Commission Members

Main Commission 

  • Lord Best (Chair)- social housing leader and member of the House of Lords.
  • Prof. Rachel Cooper- Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, President of the Design Research Society, Fellow of the Academy of Urbanism. 
  • Dr. Michael Dixon- GP and National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription (NHS England), as well as being Chairman of the College of Medicine. 
  • Sir David Brown- Chair of board of Trustees at Bletchley Park and prominent figure in telecommunications and electronics industry and chartered engineer. 
  • Yolande Barnes- Professor and Chair of Bartlett Real Estate and Director of World Research at Savills.
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria- Member of the House of Lords, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer and Chairman of the UK India Business Council.  
  • Dr. Kamal Mahtani- GP and Associate Professor at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. 
  • Pam Alexander- Chair of the Planning Committee and Board member of the London Legacy Development, advisor to One Planet. 
  • Joan Clos- the former Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • Alice Lester- Brent’s Operational Director for Regeneration, Growth and Employment, having previously been Head of Planning.
  • Prof. David Banister- Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) and the Transport Studies Unit.
  • Mel Barrett- Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Marvin Rees- Mayor of Bristol.

International Advisory Board 

  • Nigel Crisp (Chair)- Independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.
  • Tina Saaby– Chief city architect Copenhagen.
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka- UN Under-secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, South Africa.
  • Enrique Ruelas- Prior secretary for General Health Council of Mexico.
  • Dorothy Kisaka- Ugandan Lawyer and Corporate Executive, Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority.
  • Aromar Revi- Director of Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Lan Wang- Professor of Architecture and Urban planning Tongji University, Shanghai.
  • Rob Stokes- New South Wales minister for Planning and Public Spaces.
  • La June Montgomery-Tabron- President and CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ensuring optimum development of young children.
  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyer– Mayor of Freetown Sierra Leone.
  • Bruce Katz- Director of Finance Lab at Drexel University and former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Research group 

  • Professor Carl Heneghan 
  • Dr David Howard 
  • Dr Georgia Richards 
  • Dr Juliet Carpenter
  • Robert Weavers (Administrator)

Subgroup A – The Built Environment, Design and Place-making (housing, planning and urban design, regeneration) 

  • Pam Alexander (Future Cities Catapult; London Legacy Development Corporation) (C) 
  • Mel Barrett (Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council) (C) 
  • Professor Rachel Cooper (Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University) (C) (Chair) 
  • Lara Kinneir (Leader / Design Cities, The London School of Architecture) 
  • Alice Lester (Operational Director, Brent Council (previously Head of Planning)) (C) 
  • Gail Mayhew (Principal, Smart Growth Associates)  
  • Sowmya Parthasarathy (Director, Urban Design & Master Planning, Arup) 

Subgroup B – Transport and Movement, Infrastructure and Technology (Smart Cities) 

  • Professor Yolande Barnes (UCL Bartlett Real Estate Institute) (C) 
  • Professor David Banister (Professor of Transport Studies, University of Oxford’s School of Geography; Environment and the Transport Studies Unit) (C) (Chair) 
  • Sir David Brown (Chair, The Manufacturing Technology Centre) (C) 
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria (Chair, Cobra Beer; CBI President) (C) 
  • Polly MacKenzie (Chief Executive, Demos/Public Participation Lab) 
  • Emma Pinchbeck (Chief Executive Energy UK) 
  • Nicola Yates (Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult) 

Subgroup C – