Roles and responsibilities
The London & Partners board is comprised of up to 13 non-executive directors and two executive directors.
The Mayor of London appoints the chairman and one other director. All other non-executive directors are appointed by the members on the recommendation of the board.
The board is responsible for:
- Managing the company’s business, as set out in the Articles of Association.
- Leading the development of strategies, policies and plans to discharge London & Partners’ purposes.
- Monitoring the performance of the company, to ensure it meets its strategic objectives and targets.
- Promoting high standards of propriety, best practice and the efficient and effective use of staff and resources.
Other specific responsibilities are delegated to its committees: the Audit and Finance Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee.
Each of these operates within defined terms of reference:
- Terms of reference for the Audit and Finance Committee [PDF 141 KB].
- Terms of reference for the Remuneration Committee [PDF 212 KB].
- Terms of reference for the Nomination Committee [PDF 124 KB].
The London & Partners board is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, as an important part of an effective and efficient approach to managing the company and its subsidiaries.
The London & Partners board operates within a defined terms of reference [PDF 86 KB].
Our board members
London & Partners Board Chairman, Deputy Mayor of London for Business
Rajesh Agrawal was appointed Deputy Mayor of London for Business by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in June 2016.
Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur, he founded RationalFX in 2005 and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals. Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people.
He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years. As Deputy Mayor, Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most attractive place to do business in the world.
Chief Executive Officer, London & Partners
As Chief Executive Officer, Laura is responsible for the leadership, strategy, performance and accountability of the organisation, working closely with the board and Executive Team.
Prior to joining London & Partners, Laura was Managing Director of the Government & Public Sector Practice at WPP, the world’s largest marketing and communication services business. In that role, she advised governments on destination marketing, behaviour change, digital government and citizen engagement. She led a global network of regional teams in Beirut, Brussels, Delhi, Nairobi, Singapore and Sydney.
Laura is author of me.gov: The Next Generation of Digital Public Services. She taught communications for behaviour change at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Laura has spent her career at the intersection of public policy and communication. She spent several years as a UK public servant in London and Brussels, and has worked as a journalist in Russia and for an NGO in Germany.
Laura is a Londoner and speaks French and Russian. She is a governor of an inner-city London primary school. Laura has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and a postgraduate degree from University College London.
Managing Director, Strategy & Operations, London & Partners
Allen is Managing Director of Strategy & Operations at London & Partners, the business growth and destination agency for London.
He was previously Interim Chief Executive, and prior to this Managing Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs.
In his current role, he leads the organisation's financial, operations and governance functions, as well as its strategy, research and corporate affairs.
Previously, Allen spent six years at Barclays Bank where he led the bank’s political strategy function, and acted as an adviser to the Chairman and wider senior leadership.
He also led the bank’s business finance policy team, focusing on trade promotion, SMEs and scaleups both in the UK and across the EU, including as Chair of the SME committee of the pan-European wholesale banking group AFME. Following the 2016 referendum, Allen led the organisation’s Brexit and global trade policy response.
From 2008 to 2012, Allen worked at the London Stock Exchange as an adviser to the CEO and Chairman during the financial crisis, working to protect London’s position as the world’s leading financial centre. He has served in a number of government roles including within the UK Parliament and civil service.
Allen is married to Katy, who practices as a nurse in South London. They have one daughter.
Director, New Horizons Advisory Limited
Massy has more than 25 years of experience across the financial services sector, including in M&A and business development. More recently, she has spent the last 14 years in the property sector in strategy, capital raising, financial advisory and product development roles in investment firms and in corporate finance advisory.
She has experience of working in the UK, France and the United States, and she has held senior management roles at GE Capital, GE Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield Investors and Deloitte Real Estate. She now acts as an independent advisor and consultant to real estate investors and investment management funds, as well as acting as a trustee to a charity.
Massy has a Bsc Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Insead in France.
London & Partners Board Member
Jo Wright is a Chartered Accountant, who qualified at KPMG and has held executive finance leadership roles in media, technology and ecommerce.
Most recently Jo was the Chief Finance Officer and executive board director of Auction Technology Group; a Private Equity backed technology ecommerce business. In that role, she professionalised and transformed the finance function to serve the growing needs of a scaling business; providing commercial insight coupled with strong governance, while enabling the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.
Previously Jo was CFO of Nickelodeon UK, the UK’s leading pay television children's broadcaster and a joint venture between Viacom and Sky. Jo led the transformation of the finance function to become a collaborative business partner enabling data-led decision-making. Jo supported the CEO and leadership team in the audience growth strategy; involving investment in UK produced content, working with UK production companies. She also managed the operational transformation of many of the enterprise functions, moving in-house functions to outsourced centers of excellence.
Prior to this, Jo held a number of senior finance roles at Sky working across diverse areas including advertising, programming, marketing, digital and investments.Jo has an honors degree from the University of Birmingham in Accounting and Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).
