Council Question Time Chair announced

Hounslow Council has announced Sally Smith, The Chief Operating Officer of The West London Chamber of Commerce, as the Chair for Cabinet Question Time on 6 December, at Feltham Assembly Hall.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd November 2023

COO of West London Chamber

Speaking about the opportunity to facilitate what should be a lively evening, Sally said:

“I am flattered to have been asked to chair the first of a new set of Question Time events and am very much looking forward to it.  I have lived in the borough for nearly 40 years and have been working with Hounslow Chamber of Commerce - now known as West London Chambers - since 2001.

“I’m particularly interested to hear views around business, inward investment and on a personal level, mental health issues, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

“Over the years the Chamber has built a good relationship with the Council, which grew stronger during the pandemic.  I am proud of how we both helped our businesses through those difficult years.”

Question Time will be an opportunity for residents and businesses to ask their elected Hounslow Council cabinet members, questions around any issues and concerns in the borough that matter to them.  Questions need to be submitted in advance.  Members of the public can register online before submitting their questions, alternately questions can be submitted by email to or by writing to the Council.  
Held across the borough, four times a year, these flagship events will work in tandem with the Area forums.  

Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:  “I am very pleased to announce the return of Cabinet Question Time. We continually highlight and promote how we are a listening borough, and this is where you, our residents, can hold those of us officially elected, accountable by asking us questions around key issues affecting you and the wider borough.  
“I would like to encourage our residents and businesses to get involved so that we can work together on things that matter to you, and be able to make a difference, together.” 

Sally Smith will choose from the questions submitted in advance which ones will be put to the panel to answer. In the same way as the BBC Question Time, the public in the audience may also raise questions on the night. The Cabinet has committed to answering all questions raised in advance, so any issue raised that doesn’t get an answer on the night will get an answer online.

The public can book a place in the audience for Cabinet Question Time through the website.


The event will be filmed and shared via the Council’s social channels after the event.  

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