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Profile of Martin Esom

Board Member Health and Safety Executive

Martin Esom

Martin is Chief Executive of Waltham Forest Council, a position he has held since 2010.

During his time at the Council, he has led on a national award winning gang prevention programme, a multi-agency child sexual exploitation protection strategy and between 2012 and 2018 was Chair of the London Prevent Board which drives critical work in relation to counter-terrorism and anti-radicalisation across the capital.

He has also taken forward the regeneration of the borough, focussing on returning streets to walking and cycling, rejuvenating high streets and transforming the leisure and culture offer for residents, culminating in the Council’s successful bid to become both London’s first London Borough of Culture and then MJ Local Authority of the Year in 2019. He is a trustee of the William Morris Gallery, the first and only museum dedicated to the artist and writer in the UK.

Most recently, and in direct response to Covid-19, Martin took on the role of London Local Authority Strategic Co-ordination Chief Executive (London Gold) where he was responsible for coordinating activity across all London boroughs and a member of the London Strategic Coordination Group (SCG).

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

Interest Category Involvement

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 (eg  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 2021-04-21