The Royal Parks Board consists of twelve individuals appointed by the Mayor. Of the twelve, London Councils nominate three members to represent London Boroughs, and membership also includes two members of The Royal Parks senior management team and a member of the Royal Household.
Hon Apurv Bagri
The Hon Apurv Bagri is President and CEO of the Metdist Group of companies.
Apurv is Chairman of The Royal Parks, and was until recently also a Trustee of The Royal Parks Foundation. Amongst his other non-business responsibilities, he is a Commissioner of the Crown Estate Paving Commission; and a Trustee of Asia House. He is a Member of the Board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). He is a past Chairman and current Board member of the International Wrought Copper Council that represents the global copper fabricating industry. He is the former Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, and is Honorary Rector of the City University, London. He is Deputy Chairman of the Governing Body of London Business School. He is a visiting Professor at Cass Business School; and a member of the Corporation, University College School.
Apurv is past Chairman and current Board member of TiE Inc., a global not-for-profit organisation operating in over 50 cities which has a membership of over 15,000. TiE is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and wealth creation.
Ruth Anderson trained as a chartered accountant and worked for the accounting and business advisory firm KPMG for 32 years until 2009.
She joined the board of The Royal Parks in April 2008. She is a non executive director of Ocado Group plc and of Travis Perkins Plc. She is also a trustee of the youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Roger Bright is currently Deputy Pro-Chancellor of City University, London, a Board member of London First, a trustee of The Heritage of London Trust, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Curtin&Co, a public affairs company.
He began his career in the Department of the Environment in 1973, occupying a variety of posts in local government finance, housing and environment policy, and served as principal private secretary to the Secretary of State.
In 1991 he left the civil service to become Deputy Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation, and subsequently worked at the Personal Investment Authority and its successor the Financial Services Authority.
He joined The Crown Estate as Director of Finance and Administration in 1999, becoming Chief Executive in 2001, a post he held for 10 years until he retired in 2011.
Andrew Fenwick is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Brunswick Group LLP. He is a Non-Executive Director of Fenwick Limited. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London.
He is currently Chair of Governors at New King's Primary School, Fulham, a Trustee and Treasurer of the Royal Parks Foundation and a Trustee of the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ford (representing the Royal Household)
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ford is the Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office and Head of one of the five Departments in the Royal Household'. The Lord Chamberlain's Office is responsible for all ceremonial events attended by The Queen, which include events such as State Visits, State Opening of Parliament, Investitures, Garden Parties and other Church and Military events. He has held this appointment for six years.
Prior to joining the Royal Household he served in the Grenadier Guards and completed 25 years service. His last significant appointment was Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, a Regiment he re-badged in order to command.
Councillor Sarah Hayward (representing London Councils)
Councillor Sarah Hayward is the Leader of the London Borough Camden and a Labour Councillor for Kings Cross Ward. As well as her Cabinet and Ward Councillor duties, Councillor Hayward also sits on the London wide Health and Improvement Board, the Borough’s Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board, the Royal Parks Board and the Camden Partnership for Educational Excellence.
Sarah lives in Camden with her husband and has worked in the public sector for most of her career, including Central Government, Local Government and the NHS.
Broadcaster, writer and commentator Wesley Kerr has a lifelong interest in London’s heritage, with an active interest in preserving the capital’s world-class parks. He has been chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Committee for London since 2007 and was also chair of its London Parks for People Committee (2007-2009). At HLF, which runs the Parks for People scheme with the Big Lottery Fund, he has had a major role in awarding grants totalling tens of millions of pounds for heritage-led regenerations of parks, landscapes and gardens across the capital. He is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show Gardens Panel.
Cllr Chris Roberts (representing London Councils)
Chris Roberts is leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council and has led on the physical, social and economic regeneration of the Borough, which included the tackling of long-term unemployment through an award winning local employment scheme which has placed more than 10,000 people into jobs since its inception.
Chris chaired the Thames Gateway London Partnership of east London boroughs – Europe’s largest regeneration programme – for three years and now serves on the Executive of London Councils as lead spokesman for planning, economy, culture and the Olympics.
Having served on the Interim Legacy Board for the London 2012 Olympic Bid, Chris now chairs the Five Host Boroughs Employment Board which seeks to put local people into jobs in the Olympic Games. He has also served on the Boards as Director or Trustee of Greenwich Enterprise, Gateway Employment, Greenwich Training Company and the Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College. He is currently Chair of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and a Trustee of the Cutty Sark Trust.
Councillor Philippa Roe (representing London Councils)
Councillor Philippa Roe is Leader of Westminster Council having been elected in March 2012. She was first elected to the Council in 2006 and was appointed as Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance in May 2011 following three years as Cabinet Member for Housing.
She served on the high-level panel of private sector experts brought in by the last Conservative government to help set up the Private Finance Initiative when she headed the DfE Team and she headed the Treasury Team on Michael Howard’s James Committee prior to the 2005 general election.
Prior to her move into politics Philippa was a director of Citigroup. She is an alumnus of St Andrews University and a governor at Imperial College.
Lord True became a member of the House of Lords on 11 January 2011. He is currently Leader at the Royal Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames where he has been a Councillor since 1986, leading the opposition from 2006 to 2010. He has previously worked as a special adviser for the former Department of Health and Social Security, was a Director at the Public Policy Unit and went on take up the position of Deputy Head at 10 Downing Street’s Policy unit from 1990- 1995. He later returned to 10 Downing Street as a special adviser and went on to work as Private Secretary to the leader of the opposition at the House of Lords.
The Royal Parks' Executive Nominees
Linda Lennon (TRP Chief Executive) and John Swainson (TRP Director of Resources) also sit on the Royal Parks Board.