Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues with commissioners from the London Sustainable Development Commission.

Meet the commissioners

The 16 commissioners, and two associates, are drawn from London's diverse sustainability sector. They give their time and expertise voluntarily to advise the Mayor of London about how to improve the quality of life of all Londoners.  

Dr Ashok Sinha (Chair)

Ashok Sinha
Ashok is the Chair of the LSDC.

Ashok is Chief Executive of the London Cycling Campaign. Previously, Ashok was Director of The Climate Coalition, a co-founder of Make Poverty History and Director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. Ashok has a PhD in renewable energy and conducted research into climate change and renewable energy in academia and Forum for the Future. Ashok has been named one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People by the Evening Standard for the last five years and was named one of the UK’s top 100 Environmentalists by the Independent on Sunday in 2008.

Register of Interests - Ashok Sinha

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte
Maria is an urban placemaking and cities strategist. Her background is in planning, environment and human rights law. She is the new Executive Director of the Foundation for Future London, and the Founder of Living Space Project, an urban placemaking social enterprise consultancy. She is also a Senior Fellow for Philanthropy and Place at the New York-based Projects for Public Spaces and co-founder of the UK Place Making Collective. ​ 
Maria is a former commissioner of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and the English Heritage Commission. She is currently patron or trustee of several, environment, heritage and placemaking boards and organisations including the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency. 
Maria is the recipient of the first Clore Social Fellowship for environment and place, and is the author of short book 'The Place Making Factor'. 

Register of Interests - Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Syed Ahmed

Syed Ahmed
Syed has close to 20 years’ experience in the sustainable energy industry, in a wide variety of roles and organisations ranging from Friends of the Earth, the Combined Heat and Power Association, the GLA, and Arup. In 2014, he was seconded into the Department of Energy and Climate Change to review the UK Government’s demand-side energy policies. Syed established and is Director of Energy for London, an independent think tank supporting London’s progress to becoming a low-carbon city. Syed’s other current roles include being a Director of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and a trustee of the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action.

Register of Interests - Syed Ahmed

James Cameron

James Cameron
James is Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute. James also chairs several local and international cleantech start-ups. Previously, James served on HM Treasury's Infrastructure UK Advisory Council, and was a founder and non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital, an environmental asset management and advisory business. James was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol. James has held academic posts at Cambridge, London, Bruges and Sydney and is currently affiliated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy.


Register of Interests - James Cameron

David Elliott

David Elliott
David is Chief Executive of Trees for Cities, a charity that helps create high quality green spaces in socially and environmentally deprived parts of cities and towns across the UK and internationally. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade for several international organisations, originally running landmine clearance and post-conflict recovery programmes across Africa and Asia. Prior to this he was a management consultant for Accenture. He has been a Trustee of the International Tree Foundation and the African Conservation Foundation. David is currently an Adviser for the Forestry Commission's Forest and Woodlands Advisory Committee for London.


Register of Interests - David Elliott

Nicky Gavron AM

Nicky Gavron
Nicky is a Labour Londonwide Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly's Planning Committee. An elected politician since 1986, Nicky has a track record in urban policy development for every level of government. Nicky has been at the forefront of developing integrated and sustainable land-use, transport and environmental planning policies for London. In 2000, Nicky became the first statutory Deputy Mayor of London, with particular responsibility for the London Plan and climate change. Leading London’s response to climate change, Nicky introduced policies and programmes to reduce CO2 emissions across energy, water, waste and transport. Nicky’s initiatives include establishing the London Climate Change Agency and the C40: Large Cities Climate Leadership Group.


Register of Interests - Nicky Gavron 

Julie Hirigoyen

Julie Hirigoyen
Julie is Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council. Julie recently led the process of developing UKGBC’s ‘Ambitions for 2027’, whose aim is for sustainable development to become second nature to all built environment professionals. Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, where she oversaw the development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA. Julie sits on the Green Construction Board, the Igloo Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee, and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel. Julie previously chaired the British Property Federation’s Sustainability Committee.


Register of Interests - Julie Hirigoyen

Karen Lawrence

Karen Lawrence
Karen has spent the past 30 years as a commercial expert in several diverse sectors including many years at the Energy Saving Trust and as Vice Chair of the community energy charity Pure Leapfrog. Her passion is enabling individuals and organisations to achieve their potential and have the impact they seek to have. Karen is currently Deputy Chair of the Commission and she also chairs our Women in Cleantech workstream which is looking to drive up the participation of, and impact from, the talents of amazing women in this important area for sustainability in London.


