A brief biography for each member of the LLDC Planning Decisions Committee can be found below.
Philip Lewis (Chairman) - Legacy Corporation Board member
Philip is a chartered surveyor and Chief Executive of the property division of the Kirsh Group. Previously he was Chief Executive of Lambert Smith Hampton and Milner Estates plc and Executive Chairman of Safestore plc and Hines UK. He is a former Chairman of Sport England, London and past President of the British Council of Shopping Centres. He has held non-executive roles in a number of companies and is involved in various charitable organisations.
Lord Andrew Mawson - Legacy Corporation Board member
Lord Mawson is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. Over 25 years he has created a family of projects, including the renowned Bromley-by-Bow Centre in east London.
Today he is a leader, motivator and adviser to major projects including the St Paul’s Way Transformation Project in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Water City, a visionary plan to revitalise east London.
Nicolas Bitel - Legacy Corporation Board member
Nick is Chief Executive of the London Marathon and one of the country’s leading events experts. A consultant at law firm Kerman & Co LLP, he is Chairman of Sport England and a Board Member of UK Sport. Nick is a former Vice Chairman of Wigan Athletic.
Councillor Geoffrey Taylor – LB Hackney (substitute Cllr Guy Nicholson)
Geoffrey has been involved in planning matters for the Olympic Park since 2004, having been a member of the planning committee of the Olympic Delivery Authority thoughout its existence. Before that he was chair of planning for Hackney. He has lived in South Hackney - which he represents on Hackney Council - for over forty years, having moved from his home city of Birmingham to teach here. He has played a small role in many of the changes that have seen the whole area spectacularly transformed over that time. His book about the history of the parish of South Hackney (A Parish in Perspective, 2002) shows that rapid change hereabouts is nothing new. He is a past Speaker of Hackney Council and is currently Hackney's lead member for finance.
Councillor Ken Clark – LB Newham
Ken has enjoyed a distinguished career in the national Newspaper Industry, before becoming a Regional Organiser and then Director of the London Labour Party. He was head of local government in Scotland and has previously been a councillor and cabinet member in the London borough of Havering leading on the Children and Life Long learning portfolio.
Ken was elected to Little Ilford ward in Newham council in 2014 and as at 2015 is a cabinet member holding the portfolios for Regeneration & Planning, Public Affairs and Building Communities.
Councillor Forhad Hussain – LB Newham
Forhad has lived in East London for over 30 years and is a local councillor in Plaistow North Ward in Newham. He is currently a full time Cabinet Member for Commercial Opportunities, Deputy Cabinet Member for Building Communities and Community Lead Councillor for the Plaistow Neighbourhood area.
Forhad also Chairs the Investment and Accounts committee at LBN, which is responsible for managing Newham Council’s Pension fund. He sits on the London Councils Grants Committee as a Deputy Chair and is a Board Director for Essex County Cricket Club. He has previously worked within the NHS as a project manager, has been involved in a number of start-up business ventures and is a qualified science teacher.
Councillor Terry Wheeler – LB Waltham Forest (substitute Cllr Peter Barnett)
Terry has been the London Borough of Waltham Forest member of the London Legacy Development Corporation Planning Committee since its inception and before that the Olympic Development Authority Planning Committee also since its inception. Concurrently leading up to the Olympics was a member of the Host Boroughs Steering Committees in his other role as Cabinet Member (Regeneration) for London Borough of Waltham Forest. Previous to that he was Deputy Leader leading on Regeneration and has also fulfilled the roles of Chair of Planning, Chair of Housing, Chair of Personnel Strategy and Chair of Education.
In working life he was employed as a Personnel Manager in Construction, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing and Local Government and in later years as a Lecturer in Further education
Councillor Rachel Blake – LB Tower Hamlets (substitute Cllr Amina Ali)
Rachel is the Cabinet Member for Strategic Development in Tower Hamlets. She represents Bow East ward. She has worked in Housing and Regeneration for over 10 years, in local, regional and national government.
Dru Vesty - Independent member
Dru owns Estea Ltd, which operated as a development management/ consultancy company until she became a Board Member of the Homes and Communities Agency in 2008. She was a member of the HCA Audit and Risk and Investment Committees from 2008 – 2012 and chaired its Design and Sustainability Advisory Panel from 2008 until 2013.
From 2004 to 2010 she was a Board Member of the Thames Gateway Development Corporation and a member of its Planning Committee, and remained the Deputy Chair of this Committee until 2012. She was an independent member of the Olympics Delivery Authority Planning Committee from 2006 till 2012. Between 1999 and 2007 she was a non-executive Board Member of Tower Homes, the shared equity subsidiary of London and Quadrant Housing Trust, and a member of the L&Q Project Appraisal Committee.
Lynda Addison - Independent member
Lynda Addison OBE is a freelance consultant specialising in planning and transport and their inter-relationship. She was founder director of Addison & Associates, an award winning consultancy, from 1996 until October 2011 and previously Director of Planning and Transport, working in local government for nearly 30 years. Over the last 15 years Lynda has worked at national and local level supporting central government and local authorities to improve planning and transport services including leading on best practice research and guidance. She is a Director and Trustee of the TCPA, an English Heritage Commissioner including Vice Chair of EHAC and Chair of LAC, a Trustee of Living Streets, an Adviser to The Campaign for Better Transport, a Visiting Professor in Planning at the University of Westminster, Chair of the Sustainable Transport Panel of CIHT, and an Academician. She has recently been appointed to be a member of the LLDC Planning Committee.
Piers Gough - Independent member
Piers established CZWG with his partners in 1975. He is widely recognised as an innovative architect, writer and leader in the profession and has designed many acclaimed buildings and master plans. He was involved with English Heritage for 12 years, first as a member of the London Advisory Committee and the Urban Panel then latterly as a Commissioner, then he was, until recently, a Commissioner of CABE. In 2011 he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and in 2013 became a board member on the Planning Committee for the London Legacy Development Corporation.