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 OBE - 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.
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 MRTPI MRICS - Independent member
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.