Statements following the first meeting of the London Recovery Board

04 June 2020

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Today, alongside Cllr Peter John, I co-chaired the first meeting of the London Recovery Board, as we take steps towards securing the best possible future for London post-COVID.”


“The Board met virtually and heard from London leaders about their experiences of COVID-19. We also discussed the economic and social recovery for the capital, leading to a greener, more equal and better future.


“The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant public health crisis in living memory. As Mayor, I am committed to securing a better future for Londoners and ensuring that nobody is left behind. This Recovery Board will meet regularly for many months to come as we navigate the economic, health and social challenges arising from both the virus itself and from the lockdown.”


Cllr Peter John OBE, Chair of London Councils, said: “Local councils are committed to delivering renewal and growth in all of London’s communities post-COVID. Working collaboratively with the Mayor, voluntary sector, business and other London Recovery Board members, boroughs will champion the interests of Londoners, help overcome challenges and identify opportunities for positive change. Together, we can build a better future for our city.”

Notes to editors

About 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, will co-ordinate the planning for London's future post- COVID. It is supported by a Recovery Taskforce, which will coordinate actions to meet these challenges, working in partnership with local authorities, health and care bodies, business groups, trade unions, the voluntary sector, academia, national Government and other bodies.


The London Recovery Board will run in parallel to the London Transition Board. Co-chaired by the Mayor and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, the Transition Board will remain in place until the end of 2020 to co-ordinate London’s response to trends, issues and risks as London emerges from lockdown and begins to reopen its economy whilst monitoring the virus and further outbreaks. 


The full membership of the London Recovery Board 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

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