The Mayor of London has today appointed John Plowman as the chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission.

Plowman, who has been a senior civil servant of 30 years, has worked in areas of environmental protection, urban regeneration and road safety.

He currently runs a consultancy advising clients including DEFRA.

The London Sustainable Development Commission was set up in 2002 to advise the Mayor of London on sustainability issues.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: ‘It is great news that John Plowman has agreed to chair the London Sustainable Development Commission. London faces a range of serious challenges ahead, such as the delivery of an Olympic legacy, securing recovery from the economic downturn and tackling climate change. It is vital we work to ensure they become opportunities to improve Londoners’ quality of life and I look forward to working with John to ensure this happens.’

Paul de Sylva has been interim chair of the commission.

The Commission is made up of individual experts from the economic, social, environmental and London governance sectors.

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