Boris Johnson has appointed Edward Lister, long-time Leader of Wandsworth Council, as his new Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, replacing Sir Simon Milton.
The Mayor says he will bring experience and wisdom to the Mayor’s team and expertise in the crucial areas of planning and development.
Councillor Lister, a lifetime Wandsworth resident, has been Leader of Wandsworth Council since 1992. Under his leadership, Wandsworth has combined a four star Audit Commission rating for excellence with the country’s lowest council tax bills and top satisfaction ratings from its residents. He played a leading role in forming the all-party alliance in south west London that campaigned against Heathrow’s third runway.
The Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Edward has the perfect combination of experience, character and expertise to help me lead this city out of recession and harness the unique opportunity of the 2012 Games to secure London for another generation as the best big city in the world.”
“We will always mourn the loss of Simon Milton. The greatest tribute we can pay him is to deliver in the areas that mattered so much to him and improve the lives of Londoners in the great city that he loved. Edward Lister shares that goal.”
Edward Lister said: “I’m delighted to be joining Boris Johnson to take forward his ambitious vision for this great city. My focus in Wandsworth has always been on improving the quality of life of our residents. I now relish the opportunity to do that on a London-wide basis.”