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Our board

To access papers and minutes from the Board meetings, visit the Board and committee meetings page.

The Board is supported by Elevate, our youth Board. See our current Elevate members.

The Board is comprised of the following members:

Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill (Chair)

Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill took up his role in July 2017. He is also Chair of Network Rail, and a Trustee of the Science Museum group and of the London Transport Museum. 

He was Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) from 2006 to 2015, 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 career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. Sir Peter was President of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) from 2013 to 2015, and in 2019 International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; he is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006.

Shanika Amarasekara MBE

Shanika Amarasekara is General Counsel to the British Business Bank which is the UK Government Development Bank to facilitate access to finance for small and medium sized businesses. She joined as a founder member of the Senior Management Team which set up and launched the bank in 2014. Prior to this she worked as General  Counsel at an institution established by a number of central banks to promote financial stability and economic development. Shanika previously held senior positions at RBS and Allen & Overy.

Simon Blanchflower CBE (Deputy Chair)

For the last 20 years Simon Blanchflower has been involved in leading the development and delivery of major infrastructure projects. Following the successful conclusion of his role as the Major Programme Director on the Thameslink Programme, which included the re-building of London Bridge station, he has recently been appointed as the Chief Executive of East West Rail Co Ltd. He has experience of chairing the Boards of charitable companies and for the last 30 years has invested into his local community in North Kensington with particular interests in education and housing. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Rokhsana Fiaz OBE

Rokhsana Fiaz OBE was elected as the Mayor of Newham in May 2018. Prior to this, she was a councillor for Custom House Ward from 2014, and the CEO of an international UNESCO supported charity promoting interfaith and global citizenship across the world. She has large-scale projects for local authorities, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, and in 2009 was honoured with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Black and Minority Communities in the UK.

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs has spent over 30 years placemaking through her community development work for English Partnerships, infrastructure with the Black Country Development Corporation, regeneration with the Regional Development Agency (West Midlands) and then overseeing joint ventures as a member of the Home Group and Chair of Swan New Housing. She is an accomplished CEO having led two high profile organisations (Barrow Cadbury and Runnymede Trust), through major change programmes and onto success in influencing government policies on inclusion, diversity and community cohesion.  

Currently, she is MD of Engage-Building networks of Trust and, active at community level in the London Borough of Lewisham building a voluntary-community infrastructure to support those at greatest risk of vulnerability. Sukhvinder has served across the public, private and voluntary sectors including the boards of Severn Trent Water, Government's watchdog Consumer Futures, the Cabinet Office Better Regulation Executive and Chair of the Taylor Bennett Foundation. Currently, she is Vice-Chair at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust where she also leads Workforce and Education for the 7,000 staff.  Additionally, she is board member of the Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, Governor at the Leathersellers Federation and proud to be a Champion for the Mayors Our Time Programme.

Jamie Kerr

Jamie Kerr is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 30 years’ experience in property development and finance. He has particular knowledge around retail, transport related development, masterplanning and town centre reinvention and has worked for LCR and John Laing Plc as an Executive Director. He sits on the Board of the Solihull Urban Growth Company and has recently established Urban Development Partnerships to focus on the renewal of town centres.

Jules Pipe CBE Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration & Skills

Jules Pipe is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: revision of the London Plan, major regeneration projects across  the capital, ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners, and building a skills system that properly addresses the needs of young people and the economy. Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils from 2010 until he joined the Mayor’s team in 2016.

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Geoff Thompson MBE

Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL was the World United Karate Organisation world heavyweight champion and world team karate champion between 1982 and 1986 and won more than 50 national and international titles during a distinguished sporting career.
Following his retirement from competitive sport, he established himself as an influential sports politician and administrator, taking on numerous public and private sector appointments with the aim of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels of society. Having experienced material deprivation and social and cultural exclusion while growing up in Hackney, Geoff is a lifelong advocate for the role that education, sport and culture can play in improving the lives of disadvantaged young people through the bidding, hosting and legacy of major games.
He is the Founder and Chair of the Youth Charter, a UK-based international charity and United Nations Non-Governmental Organisation that uses the ethics of sport and artistic excellence to tackle the problems of educational non-attainment, health inequality, anti-social behaviour and crime in some of Britain’s most troubled communities.
Geoff is also an Advisory Board Member of the Muhammad Ali Centre, Louisville, Kentucky. His public and private sector appointments have included chairing Sport England's Advisory Group on Racial Equality in Sport and serving as a member of its grant assessment panel, Director of the Sports Council Trust Company, board member of the New Opportunities fund, an honorary fellow of the former Institute of Leisure, Amenities and Management, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Independent Assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. He was the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of East London between 2017 - 2019.
In 1995, Geoff was appointed an MBE for his services to sport and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was included in the Top 100 BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Leaders in Business List, in association with the Sunday Times and was also named in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 influencers in London.  He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and was this year awarded an honorary professorship of the International Business School at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China. Geoff was recently appointed as an Independent panel member of Professional Footballers Association.

