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.
Piers Gough CBE RIBA RA - Independent member
Piers established CZWG Llp Architects 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; he was then a Commissioner of CABE and a chairman of its Design Review Panels. In 2013 he became an independent member of the Planning Decisions Committee of the London Legacy Development Corporation.
Emma Davies BSc (Hons) MRICS - Independent member
Emma Davies is a Chartered Surveyor and Executive Director of Planning at CBRE. Emma is experienced at delivering complex regeneration-led projects across the UK including projects such as St Andrews, Bromley by Bow. Emma has worked with corporate clients, RSL’s, developers and housebuilders, understanding the requirements and development drivers for each different type of organisation. Emma is an APC Assessor for the RICS (Planning and Development Division) and an External Examiner for the University Glasgow, Urban Studies Faculty.
Louise Wyman MRICS MLA - Independent member
Louise is Head of Strategic Land at the Homes and Communities Agency, responsible for increasing the supply of housing in well-designed environments across England. Louise was previously an Executive Director of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Landscape Architect. She is also an Ambassador for Harvard University, supporting the exchange of design and development innovation between academia and industry.
James Fennell BA (Hons) MRTPI MRICS FRSA - Independent member
James has been the Chief Executive of planning and development consultancy Lichfields for 10 years. He has over 25 years’ experience of planning in London and across the UK. James is a chartered surveyor and chartered town planner and he chairs the Revo Planning working Group.
Councillor Nick Sharman - LB Hackney (substitute - Councillor Jessica Webb)
Nick Sharman is Councillor for the Hackney Wick Ward of the London Borough of Hackney, where he chairs the Council’s Audit Committee. He has had a variety of Board level positions in both private and public sectors, including Operations Director at the London Development Agency, Managing Director of Amey's local government division and Deputy Chief Executive of the London Borough of Islington. Previously he was Chief Executive of Greater London Supplies, the Inner London Education Authority £100m purchasing and supplies business, Corporate Director of Greater London Enterprise and Assistant Chief Economic Adviser at the Greater London Council.
From 1998 to 2016, Nick was a Trustee of the New Local Government Network, the award winning local government think tank. From 2007-12 he was Chair of the CBI’s Local Government Panel and advised Government on service procurement issues. Nick has an honours degree in economics, an MPhil in town planning from UCL, an MBA from Henley and an MA in history from Royal Holloway University of London. He has written widely on strategic and regeneration issues in local and regional Government.
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 2017 is the Deputy Mayor. He also holds the portfolios for Regeneration & Planning, Public Affairs and Building Communities.
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 Danny Hassell)
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.
Councillor Dan Tomlinson
Dan Tomlinson is a Councillor for the Bromley North ward in Tower Hamlets, one of the wards falling within the LLDC boundary. He is also a researcher at a leading UK think-tank, where his work focuses on the impact that housing has on the living standards of low-to-middle income families in the UK.
Councillor James Beckles
James was elected in 2014 as a councillor for the London Borough of Newham. He served on the Newham council's Local Development Committee for four years, two of which he as deputy chair (2014-2016). James is the current Chair of the Strategic Development Committee.
Councillor Rachel Tripp
Rachel is the Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways in the London Borough of Newham. She has been a member of the Strategic Development Committee in the borough since she was elected as a councillor in May 2014, and she joined the LLDC planning committee in June 2018. In Newham she is responsible for a wide range of services including street cleansing, sustainable transport, parking, parks and leisure. She is a member of Sadiq Khan’s London Markets Board, taking a strategic look for the first time at the role of London’s markets and their contribution to the economy, to healthy eating, place making and more. Before politics, her previous professional experience included establishing the first policy team as Director of Policy & Standards at the Health and Care Professions Council, and heading up the Strategy and Equalities Team at Islington Council.
Pam Alexander OBE
Pam is an economic geographer passionate about housing and regeneration. Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority, she is rebuilding the famous fruit and vegetable and flower market at the heart of the Nine Elms regeneration. Pam chairs the Cultural Steering Group for Nine Elms, sits on the Nine Elms Strategy Board and is an Ambassador on the London Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board, working particularly on Creative Enterprise Zones. She is also a Trustee of the Design Council, chairing Design Council Cabe, and a non-executive Director of Crossrail Ltd and of the Future Cities Catapult.
Pam was until recently a non-executive Director of Crest Nicholson plc. Previously she was Chief Executive of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and of English Heritage and Deputy CE of the Housing Corporation, following many years as a civil servant in the then Department of the Environment. She was chair of Peabody, a director of the Academy of Urbanism and a member of the previous Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Group. Pam was made OBE in 2012 for services to regeneration in the South East.
Sukhvinder has a track record of building high performing teams, responsive to the needs of local communities and other key stakeholders. She brings substantial experience of public sector regeneration from the midlands and south east. She is committed to investment in the physical and social infrastructure, using her knowledge of education, health and employment policies to secure 'balanced' growth for residents, visitors and the broader London economy. She is skilled in appraising major developments and in leading housebuilding programmes from her membership of Swan Housing Association and the Home Group. Sukhvinder has proven expertise in good governance and served on the Board of Severn Trent Water and numerous Ministerial Committees including the Cabinet Office Better Regulation Executive and the Prime Ministers Taskforce on Deprived Communities. She Chaired Volunteering England during the Olympics.