Meet the London Green Spaces Commission. The group will work over the next 12 months to develop new models for the delivery and management of London’s green infrastructure.
London Green Spaces Commission
To help support London boroughs transform how their parks services are managed and funded so that they can maintain or increase investment in parks and green spaces, in the context of substantial and ongoing constraints imposed on public sector funding.
The Commission is a commitment in the London Environment Strategy and supports the Mayor’s vision to make London a National Park City.
What is the makeup of the board?
- membership is made up of 14 commissioners
- 50% are women
- 29% are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background
Members are supported by the GLA Green Infrastructure team and are not paid for their roles.
The commission will meet 6 times within the 12 months from April 2019 – March 2020.
Members will draw on their own expertise but also call in external evidence and commission new research.
The Commission will use knowledge of the economic value of London’s public green spaces to demonstrate the need for continued investment. Providing a broad partnership of decision-makers who support London’s public parks it will help develop and test sustainable business models for parks services in partnership with boroughs.
The Commission will publish initial recommendations in 2020.
Meet the board
She is now working to deliver the Mayor’s vision of making London greener, cleaner and healthier, recently overseeing the publication of the Mayor’s London Environment Strategy. This includes ambitious plans to reduce air pollution across London, help the capital become a zero-carbon city by 2050 and making London the first National Park City.
Fiona is Director and Treasurer of Brixton Green, a 1300-member community organisation that has developed a model for delivery of larger scale community-led housing. Fiona holds an MBA from The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Prakash Daswani MBE
Born in India to post-Partition religious refugees, he migrated with them to settle in London in 1961. State educated, he studied at four UK universities (1977-2013) in varying disciplines: English (BA); Arts Administration (MA); Social Anthropology (MSc); MBA.
He was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of independent charity Cultural Co-operation (CC) (1987-2014); Deputy/Acting Arts Director at London’s Commonwealth Institute (CI) (1981-87) and Artistic Director of CC’s/CI’s 25 Music Village festivals and related world culture projects in London and beyond (1979-2014).
His voluntary governance roles have included serving as a member of HLF’s London Committee (2006-12), the Mayor’s Commission on Asian & African Heritage (2009) and Arts Council England (1988-9). He has produced reports for and/or made presentations to: UNESCO (1995), British Council, Ford Foundation, Chatham House, the London Mayors Office (2009) and the Museums Association (2013).
Her most recent roles have been for the London Boroughs of Camden and latterly as Director of Leisure for the London Borough of Southwark. She is a passionate innovator and transformational manager, looking for ways to support excellence in public services and promote the huge variety of green spaces and cultural places in London.
She is the Chair of the London Parks & Gardens Trust, on the Royal Parks Guild, Metropolitan Public Gardens Association, Perennial (Policies & Services) and the World Urban Parks Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Committees. With keen interest in heritage, ecology, parks and horticulture she judges each year for Green Flag, Green Heritage and London in Bloom and is an examiner, mentor and supervisor for the Landscape Institute professional practice chartership.
Nigel Hughes MBE
In addition to his work with Grosvenor, Nigel was one of the founding directors of the Better Buildings Partnership, (now an organisation representing 30 of the largest property owners in London committed to reducing their carbon footprint), the Victoria Business Improvement District and the Mayfair and Belgravia Neighbourhood Forums. In 2016, Nigel was awarded an MBE for his ‘contribution to the business community in London’.
Trina is dedicated to improving children’s experience of the city. She campaigns to ensure all children have access to high-quality opportunities to play and learn outdoors. She also campaigns for safer school routes, air quality improvements and Healthy Streets.
Prior to Future of London, Nicola was Head of Cities Programme at Design Council Cabe. She oversaw the delivery of design training and expert advice for public-, private- and voluntary-sector clients. She also initiated Cabe’s Inclusive Environments programme, supporting built environment professionals to deliver inclusive buildings and spaces.
At CABE Nicola was part of the team championing the value of parks and green space across England. She managed and developed national toolkits and best practice guidance to support local authorities, communities and other public sector organisations in the planning, design and management of the public realm.
Previously as Director of Corporate Services at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a globally unique green space in London, Jill learnt about the many and varied aspects and challenges of “park” management. With over 10 years’ experience working in NDPB’s at a senior level she is well acquainted with the opportunities and constraints of income generation and securing capital investment in the public sector.
Jill is excited by the opportunity to contribute to the future development of London’s green spaces at a time when the threats to our natural environment and the calls upon it are so great.
He was author of the Rethinking Parks (2013) research report published by Nesta, and both State of UK Public Parks reports 2014 and 2016. He has given evidence to the government select committee on the future of public parks, is a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council and a Design Panel Member for Design South + East and Design South West. He serves on the London and South Area Committee for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is a fellow of the Landscape Institute.
Tim has worked in the social and public sector advising on transport and built environment policy, regulation and legislation for disabled people. He subsequently went on to lead civil service teams responsible for policy on public spaces, social enterprise and community organisations. He also worked for Nesta, the UK innovation charity, on supporting social ventures and public service innovation.
At PwC he worked with London Boroughs on organisational transformation and change programmes and at PPL is developing collaborations to improve the wider determinants of health and support wellbeing. He has a MSc and BA in Planning Studies from Oxford Brookes University and is a Fellow of the RSA with a passion for cities and public services.
Keith’s began his career as a park ranger in the lower Lee Valley, moving to West London as a senior manager with responsibility for over 100 parks and open spaces.
Keith has led £60million restoration of Gunnersbury Park & Museum (the former Rothschilds family estate) for the last decade and also led the creation of Northala Fields including West London’s iconic, artificial hills constructed from material recycled from the old Wembley stadium.
Keith has driven major investment in parks and green spaces by taking a commercial approach to support the development of parks, alongside resident engagement and is passionate about the benefits they provide for Londoners to enjoy wildlife, heritage, sport, to relax and have fun.
During Adrian’s time at Glendale he achieved work based horticultural qualifications through the RHS and vocational courses before studying business and achieving his MBA in 2011. Adrian has worked his way up through the company from a team leader to Managing Director over his 21-year career. Adrian has recently been nominated to join the board of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and has been a Green Flag judge for over 17 years as well as a member of the Institute of Horticulture.