Mayor to appoint Sir Peter Hendy as new Chair of the LLDC

23 June 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced he intends to appoint Sir Peter Hendy CBE as the new Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

Sir Peter has more than 42 years’ experience of working in the transport and infrastructure sector in London. He has been Chair of Network Rail since 2015 – a position he will retain – and was previously Commissioner of Transport for London for nine years.

The London Legacy Development Corporation was established by the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson, to build on the success of the 2012 Olympic Games and drive forward regeneration, growth and investment in east London. It has full planning powers and works closely with the four neighbouring boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Sir Peter will be tasked with overseeing the continued growth of the Park and its venues, which have seen more than 15 million visitors since they re-opened, firmly establishing it in the area as a major visitor destination. He will also be charged with pushing ahead with the delivery of new neighbourhoods to meet the Mayor’s long-term strategic aim of 50 per cent affordable homes, as well as embedding a new Cultural and Education District in the heart of the Park.

One of Sir Peter’s first priorities will be to assist LLDC in how it responds and takes forward the recommendations of the Mayor’s investigation into the finances of the London Stadium, which are expected later this year.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a unique regeneration project in London, combining sporting venues and a cultural and education quarter with new neighbourhoods delivering genuinely affordable homes.

“Sir Peter will bring unrivalled knowledge and experience to the role and I look forward to working closely with him to make the most of this opportunity to establish the Park as a world-class sporting and visitor attraction, as well as delivering jobs, growth and new communities fit for Londoners.”

Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work with the Mayor, the superb LLDC team and all its partners to fulfil the unquestionable potential of the regeneration of this area of east London.
“Having kept London’s transport networks moving during the course of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I am delighted to now have the opportunity help secure the continuing legacy of the Park, creating a new area of the city bringing economic growth, thousands of jobs and new homes.”

David Goldstone, LLDC Chief Executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Sir Peter has been nominated by the Mayor to become chair of LLDC. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role of Chair. His huge experience of major projects at TfL and Network Rail and his work as Transport Commissioner, including in the planning for and delivery of the 2012 Games, will be invaluable in driving forward the work of the Legacy Corporation as we create a new part of London.”

Notes to editors

The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing before the London Assembly.

Sir Peter will take up his position of Chair of LLDC for two days a week alongside his current Network Rail position.

Sir Peter will take over from Philip Lewis, the Deputy Chair of LLDC, who has been acting Chair since the resignation of David Edmonds in November 2016.