Jules Pipe named as deputy mayor for planning, regeneration & skills

30 June 2016

Sadiq Khan today (Thursday 30 June) appointed Jules Pipe CBE to his top team as deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills.

Jules Pipe will work on key priorities for the Mayor, including major regeneration projects across the capital, providing young people with skills for their future careers, and ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners. Jules will lead on the revision of the London Plan and work closely with James Murray, deputy mayor for housing and residential development, to tackle the city’s housing crisis.  

Becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002, and serving as Chair of London Councils since June 2010, Jules Pipe has unrivalled knowledge both of London government and the unique challenges the capital faces in the aftermath of the EU referendum result.  

Jules will stand down from both these roles next month to start his full-time role at City Hall.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Jules Pipe brings to City Hall extensive knowledge of the capital, and the key challenges it faces.  

"He and I share a determination to ensure London’s prosperity is shared by all Londoners, and that we plan ahead to equip the city for its future economic, infrastructure, skills and housing needs. Jules will be a fantastic addition to my top team at a time when London needs a stronger voice more than ever before in championing its unique interests, following the fallout from the EU referendum result.”

Jules Pipe said: “I am passionate about London, and I am delighted to be working with Sadiq on his ambitious plans to build prosperity, whilst ensuring our city is affordable for all Londoners.

"It is vital we use all the levers of City Hall to pursue a vision for the capital that delivers all its key needs, including a much needed increase in housing, and that development is planned to provide the widest benefit. Young Londoners must be given the skills needed to access all the opportunities available to them in our great city. 

“I will be keen to ensure that the London Plan in particular reflects these core priorities.”

Notes to editors

  •      Jules Pipe will be a full-time deputy mayor and is set to step down as Mayor of Hackney and Chair of London Councils. He will take up his City Hall role following his resignation as Mayor of Hackney next month.
  •       In his new role, Jules Pipe will take overall responsibility for the London Plan and planning applications.  In recognition of the need for new policies to tackle London’s housing crisis, Jules will work closely with James Murray as deputy mayor for housing and residential development.  James will lead on housing-related planning policies, alongside engagement with developers and providing advice to the Mayor on the housing aspects of applications and pre-application discussions.