News from Kensington and Chelsea's Labour Councillors


Kensington and Chelsea’s Labour Councillors
Labour’s twelve Councillors, elected in 2014, represent residents in the Colville, Dalgarno, Golborne, Notting Dale and St Helen’s Wards.  We take up individual cases, as well as issues of concern across the wards we represent, across the borough generally. We also sit on Council scrutiny committees, advisory groups, working groups and external community and voluntary organisations. Current memberships are listed below.

Ward councillors hold regular advice surgeries for residents, as follows;
Notting Dale: the second and fourth Saturday of every month except August (second Saturday only) and December (Second Saturday only) at the Kensington Leisure Centre, Walmer Road, W11. Ask for our surgery at the reception desk.

We are:


Cllr. Robert Atkinson, Leader of The Labour Group on the Council.



Councillor Monica Press

Monica PressMonica 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 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 Emma Dent Coad
Emma Dent Coad

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 Birgade Union, Council Housing, and Leasehold Reform.


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

009.jpgPat 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 Marwan Elnaghi

Marwan-Pic-2.jpgWhen 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 Robert Atkinson

014.jpgCllr. Robert Atkinson. Currently Leader of The Labour Group on the Council & 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 Judith Blakeman

015.jpgJudith 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 Mohammed Bakhtiar

016.jpgMohammed is passionate about politics and serving others. Geography and war have exposed him to many difficult experiences in his life, which led him to London. In his home country of Iraq he was a lawyer and journalist, but had to abandon those careers to seek refuge in the UK. Having seen war has helped Mohammed to understand and value the real meaning of peace. He and his family have suffered severe poverty, so they truly understand and value the lives they now have in London.

In 2002 Mohammed received his British citizenship at a ceremony at Kensington Town Hall. He and his family live on a TMO estate in North Kensington and his two children attend local state schools. Mohammed is a freelance interpreter, working in Arabic, Kurdish and English. He also helps the Kurdish community and works with an Iraqi organisation for war veterans, assisting with their meetings and fundraising. He has also volunteered at the ClementJames Centre in Notting Dale.

Mohammed was elected for St Helen's ward in 2014 and now serves on the Families and Children's scrutiny committee and the Planning Committee.


All councillors can be contacted via the telephone number 020-7361-2500


Group positions held are as follows:

·    Leader of the Labour Group: Robert Atkinson

·    Deputy Leader of the Labour Group: Monica Press

·    Chief Whip: Judith Blakeman

·    Deputy Whip and Group Chair: Robert Thompson

·    Group Secretary: Monica Press

·    Group Treasurer: Harrison Littler


Labour’s spokespeople on the Council’s scrutiny committees are:

·    Adult Social Care and Health: Pat Healy

·    Cabinet and Corporate Services: Pat Mason

·    Family and Children’s Services: Harrison Littler

·    Housing and Property Services; Judith Blakeman

·    Planning: Emma Dent Coad

·    Public Realm Robert Thompson


Scrutiny Committee members are:

·    Adult Social Care and Health: Pat Healy Robert Atkinson, Bevan Powell

·    Cabinet and Corporate Services: Pat Mason, Emma Dent Coad

·    Family and Children’s Services: Harrison Littler, Mohammed Bakhtiar, Bevan Powell

·    Housing and Property Services: Judith Blakeman, Monica Press

·    Planning: Emma Dent Coad, Mohammed Bakhtiar, Robert Thompson,

·    Public Realm: Robert Thompson, Monica Press, Beinazir Lasharie


Other Committees

·    Administration: Robert Atkinson, Judith Blakeman

·    Appeals: Judith Blakeman, Pat Mason, Bevan Powell

·    Audit and Transparency: Robert Atkinson

·    Investment: Harrison Littler

·    Licensing: Judith Blakeman (Vice Chairman), Pat Healy, Beinazir Lasharie, Pat Mason

·    Schools’ Forum: Robert Atkinson


Membership of Advisory Groups

·    Members’ Training and Development: Pat Healy

·    Royal Borough Environment Project; Judith Blakeman, Robert Thompson

·    Borough Voluntary Organisations: Monica Press

·    Public Art Panel: Judith Blakeman

·    Public Transport and Road Safety: Pat Mason

·    Tenants’ Consultative Committee: Judith Blakeman, Monica Press


Membership of External Organisations

·    BME Health Forum: Judith Blakeman

·    Campden Charities: Robert Atkinson

·    Citizens’ Advice Bureau: Bevan Powell

·    Pepperpot Luncheon Club: Pat Healy

·    Tenant Management Organisation Board: Judith Blakeman

·    Trade Union Liaison Officer: Pat Mason

·    Westway Development Trust: Monica Press


Dalgarno Ward

The second Saturday of each month in the Balfour Burleigh club room, Basement, Treverton Tower.

The third and fourth Mondays of each month (except Bank Holidays), from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Dalgarno Community Centre, Dalgarno Way.

St Helen’s Ward

The second and last Monday of the month (except August and Bank Holidays) from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm in the first floor meeting room at North Kensington Library, Ladbroke Grove, W11.

Golborne Ward

Every Monday between 7 pm and 8 pm at the Venture Centre, 103a Wornington Road, W10.

Colville Ward

The first and third Monday of every month (except Bank Holidays) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the first floor meeting room at North Kensington Library, Ladbroke Grove, W11.

Notting Dale Ward

Every second and fourth Saturday (except the fourth Saturday in August and December) from 10 am to 12 noon in the meeting room at the Kensington Leisure Centre, Walmer Road, W11 (access via the Reception Desk)