We are delighted to announce that today Sir Edward Lister joins Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) as a board member.
Pam Alexander, Chair of CGMA, welcomes Sir Edward Lister to the CGMA Board.
"I am delighted to welcome Sir Edward to the Board at this important time for New Covent Garden Market. He has been involved since the beginning of the redevelopment, first as Leader of the London Borough of Wandsworth for nearly 20 years and, more recently, as Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Policy at the GLA. Sir Edward has an unrivalled and diverse experience of the London government and international business worlds.
We are transforming New Covent Garden Market, already an international icon, into the modern home for fresh food and flowers in London, accessible to food businesses and the public in ways not possible in this previously industrial area, just a stone's throw from Westminster. Work has started on the £130 million redevelopment, which will provide modern facilities for our 200 tenants and a new Food Quarter for London. Sir Edward's skills and experience will be invaluable in this transformation."
Sir Edward has recently been appointed Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency and a Governor of the Museum of London. He is also a Senior Advisor to UK Trade and Investment's Regeneration Investment Organisation. Sir Edward takes up his appointment at CGMA on 1st July for a four year term.
In making the appointment for Defra, Lord Gardiner of Kimble said:
"I am delighted that Sir Edward is to join the CGMA Board. His vast experience across London as well as his long standing local connections will be invaluable during this important and exciting time for the Market."
Sir Edward Lister added:
"New Covent Garden Market is one of the three icons at Nine Elms on the South Bank and its retention at the heart of the new quarter provides over 2,500 jobs as well as drawing people into a new Food Quarter. I am excited now to play a direct role in supporting its redevelopment."
The reappointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.