Chief Business & Science Officer at Holland & Barrett
Tamara has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneurial leader: as an operator building and growing ventures, and as an advisor to companies of all sizes – from multinationals to SMEs – and to governments.
She is currently Chief Business & Science Officer at Holland & Barrett. Tamara moved from being on Holland & Barrett’s Board of Directors to its management team in April 2021, to help drive towards their vision of becoming the trusted health and wellness partner to 100 million people globally by 2025. She leads the Strategy, Transformation, New Ventures, M&A, Early-Stage Investments, ESG and Corporate Affairs functions, and a new Science Centre of Excellence.
She is a Non-Executive Director at the world’s largest building society, Nationwide, and she is also Chair of L&P Ventures, the commercial venture arm at London & Partners. She was previously a NED and Founding Trustee at The Scale-Up Institute.
Prior to Holland & Barrett, Tamara ran Live Better With, a healthcare platform that helped improve the quality of day-to-day life for more than three million people living with non-acute health conditions.
Tamara was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she was a leader in the European and North American Healthcare Practices, and led McKinsey’s knowledge and client work on entrepreneurship in healthcare, life sciences, digital and technology.
Tamara has published widely on high-growth entrepreneurship and is an experienced public speaker on scaleup ecosystems and digital health entrepreneurship, having presented at several global forums including TedXNHS, MIT, the G8 Innovation Conference and the World Bank.
Tamara received an MBE for services to Technology and Entrepreneurship in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours. She has been listed in the Sunday Times Maserati 100, Management Today's 35 under 35, The Wharton School's 40 under 40, 50 Movers & Shakers in BioBusiness, ComputerWeekly’s Top 50 Influential Women in Tech, BusinessInsider's UK Tech 100, Startup.co.uk’s Young Guns, accelerateHer/Financial Times' Inspiring Fifty, and Red Magazine's Top 20 Career Shifters.
CEO, Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII)
Mark Taylor is CEO of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII), a premier purpose-built events venue in Westminster. Mark has more than 35 years of experience of events, venues and the tourism sector. He started his career working in Sales for Club Med followed by the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he became Assistant Director.
Mark moved to the UK in 1990, where he took up the role of Marketing Manager, Wembley Convention and Exhibition Centre and subsequently of Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, before securing the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for Wembley International. Mark then spent 16 years in the arts sector, firstly at the Barbican as Commercial and Buildings Director and then Chief Executive of the Wales Millennium Centre, before joining the QEII in April 2013.
Since his arrival in 2013, Mark has been taking the QEII Centre on a journey of revitalisation and rejuvenation, both physically and philosophically, working with his team to evolve the brand and deliver the ambition to become London’s finest specialist events venue.
Leading the centre through a major capital investment programme, he has re-established the centre’s "wow factor", transforming the reputation, appearance and performance of the QEII. His commercial prowess has seen the centre achieve its best financial results in its 35-year history and the centre is now attracting an increasingly diverse portfolio of clients and events.
Mark’s commitment and drive to modernise the centre was rewarded when he won the miaList Leadership Award 2015, an accolade for which he was nominated by the QEII staff. In the last eight years, the QEII Centre and its teams have won 37 industry awards for work across all areas of the business.
Mark currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of the Meetings Industry Association and Victoria Westminster Business Improvement District and is married with two children.
CEO, Harvey Nichols
Manju has had a progressive career with Harvey Nichols, the luxury international retailer, since 1998. From 2018, she led the business as Chief Operating Officer and prior to that as CFO. In January 2021, she was appointed CEO.
During her time with the brand, she has been at the heart of commercial performance and technology.
Having redefined the business strategy across the UK and the international franchise store network, she has also driven an omni-channel global customer experience, underpinned by a transformational IT programme.
Having put sustainability at the heart of Harvey Nichols’ approach, she has driven the agenda with partners, suppliers and stakeholders. Outside of her career, since 2013, Manju has been an Ambassador and mentor to the Camden Spear Trust, which is a charity improving the lives of under-privileged young people.
She is also an Ambassador of both the Women of the Future network and Retail Week’s Be Inspired, which support the next generation of business leaders.
Among her accolades are Asian Women of Achievement and being recognised by The Evening Standard as one of London’s most influential people, as well as Retail Week’s Power List and Drapers Fashion Retail Power 100.
Manju is a Chartered Accountant and has a BSc in Economics from Warwick University.
Vice President & Vice-Principal of Research at King’s College, London
Professor Reza Razavi is Vice President & Vice-Principal of Research at King’s College, London, and Director of Research at King’s Health Partners. He is Professor of Paediatric Cardiovascular Science at King’s College, London and Consultant Cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He led the development at King’s School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences in its 10-year transformation from 20 to more than 400 active researchers.
Reza’s research interest is in imaging and biomedical engineering related to cardiovascular disease, and he has substantial grant income, and extensive experience working with industry towards delivering technologies that move into clinical products. He is published widely in high-impact journals with more than 300 journal publications.
