The new LDA Board has been revealed.

There are four statutory elected members:

  • James Cleverly AM Conservative, London Assembly
  • Cllr Peter Truesdale, Lib Dem, Lambeth
  • Cllr Mike Freer, Conservative, Barnet
  • Jeremy Mayhew, Non-party Common Councilman, City Corporation

And 9 business members:

  • Harvey McGrath: Chair of the LDA Board
  • Tim Parker: First Deputy Mayor
  • Steven Norris: Transport for London Board Member
  • Susan Angoy: Advisory Board Member of City University, and a Non Executive Director of Camden NHS Primary Care Trust
  • Ian Barlow: KPMG Senior Partner (retiring 2008) and Chair of the London Business Board, as well as chair of Think London, the capital’s inward investment agency funded by the LDA
  • Fran Beckett: Until recently a Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund, and previously Chief Executive of the Shaftesbury Society.
  • Megan Dobney: Regional Secretary, Southern and Eastern Regions at the TUC
  • Ann Humphries: interim Chair of the New West End Company
  • Edmund Lazarus: founding partner of Englefield Capital, a London private equity firm.

The lack of Labour members on the board has led to accusations of ‘exclusion’. The Official Statement claims that the board nevertheless represents a “represent a reasonable political balance”, despite the fact that the second largest party is not represented. Interestingly, however, they report that “out of 137 applications received for the LDA Board only two were from elected Labour representatives”.

Jenny Jones AM has also criticised the Mayor for “not appointing environmental experts” and has said that “despite recognising that climate change is one of the biggest threats facing London, Boris has failed to secure the team he needs to deliver on his promise to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2025”.

The appointment of Edmund Lazarus is more contentious. Mr Lazarus was a Conservative councillor during the 1990s, has donated to at least one Conservative MP and donated £22,500 to Boris’s own mayoral campaign.

A mayoral spokesman claims that “His appointment to the LDA board was made after consultation with Sertuc [regional TUC], London Councils [which represents the capital’s 33 boroughs] and the London Business Board and following the successful outcome of an independent assessment during which all interests were declared in a completely transparent process.

It has also been revealed that around 170 of the LDA’s 649 staff will be made redundant as a new body – which will apparently handle the ‘legacy’ of the 2012 Olympics is established. Trade Unions have met to ensure protection of members and the projects that they were overseeing, and with this considered the choices of the new board – and the bright ideas that they will bring – will obviously be put under scrutiny.

Closing thought: Isn’t Tim Parker a busy fellow.

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