Composition of the TfL Board

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5893
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I have been contacted by a constituent about the TfL Board and representation of cycling groups. I wanted to know if you felt the current composition of the Board includes a sufficient component who speak up for the interests of cyclists in London? When will the composition next be reviewed and will there be greater representation of cyclists in line with the increased number of journeys being taken by bike?

Answer

Answer for Composition of the TfL Board

Answer for Composition of the TfL Board

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The current composition of the Board speaks up for the interests of all transport users. In 2013, I appointed Andrew Gilligan as my Cycling Commissioner for London. He has oversight of the development of TfL cycling policy, programmes and investment priorities, and the progress of the delivery of cycling programmes in London. He champions cycling within and outside of TfL and reports to the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring, who is on the Board.

As explained in my answer to question 2014/4214, I am unable to appoint any additional Members to the TfL Board at present. As well as myself, there are currently sixteen Members of the TfL Board, which is the maximum number permissible. The periods of office of those sixteen Members all expire in June 2016. Advertisements for Board Members will be published in spring 2016. The person elected Mayor in May 2016 will then make appointments to the Board.

In making appointments to the Board the elected Mayor is required to have regard to the desirability of appointing Members with experience in one or more of the following: transport, finance and commerce, national and local government, the management of organisations or management of trade unions or matters relating to workers generally. The Mayor must also have regard to the desirability of appointing Members that represent the interests of women, those who require accessible transport and at least two members must be able to represent the interests of those from outside Greater London who use railway passenger services operated by TfL.