About London recovery structures

Although we are emerging from the initial response to COVID-19 in London, we will be living with the virus for many months yet and it will be a long time until all residual social distancing measures are lifted. This makes the boundary between response and recovery activity more blurred than it is traditionally after major incidents. 

Two Boards have been established to oversee the Transition and Recovery work respectively. Leadership is shared by the Greater London Authority (GLA), London Councils and Central Government.

The London Transition Board

The London Transition Board is co-chaired by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP.  It will remain in place until the end of 2020 to co-ordinate London’s immediate response to trends, issues and risks as London emerges from lockdown and begins to re-open its economy, whilst monitoring the virus and further outbreaks. The first meeting of the Transition Board was on the 9 June. Membership of the Transition Board is drawn from Government, Local Authorities, London’s core services and business leaders. 

The emergency structure of the Strategic Coordination Group that brought together emergency services, the NHS, as well as Local Authorities at the start of the pandemic has become a Transition Management Group supporting the Transition Board. 

The London Recovery Board

The London Recovery Board, co-chaired by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Chair of London Councils, Cllr Peter John, co-ordinates the planning for London's long-term recovery effort, beyond the transition from lockdown. Membership of the Recovery Board is drawn from London Councils, business leaders, the community and voluntary sector, trade unions, academia and the health and police services. The first meeting of the Recovery Board was on the 4 June. The Recovery Board is supported by a Recovery Taskforce which coordinates actions to meet these challenges, working in partnership across London. 

Membership of the London Recovery Board

The full membership of the London Recovery Board, which met formally for the first time on 4 June 2020, is:  

  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London  
  • Councillor Peter John OBE, Chair of London Councils  
  • Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London  
  • Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, President, Universities UK  
  • Richard Burge, CEO, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry  
  • Laura Citron, CEO, London and Partners  
  • Dame Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police Commissioner  
  • Councillor Ruth Dombey OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils and leader of the Liberal Democrat Group  
  • David Farnsworth, Chair, London Funders  
  • Matthew Fell, Chief Policy Director, Confederation of British Industry Professor  
  • Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director, Public Health England  
  • Jake Ferguson, Chair, CVS Directors Network and CEO, Hackney CVS  
  • Councillor Georgia Gould, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Deputy leader of the Labour Group  
  • Sam Gurney, London Regional Secretary, Trade Union Congress  
  • Rowena Howie, London Policy Representative, Federation of Small Businesses  
  • David Hughes, CEO, Association of Colleges  
  • Catherine McGuinness, Vice Chair of London Councils and Independent Group Lead  
  • Bharat Mehta CBE, CEO, Trust for London  
  • The Ven. Father Luke Miller, Chair, London Resilience Faith Sector Panel  
  • Sir Bob Neill MP, Co-Chair, APPG on London  
  • Councillor Teresa O'Neill OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils and leader of the Conservative Group  
  • Nita Patel, Founder and CEO, Planet Communications  
  • Sir David Sloman, London Regional Director, NHS England  
  • Paul Scully MP, Minister for London  
  • Rebecca Speight, CEO, RSPB  
  • Angela Spence, CEO, Kensington and Chelsea Social Council  
  • Professor Tony Travers, Director, LSE London  
  • Jasmine Whitbread, CEO, London First  
  • Lord Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote 

Meetings, media and events

Plans for London's COVID-19 recovery were announced on 22 May and you can read more in the press release.

The first meeting of the London Recovery Board took place on 4 June 2020. You can read more in this press release, the agenda pack and minutes.

The first meeting of the London Transition Board took place on 9 June 2020. You can read more in this press release.

The first meeting of the London Recovery Taskforce took place on 19 June 2020. You can read more in the minutes.

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