OLYMPICS SUSTAINABILITY WATCHDOG APPOINTS MORE EXPERTS
The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 announces full team of advisors and launches its 2008 assurance programme
London, 22 January 2008. The pioneering body set up to monitor sustainability planning and progress for the London 2012 Olympic games has announced the appointment of a further eight commissioners. The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 now comprises twelve expert advisors led by the chair, Shaun McCarthy. It plans four key reviews and three progress reports in 2008.
The new commissioners have expertise ranging from social and economic sustainability to biodiversity, climate change, waste, and community sport. They are drawn from government, business and the voluntary and community sectors, and three are local residents of the Olympic boroughs
The Commission has also announced that in 2008, as well as assuring general activity with regards to sustainability from the Olympic delivery bodies, it will provide formal reviews on four specific areas - procurement and commercial partnerships, social and economic sustainability, food and waste. The commission will also review progress on design and the initiative to calculate an overall carbon footprint for the games.
The new commissioners include the following. (Please see notes to editors for full biographies).
; Gautam Banerji, an expert on the impact of sustainable development on
; Emily Brennan, a biodiversity specialist and conservation biologist
; Claire Holman, an air quality specialist and sustainability consultant
; Andrew Myer, an energy and environmental consultant who worked on the
; Jonathan Pauling who has managed a wide range of food and
; Daniel Silverstone, a waste and racial equality expert
; Neil Taylor who is a community sports specialist
; Ben Wilson, who is widely experienced in social housing, organizational
strategy and governance
The new commissioners join existing commission members Val Chinn, Professor Stuart Green, Andrew Shipley, and Dr Robin Stott who were appointed in May 2007.
The commissioners were appointed following an extensive open recruitment process and are initially appointed for two years. The positions are unpaid, apart from expenses. Their role is to support the chair in providing quality advice and feedback to the Olympic Board on the sustainability of the Games programme, identify good practice, areas for improvement and assess risks. The Commission is also able to appoint co-opted experts who are specialists in particular sustainability areas to support the core commissioners.
“The commission is undertaking a pioneering endeavour to independently monitor London’s pledge to host the most sustainable Olympics ever staged. The
role we are performing has never been undertaken before – there is a lot at stake
and a lot to gain. It is a tremendous benefit that we can bring together this set of commissioners all with very different perspectives, knowledge and experience. I am honoured to work with these people and very excited at the prospect of hearing and acting on the insights and inspirations that will arise. Having a full
complement of commissioners will also greatly strengthen our ability to make an impact on the Olympic delivery bodies, to ensure the promise is kept to deliver the most sustainable games and to guarantee an impressive legacy. “ said
Shaun McCarthy, Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.
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Notes to Editors
About the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012
The aim of the commission is to provide independent assurance and commentary in order to enable the sustainability objectives of the London 2012 programme to be achieved and to support a sustainable legacy.
The key goals of the Commission are:
; To provide the Olympic Board and other stakeholders with commentary, supported by
objective evidence, to demonstrate whether Key Stakeholders (currently including the
Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic
and Paralympic Games, the Greater London Authority (GLA Group), the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the British Olympic Association (BOA) have:
o Robust plans and processes are in place to deliver SD objectives
o Objective evidence that SD Objectives are being achieved
o SD plans and performance to support a sustainable legacy
; To provide a credible point of reference for all stakeholders, with respect to SD
The commission reports to the Olympic Board and is funded by DCMS, the GLA Group, LOCOG and the ODA.
Appointment process for new Commissioners
The Commissioners were appointed in line with best practice public appointment procedures recommended by the Nolan Committee.
New Commissioners biographies
Gautam Banerji is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and an Indian Advocate presently engaged in legal practice as a Principal at a London Chancery Lane Limited Liability Partnership. Previously amongst other roles, we worked for UNICEF as a professional for twelve years, the last five years (1991-1995) were under a complex emergency in Iraq in the immediate aftermath of the first Gulf War. He also holds an M.Sc(Econ) degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in Social Policy and Planning. He has a deep understanding of sustainable development issues impacting upon vulnerable population groups derived through his professional career with UNICEF. He has a working knowledge of Arabic. He also speaks Japanese, Bengali, and Hindi.
Emily Brennan is an experienced conservation biologist who has worked for a wide range of conservation organisations including WWF, the Zoological Society of London, and Butterfly Conservation. She is currently Director of Biodiversity Conservation at London Wildlife Trust, chairs the Central Royal Parks Wildlife Group and is a committee member of the Surrey branch of Butterfly Conservation. Emily has been working in the field of nature conservation for many years, and her knowledge and skills are supported by a significant amount of conservation fieldwork, both in the UK and overseas. She has been involved with biodiversity conservation in London for a long time, and is delighted to be given the opportunity to be a Core Commissioner for a Sustainable London 2012.
Claire Holman is currently Director of Environment and Sustainability at Peter Brett Associates where she leads a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, environmentalists and public health specialists who work on a wide range of regeneration, waste management and other land development projects. She started her career nearly 30 years ago working for environmental groups but now works largely advising the private sector. She is an air quality specialist with broad knowledge and interests across the sustainability agenda. She has a particular interest in the use of health impact assessment for regeneration and waste management projects. Claire lives near Bristol.
