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​Sir Edward Lister joins Museum of London Board of Governors

22 June 2016

Today Sir Edward Lister, Senior Advisor to UK Trade and Industry’s Regeneration Investment Organisation and Former Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, takes his place on the Museum of London Board.

He joins at a time of change and opportunity as the museum plans its 2021 relocation to a new home in West Smithfield. Sir Edward brings with him a wealth of strategic and planning experience having worked at the heart of London government for over 20 years.

Sir Edward has recently been appointed Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency. The agency operates outside London, supporting communities by making homes and business premises available to those who need them.

Sir Edward occupied his recent post as Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning from 2011-16. This pivotal role at City Hall involved coordinating and implementing the strategic and policy priorities of the Mayor and his team. As the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Sir Edward led on GLA budgets and administration. He also advised the Mayor on strategic planning applications. He managed the London Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy. Sir Edward also delivered a key part of the Mayor’s jobs and growth agenda.

Sir Edward Lister said:

“This is an exciting time to join the Board of the Museum of London, just as it’s planning its 2021 move to West Smithfield. I am a Londoner. I’m excited to be part of this plan – a plan which will transform the museum’s relationship with London and Londoners and one to which I feel I can add some value.”

Sir Edward’s experience of London government extends well beyond City Hall. He was previously leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011.

The now 18-strong Museum of London Board consists of appointments from the Greater London Authority, the Corporation of the City of London and includes high-profile leaders in diverse fields, from property to broadcasting.

Clive Bannister, Chairman of the Museum of London, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Sir Edward to the Board of Governors of the Museum of London. As Deputy Mayor of London he has been responsible for London’s 2025 Infrastructure Plan, informed by leading Wandsworth’s Council for nearly 20 years. This unique background and unrivalled experience of planning and London governance will augment our strong Board as it builds the New Museum.”

Sharon Ament, Director, Museum of London, said:

“Sir Edward knows London inside-out, his experience, expertise and wise head will help enormously in the fermentation of our plans to connect to all parts of London and to all Londoners”.


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About Sir Edward Lister

Sir Edward was awarded the KBE in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours list.

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