Our board

Our board comprises leaders in business, education and the events industry

Roles and responsibilities

London & Partners’ board is made up of up to ten non-executive directors and two executive directors.  The Mayor appoints the chairman and one other director. Other non-exec directors are appointed by the members on the recommendation of the board. 

The board is responsible for:

  • Management of the company’s business, as set out in the Articles of Association.
  • Leads the development of strategies, policies and plans to discharge London & Partners’ purposes.
  • Monitors the performance of the company, to ensure that it meets its strategic objectives and targets.
  • Promotes high standards of propriety, best practice and the efficient and effective use of staff and resources.

The board meets for scheduled meetings four times a year. It delegates specific responsibilities to the following board committees: audit and finance, nominations and remuneration.

The board is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance as an important part of an effective and efficient approach to managing the company and its subsidiaries.

Our board members

Rajesh Agrawal

London & Partners Board Chairman, Deputy Mayor for Business.

Rajesh Agrawal was appointed Deputy Mayor for Business by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in June 2016.

Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals. Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people.

He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years. As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most attractive place to do business in the world.

Laura Citron

Chief Executive, London & Partners

As Chief Executive Officer, Laura is responsible for the leadership, strategy, performance and accountability of the organisation, working closely with the Board and Executive Team. 

Prior to joining London & Partners, Laura was Managing Director of the Government & Public Sector Practice at WPP, the world’s largest marketing and communication services business. In that role she advised governments on destination marketing, behaviour change, digital government and citizen engagement. She led a global network of regional teams in Beirut, Brussels, Delhi, Nairobi, Singapore and Sydney.

Laura is author of ‘me.gov: The Next Generation of Digital Public Services.' She taught communications for behaviour change at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Laura has spent her career at the intersection of public policy and communication. She spent several years as a UK public servant in London and Brussels, and has worked as a journalist in Russia and for an NGO in Germany. 

Laura is a Londoner and speaks French and Russian. She is a Governor of an inner-city London primary school. Laura has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and a postgraduate degree from University College London.

Andrew Cooke

Managing Director, Operations and Governance, London & Partners

Andrew is London & Partners' Managing Director, Operations and Governance. Andrew's responsibilities include leading the company’s financial, operational and governance functions as well as developing the company’s commercial ventures, the profits of which are reinvested into the promotion of London. 

Prior to joining London & Partners, Andrew’s career was focused on international trade and investment.  He started his career in government where roles included attracting inward investment from North America at the Invest in Britain Bureau (now Department of International Trade) and a posting to the commercial section of the British Consulate-General in Auckland, New Zealand, promoting UK exports.  He joined London First Centre, the capital’s first inward investment agency on its creation and 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 Thames Festival Trust and a member of the Team London Advisory Board.

Mike Brown

Commissioner, Transport for London

London & Partners Board Member

As Commissioner, Mike Brown is responsible for making sure Transport for London (TfL) provides world-class transport services that keep London working, growing and make life in the Capital better. He oversees TfL’s investment programme, which includes some of the largest and most complex engineering projects in Europe.

TfL is responsible for virtually all of the city’s transport, including London Underground, the bus network, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, London Overground, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line cable car. It is also responsible for the Capital’s busiest main roads, the Congestion Charging scheme, road safety and schemes to boost cycling and walking.

Mike joined London Underground in 1989 and worked in various operational manager roles before becoming the company's Chief Operating Officer in 2003. In 2008, he left to head up Heathrow, then the world's busiest international airport.

He rejoined London Underground in 2010 as Managing Director leading works which have resulted in huge improvements to the Tube, making services more frequent and reliable than ever before. He also took the lead role in the successful delivery of transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He was appointed as TfL Commissioner in September 2015.

He lives in Wimbledon and uses the Underground every day to get to work. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order by HM The Queen in 2002. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Queen’s University in 2016.

Sandie Dawe CBE

Ex-CEO, VisitBritain

London & Partners Board Member and Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Sandie Dawe spent nearly 30 years in the tourism industry, most recently as chief executive of VisitBritain. She led the national strategy to maximise the tourism benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, played a leading role in the UK Government’s ‘GREAT’ global marketing campaign, and saw tourism numbers reach record levels.

Since leaving VisitBritain in 2014 Sandie has had a number of non-executive roles, including Trustee Heritage Lottery Fund and chair of Kids in Museums.  She is currently a Director of Culture Perth & Kinross and adviser to Four Communications.

