London Markets Board

London Markets Board

NABMA is pleased to announce that its nomination of Graham Wilson OBE to serve on the reformed London Markets Board has been successful. The appointment of our former Chief Executive, and now Legal and Policy Advisor, was this week confirmed by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The London Markets Board (LMB) is part of the Mayor’s Street and Covered Markets programme, which aims to support markets across London to flourish as places of entrepreneurship and innovation that provide important routes into employment for Londoners, offer affordable options for people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, are at the heart of their communities, and are a key part of London’s cultural identity.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced an updated group of experts that will help support markets across London to flourish as places of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The group of 19 business leaders, traders and entrepreneurs have all been appointed to the Mayor’s London Markets Board and will advise the Mayor on action to support and promote the capital’s wholesale, street and covered markets and help to deliver a London markets strategy.

The Mayor also launched Openmarkets.london – a new website which will make it easier for young people and new traders to access pitches on markets right across London by streamlining the licence application process.

The Mayor of London Press Release added “With more and more Londoners struggling as a result of the cost of living crisis, markets have never been more important in the capital. These latest experts will build on the work of the Mayor’s first London Markets Board, which was set up in 2017 to help ensure that markets across London thrive”.

The new board will devise a new action plan to support street markets to realise their full potential. Key priorities for the board include working with the sector to –

  • Showcase and test new ideas
  • Attract new traders and trades to the sector
  • Explore circular economy practices being tested across London
  • Explore tools and data that help markets to demonstrate their impact within local communities, economies and London

 The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I’m delighted to appoint 19 experts to the London Markets Board”.

“Markets in London play a crucial role in the capital. Not only do they enable people to buy goods and services from others in their community, they are also great hubs where people from all backgrounds and ages can socialise and connect.

“As the cost of living continues to rise I want to ensure that markets remain a key staple in the local community. The new members of the London Markets Board will help to build a better London for everyone – a safe, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners.”

Markets are crucial to London’s economy, providing opportunities for new businesses to set up and grow, and routes into work for Londoners of all backgrounds. They also offer affordable options for Londoners, providing low-cost options for food, clothes and other goods, which is more important than ever in the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

The Board will continue to support the sector to raise the profile and value of London’s markets as well as lobby for the resources and tools they need to remain a thriving and vital part of our city.

During the pandemic the Mayor has supported the recovery of street markets through programmes including his Good Growth Fund and High Streets for All scheme.

London Markets Board Members

  • Jules Pipe – Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills and Co-chair of the London Markets Board
  • Helen Evans – Markets expert, member of the London Food Board and Co-chair of the London Markets Board
  • Graham Wilson – National Association of British Market Authorities Legal and Policy Consultant
  • Joe Harrison – Chief Executive, National Markets Traders Federation
  • Abdul Komor – Head of Street Trading, LB Waltham Forest and Chair of the Association of London Markets
  • Shanaaz Carroll – Economic Development and Policy Consultant
  • Hazel Durrant – Business Development Consultant
  • Alexander Jan – Chief Economic Adviser, London Property Alliance
  • Lamide Olusegun – Animator and Market Trader, Tomorrow’s Market Alumni
  • Rasha Obaid – Former trader and visiting fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
  • Ian Dodds – Head of Markets, KERB
  • Kate Howell – Director of Communications and Engagement, Borough Market
  • Roger Austin – Regeneration and Development Advisor, Freelance Consultant
  • Catherine Brice – Westminster City Council Programme Director for Markets
  • Dan O’Sullivan – Head of Service, Hackney Markets, London Borough of Hackney
  • Ben Milligan – Markets Director, City of London Corporation
  • Sarah Lang – Markets Recovery Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Paige Palmer – Technical Admin Officer, Newham Council Markets
  • Rachel Tripp – Councillor, Forest Gate North, Newham Council

David Preston (BA Hons)
Chief Executive
The National Association of British Market Authorities