Our board

The London Legacy Development Corporation’s Board and comprises a team of industry leaders with skills ranging from sports, social enterprise and community engagement to business, marketing and finance.

A representative from the Mayor of London is an observer to the Board.

To access papers and minutes from the Board meetings, visit the Committees (minutes) page.

Our Executive Management Team (EMT) supports our Chief Executive in the day to day management of the organisation.  You can see the current EMT members here.

The Board is comprised of the following members:

Sir Peter Hendy (Chair)

Sir Peter Hendy took up his role in July 2017. He is also Chair of Network Rail. Previously, he was Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) since 2006, having served as TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport since 2001. He led, and played a key role in preparing for, the successful operation of London's transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was formerly Deputy Director UK Bus for FirstGroup and previously Managing Director of CentreWest London Buses. He started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. Sir Peter was president of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) from 2013 to 2015. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport and a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006.

Sir Peter Hendy— Register of interests form

Philip Lewis (Deputy Chair)

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.

Philip Lewis – Register of interests form

Sonita Alleyne 

Sonita currently holds a number of non-executive posts, including the Archant Media Group, the British Board of Film Classification and the BBC Trust. 

Her previous board experience included work with the London Skills and Employment Board and Chair of the Radio Sector Skills Council. Sonita was also a Non-Executive Director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport at the time London’s bid for the 2012 Games was being put together. She was brought up in east London and has chosen it as her professional base since. 

Sonita won the Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for TV and Radio in 2002 and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts and the Radio Academy. She was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in November 2003. She founded and launched the educational careers company, the Yes Programme in 2013 and the radio company Somethin’ Else which she ran as Chief Executive from 1991 until 2009, when she joined the Board and served as a Non-Executive Director until 2011.

Sonita Alleyne – Register of interests form

John Biggs

John Biggs has been the directly elected Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets since June 2015. Before that John served on Tower Hamlets Council between 1988 and 2000 in multiple roles including Leader of the council.

Between 2000 and 2016, John was the London Assembly Member for City and East London, chairing the Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee. John stood down from the London Assembly in 2016 to concentrate on his role as Mayor of Tower Hamlets where he is working to improve the openness and transparency of the Council, to increase the availability of affordable housing for residents, to improve access to employment and training opportunities for local people, and to enhance the physical environment of the borough. Elected following a period of some controversy and instability in Tower Hamlets, he is also keen to strengthen the reputation of the Borough and the confidence of its communities. A graduate of Chemistry and at postgraduate level in Computer Science and Law, John has worked as an analyst in the City and as Director of a political pressure group. John is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary University of London and Birkbeck University of London.

John Biggs - Register of interests form

Nick Bitel

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, a Board Member of UK Sport and a Trustee of the Wimbledon Foundation, a registered charity. Nick is a former Vice Chairman of Wigan Athletic. Nick is also the Director of Major Event Organisers Association Limited.

Nick Bitel – Register of interests form

Cllr Clare Coghill

Clare Coghill was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow. She became Junior Cabinet Member for Health later in the same year. Subsequently, she held a junior portfolio focused on Town Centres.

Clare was appointed as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in May 2012, leading the Council’s work on Children’s Social Care, Safeguarding and Education.

In 2014, Clare was appointed the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets and led a fresh approach to regeneration, planning and development. Waltham Forest has excellent infrastructure, green space and transport links, therefore the priorities lie in developing new, good quality, affordable housing and vibrant town centres. Clare’s policy innovations in this role focussed on pubs, the night-time economy and economic growth.

In January 2017 Clare was elected as Leader of the Labour Group at Waltham Forest Council, and subsequently elected as Leader of the Council at the AGM of Full Council on 25th May 2017.

Clare was born and raised in the West Midlands, and went on to study English Literature at the University of York, followed by a Master’s degree in English Literature and Translation at the University of Montpellier, in the south of France.

Nicky Dunn

Nicky has extensive experience in the leisure industry. Her company IMD Group provides strategic advice and operational guidance to venues, events and the arts. Previously she held a number of positions within the industry, most recently as Chief Executive of Odyssey Arena in Belfast where she oversaw the operational design, planning, opening, and management of the venue. 

