Our board

The London Legacy Development Corporation’s Board was appointed in March 2012 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, David Goldstone, 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:

David Edmonds (Chairman)

David has had extensive experience within the housing, commercial property and regeneration spheres in both the private and public sector. He has been a board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company and its successor, the LLDC, since 2009. During that period he has chaired the Investment Committee, and was the first Chair of E20 LLP, the joint venture between LLDC and the London Borough of Newham, owners of the Olympic Stadium.

As a civil servant he worked on both housing and urban policy issues before spending four years as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, at a time when that Department has central government responsibility for local government finance, planning, urban regeneration and housing. He then became Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation for seven years, before leaving to join the NatWest Group as Managing Director of its £3billion property portfolio.  He has been a board member of English Partnerships, a Non-Executive Director of Hammerson plc, the FTSE 100 property company, and Chairman of Crisis, the charity for the single homeless. David was the UK’s Telecoms Regulator for five years, chaired the legal services regulator, The Legal Services Board, for six years, and was Chairman of NHS Direct for four years. 

He is currently the Chairman of PhonepayPlus, the UK premium rate services regulator, and in addition chairs the boards of Kingston University and NHS Shared Business Services Ltd.  He is also a Board member of Barchester Healthcare Ltd.

David Edmonds – 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

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 and a Board Member of UK Sport. Nick is a former Vice Chairman of Wigan Athletic.

Nick Bitel – Register of interests form

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 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 the Senior Independent Director of Supergroup plc, Chairman of Goals Soccer Centres Plc  and a Non-Executive Director of Safestore Holdings. Prior to Arsenal, he was CEO of Storehouse plc and Managing Director of Carlton Communications plc.

Keith Edelman – 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

Philip Lewis

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

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

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

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe has competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medal. She has held 30 world records. She is a member of the Board of Transport for London, a Director of the London Marathon and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University as well as holding other prominent positions in sports bodies. 

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 Tanni Grey-Thompson – Register of interests form

Chris Robbins

Chris has been serving Waltham Forest since 2002, when he was elected as a Councillor for Grove Green in Leyton. He has been Leader of the Council since 2009, and prior to that acted as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People. 

Previously, Chris worked in the trade union movement for 27 years, fighting against low pay, workplace injustice and unemployment. Chris was born and brought up in Bethnal Green and has spent his entire life living in East London. He lives with his family in Leyton, where he has lived for 37 years.

Chris Robbins – Register of interests form

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

John Biggs

John Biggs was elected as the Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets in June 2015. 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 was first elected to Tower Hamlets Council in 1988 and became Leader in 1994, before the Executive Mayor post had been created. In addition to being the Executive Mayor, he has been the Greater London Authority Assembly Member for City and East London since 2000.  He currently chairs the Assembly Budget and Performance Committee, but will not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2016.

John Biggs - Register of interests form

Jules Pipe

Jules Pipe was appointed by the Mayor of London as the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration & Skills.

In addition, an elected representative of the London Borough of Hackney is a member of the board, this position is vacant.