In 2008 Sandie was awarded an MBE and in 2015 a CBE for services to the tourism industry. 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 graduated MA (Hons) Edinburgh University, has a business diploma from Napier University and AMP from INSEAD.

Massy Larizadeh

Director, New Horizons Advisory Limited

London & Partners Board Member and Chair of the Nomination Committee

Massy has over 25 years’ experience across the financial services sector, including in M&A and business development.  More recently she has spent the last fourteen years in the property sector in strategy, capital raising, financial advisory and product development roles in investment firms and in corporate finance advisory.  She has experience of working in the UK, France and the United States, and she has held senior management roles at GE Capital, GE Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield Investors and Deloitte Real Estate. 

She now acts as an independent advisor and consultant to real estate investors and investment management funds, as well as acting as a Trustee to a charity.  

Massy has a Bsc Economics from The Wharton School,   University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Insead in France. 

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

Catherine McGuinness

Chairman, Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation

London & Partners Board Member

Catherine McGuinness is Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation.  As Chairman of the Policy Committee, Catherine is Deputy Chairman of TheCityUK, the promotional body for the UK financial services industry, and the International Regulatory Strategy Group.

She is Chairman of the City’s Courts Sub Committee, the body responsible for the management of the Old Bailey and the City of London Magistrates’ Court, which benefits from her substantive background in the legal sector

She has led the City’s work on education, chairing its Education Board and the City of London Academies Trust. Catherine has also been closely involved with the City’s cultural offer, having chaired the boards of the Barbican Arts Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and with the City’s relationship with Northern Ireland. 

She is on the board of London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency, and a commissioner on the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice.

A solicitor by training, she practised in financial services law for several years.

Catherine studied PPE at St Anne’s College, Oxford. 

Tamara Rajah

CEO, Live Better With and Chair, London & Partners Ventures and Dot London Domains

Tamara is the Founder & CEO of Live Better With, a healthcare platform that helps make day-to-day life better for patients with long-term conditions. Live Better With is the destination to discover everyday practical support for their symptoms and side effects, and works hand-in-hand with patient and healthcare communities to (a) create and curate relevant, recommended information and products, and (b) encourage sharing and connections between those going through the same experience.

Live Better With began with cancer in 2015 in the UK and US, and now serves tens of thousands of cancer patients globally - with 1500+ handpicked products, 300+ proprietary guides, and a community of 70,000+. The company also has created their first own label product range, established the UK's first retail store for those living with cancer (located inside Guy's Hospital in London) and launched the world's first digital cancer support services map. Most recently in 2018, the company launched Live Better With Menopause, to serve the millions of women worldwide who are suffering (often silently) with the debilitating side effects of the menopause.

Tamara is also currently a Founding Board Director of the UK's Scale-Up Institute, a Board Director of London & Partners and Chair of Dot London and L&P Ventures.

Tamara was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she spent a decade in the global healthcare practice, plus led McKinsey’s knowledge and client work on entrepreneurship and tech clusters. 
She has published widely on high growth entrepreneurship and healthcare ecosystems, and presented at several global forums including TedXNHS, MIT, the G8 Innovation Conference and the World Bank.
Tamara has founded three previous entrepreneurial ventures, was previously one of the UK’s 35 Women Under 35 by Management Today and was listed in Wharton's 2017 40 under 40 list.

Sacha Romanovitch

London & Partners Board Member

Sacha Romanovitch was CEO of Grant Thornton from 2015 to 2018. During that time she led the development and implementation of their strategy to shape a Vibrant Economy based on trust and integrity in markets, unlocking growth for dynamic businesses and communities with the aim of delivering sustainable value for their clients, people and the communities they serve.

Through her experiences leading key areas of the firm including advisory, audit and tax in London and our People and Culture team, Sacha has a firm belief in how clear purpose in business allows us to liberate people to deliver a distinctive client experience and superior business results.

Sacha sits on the National Advisory Board of the Global Impact Investing Steering Committee and is Chair of Access Accountancy, a collaboration of firms to increase social diversity in the professions.

