Hackney has had a directly elected Mayor since 2002. The Mayor is directly elected by voters to champion and advocate for Hackney residents and provide political and community leadership for the borough. The Mayor selects some of the councillors to be part of her Cabinet, who meet in public to discuss and vote on key decisions of the Council. The Mayor and councillors are elected every four years.
Caroline Woodley was elected Mayor of Hackney in November 2023, becoming the borough’s third directly elected Mayor and first woman Mayor.
The directly elected Mayor provides leadership and direction to the borough and the council and has overall responsibility for council policy and the delivery of services.