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TfL board reshaped to better represent London

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The Transport for London (TfL) board will be more representative of diversity in the capital following new appointments by mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Seven women and five men will join the mayor and deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross on the board, with a further member representing workers to be elected by the TUC.

It means the board composition will be at least 57% female; 29% Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (Bame); and 13% disabled. The previous TfL board included 13 men and four women, with no BAME representation.

The mayor has also saved approximately £190,000 by reducing the number of board members and restructuring payments.

“I promised to reshape TfL’s board and make it reflect London’s diversity, and that’s exactly what I’ve done,” said Khan.

“I’m delighted to be able to announce a board that brings together a huge range of talent, experiences and backgrounds, while being more efficient. There are still not enough women in senior positions across London, and I’m proud that we have brought gender parity to the TfL board and increased Bame and disability representation. Together we will ensure that TfL delivers the world-class transport system that Londoners deserve.”

The new members include existing transport board members, champions of social inclusion and disability rights, and finance, energy and infrastructure experts.

It was confirmed that Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Michael Liebreich will continue their roles for a further two years as the new roles were announced.


Readers' comments (1)

  • I have to say that reading this article made my heart sink slightly - particularly as it has been written by the NCE.
    My previous reaction to hearing that Nelson Ogunshankin of ACE (not mentioned here?) was one of the new Tfl board members was "great, there is an engineer on the board who will bring good relevant knowledge". What had not occurred to me was that he is a black Nigerian that would "tick" some diversity boxes.
    Whilst I laud the overall aims of having diverse representation, I suppose I am more concerned that members of the board are there because they know what they are talking about who will make a valuable and relevant contribution. And I accept that, as John Armitt has pointed out, engineers are not the only professionals that have expertise when it comes to infrastructure and running transport networks.
    I now have my doubts!

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