Fifteen new London Leaders for 2010
The London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) has announced 15 new London Leaders, representing a diverse range of sectors, from sport and music to business and education.
Each leader is committing to a community project to help make London a greener, more sustainable city, and demonstrate how just a few people can make a big difference to our environment. Over the next 18 months, the 2010 London Leaders will work towards achieving or furthering their projects with support from the LSDC.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, welcomed the new leaders:
“Each year the London Leaders bring to life a fantastic range of initiatives, from creating green roofs to helping fledgling creative businesses get off the ground in tough economic times. I look forward to seeing the 2010 London Leaders make their mark on the capital, kicking off with Richard Reynold’s work with local authorities to transform barren patches of land into flowerbeds.”
London Leaders for a benchmark sustainable city
The LSDC launched the London Leaders programme in October 2007. Each year the programme selects 15 people who commit to beginning or continuing personal projects that will further the ambition to make London a global benchmark sustainable city by 2020. Previous London Leaders include Wayne Hemingway MBE, Hemingway Design; Dr Frances Corner, London College of Fashion; Lutfun Hussain, Coriander Club at Spitalfields City Farm, and Michaela Crimmin, Head of Arts, RSA.
John Plowman, Chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, said:
“We began the London Leaders programme after research from around the world showed that one of the best ways to make a city more sustainable was to recruit local ambassadors and support existing community projects. Since its inception, the programme has consistently proved this point over and over again; with success stories such as the publication of a bilingual cookbook of healthy recipes aimed at East London’s Bangladeshi population, and the launch of Wayne Hemingway’s creative kiosks. Richard Reynolds is launching his project today and we welcome his efforts to work with local authorities and the community to enhance the urban landscape”
The fifteen London Leaders for 2010
- Ashley Blackmore – Managing Director, FootPower
Ashley runs FootPower, a commercial Walking Bus initiative, and aims to launch this throughout London in order to reduce carbon emissions and congestion.
- Sofia Bustamante – Founder, London Creative Labs
Sofia recently launched London Creative Labs to stimulate job creation by enabling marginalized people to participate in the economy.
- Martin Crabbe – Head of Sustainable Geography, Glebe School
Martin is Deputy Chair of the London Sustainable Schools Forum and he aims to disseminate good practice in sustainability across London’s schools.
- Caroline Fiennes – Executive Director, Global Cool Foundation
Caroline has promoted sustainability in the public, private and voluntary sectors during her career and through Global Cool she aims to use music and fashion to reach, inspire and deliver carbon reduction through behaviour change.
- Dr Victoria Hands – Environmental and Sustainability Manager, LSE
Victoria chairs the London Universities Environmental Group (LUEG) and will be working to make zero waste a reality.
- Lee Healey – Managing Director, Income Max
Lee has been working on welfare rights in the community and charity sector for 15 years. He will focus on enabling vulnerable clients to maximise their income through benefit entitlement.
- Jason Morgan – Chief Executive, Charlton Athletic Football Club
Jason was appointed the Chief Executive of the club’s Community Trust in 2007. He aims to use his role in London United (campaign to support the 2018 World Cup) to spread good community practice across London football clubs.
- Luke Nicholson – Founding Director, More Associates
Using his design and communications expertise Luke is planning to develop a waste-reduction infrastructure project for London.
- Andrew Pears – Director, Kotuku
Andrew is the founder of Kotuku, a social enterprise focused on reducing environmental impacts and improving sustainability in the construction industry. He aims to roll this out across London.
- Tamara Rayment – Green Occupational Therapist Network coordinator , The Campaign for Greener Healthcare
Tamara leads The Campaign for Greener Healthcare (CGH) work on developing sustainable practice in occupational therapy (OT). Her project will build awareness of how the profession can play a key role in shaping the sustainability agenda.
- Richard Reynolds – Founder, Guerrilla Gardening
Richard is launching Pimp Your Pavement – a project to encourage the use of bare tree pits, give people a tangible and fun new responsibility for caring for their environment, and encourage community cohesion.
- Mark Shearer – Co-founder, Project Dirt
Mark’s project is to expand Project Dirt, a ‘green’ social networking site, across London and develop greater collaboration with London’s business community and local government.
- Lisa Stockton – Managing Director, Happy Kitchen
Lisa is the co-founder and Director of Happy Kitchen, a social enterprise that provides ethical catering and through this will develop resources and deliver educational programmes in London’s schools and community centres.
- Alison Tickell – Director, Julie’s Bicycle
Alison is the founder of Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit company helping the music industry cut its greenhouse gas emissions. Her plan is to roll out industry benchmarks for climate responsibility.
- Rachel Urquhart – Head of Programmes, Envision
Rachel’s project will develop a ‘Future London Leaders’ programme to celebrate young Londoners who have taken action in their communities to promote sustainable development.
- London Leaders 2010 brochure: available to download from the LSDC
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