Interview with Elizabeth Baptiste

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 13 May 2021, 08:49


Mayor of Waltham Forest

Mayor of Waltham Forest

Councillor Elizabeth Baptiste, who has just been appointed the Mayor of Waltham Forest has been a member of our Mothers’ Union Group in Emmanuel Parish Church, Leyton since the start of 2010

Elizabeth Baptiste was born in London to parents from the Caribbean islands of Grenada and St Lucia. She grew up in London and the Caribbean and studied Social Policy and Human Resource Management at both Middlesex and Westminster universities. She has worked in many educational settings and is a senior Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in the public sector. She is a former Leadership and Organisational Development Adviser at Westminster University with specialist interest in Women and Leadership, Learning Organisational Development, Staff Coaching and Mentoring.

Her interest in politics stems from her membership of and participation in UNISON. This has resulted in holding various positions including the National Executive Committee for Higher Education, Regional Equalities Convenor and Chair of both the Greater London Regional Higher Education Committee, and the Black Members Committee.

Since becoming a councillor, she was elected by her peers in 2018 to become Deputy Group Leader of the Labour Group and in 2019 was elected as Labour Group Chair.

Councillor Baptiste is founder of the newly established campaigning group Engage-Plus (part of LighterLife), working to promote BAME women in Leadership. She is also committed to making a difference to important issues and challenges such as education, health and wellbeing, aspects of the NHS (sickle cell anaemia and dementia), and housing.

Councillor Baptiste lives in Chingford with her daughter April who is a paediatric dietitian at Whipps Cross Hospital. April will be the Mayor’s Consort for the year.

The Mayor’s chosen charities for 2021/2022 are the Sickle Cell Society and Alzheimer’s (Dementia) Society

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