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London & Partners' Board

London & Partners' Board Members come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills and experience to the company.

Kit Malthouse

London & Partners Board Chairman

Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise; Assembly Member for West Central London

Kit Malthouse was elected by Londoners to represent them on the London Assembly in 2008 and for the past five years has worked as Deputy Mayor for London tasked first with leading the fight against crime as Deputy Mayor for Policing, and now with leading on economic and business policy for City Hall.  He has worked as a Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council and his experience spans working for international city accountants as well as running his own business.

After completing his degree in politics and economics at Newcastle, Kit qualified as a Chartered Accountant with an international firm in the City of London. Since then Kit's life has been split between his family, his business and London politics.

In 1998, Kit was elected to Westminster City Council. His first major job on the Council was to head the Social Services department, dealing with the elderly, disabled, children and vulnerable people. During his time in the department he initiated a number of radical policy initiatives, most notably more than halving the number of street homelessness in the City, and steered the Department towards achieving the highest marks in the country from the Social Services Inspectorate.

Kit was then elected as Deputy Leader of the Council and was appointed Cabinet member for Finance by Sir Simon Milton, the Council Leader. During the five years he remained in this job he increased council reserves by more than £50m, delivered one of the lowest council tax levels in the country, and was part of the team that kept Westminster at the top of the league tables throughout.

He was elected to the London Assembly on 1 May 2008, representing the West Central Constituency and was appointed Deputy Mayor - Policing, by Boris Johnson. Kit became Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority in October 2008, and in January 2010 was nominated by Boris Johnson to succeed him as Chair. In January 2012 he became the first ever statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing, under the Government's Police and Social Responsibility Act of 2011.

Gordon Innes

London & Partners Chief Executive Officer

Gordon is London & Partners' Chief Executive Officer.  

Prior to joining London & Partners, Gordon worked for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). He led the team which oversees the UK's transition to a green economy and the creation of a Green Investment Bank.

He also held senior positions at the Foreign Office and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). In UKTI, he was responsible for leading its network across the US, as well as the marketing and communications team that promoted the UK economy in North America. Prior to joining the public sector, Gordon was a solicitor, both in the City and overseas.

Gordon has worked extensively in both the private and public sectors and, over the years, his work has taken him to Melbourne, London, Brussels, and New York.

Andrew Cooke

London & Partners Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Andrew is London & Partners' Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Andrew's responsibilities include leading the organisation's strategy and planning, financial management and research and intelligence functions. He is also responsible for the relationships with the agency's primary public and private sector partners as well as London & Partners' quality management systems including ISO 9000 and Customer First.  

Prior to joining London & Partners, Andrew spent 10 years with the Department of Trade and Industry focused on trade promotion and inward investment. His roles within the Department included four years with the Invest in Britain Bureau (now UK Trade and Investment) managing North American Investment and a posting to the British-Consulate General in New Zealand as Consul Commercial.

Andrew has an honours degree in History from Southampton University and Post Graduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Marketing.

Alan Bishop

Chief Executive, Southbank Centre

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Alan Bishop joined Southbank Centre as Chief Executive in February 2009.

Before joining Southbank Centre, Alan was Chief Executive of the government agency the Central Office of Information and previously Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi International.

Having graduated from Oxford University with a degree in History, Alan began his career as an advertising executive for Bates, before leaving to help start up a new agency. He went on to work at Foote Cone and Belding, and again in a more senior role at Bates, before moving to Saatchi & Saatchi, in 1985. Over the next 17 years, he rose through the ranks of the organisation, amassing a depth and breadth of skills and experience. His career path coincided with massive change within the advertising industry, its globalisation, its move towards a corporate rather than a partnership structure, and its growth of an international client base.

In 1994 Alan moved to New York as Chief Operating Officer North America, a year later becoming Chairman and Chief Executive of the North American company. In 1997 he returned to London as the UK chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi. At the end of 1998 he was appointed Chairman International of the group, again based in New York. In 2002 he was offered the job of Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information, reporting to the Cabinet Office. In 2005 the COI amalgamated with the Government News Network and was restructured to suit a very different communications world, leading the move of government information and services online.

Alan is now applying all his management experience in the creative industries - from both the private and public sectors – to the exciting future development of Southbank Centre's iconic 21 acre site which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and Jubilee Gardens. He has the mission to make it the world's most inspiring centre for the arts, crossing all art forms and using both the indoor and outdoor spaces to build on its great festival tradition – currently with the four months long 60th anniversary celebrations of the Festival of Britain.