Mark Taylor

CEO, Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII)

Mark Taylor is CEO of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII), a premier purpose-built events venue in Westminster. Mark has over 30 years of experience of events, venues and the tourism sector. He started his career working in Sales for Club Med followed by the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau where he became Assistant Director. Mark moved to the UK in 1990 where he took up the role of Marketing Manager, Wembley Convention and Exhibition Centre and subsequently of Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena before securing the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for Wembley International. Mark then spent 16 years in the arts sector firstly at the Barbican as Commercial and Buildings Director and then Chief Executive of the Wales Millennium Centre before joining the QEII in April 2013.

Since his arrival in 2013, Mark has been taking the QEII Centre on a journey of revitalisation and rejuvenation, both physically and philosophically, working with his team to evolve the brand and deliver the ambition to become London’s finest specialist events venue.

Leading the Centre through a major capital investment programme, he has re-established the Centre’s ‘wow factor’, transforming the reputation, appearance and performance of the QEII. His commercial prowess has seen the Centre achieve its best financial results in its 32 year history and the Centre is now attracting an increasingly diverse portfolio of clients and events. 

Mark’s commitment and drive to modernise the Centre was rewarded when he won the miaList Leadership Award 2015, an accolade for which he was nominated by the QEII staff. In the last 5 years, the QEII Centre and its teams have won 21 industry awards for work across all areas of the business.

Mark currently serves as a non executive director on the Board of the Meetings Industry Association and is married with two children.


Jo Wright

London & Partners Board Member

Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee

Jo Wright is a Chartered Accountant, who qualified at KPMG and has held executive finance leadership roles in media, technology and e-commerce

Most recently Jo was the Chief Finance Officer and executive board director of Auction Technology Group; a Private Equity backed technology e-commerce business. In that role she professionalised and transformed the finance function to serve the growing needs of a scaling business; providing commercial insight coupled with strong governance, whilst enabling the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.

Previously Jo was CFO of Nickelodeon UK, the UK’s leading pay television children’s broadcaster and a joint venture between Viacom and Sky. Jo led the transformation of the finance function to become a collaborative business partner enabling data-led decision-making. Jo supported the CEO and leadership team in the audience growth strategy; involving investment in UK produced content, working with UK production companies. She also managed the operational transformation of many of the enterprise functions, moving in-house functions to outsourced centers of excellence.

Prior to this Jo held a number of senior finance roles at Sky working across diverse areas including advertising, programming, marketing, digital and investments.

Jo has an honors degree from Birmingham University in Accounting and Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)

Our board observers

Leah Kreitzman

Mayoral Director, External and International Affairs

London & Partners Board - Observer

Leah Kreitzman is Mayoral Director for External and International Affairs, having previously been a Senior Adviser to Sadiq Khan’s campaign to be Mayor of London. Before this, Leah was Director of Public Affairs for UNICEF UK. She has led advocacy campaigns for international NGOs such as Save the Children and ONE, as well as working for the UK’s leading international development think tank, the Overseas Development Institute.

Leah has also been a strategic communications advisor to the Shadow Cabinet on criminal justice, human rights, and constitutional reform. She has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Bristol.

Justine Simons OBE

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries

London & Partners Board - Observer

Justine was Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade and has played a central role in the cultural revitalisation of London. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for Services to Culture in London. She believes culture is central to London’s success as a global city and has the power to transform lives and places.

Justine has conceived and delivered the Mayor’s statutory culture strategy since the inception of the GLA. She shaped the Mayor’s Investment Strategy for the creative industries and overseen City Hall’s work across music, theatre, film, fashion, design, games and art – including building the Fourth Plinth Commission into the UK’s biggest sculpture prize.

Justine founded and is Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum – a major global initiative on culture and the structure of cities involving 30 cities worldwide. She also played a lead role in the cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – staging the capital’s biggest ever festival with over 5000 events. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Justine spent over a decade in the field of contemporary dance, producing, commissioning and running festivals and venues.

Ben Johnson

Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London

London & Partners Board - Observer

Ben Johnson is Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London on business and digital policy. In this role Ben supports the Mayor and his Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal – who is also Chair of London and Partners – and works with colleagues across the GLA to develop and implement strategy and policy in support of business, growth and economic fairness.

Prior to his role in City Hall, Ben worked on Sadiq Khan’s campaign to become Mayor of London, in particular playing a key part in drafting his manifesto. Previously, Ben was Head of Policy Development at The Labour Party, as well as having a background in transport, environment and local government policy. He has also served as a councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Originally from Warrington, Ben moved to London in 2003 and has been here ever since. He has a BSc in Public Policy, Government and Management from the University of Birmingham.

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