Hackney Central



Cllr Ben Hayhurst

Ben has lived in Hackney for 10 years and been the councilor for Hackney Central since 2012. He is a barrister with a strong commitment equality and supporting the most vulnerable. He has previously worked as a Residential Care Worker with vulnerable young people; at the former Commission for Racial Equality; and as an intern at the United Nations. Prior to being elected Ben sat on his local ‘Community First’ panel which supports local grass-roots groups to bring communities closer together.

Since Ben was elected he has worked hard on behalf of Hackney’s Central’s residents. Among his achievements was coordinating a community-based campaign during the Olympics to raise funds for the Wilton Estate Youth Club.

Ben’s priorities include listening to and representing all the residents and businesses of Hackney Central; and contributing to wider strategic policies to help improve the whole borough. He believes passionately that local government matters, in ways both big and small.


Sophie Conway

Sophie was born and raised in Hackney and was elected in a by-election in July 2016. After her predecessor Sophie Linden became Deputy Mayor of London for Policing and Crime.
In Sophie’s day job she works with young parents who are care experienced and at risk of having their children removed from their care. Sophie has also been a parent governor in Hackney schools for the past 8 years and has volunteered for Hackney’s Youth Offending Team, as a Community Panel Member, working with young offenders in the borough. 
Sophie has translated her experience and interest in working with children and young people into her work on the Council as she is an active member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Commission and also sits on Hackney’s fostering Panel - recruiting and reviewing foster carers for looked after children and young people in the borough.

Vincent Stops

Vincent has represented Hackney Central since 2002.

During that time he has taken an active interest in transport, planning and the environment. Vincent has been most actively involved in improving the public realm, the built environment of the borough, its bus services and creating an environment where cycling is increasingly becoming the norm. The trial pedestrianisation of the Narroway has been particularly welcomed by Vincent.

Vincent also works hard to represent residents, particularly on the ward's housing estates and he is a governor at Brook Primary School.


Contact the team on:

Email: hackneycentral@hackney-labour.org.uk

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