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Profile of Martin Esom

Board Member Health and Safety Executive

Martin Esom

Martin is Chief Executive of Waltham Forest Council. He has held this post since 2010. The Council is a unitary authority and encompasses some of the most deprived areas in the country. Its business base is primarily small and medium sized enterprises.

During Martin’s time at the Council, he has led on major regeneration programmes, a national award winning gang prevention programme and a multi-agency Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy.  Martin was responsible for the transformation of the William Morris Gallery, which was awarded the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2013.

Martin is Chair of the London Prevent Board and a member of the London Contest Board, driving the delivery of counter-extremism activity across the London.

Martin is an environmental health officer by training. He was awarded the ‘Ronald Williams Gold Medal’, on graduating, by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, where he later served as a Board Member and Trustee for eight years. His first role after qualifying was as a Health and Safety enforcement officer.

Martin has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and holds a range of technical qualifications including Health and Safety and Acoustics & Noise Control.

Register of interests


Companies, partnerships, trusts or other bodies of which you are a paid employee.

Waltham Forest London Borough Council






Companies and organisations in which you or your family or close associates:

a) has/have a controlling interest, or

Wife is sole trader in food safety and Health and safety training

b) is/ are a Director or Partner, or


c) has/have shares or securities with a nominal value of more than £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issues share capital, and


d) could be involved in the supply of goods or services to, or have business dealings with the HSE



Non-profit making organisations (e.g.  charities, housing associations) where you or your  close family are Trustees, or on the Committee of Management or other controlling body and which might receive grants, carry out activities designed to promote or develop the organisation, or have other significant dealings with the HSE

   William Morris Gallery


Any land or property in which a member has a direct interest and is clearly within HSE’s sphere of activities.



Membership of local authorities, health authorities and trusts, the Magistrates Bench, and relevant voluntary sector bodies.


Updated 2018-03-21