A brief biography for each member of the LLDC Planning Decisions Committee can be found below.
Pam Alexander OBE (Chair) - Legacy Corporation Board Member
Pam Alexander has had a long career in housing and economic regeneration. She is Chair of Commonplace Digital Ltd, using technology to broaden community engagement and participation, a non-executive Director of the Connected Places Catapult, accelerating the use of new technologies to improve buildings, places and transport, an advisor to OnePlanet.com, a platform to integrate planning for zero carbon living, and an Ambassador on the London Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board.
Pam has previously held non-executive directorships including Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority at Nine Elms, NED of Crest Nicholson plc, Crossrail Ltd and Design Council, where she was Deputy Chair and Chair of Design Council Cabe, and chair of Peabody. Her executive career as Deputy CEO of the Housing Corporation and CEO of English Heritage and of the South East England Development Agency followed 20 years as a civil servant in the then Department of the Environment.
Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs - Legacy Corporation Board member
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 house building 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.
Jamie Kerr - Legacy Corporation Board member
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.
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 a PhD in history from the University of Nottingham, 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 and on the relationship between Britain and Spain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Counciller Marie Pye - LB Waltham Forest (substitute Councillor Terry Wheeler)
Cllr Marie Pye has represented Leytonstone ward in the London Borough of Waltham Forest since 2005. She was the Cabinet member for Housing for 8 years and Chair of East London Housing Partnership. She is currently a member of the Planning Committee and Chair of Growth Scrutiny.
Aside from being a councillor Marie has a professional background in equality. She was previously Chair of the TFL Disability Advisory Group, is an LGA Equality Peer and advises major organisations on inclusion.
Councillor Dan Tomlinson - LB Tower Hamlets (substitute Councillor Rachel Blake)
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 - LB Newham (substitute Councillor Rachel Tripp)
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 former Chair of the Strategic Development Committee and the current Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety.
Councillor Rachel Tripp - LB Newham (substitute Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE)
Rachel has been a councillor for Forest Gate North ward in Newham since her election in 2014. She has also been a member of the Strategic Development Committee for Newham since this time, and was appointed as chair of this committee in May 2021. She has previously held different positions on the Cabinet in Newham, including Equalities, Environment and Highways. Her professional background is in communications and public policy, and she now works as an artist and calligrapher alongside her Councillor responsibilities.
Her particular interests in planning include affordable homes, active travel, small businesses, greening and biodiversity. She is particularly interested in how new developments can build environmentally sustainable places where diverse and mixed communities can live and thrive.
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.
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.
Abdul Thahid BSc (Hons), MRICS – Independent Member
Abdul has over 14 years experience in development project management across a broad range of sectors including mixed use, leisure, events stadia, commercial and residential led schemes. A notable highlight of his career is helping deliver the beach volleyball venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the prestigious Horse Guards Parade ground as project manager. During his career Abdul has worked for both commercial developers and blue chip consultancies gaining valuable experience of the full project life cycle.
Abdul is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and holds a BSc Honours degree in construction project management.
Martha Grekos - Independent Member
Martha Grekos is a Director (Barrister) at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy Limited. She specialises in Planning Law and Policy. She has worked on some of the most complex and politically sensitive urban regeneration, development and infrastructure projects in London and nationwide. Before returning to independent practice, Martha was a Partner and Head of Planning at a top city law firm. She also taught planning law at the University of Cambridge after she graduated from there with a Masters in Law. She writes for many of the leading planning and real estate publications and is an Editorial Board Member for Lexis Nexis and is invited to speak regularly at many conferences. Martha is ranked as one of the most influential women in planning (Planner, 2020), ranked in Chambers UK (2019) as an “up and coming” planning lawyer in London and recommended as a “Leading Planning Junior” in Legal 500 (2019).
Martha is also a Non-Executive Director of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, a member of the Mayor of London’s infrastructure Advisory Panel, a strategic advisor to the Civil Aviation Authority and was a legal advisor to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Martha was born and lives in London. She is passionate about London and believes that the planning and delivery of London’s infrastructure can be improved for the benefit of residents, the environment, the economy and wider society. Martha has always given back to her profession, the City and to charity and is an advocate for nurturing talent from all backgrounds and providing access and opportunities to all to thrive. She is champion for diversity and inclusion in all spectrums in the real estate sector given the organisations and committees she is involved in and her own personal background.