Mark Boleat

Chairman of the City of London Corporation's Policy & Resources Committee

London & Partners Board Member

Mark Boleat has been Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London since May 2012, leading on strategy, resource allocation and engagement with legislators and regulators in the UK, Europe and across the world on policy issues affecting London as a key international financial centre. This also involves taking a lead on relations with local and regional government, along with building links with other International Financial Centres such as New York, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai.

He has been a Councillor in the City representing the Ward of Cordwainer since 2002. He was Deputy Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee from May 2009 to May 2012 and was Chairman of the Markets Committee from 2008 to 2011. In addition to the Policy and Resources Committee he is a member of the Police; Establishment; Finance; Markets; Investment; and Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committees. He represents the City on the boards of TheCityUK, Centre London Forward, and London Councils.

Outside the City, Mark Boleat holds a portfolio of non-executive positions. He is Chairman of the Channel Islands’ Competition and Regulatory Authorities, the States of Jersey Development Company, Claim Witness Solutions Ltd and UK Social Data Services Ltd.

Among the previous positions he has held are Director General of the Building Societies Association (1986-93), the Council of Mortgage Lenders (1989-93) and the Association of British Insurers (1993-99); Secretary General of the International Housing Finance Union (1986-89); non executive director of Countryside Properties, Comino, Travelers Insurance Company, Scottish Mutual, Scottish Provident and Abbey National Life; Chairman of Circle 33 Housing Trust, Hillingdon Community Trust, the Association of Labour Providers and Green Corridor, and member of the Boards of the Housing Corporation, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, the National Consumer Council and the Regulatory Policy Committee.

Mark was born in Jersey in 1949 and went to school in the Island. He has a BA in Economics following study at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) and an MA in European Studies awarded by the University of Reading. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Mark has published a number of books on housing finance, regulation and trade associations and has done consultancy work on housing finance and regulation for international agencies and governmental bodies.

Jean-Louis Bravard

Director, Burnt Oak Partners Ltd

London & Partners Board Member

Jean-Louis Bravard is a director of Burnt Oak Partners Ltd, an outsourcing consultancy he co-founded in 2009, which is headquartered in the City of London with offices in Sweden and Benelux. 

Jean-Louis Bravard has held several senior executive positions as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Co and more recently served for more than 10 years at EDS Corp in New York (later London) as Managing Director, Global Financial Services. Other experience includes CEO of Arbinet Corporation (a telecommunications company), President and COO of IFusion.Com (a leading push technology venture) and Managing Director with VICOR a Palo Alto based advanced technology consulting and systems engineering firm focusing primarily on large financial services firms. 

Jean-Louis is a Graduate of l'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (now ESCP Europe) and holds an MBA from the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. Jean-Louis is very active in the London community.

Prof. Robert Lechler

Vice-Principal (Health) and Executive Director of King's Health Partners Academic Health Services

London & Partners Board Member

Robert Lechler qualified in Medicine in Manchester in 1975. Thereafter, he undertook four years of junior hospital doctor training in general medicine and nephrology before embarking on a PhD in transplantation immunology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. Following the PhD, he returned to full-time clinical work for two years and completed his scientific training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. He returned to the UK to a Senior Lecturer Post at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1986 and became Head of the Department of Immunology in 1994. He became Dean of Hammersmith Campus at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine in 2001 and Head of the Division of Medicine in 2003. 

Prof. Lechler moved to King's College London as Head of the School of Medicine at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals in September 2004 and was appointed Vice Principal (Health) at King's College in October 2005. In June 2009 he was appointed as Executive Director of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.  In 2012 Robert received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He continues to direct a research group in transplantation immunology and his research group has three major interests:
1. Defining and exploiting the mechanisms of transplantation tolerance
2. Regulating coagulation as a mechanism to inhibit inflammatory and adaptive immune responses
3. Defining the “fingerprint” of clinical transplantation tolerance

Kevin Murphy

Chairman, ExCeL London

London & Partners Board Member

Kevin Murphy is Chairman of ExCeL London, the international exhibition and convention centre. Kevin's media career spans more than two decades, and has involved both private publishing and exhibition businesses and senior corporate positions with large media owners, including AGB, Maxwell Business Communications and Emap plc.

Kevin has served twice as Chairman of the AEO (Association of Exhibition Organisers) and it was his first tenure that saw the exhibition industry adopt ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) auditing as the industry standard. He has also served as a Board member of ABC and recently stepped down as Chairman of the AEV (Association of Event Venues).