One key area of focus is cardiac MRI in relation to congenital heart disease, electrophysiology and heart failure, with image-guided intervention and employing XMR (X-ray and MRI) guided cardiac catheterization, and pursuing methodological advances to move to faster three-dimensional cardiac imaging. He is Director of the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering and UK Research and Innovation Medical Imaging and AI Centre for Value based Healthcare.
Reza actively participates in both national and international bodies in the fields of cardiovascular imaging, including developing the curriculum for training of doctors in this area, alongside organisation of national and international societal meetings, and is post-Chair of the British Society for Cardiovascular MRI.
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
Formerly based out of Silicon Valley, Dominic Field has expertise in digital transformation, marketing and business strategy.
Prior to his December 2019 retirement, he was Global Leader of BCG’s Marketing practice and led the firm’s relationship with Google Inc. Dominic was the Founder Leader of Digital BCG and has spent his 30-year career working at board level with companies in the cross-hairs of digital disruption across multiple industries and geographies.
He has a particular focus on emerging trends and has helped many businesses to reimagine their strategy in the light of structural challenge.
He led a leading marketing services business and is a keynote speaker. Dominic is now building a non-executive portfolio alongside board-level advisory.
Our board observers
Mayoral Director, Communications
London & Partners Board - Observer
Sarah Brown is Mayoral Director, Communications at the Greater London Authority. She was the Director of Communications for Sadiq Khan’s mayoral campaign in 2021, and Deputy Mayoral Director for Communications at City Hall during Sadiq Khan’s first term.
Sarah has worked in communications for national government, as well as in Parliament and politics.
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London
London & Partners Board - Observer
Ben Johnson is the Mayor of London’s advisor on economic and business policy. In this role, Ben supports the Mayor and his deputies, and works with colleagues across the GLA to develop and implement policy in support of London’s economic growth, competitiveness and fairness, and London’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to working at City Hall, Ben worked on Sadiq Khan’s campaign to become Mayor of London in 2016, in particular playing a key part in drafting his manifesto. Previously, Ben was Head of Policy Development at The Labour Party, as well as having a background in transport, environment and local government policy. He has also served as a councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Originally from Warrington, Ben moved to London in 2003 and has been here ever since. He has a BSc in Public Policy, Government and Management from the University of Birmingham.
Justine Simons OBE
Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries
London & Partners Board - Observer
Justine Simons has played a central role in the cultural revitalisation of London, leading the design and evolution of the capital’s culture strategy since the inception of the Greater London Authority. In 2015, she was awarded an OBE for Services to Culture in London.
Justine founded and is Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum – a major initiative on culture and the future of cities, involving 40 global cities. She led the capital’s biggest ever festival for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with more than 5,000 events and is now overseeing its legacy, East Bank a major new culture and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over the last year, she has been supporting London’s recovery from the pandemic through the Let’s Do London campaign, encouraging a return to culture and hospitality in the capital.
She has shaped London’s Investment Strategy for the Creative Industries covering film, fashion, games and design. She has designed new policy innovations, including the UK’s first Creative Enterprise Zones, a new Culture at Risk Office to protect fragile cultural infrastructure, a new London Borough of Culture Award and the first Cultural Infrastructure Plan.
Justine established the Fourth Plinth as the UK’s biggest sculpture prize, is co-chair of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm and chaired the Mayor’s Suffrage Statue Commission which led to the first statue of a women in Parliament Square, suffrage campaigner Millicent Fawcett.
We publish information about our board members' direct or indirect interests in our Consolidated Declaration of Interest for board members July 2022 [PDF 2.85MB].
London & Partners' board meetings
You can find full information about items discussed at London & Partners' board meetings below.
Minutes of board meetings will not be uploaded until they have been approved by the board at the subsequent board meeting.
Board meeting minutes
View full minutes from previous board meetings:
- February 2022 [PDF 214 KB]
- November 2021 [PDF 225 KB]
- September 2021 [PDF 169KB]
- May 2021 [PDF 180KB]
- February 2021 [PDF 138KB]
- November 2020 [PDF 148KB]
- September 2020 [PDF 165 KB]
- April 2020 [PDF 201 KB]
- February 2020 [PDF 261 KB]
- November 2019 [PDF 205 KB]
- September 2019 [PDF 210 KB]
- June 2019 [PDF 178 KB]
- February 2019 [PDF 167 KB]
- November 2018 [PDF 154 KB]
Board meeting summary reports
Read full summary reports from previous board meetings:
- September 2018 [PDF 213 KB]
- May 2018 [PDF 132 KB]
- February 2018 [PDF 206 KB]
- November 2017 [PDF 202 KB]
- September 2017 [PDF 204 KB]
- May 2017 [PDF 202 KB]
- February 2017 [PDF 206 KB]
Find out more about how London & Partners is run, including information about our delegation of authority, subsidiary companies and board committees.