Councillor Catherine West was elected chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee at its annual general meeting on 10 June 2010. Cllr West became leader of Islington council in May 2010 and has represented the Tollington ward since 2002. She became leader of the Labour group in 2004. Cllr West speaks five languages and has a degree in social sciences and languages. She also has a Masters degree in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.