A group formed of London leaders from politics, business, the voluntary sector, trade unions and a various public bodies to co-ordinate planning for the capital’s future beyond the coronavirus crisis met for the first time yesterday.
The London Recovery Board, which is expected to function well into next year at least, is co-chaired by the Mayor and the chair of London Councils, Peter John, comprises the following other people:
- Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London
- Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, President, Universities UK
- Richard Burge, CEO, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Laura Citron, CEO, London and Partners
- Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police Commissioner
- Ruth Dombey OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils and leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
- David Farnsworth, Chair, London Funders
- Matthew Fell, Chief Policy Director, Confederation of British Industry
- Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director, Public Health England
- Jake Ferguson, Chair, CVS Directors Network and CEO, Hackney CVS
- Georgia Gould, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Deputy leader of the Labour Group
- Sam Gurney, London Regional Secretary, Trade Union Congress
- Rowena Howie, London Policy Representative, Federation of Small Businesses
- David Hughes, CEO, Association of Colleges
- Catherine McGuinness, Vice Chair of London Councils and Independent Group Lead
- Bharat Mehta CBE, CEO, Trust for London
- The Venerable Father Luke Miller, Chair, London Resilience Faith Sector Panel
- Sir Bob Neill MP, Co-Chair, APPG on London
- Teresa O’Neill OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils and leader of the Conservative Group
- Nita Patel, Founder and CEO, Planet Communications
- Sir David Sloman, London Regional Director, NHS England
- Paul Scully MP, Minister for London
- Rebecca Speight, CEO, RSPB
- Angela Spence, CEO, Kensington and Chelsea Social Council
- Professor Tony Travers, Director, LSE London
- Jasmine Whitbread, CEO, London First
- Lord Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote
The board will be supported by a Recovery Taskforce, which City Hall says will “co-ordinate action” to meet the challenges the board identifies.
The Mayor said that the virtual meeting included discussion of “the economic and social recovery for the capital, leading to a greener, more equal and better future,” covering economic, health and social issues.
Peter John stressed that “local councils are committed to delivering renewal and growth in all of London’s communities post-Covid” in collaboration with the Mayor and other agencies.
Tony Travers said: “The Recovery Board’s first meeting was valuable for hearing the range of concerns and interests of its members and we will now need to move on to setting some priorities and deciding on how best to put them into effect.”
The London Recovery Board will run alongside the separate London Transition Board, to be chaired by Mayor Khan and communities secretary Robert Jenrick, whose purpose is to guide London’s path out of lockdown and is intended to be disbanded at the end of the year. Its first meeting will take place next Tuesday.
Photograph: Sadiq Khan.
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