Emma Strain

Interim Executive Director of Communities & Intelligence

Assistant Director for External Relations and Monitoring Officer


Emma, working in a job-share with Sarah Mulley, is responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of the Mayor’s priorities and strategies in areas including social integration, equality and fairness, culture, health and education, volunteering, and sport. Emma and Sarah also oversee the GLA’s work on city intelligence and data, external affairs, engagement with London’s communities, city operations and fire and resilience. Emma is also the Executive Director sponsor of the GLA’s LGBT+ staff network.

In October 2017, Emma also became the Authority’s statutory Monitoring Officer.

Emma joined the GLA in 2011 and worked in a number of different roles in the GLA’s environment and housing teams before going on to lead the GLA’s External Relations Unit. She retains elements of her Assistant Director, External Relations role alongside her Interim Executive Director and Monitoring Officer roles.

Prior to this, Emma worked in programme delivery roles in Transport for London and the London Development Agency. Before beginning her tour of the GLA group, Emma worked in the private sector, spending six years in management consultancy specialising in project and programme management across a broad range of sectors including energy, banking, telecoms and retail.