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The London Legacy Development Corporation’s Board was appointed in March 2012 and comprises a team of industry leaders with skills ranging from sports, social enterprise and community engagement to business, marketing and finance.

A representative from the Mayor of London is an observer to the Board.

To access papers and minutes from the Board meetings, visit the Committees (minutes) page.

The Board is comprised of the following members:

Boris Johnson (Chairman)

After securing a second four year term as Mayor of London in the spring of 2012, Boris Johnson became Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation last September, following the massive success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Prior to becoming Mayor, Boris was the Member of Parliament for Henley and Editor of the Spectator magazine. He has worked for The Times and The Telegraph as a reporter and foreign correspondent, and he still writes a weekly column for the Telegraph. Johnson is a critically acclaimed author – his latest book, “Johnson’s Life of London” was published in 2011, and in 2013 he was commissioned to write a biography of Winston Churchill by the Churchill family estate. 

Boris was born in New York in 1964 and brought up in London. As a teenager he won scholarships to Eton College and later to Oxford University, where he read Classics. He lives in North London with his wife Marina and their four children.

Mayor of London – Register of Interests

Boris Johnson – Register of interests form

Neale Coleman  (Deputy Chairman)

Neale Coleman is the Mayoral Advisor on Tottenham and the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy and Deputy Chair of the Legacy Corporation. 

He was formerly the Mayor’s Advisor on London 2012, a post he held since the first days of London’s bid in 2003. Neale was a Board Member of London 2012, the Olympic Bid company, and has been a Board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority from its inception. 

He has extensive experience in major regeneration projects, chaired the Olympic Masterplan Reference Group that led the work during the bid to deliver the Masterplan and planning consent for the Olympic Park and co-chaired the Olympic Delivery Group which oversaw all work on the Games immediately after the successful bid.

Neale Coleman – Gifts and hospitality list

Neale Coleman – Register of interests form

Sonita Alleyne 

Sonita currently holds a number of non-executive posts, including the Archant Media Group, the British Board of Film Classification and the BBC Trust. 

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 and has chosen it as her professional base since. 

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 and the radio company Somethin’ Else which she ran as Chief Executive from 1991 until 2009, when she joined the Board and served as a Non-Executive Director until 2011.

Sonita Alleyne – Register of interests form

Nick Bitel

Nick is Chief Executive of the London Marathon and one of the country’s leading events experts. A consultant at law firm Kerman & Co LLP, he is Chairman of Sport England and a Board Member of UK Sport. Nick is a former Vice Chairman of Wigan Athletic.

Nick Bitel – Register of interests form

Nicky Dunn

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, most recently as Chief Executive of Odyssey Arena in Belfast where she oversaw the operational design, planning, opening, and management of the venue. 

Odyssey Arena became internationally recognised as one of the top 10 busiest Arenas worldwide. Her experience includes theatres, arenas, stadia and conference and exhibition venues. Nicky chairs the Titanic Foundation which opened in Belfast in April 2012 and is on the board of the Lyric Theatre. She was a board member of the Princes Trust (NI) from 2007 to 2011.

Nicky Dunn – Register of interests form

Keith Edelman

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 the Senior Independent Director of Supergroup plc, Chairman of Beale plc, Chairman of Goals Soccer Centres Plc  and a Non-Executive Director of Thorntons plc and Safestore Holdings. Prior to Arsenal, he was CEO of Storehouse plc, Managing Director of Carlton Communications plc, a Non-Executive Director of Eurotunnel and Chairman of Glenmorangie.

Keith Edelman – Register of interests form

David Edmonds

David has had extensive experience within the housing, commercial property and regeneration sectors in both private and public sectors. He is a former civil servant and was in charge of the Government’s Inner Cities programme in England. 

He is a former Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation, and has been a board member of English Partnerships, a Non-Executive Director of Hammerson plc, and Chairman of Crisis, the charity for the single homeless. 

He was also the UK’s Telecoms Regulator for five years and the Chairman of NHS Direct for four years. He is currently the Chairman of the Legal Services Board, and in addition chairs the boards of Kingston University, NHS Shared Business Services, Hammerson plc, Pension Trustees, and Swanton Care and Community Ltd. He is the Senior Independent Director of William Hill plc and a Board member of Barchester Health Care.

