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. 

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Sir Edward Lister

London & Partners Board Chairman; Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning

Sir Edward Lister was appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning by the Mayor of London in May 2011. In this role he co-ordinates implementation of the Mayor’s priorities, strategy and policy work, and activities by the Mayoral Team. As the Mayor’s Chief of Staff he leads on GLA budgets and administration.

In conjunction with the Head of Paid Service, he has direct responsibility for leading and overseeing operations in City Hall. Sir Edward advises the Mayor on strategic planning applications and has oversight of the London Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy. He delivers the Mayor’s jobs and growth agenda in this area.

Prior to coming to City Hall, Sir Edward served as leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011. As the longest serving council leader in the country, he made Wandsworth the most successful value for money local authority in the country with the country's lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents (Place Survey 2009).

He was honored with a Knight’s Bachelor in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday honours list.

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, research, financial, operational and governance functions. He is also responsible for managing the relationship with the GLA, London & Partner’s primary funder as well as fulfilling a wide portfolio of duties as Deputy Chief Executive.  

Prior to joining London & Partners, Andrew’s career was focused on international trade and investment. After University, he joined the Department of Trade and Industry where his roles 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 Auckland, New Zealand as Consul Commercial. Andrew joined London First Centre, the capital’s first inward investment agency, on its creation in 1994. In 2004, he was responsible for driving the strategic review which resulted in the re-focused and re-branded agency, Think London, where he had the role of Chief Operating Officer.  

Andrew has an honours degree in History from Southampton University and Post Graduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Marketing. He is a trustee of the Mayor’s Thames Festival.

Alan Bishop

Chief Executive, Southbank Centre

London & Partners Board Member

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.

Sandie Dawe CBE

Trustee Heritage Lottery Fund, Chair Kids in Museums, advisor Travel Weekly Group

London & Partners Board Member

Sandie Dawe spent nearly 30 years in the tourism industry, most recently as chief executive of VisitBritain, the national tourism agency. She conceived and led the national strategy to maximise the tourism benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, oversaw major initiatives including the ‘GREAT’ global marketing campaign, and saw tourism numbers reach record levels. In 2001 she established the Tourism Industry Emergency Response (TIER) group and chaired it through crises such as the terrorist attacks in London in July 2005.

Before joining VisitBritain, she worked in media, book publishing and tourism, including the BBC World Service, Book Marketing Council, the English Tourist Board and VisitLondon.

An active spokesman, she regularly appears on conference platforms and in the media, presenting on tourism marketing and nation branding and championing the interests of the tourism sector.

In 2008 Sandie was awarded an MBE and in 2015 a CBE for services to the tourism industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2014 she was awarded the ‘Shine’ Lifetime Achievement Award by Women1st. Sandie has also been listed in the UK ‘Marketing Power 100’ and been named one of the top 50 travel CEOs on Twitter.

Sandie grew up in Sri Lanka and was educated in Scotland, she graduated MA (Hons) Edinburgh University, has a business diploma from Napier University and AMP from INSEAD.

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

Munira Mirza

Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture

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Munira has worked for a range of cultural and charitable organisations including the Royal Society of Arts, the independent think tank Policy Exchange and Tate. In 2009 she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent. She has written extensively about cultural and social policy in the UK.

Munira is a member of Arts Council England, London Regional Council; the Royal College of Music Council; and the boards of the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Cultural Olympiad.

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.

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 focused in retail and restaurants. In April 2014, she joined the board of the on-line fashion store, Asos PLC.

Derek White

Chief Design and Digital 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.