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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.
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Pam Alexander OBE
Pam is an economic geographer passionate about housing and regeneration. Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority, she is rebuilding the famous fruit and vegetable and flower market at the heart of the Nine Elms regeneration. Pam chairs the Cultural Steering Group for Nine Elms, sits on the Nine Elms Strategy Board and is an Ambassador on the London Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board, working particularly on Creative Enterprise Zones. She is also a Trustee of the Design Council, chairing Design Council Cabe, and a non-executive Director of Crossrail Ltd and of the Future Cities Catapult.
Pam was until recently a non-executive Director of Crest Nicholson plc. Previously she was Chief Executive of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and of English Heritage and Deputy CE of the Housing Corporation, following many years as a civil servant in the then Department of the Environment. She was chair of Peabody, a director of the Academy of Urbanism and a member of the previous Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Group. Pam was made OBE in 2012 for services to regeneration in the South East.
Shanika Amarasekara is General Counsel and Company Secretary to the British Business Bank. The British Business Bank is the UK Government Development bank set up 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.
Sonita Alleyne OBE
Sonita currently holds a number of non-executive posts, including the British Board of Film Classification and The Cultural Capital Fund. 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. 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.
Rachel Blake is a councillor in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and has previously served on the LLDC Planning Decisions Committee. She was appointed to the LLDC Board in May 2018. A more detailed biography is to follow.
For the last 20 years Simon has been involved in leading the development and delivery of major infrastructure projects. Most recently he has been the Major Programme Director on the Thameslink Programme which included the re-building of London Bridge station. 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.
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 OBE
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, planning, designing, overseeing construction of and operating large venues. Her experience includes theatres, arenas, stadia and conference and exhibition venues. Nicky chairs the Titanic Foundation, which owns the award winning Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, Netball world cup 2019, and Jockey Club Live. She is also a Trustee of the Young Vic Theatre. She was a board member of the Princes Trust (NI) from 2007 to 2011.
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, Chairman of Pennpetro 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.
Rokhsana Fiaz OBE
Rokhsana Fiaz was elected as Mayor of Newman in May 2018. A more detailed biography is to follow.
Philip Glanville was re-elected as Mayor of Hackney in May 2018 and is the borough’s second directly elected Mayor.
Previously a councillor in Hoxton West for ten years, Philip spent six years in various Cabinet Member for Housing roles before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2016. As the elected Mayor of Hackney, Philip has led the direct delivery of thousands of new council homes, demonstrating that local authorities have a key role to play in building a new generation of council and social housing.
Philip is committed to being a campaigning Mayor, standing up for the important role of local councils and for diverse boroughs like Hackney. His vision and plans will continue to see opportunities being created for all of Hackney’s diverse communities whilst maintaining a transparent, financially sound and high performing local authority.
Philip was born in Hillingdon, moving to Worcester in the Midlands aged 8, before moving back to London in 1999 to go to university. Philip has lived in Hackney since 2003.
Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe has competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medal. She has held thirty world records. She is a member of the Board of Transport for London, 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, a Director of the London Marathon 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.
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 housebuilding 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.
Philip Lewis (Deputy Chair)
Philip is a chartered surveyor and heads the property division of the Kirsh Group, the international trading business founded by Natie Kirsh. He is also a Board Member of the London Land Commission. 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.
Jules Pipe CBE
Jules Pipe is the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills. He is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: major regeneration projects across the capital, providing young people and adults with the skills they need for their careers, ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners, and leading on revising the London Plan. 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 June 2010 to July 2016.
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 Executive 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 the Chair of the University of East London and an Advisory Board Member of the Muhammad Ali Centre, Louisville, Kentucky. His public and private sector appointments include chairing Sport England's Advisory Group on Racial Equality in Sport and serving as a member of its grant assessment panel. Among other appointments, he has been a director of the Sports Council Trust Company, a 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. In 1995, Geoff was appointed an MBE for his services to sport and in 2016 he was included in the Top 100 BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Leaders in Business List, in association with the Sunday Times. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester.
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.