Lutfur Rahman is the first directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets Council and a solicitor by profession, specialising in family law. He is a member of the Law Society and Law Society Advanced Children’s Law Panel.
Lutfur Rahman has been a Councillor for the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward of Tower Hamlets since May 2002. He was appointed Chair of the Development Panel in May 2002 and was the Lead Member for Education and Youth Services, 2003-2005. He has also been the Lead Member for Culture. He was Leader of the Council from May 2008 to May 2010.
Lutfur was a founding member of the Phoenix Youth Project and the Bow Community School (1982-86), founding member and first treasurer (1990) of Keen Students School (KSS) and trustee of Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Education Trust (2003-05).
He was a member and general secretary of Community Alliance for Police Accountability (CAPA) in 1988 and a member and chairman of Tower Hamlets Law Centre from 1996-2001.
Lutfur Rahman was a Board member of the Poplar and Leaside Regeneration Project (SRB6) (2001-2002) and since 2001 has been a Non-Executive Director for the Board of Barts & The Royal London NHS Trust.