David Edmonds – Register of interests form

David Gregson

David is Chairman of Precise Media Group, CRI, a leading national health and social care charity, and the Lawn Tennis Association. He is also a member of the advisory boards of both The Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. David was previously Chairman of the Mayor of London’s Legacy Board of Advisors.

David Gregson – Register of interests form

Philip Lewis

Philip is a chartered surveyor and Chief Executive of the property division of the Kirsh Group. 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.

Philip Lewis – Register of interests form

Sir Edward Lister

The Mayor’s official observer at board meetings is Sir Edward Lister.

Sir Edward Lister – Register of interests form


Lord Andrew Mawson

Lord Mawson is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. Over 25 years he has created a family of projects, including the renowned Bromley-by-Bow Centre in east London. 

Today he is a leader, motivator and adviser to major projects including the St Paul’s Way Transformation Project in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Water City, a visionary plan to revitalise east London.

Lord Andrew Mawson – Register of interests form

Jayne McGivern

Jayne is an experienced CEO in the property industry, specialising in the creation and delivery of high value mixed use and regeneration schemes of national importance. 

Her former roles include CEO (Europe) of Multiplex plc, and Managing Director of Anschutz Entertainment Group in London during its acquisition and redevelopment of the O2 Arena. She currently runs Red Grouse, her small private property investment vehicle.

Jayne McGivern – Register of interests form

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe has competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medal. She has held 30 world records. She is a member of the Board of Transport for London, a Director of the London Marathon and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University as well as holding other prominent positions in sports bodies. 

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 cross-bench peer in March 2010.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – Register of interests form

Jules Pipe

Jules was re-elected as Mayor of Hackney for a third term in May 2010, having become the Borough’s first directly elected Mayor in October 2002. 

He was also elected as Chair of London Councils in May 2010. Before becoming Mayor, Jules was a newspaper journalist, working for, among others, the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph, as well as serving as a Councillor from 1996 to 2002, and Leader of Hackney Borough Council from June 2001 until elected as Mayor in 2002.

Lutfur Rahman

A solicitor by profession, specialising in family law, Lutfur is the first directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets. He is a member of the Law Society and Law Society Advanced Children’s Law Panel. Lutfur has been a Councillor for the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward of Tower Hamlets since May 2002. He was appointed Chair of the Development Panel in May 2002 and was the Lead Member for Education and Youth Services from 2003 to 2005. 

He has also been the Lead Member for Culture. He was Leader of the Council from 2008 to 2010. Lutfur was a founding member of the Phoenix Youth Project and the Bow Community School (1982-1986), founding member and first treasurer of Keen Students School and trustee of Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Education Trust (2003-2005). He was a member and general secretary of Community Alliance for Police Accountability in 1988 and a member and chairman of Tower Hamlets Law Centre from 1996-2001. 

Lutfur was a Board member of the Poplar and Leaside Regeneration Project (2001-2002) and since 2001 has been a non-executive director for the Board of Barts & The Royal London NHS Trust.

Lutfur Rahman – Register of interests form

Chris Robbins

Chris has been serving Waltham Forest since 2002, when he was elected as a Councillor for Grove Green in Leyton. He has been Leader of the Council since 2009, and prior to that acted as Cabinet Member for Children and Young People. 

Previously, Chris worked in the trade union movement for 27 years, fighting against low pay, workplace injustice and unemployment. Chris was born and brought up in Bethnal Green and has spent his entire life living in East London. He lives with his family in Leyton, where he has lived for 37 years.

Chris Robbins – Register of interests form

David Ross

David is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, known for co-founding Carphone Warehouse plc and the network of school academies run by the David Ross Education Trust. 

He brings considerable business acumen, a commitment to public service, experience in sport and sport infrastructure projects plus his extensive entrepreneurial skills.

David Ross – Register of interests form

Sir Robin Wales

Sir Robin Wales is the directly elected Mayor of the London Borough of Newham. He was a Councillor from 1982 to 1986 and then from 1992 to 2002 and leader from 1996 to 2002. He was elected Mayor in 2002. He was re-elected for a third term in 2010. 

His goals include raising employment and aspiration in the Borough and developing the personal, community and economic resilience of Newham’s residents. Sir Robin is involved with a number of organisations with links to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and ensuring a local legacy. 

He is Chair of the six Olympic Host Boroughs, an organisation which represents the interests of those boroughs most affected by the London 2012 Games.

Sir Robin Wales – Register of interests form