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Appendix 2: Sir Edward Lister’s CV

Professional profile

An accomplished and high profile figure in the arena of local government (Chief of Staff to the Mayor of London since 2011, also Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning) with an outstanding record of achievement leading major projects successfully and delivering outcomes in challenging and demanding environments. A politically astute business leader with extensive experience liaising and negotiating at the most senior levels on complex and sensitive issues. A strategic thinker with the vision to define clear goals and the drive and ability to translate vision into compelling courses for action, now seeking an Executive Chairman or CEO appointment to a medium>large sized commercial enterprise looking for strong inspirational leadership.

Sectors of special interest

Honours and Awards

2014: Estates Gazette: London Award.

2014: London First: London Award.

2011: Knight Bachelor for Services to Local Government (The Queen’s Birthday Honours List).

2011: Freeman of the London Borough of Wandsworth

2007: Chairman’s Award: The British Security Industry Association

Board Appointments5

2015–Date: Chairman, Old Oak and Park Royal Mayor’s Development Corporation.

2014–Date: Chairman, London & Partners.

2011–Date: Director (and Founder), GLA Holdings Limited and GLA Property Limited.

2012–Date: Director (and Mayor’s representative), London Legacy Development Corporation.

2007–Date: Director, Localis (Independent Think-Tank dedicated to local government issues).

1996–2003: Board Member, ADT Technology College.

Career History and Achievements

2011–Date: Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, City Hall, London SE1

Personally selected by (reporting directly to) the Mayor, Boris Johnson, with principal accountabilities for:

Selected achievements

1992–2011: Leader of Wandsworth Council, The Town Hall, London SW18

Executive impact

Thought Leadership: An incisive and creative business thinker with strong emphasis on strategic analysis; a readiness to challenge the status-quo and take responsibility for leading ground-breaking initiatives in pursuance of organisational goals and objectives, and to increase ROI.

Management Style: Espouses a consensual style focused on sharing knowledge and insights, and on building productive relationships. The ability to attract, select, motivate and empower high calibre people, settling challenging KPIs whilst supporting team members to put in place lasting legacies of process and business improvement.

Operational Management: Accustomed to working across business units in large matrix organisations, cutting through silos and complexities, setting clear direction and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams.

Negotiations: Wide experience conducting £multi-million property negotiations. Rigorous scrutiny of the deal making and contractual processes; absolute focus on compliance issues, quality assurance (QA) and levels of service delivery (SLAs).

International Experience: Deep insight into business behaviours and cultures across global regions/individual countries including the Asia Pacific Region (Japan, China, India) Western Europe, the Middle East and USA.

Stakeholder Engagement: A strong communicator and polished public speaker. Engages effectively with stakeholders, winning trust on transparency, fostering an increase in confidence at all levels and gaining ‘buy-in’ for achieving shared goals.

Earlier Commercial and Professional Appointments

28 years’ senior level experience in the commercial world, gained in the ‘fire and security’ industry.

1997–2007: Director, Government Relations, Tyco Fire & Security.

1990–1998: General Manager, London, ADT Fire & Security.

1987–1990: Major Projects Director, ADT Fire & Security.

1979–1987: Sales Manager, Britannia Security.

1969–1979: Commercial Director (joined as Trainee), Mather and Platt Alarms.


5 The Committee was advised on 9 June 2016 that Sir Edward Lister had resigned from the listed posts, with the exception of Director of Localis.




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