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Veteran Westminster chief takes top role at LDA

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London mayor Boris Johnson has hired former Westminster City Council chief executive Peter Rogers as interim chief executive of the London Development Agency.

The appointment comes alongside the naming of former vice chair of London Skills & Employment Board Harvey McGrath as interim chair of the LDA. They will replace current chair Mary Reilly and chief executive Manny Lewis, who have been asked to step down.

Mr Rogers, who notched up back to back ‘excellent’ status reports with the Audit Commission during his 12 years at Westminster, is expected to cut the under fire LDA's costs and improve its transparency.

Mr Johnson said: “I was elected on a very clear mandate of providing value for money for London taxpayers. It starts here with the LDA.”

He described Mr McGrath as “a prominent figure in the capital’s business community”. “He has unrivalled knowledge of business and of skills and employability issues in London. He is supremely qualified to get the most out of this vital London organisation.

“Peter Rogers has a proven track record of delivering in Westminster and his experience in reducing costs and implementing transparency is exactly what the LDA needs to start delivering for taxpayers with immediate effect.

“I’m delighted to recommend Harvey and Peter to act as interim heads while we launch open searches for the best qualified long term leaders who can get the best out of the LDA in years to come.”
Mr Johnson has also announced the appointment of Barnet LBC leader and London Assembly member Brian Coleman as chairman of the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority.

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