. He has sat on major applications over the past year including the Kensington Forum Hotel and Newcombe House developments as a member of the Planning Committee and as an interested party at the GLA respectively. He is concerned about rapacious development and regeneration in the local area which has exacerbated the loss of character, good and affordable housing and local businesses.
He is a member of the Golborne Forum and the steering group of the campaign to Save Kensington & Chelsea College in Wornington Road. Among other campaigns he has served on include those for step-free access at local tube stations, saving local hospitals and environmental issues.
Since 2015 Sina has been Vice-Chair of the Kensington Labour Party, now the largest political party in Kensington. He is also a member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum and was previously National Secretary of the Party’s science organisation where he writes and advises on science policy.
Sina is also a freelance professional musician and an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Councillor Pat Mason
Pat Mason has been a Golborne Councillor for 27 years, living & working in North Kensington for 39 years. Pat worked with Grenfell Tower Fire Survivors & their families after the fire and battles to have the voices of North Kensington Labour councillors present at the Fire heard at the Inquiry. He chairs the Council committee scrutinising the governance & culture changes the ruling Conservatives must implement following the worst ever peacetime disaster. Pat supports Golborne youth projects, protecting green space including Meanwhile Gardens, improving our poisonous air quality, bearing down on crime, drugs activity that devastates residents lives, anti-social behaviour & rubbish-strewn & dog messed pavements.
Councillor Nadia Nail
I am a Labour Councillor for Colville Ward, originally from Sudan, a lawyer by training and have lived in North Kensington, Golborne for over 27 years. Currently I work for the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea managing the Portobello & Golborne Markets Ambassadors programme, supporting small shops and stall holders to increase their sales.
Previously I have worked with Nucleus Legal Advice Centre, and North West Kensington Sure Start, and London Early Years Foundation. At the Council, I am the Labour’s spokesperson for Family & Children’s Services.
“Young People are the future of our borough and must be able to find further education, jobs and homes here. The Labour Group has fought for years for RBKC to introduce a Youth Council for Kensington and Chelsea in order to give young people a meaningful voice in the delivery of services and development of policies impacting on them. We are also working hard to restore Children’s Centre services to the Borough and to secure the long-term future for the Kensington & Chelsea College at the Wornington Road site.”
Councillor Monica Press
Monica Press is Deputy Leader of the Labour Group of councillors and at the Council she is currently Chair of the Housing & Property Scrutiny Committee and sits on the Executive & Corporate Scrutiny Committee and Borough Governance Review Panel.
Monica has lived in North Kensington since 1996 when she came back from directing Oxfam’s post-war programmes in Iraq and she and her Iraqi husband chose to live in Colville because of the diversity and comfortable mix of cultures, and the vibrant character of Portobello Market.
She has an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and for 20 years managed pro-democracy programmes in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, representing local community interests with local and national government leaders. She retired from overseas work in 2008 and qualified as a UK welfare rights adviser and worked for a local advice bureau with Arabic speaking clients until 2015.
Monica was elected Councillor for Colville Ward in 2014. She has been an active resident in Colville for many years and was Chair of her Council Estate RA from 1996 to 2017 and has been Chair of the Colville Ward Forum since 2008.
Councillor Portia Thaxter
Portia Thaxter has lived in North Kensington for over 30 years. She was elected as one of the two Labour councillors for St Helen’s ward on 3rd of May 2018. She was delighted by this victory, and since then, has been most enthusiastic to serve as your councillor. She has been a committed member on the Adult and Social Care Scrutiny committee, strongly supporting residents lead initiatives, aimed in particular at improving the health and well being of local residents.
Before the elections, she had promised to try to bring council jobs to local residents. She repeated that promise during her maiden speech on 18 July 2018. She submitted a motion called Local Job For Local People, fully supported by her Labour colleagues, and unanimously adopted at the full council meeting which took place on the same day. She is also very active in working with various organisations in order to tackle knife crime.