Cllr Grace Williams


Cllr Grace Williams, Leader of Waltham Forest Council has been appointed to the Board. Her biography is to follow. 

Gurpreet Dehal

Gurpreet Dehal is an experienced Non-Executive Director whose current portfolio includes Defence Infrastructure, Equiti Capital UK, The University of Derby and E-ACT Multi Academy Trust. His executive career had a strong focus on risk, business and operational leadership, working for large corporations including Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse - where he held the role of Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Global Prime Services. He left Credit Suisse in 2014 to begin his portfolio career. 

Gabrielle Appiah

Gabrielle Appiah is a former member of Legacy Youth Board from 2014-19 who went on to study Planning at undergraduate and Masters level. She is currently a Project Coordinator at Soundings, a community engagement consultancy which delivers inclusive programmes of engagement and capacity building with diverse communities.  Gabrielle is Co-Vice Chair of Women in Planning London, a Licentiate representative member of The Royal Town Planning Institute General Assembly, and a contributor to the New London Architecture’s Diversity Think Tank and BAME in Property.

Phil Mead

Phil Mead is the former Managing Director for NEC Group Arenas and Ticket Factory, he has spent nearly 40 years in venues management, working for G-MEX and SECC prior to joining the NEC Group in 2007. He is currently Chair of the 2022 NEC Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit and the former Chair of NEC Group Arenas and Ticket Factory.

Helene Raynsford

Helene Raynsford became the first ever Paralympic Rowing Gold Medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games after becoming World Champion in 2006 as a single sculler.  Prior to rowing she was part of the Great Britain Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.  Growing up Helene had hoped for a career in dance having attended both the Royal Ballet School & Elmhurst Ballet School.  However injury meant a career change into projects covering both science and sports governance. 

Helene has over 14 years’ experience in the NHS and Local Authority as a trained Public Health Professional at local, regional and national level.  She took a secondment to LOCOG as part of the Sport Management Team for rowing across both Olympics and Paralympics and went on to Chair the 2012 Paralympics Legacy Programme ‘Motivate East’ from 2014-2016.

Helene is Chair of the British Paralympic Association’s Athletes’ Commission where she is also a Non-Exec Director.  She Chaired the 2016 Inclusion summit at the Rio Games on behalf of the IPC & is on the International Advisory Board for of the World Academy of Sport.  Helene has great passion for increasing levels of physical activity within communities at grass roots level and the benefits to individuals wider outcomes of wellbeing.  Helene is in her second tern an Elected Non-Exec Director at the Sport & Recreation Alliance, that brings together nearly 400 member of the sport and recreation sector to act as a voice for them to Government and support by providing advice and guidance at a grassroots level.  

Helene is interested in mental health having been part of the NICE Committee, as an expert panel member, who wrote the national Suicide Prevention Guidelines as an expert member and as an Ambassador for the British Inspiration Trust looking to increase inclusive physical activity opportunities for young people at university and college whilst raising money for charities who support student mental health.  

Mayor Lutfur Rahman

Lutfur Rahman became the Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets in May 2022. He previously served as the borough’s first directly elected Mayor from 2010-2015.  

Lutfur grew up in Tower Hamlets, having moved to the Borough from Bangladesh at an early age. He attended Marner Primary School in Bow, the Lawdale Junior School in Bethnal Green and Bow School. He studied Law at City University and was admitted as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales in 1997.

Cllr Guy Nicholson

Cllr Guy Nicholson is the London Borough of Hackney’s Deputy Mayor for delivery, inclusive economy & regeneration. 

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