Martin Esom

  • Minding the skills gap in Waltham Forest

    31 January 2022

    Waltham Forest’s swift response to the HGV driver shortage is an example of a national problem with a local solution, says Martin Esom.

  • We’re opening up to everyone

    02 June 2021

    Fellowship Square in London’s Waltham Forest will bring life to the area, business to the shops and cohesion to the community, writes Martin Esom.

  • A new public service

    02 November 2020

    When Waltham Forest put together its new corporate strategy, it was with the belief that the extraordinary response to the pandemic should be understood and celebrated as public service, explains Martin Esom.

  • Our plan to aid economic recovery by reimagining Waltham Forest’s future

    16 July 2020

    Martin Esom says Waltham Forest’s Economic Recovery Action Plan is built around three key phases – and the ambitious plans for housing will not fall by the wayside.

  • Technology delivers democracy in Waltham Forest during the COVID-19 emergency

    14 April 2020

    Martin Esom outlines how Waltham Forest became the first council to pilot its monthly planning committee meeting virtually - using technology to deliver democracy during the pandemic.

  • We will not rest on our laurels

    23 July 2019

    Waltham Forest Council won Local Authority of the Year in the MJ Awards 2019. Martin Esom and Cllr Clare Coghill believe the achievement is the result of ‘nearly a decade of relentless focus and grip’.

  • Changing the scenery

    27 July 2016

    Significant council investment and targeted support for growth has transformed Waltham Forest over recent years. Martin Esom explains

  • Savings vs satisfaction?

    15 June 2016

    Despite council cuts of nearly £100m since 2010, resident satisfaction in east London’s Waltham Forest is at nearly 80%. Martin Esom gives an insight into how the local authority has tackled its financial challenges and is targeting greater growth.

  • ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’

    09 December 2015

    Reflecting on the Leytonstone Tube station stabbing, Martin Esom, Waltham Forest LBC chief executive and chair of the London Prevent Board, explains how councils can tackle radicalisation and improve community cohesion

  • Extreme measures

    27 July 2015

    Early intervention against the threat of terrorism among young people is now a priority, says Martin Esom.

  • Whitehall must release Prevent funding

    11 February 2015

    Councils are best placed to counter radicalisation while continuing to monitor and support community cohesion so the Home Office must ensure the right level of funding follows to fulfil Prevent duties, writes Martin Esom.

  • Building on the Olympic legacy

    26 September 2012

    After an Olympic Games, host cities can often fall victim to the blues. But one area of London is determined to buck the trend, as Martin Esom explains.