Kevin leads a highly ambitious team and with the support and investment from their owners, ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), has plans to further invest and develop east London to become a leading events and business destination.

Guy Parsons

Non Executive Director of Warmup Plc and the Yorkshire Building Society

London & Partners Board Member

Guy is Non Executive Director of Warmup Plc and the Yorkshire Building Society.

Guy stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of  the budget hotel chain Travelodge on 20 April 2012. He joined the company in 2004 and became CEO in July 2010. Guy was responsible for driving the day-to-day running of the business whilst maintaining Travelodge's leadership role in the hotel industry. Prior to Travelodge, Guy was Managing Director at TGI Friday's.

Guy graduated from Leeds University with a degree in History and has built up over 25 years of experience of the UK hotel industry. His previous positions have included Sales & Marketing Director for the Whitbread Hotel Company, Marketing Director for Travel Inn and Director of Operations, Sales & Marketing for Accor.

Guy is a Board member of The National Skills Council and Chair of NESCOT, Epsom's college of further and higher education. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife Sally and their five children.

Hilary Riva, OBE

Non Executive Director of Shaftesbury PLC

London & Partners Board Member

Hilary has spent most of her career in the fashion industry acting as Managing Director of many of the UK High Street's leading womenswear brands and later as CEO of the British Fashion Council.

Between 1996 and 2001 she was a member of the Management Board of Arcadia as MD of Evans, Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Principles, Wallis and Warehouse. In 2001, she was part of a management buy-out team taking Principles and Warehouse into private ownership. Following the sale of these brands in 2005 Hilary gave her expertise on a pro bono basis to the BFC and took over the organisation of  London Fashion Week (LFW) and its designer support schemes. She spent 5 years restructuring the finances, the organisation, the schedule and the international marketing of LFW before putting in place a succession plan, recruiting a professional management team to ensure sustainable growth. She is widely recognised as having positioned London and LFW at the forefront of the global fashion stage. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to the fashion industry.

Since 2009 Hilary has been a Non Executive Director of Shaftesbury PLC, a property company with £1.5 billion of assets in the West End of London largely focussed in retail and restaurants.

Derek White

Chief Design Officer Barclays

London & Partners Board Member

Derek is responsible for translating customer insights into execution and creating, developing and delivering outstanding customer experiences that pave the way for Barclays to become the 'Go-To' bank. He was a key player in the development of Barclays Pingit, the ground-breaking new mobile payments application launched in February 2012. This passion for innovating and growing businesses began in college when he started a collegiate event marketing company. Upon graduation, he was hired by one of his clients (now JP Morgan Chase) to grow a fledgling sports and entertainment partnership business. After launching over 200 partnerships he played a key role in expanding the business internationally.

Derek joined Barclays in 2004 through the acquisition of Juniper Bank (now Barclaycard US), where he was an early member of the start-up internet bank and credit card issuer. He has held the roles of Managing Director of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing for Barclays Africa as well as senior positions in Emerging Markets and Barclaycard International. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the USA.

As a member of the Institute of International Finance Future Leaders Group, Derek is a top industry practitioner and esteemed thought leader in the ecosystems and future of customer experience, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Derek also holds a position on the Board of London & Partners, a partnership funded by the Mayor of London that brings together the remits of the capital's promotional agencies in order to unlock the city for new businesses; is on the steering committee of the Big Innovation Centre, which aims to make the UK a global open innovation hub, to build a world-class innovation ecosystem.

Nigel Carrington

Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London

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Nigel Carrington is the Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London. The university has 19,000 students across its six colleges and is Europe's largest university for the study of art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. 40% of students come from outside the UK and the university has an extensive network of relationships with peer institutions across the world.

Before joining the university in September 2008, Nigel's career was in the commercial sector, including 21 years with Baker & McKenzie, the international law firm. He was Managing Partner of the London Office and Chairman of the European Region. 

Nigel also spent 7 years as Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of the McLaren Group, the world-leader in high performance automotive design and production. As a practising lawyer until 1994, Nigel specialised in advising companies and other organisations on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and alliances.

As a business leader for 14 years before taking up his present role, Nigel managed complex "people" organisations which relied for their success on maintaining a successful balance between encouraging individual creativity and delivering institutional strategies.

In addition to his responsibilities at University of the Arts London, Nigel holds a number of non-executive positions in the public, private and charitable sectors, including a trustee of International Students House and as Chairman of The English Concert, the London-based and internationally-renowned chamber orchestra.

Nigel was educated at St John's College Oxford (Jurisprudence) and The Courtauld Institute of Art (Art History)