Andrew Myer is an energy and environmental consultant, of dual UK/Australian nationality. Originally an architect, he has specialised since 1980 in the energy and environmental impacts of building design, construction and use, mainly, during the ’90s, for the Sydney Olympic Games -
from initial bid right through to final reviews of environmental performance and ‘lessons learned’, and for both commercial and community clients (particularly Green Games Watch 2000, the government-funded environmental watchdog). Since moving back to London, he has been developing and implementing management and reporting systems/strategies for the UK social housing sector.
Jonathan Pauling has been working on regeneration projects in East London for the past 5 years. As the Strategic Manager of the Newham Food Access Partnership he worked on one of the most developed food poverty projects in London. For the past 2 years he has been working for East Potential – a Stratford based charity that works with homeless young people and delivers regeneration projects across East London and Essex. He has managed a wide range of programmes including arts and culture, sports, and health initiatives. Jonathan is a resident of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Daniel Silverstone is Chief Executive of London Remade. Prior to joining London Remade in 2004, Daniel was chief executive of the Commission for Racial Equality and the London Boroughs Grants. His senior level local government career included chief officer roles in education, diversity and human resources, at the Greater London Council, the Inner London Education Authority and three London boroughs. Daniel leads a business with a ?3.2 million turnover and 40 staff to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits and contribute to London's sustainability and climate change agenda.
Neil Taylor has vast experience of developing communities through sports engagement and making the most of regeneration projects. Neil has been with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme since 1998 and in 2007 was appointed Chief Executive. Since being with LOCSP he has been intrinsic in the development of the organisation which now employs 30 full time staff, serves over 2000 young people a week across four Olympic boroughs and has established LOCSP as the leading community sports agency in East London. Neil also served on the London Sports Board from 2003 to 2006 overseeing and advising on the development of the London Plan for Sport and the roll out of Community Sports Coaches across London. Away from his professional life Neil has lived in three of the Olympic Boroughs over the past sixteen years and has a strong grasp of local issues and concerns with a particular interest in regeneration and development.
Ben Wilson has thirty years expertise in social housing as a housing manager and chief executive. His special interest has been in the links between housing and socio-economic programmes in the regeneration of housing estates. He has been a Council Member of the National Housing Federation, Chair of the London Housing Federation and represented housing associations on the Housing Forum for London. A resident of Tower Hamlets for 30 years he is a Board member of Poplar HARCA, a housing and regeneration agency based solely in Poplar. He now works as a freelance consultant to the housing sector specialising in organisational strategy and governance.
Chair of the Commission and Commissioners already appointed
Shaun McCarthy has been appointed Chair to lead the commission.
Shaun is a leading advocate of sustainable business practices. He thrives on exploring new ways of working and has made the most of his unique ability to translate what sustainable development means to big business.
Shaun has led some innovative projects during his career including the development of a pioneering e-procurement process prior to the widespread use of the internet; overseeing a leading electricity procurement strategy, and developing a leading edge CO strategy. 2
Having had lengthy careers with Shell UK and BAA, Shaun has more than 20 years experience in commercial business and has spent the past 10 years as a senior manager specialising in sustainable purchasing and construction and assessing the impact of major infrastructure business on climate change.
Shaun is an honorary commissioner with the London Sustainable Development Commission and chaired the LSDC 2012 Sub-Group in 2006. He has been voluntary Chairman of the Strategic Supply Chain Group since 2004 and was a member of the government sponsored Sustainable Procurement Task Force, which was set up in May 2005.
In pursuit of his desire to promote sustainable procurement practices in the UK, Shaun recently founded Action Sustainability. He is one of three directors of this innovative social enterprise which provides a range of services from training to policy advice, to government and major businesses.
Val Chinn has 25 years professional experience in social and criminal justice and regeneration initiative, and her working life has been focussed on challenging private and public sector investment, to achieve maximum impact and to drive social change. After six years as Chief Executive of The Big Issue in the North and The Big Issue in the North Trust, Val co-founded FSquared Ltd - a business with the central aims of improving the impact of social regeneration projects and achieving high social and commercial outputs. The sustainability consultancy works with private and public sector procurers to make sure projects being delivered have the greatest possible impact on local people and their communities. Val is based in Manchester.
Professor Stuart Green has nearly 30 years experience as practitioner, researcher and advisor in the construction sector. He is widely known within industry as an independent thinker and is a longstanding advocate of sustainable practices in construction procurement. He has led numerous national research projects aimed at improving industry practice and is well known internationally for his work on value management in multi-stakeholder environments. His research interests extend across a range of issues relating to people and culture in construction, including corporate social responsibility and sustainable supply chain management. He is Director of the Innovative Construction Research Centre (ICRC) at the University of Reading, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Andrew Shipley has a history of promoting inclusive communities and equality for disabled peopled through planning and design. He is a former Chair of the UK Institute of Inclusive Design and is a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association. Andrew has worked for the Disability Rights Commission and served on a number of government advisory groups including the Business and Community Safety Forum and working groups such as the Building Regulations Advisory Committee and is a member of the RICS Inclusive Environments Consultants Register. He has made a contribution to a range of planning laws and publications. Andrew lives in Bucks.
Robin Stott a former consultant physician and medical teacher, his expertise is in health. He began work on sustainability issues as Medical Director of Lewisham Hospital and led the first ever social, environmental and economic audit of a hospital. He was a founding member of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) and has been the sustainability advisor to the Mayor of Lewisham for the past five years. He is trustee of two charities, BioRegional Development Group and Medact. Robin lives in London.