Register of Interests - Karen Lawrence

Nick Mabey

Nick Mabey
Nick Mabey is Chief Executive of the think tank E3G, where he also leads its work on European climate change policy, climate diplomacy and foreign policy, and the security implications of climate change and resource scarcity. Nick was previously a senior advisor in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, leading work on national and international policy areas, including energy and climate change. Nick also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and was its lead for the Johannesburg Earth Summit in 2002. Before joining government, Nick was Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK and a researcher on the economics of climate change at the London Business School. Nick has also worked in the UK electricity industry.


Register of Interests - Nick Mabey

Malini Mehra

Malini Mehra
Malini is Chief Executive of GLOBE International, a global parliamentary network devoted to legislative leadership on sustainable development and climate change. Malini is a civil society leader and non-profit founder. She has worked at the United Nations; led for the UK Government on sustainable development partnerships with emerging powers; established the Centre for Social Markets pioneering CSR in India and the diaspora; spearheaded global campaigns on trade, sustainability and human rights for NGOs such as Oxfam and Friends of the Earth; and has broadcast and written widely on sustainability, climate change, development, trade, gender and human rights.


Register of Interests - Malini Mehra

Prof Richard Templer

Richard Templer
Richard is the Hofmann Professor and Director of Innovation at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Richard is in charge of developing and running the institute’s Centre for Cleantech Innovation (CCI). CCI’s mission is to develop cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs. It does this through programmes of experiential learning for innovators and entrepreneurs from the start-up, student, research and corporate communities. Richard was also a co-founder of Climate-KIC, a knowledge and innovation community working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, and Director of Climate-KIC UK. Richard continues to deliver parts of their programme in the UK through CCI.


Register of Interests - Prof Richard Templer

Dr Paul Toyne

Paul Toyne
Paul has a diverse background of academic research in environment science, campaigning for WWF, providing independent strategic advise on sustainability, running a corporate social responsibility consultancy and managing the environmental and sustainability affairs of large companies. This includes Balfour Beatty, WSP Group, Bovis Lend Lease UK, and Grimshaw where he is the practice leader on sustainability. Paul has worked with governments in the UK, the EU and globally, as well as private sector and non-governmental groups, on the development of policy on issues of sustainable trade and the environment. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Environment and Management and the RSA, and chairs and participates in various forums that aim to improve the sustainability of the built environment.


Register of Interests - Dr Paul Toyne

Cllr Claudia Webbe

Claudia Webbe
Claudia is a Councillor (Labour Party) for the London Borough of Islington. Elected in May 2010, Claudia is Executive Member for Environment and Transport. Claudia is also a Board Director of the Council’s trading company iCo, which was established to realise the income potential of the Council. As the Council’s Equality Champion, Claudia led the Council’s Equality Review. Previously, Claudia has been an independent equality advisor to the Football Association, and a Senior Advisor to the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, responsible for the cultural strategy and the creative industries.


Register of Interests - Claudia Webbe

Charlotte Wood

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Charlie is Environment Agency – London Environment, Planning and Engagement Manager. This means working closely with key organisations to engage early and work in partnership to make sure that London continues to be a world class city with a high-quality environment for those who live, work and visit it. Her portfolio includes sustainable growth, environmental infrastructure, natural capital, net environmental gain and climate resilience. Charlie joined the Environment Agency as a graduate from Kings College London and has since undertaken diverse range of roles and built up a rich knowledge of many of the sectors covered by the organisation. This includes work on water quality regulation and the 2007 flood and Pitt Review. 


Register of Interests - Charlotte Wood

Dimitri Zenghelis

Dimitri Zenghelis
Dimitri Zenghelis is Project Leader for the Wealth Economy project centred at Cambridge University and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. He was Head of Climate Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was a lead author on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown. Before working on climate change, Dimitri was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury. He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the UN Global Environment Outlook, GEO-6.


Register of Interests - Dimitri Zenghelis

James Byrne - Associate commissioner

James Byrne
James is an Equity Partner and Venture Director at Sustainable Venture Development Partners. Holding a number of director level leadership roles within the venture portfolio, he is responsible for capacity building and venture development across the Sustainable Ventures group. James was also named a Future Leader by the UK Green Building Council and has international sector experience including co-founding an international network for innovators in cleantech. James holds an MSc from the University of Warwick and a BSc from the University of Leeds.


Register of Interests - James Byrne

Paul de Zylva - Associate commissioner

Paul de Zylva
Paul leads Friends of the Earth's work on nature, where his work has included leading campaigns to recover bee populations, promoting alternatives to major road building, and exposing poor practice in the reuse of contaminated land for housing. As a founding member and former Chair of the LSDC, Paul helped make sustainability central to London's bid for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and their successful staging and legacy. Paul’s work on the LSDC led to his nomination as an RSA Fellow. Paul leads the Quaggy Waterways Action Group, an award winning community group inspiring urban river restoration, and is a Trustee of the National Park City Foundation, working to make London the world’s first National Park City.


Register of Interests - Paul de Zylva

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