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The Board is comprised of the following members:
Sir Peter Hendy (Chair)
Sir Peter Hendy CBE took up his role in July 2017. He is also Chair of Network Rail, and a Trustee of the Science Museum group. 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 currently 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.
Philip Lewis (Deputy Chair)
Philip Lewis is a chartered surveyor and heads the property division of the Kirsh Group, the international trading business founded by Natie Kirsh. In March 2019, he was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Smeg UK Ltd.
He has held non-executive roles with a number of companies and is involved in various charitable organisations.
Sonita Alleyne OBE
Sonita Alleyne OBE is founder of the Yes Programme and recently elected as the next Master of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. She is on the board of the Cultural Capital Fund; a board member of the Museum of London; and most recently appointed to the Mayor’s Skill for Londoners Business Partnership Members Group.
Previous roles include the BBC Trust; Chair of the Radio Sector Skills Council; non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and a Governor at the University of the Arts London. Sonita won the Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for TV and Radio. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts and the Radio Academy.
Nicky Dunn OBE
Nicky Dunn OBE 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.
Clare became Leader of the Council in May 2017, and was re-elected for a four-year term in May 2018. 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.
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Pam Alexander OBE
Pam Alexander OBE is an economic geographer passionate about housing and regeneration. Until January 2019 Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority, rebuilding the famous fruit and vegetable and flower market at the heart of the Nine Elms Opportunity Area, 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 Non-Executive Director of the Connected Places Catapult and Chair of Commonplace Digital Ltd. Pam advises Grimshaw LLP on gender diversity and is a founder member of Equilibrium Network. She is also involved in supporting her local theatres in Clapham and Battersea. Pam was until recently a Trustee of the Design Council, chairing Design Council Cabe, and a non-executive Director of Crossrail Ltd and 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, after many years as a civil servant in the then Department of the Environment. She was also a trustee of Brighton Dome Brighton Festival, 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.
Baroness Tanni 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 Chair of ukactive. 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 crossbench peer in March 2010. Baroness Grey-Thompson was recently appointed as a member of the Board for the BBC. She has recently ended her term on the Board for the London Marathon and Transport for London.
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, 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. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester.
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 for the West Midlands and then overseeing joint ventures as a member of the Home Group and Chair of Swan New Housing. She is also an accomplished CEO having led two high profile organisations through major change programmes and onto success in influencing government policies on inclusion and diversity as well as shifting public discourse on these subjects. First at the think tank the Runnymede Trust, she helped craft what became the 2010 Equal Treatment Act and then at the philanthropic Barrow Cadbury Trust she pioneered approaches to improve community cohesion. 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 NED for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust where she chairs Workforce and Education, a board member of the Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, Governor at the Leathersellers Federation and MD of Engage-Building Networks of Trust.
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
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.
Rachel Blake is the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Tackling Poverty and Air Quality at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She was elected to represent the Labour Party for Bow East Ward in May 2014 and appointed to Cabinet in July 2015. In Cabinet, she has worked on the production of a new Local Plan, a new Housing Strategy, a programme of 2000 new affordable homes and a Tackling Poverty programme. Prior to this position, she held a range of roles in Local, Regional and National Government working on Housing, Regeneration and Planning Policy. She is also a member of the Local Government Association Policy Board for Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport.
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.
Philip Glanville was elected Mayor of Hackney in September 2016, becoming the borough's second directly elected Mayor. He was re-elected in May 2018, giving Hackney Labour their best result since 1986.
Previously a councillor in Hoxton West for ten years, Philip 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, which he is continuing as Mayor, committing the Council to tripling the number of council homes built since 2010, including 800 for social 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 ─ all contributing towards his agenda to bridge the gap between Hackney’s residents and their growing local economy. Critical to this agenda has been the Council’s award winning in-house apprenticeship programme.
Philip is committed to being a campaigning Mayor, standing up for Hackney’s most vulnerable residents and for local government’s important role in fighting austerity. He writes extensively on these subjects, and more recently has been part of the growing ‘new municipalism’ movement in local government. He has served on the LLDC Board since 2016, and is currently the Chair of London Councils’ Grants Committee, Co-Chair of Thrive London and London Councils' Digital Champion.
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.
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.