As the Council has a directly elected mayor with executive powers, the role of speaker fulfils many of the ceremonial and public duties traditionally associated with the mayor.
The Speaker of the Council is a serving councillor elected to the office for one year by fellow council members at their annual meeting.
They chair full council meetings, attend numerous events, welcome visitors to Hackney and preside over citizenship ceremonies.
Events and engagements
To find about the any forthcoming events that the Speaker of Hackney will be hosting, see the Speaker's events calendar or contact the Speaker's Office.
Invite the Speaker to an event
Whether you are a local community group, school or charity inviting the Speaker to your event will lend an air of dignity and ceremony. The Speaker will try hard to attend either in person or by sending the Deputy Speaker.
Events which the Speaker attends include presentations of certificates, including citizenship ceremonies, police passing-out parades, religious services, the annual Remembrance Sunday parade, building openings, fetes, concerts, sporting events and civic receptions among many others.
The Speaker also visits schools in the borough to talk about the work of the Council and civic responsibility, and conducts tours of the Council Chamber and the Speaker's Parlour for community groups.
Current Speaker - Councillor Rosemary Sales
Deputy Speaker - Councillor Soraya Adejare
Nominated charities 2016-2017
Each year the Speaker selects charitable causes to support, both by fundraising and by attendance at events. This year the Speaker has chosen:
North London Action for the Homeless
North London Action for the Homeless provides a garden project, advice on finding accommodation and overcoming health and other problems, and the chance to eat and socialise at its twice-weekly drop in sessions for up to a hundred visitors.
Hackney Migrant Centre
Hackney Migrant Centre provides free legal advice for asylum seekers, refugees and recent migrants, helping people access welfare and health services.
Donations to the Speaker's charities can also be sent to the Speaker's Office. Cheques should be made payable to the Speaker's charity. Alternatively, use the Speaker's fundraising page.