Mayor announces new appointments to TfL Board

13 September 2012
  • New appointments bring experience from infrastructure, environment, retail, investment, transport and construction Industries
  • Board to oversee continuing investment in and improvements to transport network as TfL builds on 2012 Games success

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has made some important new appointments to the Transport for London Board as the organisation continues its huge programme of investment in and upgrade of the capital’s transport network.

The appointments are Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Richard Barnes, former Deputy Mayor of London and London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon, Roger Burnley, Managing Director, General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics for Sainsburys, and Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The four new members bring a wealth of knowledge from infrastructure, environment, retail, investment, transport and construction Industries.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Transport for London played a key role in making the London 2012 Games the greatest in history. But we must not rest on our laurels. The performance of London’s transport network during the Games demonstrated what can be achieved through investment, effective planning and management, partnership working and the sheer hard work and dedication of staff at all levels of the organisation.

“As we get back to the essential job of upgrading London’s transport network, these new appointments bring a wealth of experience to the TfL Board. They will oversee delivery of the investment necessary to power London and the UK’s economic development and growth, delivering jobs and access to health, education and leisure across the capital.”

Eleven previous board members were reappointed earlier this year. They are Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Peter Anderson, Managing Director of Finance at Canary Wharf Group plc, Charles Belcher, formerly a managing director in the rail industry, Baroness Grey-Thompson, cross bench Peer and former Paralympian, Eva Lindholm, Vice Chairman - Global Corporate Bank, Daniel Moylan, Bob Oddy, Deputy General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, Patrick O’Keeffe, formerly Deputy Regional Secretary for Unite the Union, Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer for British Airways and Steve Wright, Chair of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will continue to Chair TfL. Isabel Dedring was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Board following the recommendation of the London Assembly Confirmations Hearing Committee meeting on 23 May.

Notes to editors

New Members

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes was Deputy Mayor of London from May 2008 to May 2012 and was the London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon from 2000 to 2012, prior to his election to the London Assembly he was Leader of the London Borough of Hillington.

Sir John Armitt, CBE FREn FICE

Sir John Armitt CBE, was appointed Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority on 1 September 2007. Sir John was previously Chief Executive of Network Rail from October 2002 and Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from December 2001. He has extensive experience in the building, civil engineering and industrial construction markets. From1986 to1993 he was Chairman of the Laing International and Civil Engineering Divisions, a company he joined as a graduate in 1966. From 1993 to 1997 he was Chief Executive of Union Railways, the company responsible for development of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link. In 1997 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001. Sir John received a Knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2012 for his services to engineering and construction.

Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich is Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of independent analysis for decision-makers in the clean energy, water, carbon and power sectors. Michael founded the business in 2004 and grew it as Chairman and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg in 2009. The company is headquartered in London and now has over 200 staff working out of 13 offices around the world.

Roger Burnley

Roger Burnley, Managing Director, General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics for Sainsburys. Roger joined the Operating Board in March 2006 as Supply Chain Director before assuming the role of Retail and Logistics Director (2008-12) and was appointed Managing Director of General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics in March 2012.He was previously Supply Chain Director at Matalan. Roger spent his early career in retail management and buying at B&Q before joining ASDA/WalMart, where he held a number of positions before becoming their Supply Chain Director in 2001. Currently Vice President of the Chartered Institute or Logistics and Transport (UK).Reappointed members

Isabel Dedring, Deputy Chair

Isabel Dedring is Deputy Mayor for Transport. Before her appointment, she was the Mayor's Environment Advisor. A qualified lawyer, she has worked across both public and private sectors including at Transport for London as Director of the Commissioner's Policy Unit and at McKinsey and Company, where she spent four years working with clients in regulated industries including telecoms and transport. She is a Board member of the Institute for Sustainability.

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson is Managing Director of Finance at Canary Wharf Group plc. He brings extensive experience of managing and developing a major business within a rapidly regenerating area to his TfL role together with experience of influencing the development of transport infrastructure appropriate to an area of rapid commercial and residential development. He was a special adviser to the TfL Board from 2007, until his appointment to the Board in June 2008.

Charles Belcher

Charles Belcher has had 36 years in the rail industry, of which 14 were as Managing Director, including for West Coast Trains, Wessex Trains and Silverlink. He was Chairman of National Rail Enquiries Ltd between 2000 and 2007. He will represent the interests of people living, working and studying outside Greater London served by TfL's rail services.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe has competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medal. She has held 30 world records. She is Non-Executive Director of UK Athletics, Vice Chair of Sports Advisory Group, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Director of the London Marathon and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University as well as holding other prominent positions in sports bodies. She has been a member of the National Disability Council and Senior Deputy Chair of the UK Lottery Award Panel. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2005 and was appointed to the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer in March 2010.

Eva Lindholm

Eva Lindholm has an extensive financial industry background, having held various roles at J.P. Morgan for more than 20 years. Eva is currently Vice Chairman - Global Corporate Bank, having run the Global Corporate Bank in Europe Middle East and Africa for the past three years. Eva focuses on the coverage of public sector financial institutions among her duties. Eva is involved in helping recruit and retain top female talent in her industry. She has been on the TfL Board since 2006, and is a native of Finland.

Daniel Moylan

Daniel Moylan joined the TfL Board in August 2008 and served as Deputy Chairman of TfL from 2009 to 2012. He has been a Conservative councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since 1990 and was Deputy Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2011. He is Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Environmental Limited and co-chairs Urban Design London. He is a non-executive director of a property investment trust.Bob OddyBob Oddy has been a licensed taxi driver since 1966. He is currently Deputy General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association - which has a membership of over 9,000. He has been actively involved in many issues affecting the taxi industry. He is Director of LTDA Enterprises Ltd and an Adviser to Computer Cab Company Ltd.

Patrick O'Keeffe

Patrick O'Keeffe has extensive experience in industrial relations. He has previously held the position of Deputy Regional Secretary for Unite the Union, formerly the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), the UK's biggest general union. He has also worked for the Irish TGWU, the Amalgamated Engineering Union, the British Airways Trade Union Council, the International Transport Federation and the European Trade Union Federation. He is a Trustee of the Ealing Community Transport Charity and has been on the TfL Board since 2004.

Keith Williams

Keith Williams is Chief Executive Officer for British Airways and has been a main Board director for the last five years. He is also a Board member of Iberia and International Airlines Group. Prior to joining British Airways he worked for a range of major corporations including Reckitt and Coleman, Apple Computers and Boots. He has extensive financial experience including a detailed knowledge of business planning, capital projects, project finance, and has been involved in many recent issues such as pensions and industrial relations.

Steve Wright

Steve Wright, after an early career with London Underground, became involved in the private hire trade and successfully ran a private hire company for over 25 years. Steve is currently Chair of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association. This organisation comprises of 150 companies representing 15,000 drivers, with a further 1,000 companies registered. In 1999 Steve was awarded an MBE for services to transport in London.