Odyssey Arena became internationally recognised as one of the top 10 busiest Arenas worldwide. Her experience includes theatres, arenas, stadia and conference and exhibition venues. Nicky chairs the Titanic Foundation which opened in Belfast in April 2012 and is on the board of the Lyric Theatre. She is also a Trustee of the Young Vic Theatre. She was a board member of the Princes Trust (NI) from 2007 to 2011.

Nicky Dunn – Register of interests form

Keith Edelman

Keith was formerly the Managing Director of Arsenal Holdings plc and was instrumental in the development of the Emirates Stadium and the attendant regeneration of the surrounding area including the development of Highbury Square.

He is currently Chairman of Revolution Bars Group Plc,  Chairman of Bullion by post Limited, Senior Independent Director of Supergroup Plc and a Non-Executive Director of the Hillingdon Hospital Trust. Prior to Arsenal, he was CEO of Storehouse plc and Managing Director of Carlton Communications plc.

Keith Edelman – Register of interests form

Mayor Philip Glanville

Philip Glanville was elected Mayor of Hackney in September 2016, becoming the borough's second directly elected Mayor. Philip was previously a councillor in Hoxton for ten years, and spent three years as Cabinet Member for Housing before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2016.

As Cabinet member for Housing, Philip oversaw the delivery of genuinely affordable homes, with 1,670 new homes for rent, shared ownership and low-cost ownership set to be delivered by the Council and its partners over the four years from 2014. As Mayor, Philip has committed the Council to doubling the number of council homes built from 2018, and for Hackney to become the first borough in London to build 500 Living Rent homes - where no-one pays more than a third of their income in rent.

Employment, skills and education are also a key priority for the Mayor; supporting schools, ensuring that we actively help young people into careers and that all residents, whatever their age, have the skills and support they need to get into employment, return to work or start a business.

Philip previously worked for an HIV charity in Old Street and in various roles in Parliament. He was born in Hillingdon, moved to Worcester, before moving back to London.

in 1999 to go to university, and moved to Hackney in 2003. He became civily partnered in 2011 before getting married in 2014.

Philip Glanville - Register of interests form

David Gregson

David is Chairman of Precise Media Group, CRI, a leading national health and social care charity, and the Lawn Tennis Association. He is also a member of the advisory boards of both The Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. David was previously Chairman of the Mayor of London’s Legacy Board of Advisors.

David Gregson – Register of interests form

Baroness Grey-Thompson

Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe has competed in five Paralympic Games, winning eleven gold, four silver and one bronze medal. She has held thirty world records. She is a member of the Board of Transport for London, a Director of the London Marathon as well as holding other prominent positions in sports bodies. In December 2012 she became a Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

She has been a member of the National Disability Council and Senior Deputy Chair of the UK Lottery Award Panel. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2005 and was appointed to the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer in March 2010. Baroness Grey-Thompson was recently appointed as a member of the Board for the BBC.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – Register of interests form

Lord Andrew Mawson

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.

Lord Andrew Mawson – Register of interests form

Jules Pipe

Jules Pipe is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: the revision of the London Plan, major regeneration projects across the capital, providing young people with skills for their future careers, and ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners. Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils for six years.

Sir Robin Wales

Sir Robin Wales is the directly elected Mayor of the London Borough of Newham. He was a Councillor from 1982 to 1986 and then from 1992 to 2002 and leader from 1996 to 2002. He was elected Mayor in 2002. He was re-elected for a third term in 2010. 

His goals include raising employment and aspiration in the Borough and developing the personal, community and economic resilience of Newham’s residents. Sir Robin is involved with a number of organisations with links to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and ensuring a local legacy. 

He is Chair of the six Olympic Host Boroughs, an organisation which represents the interests of those boroughs most affected by the London 2012 Games.

Sir Robin Wales – Register of interests form

Jeff Jacobs

The Mayor’s official observer at board meetings is Jeff Jacobs.

Jeff's Register of Interests can be found on the GLA website

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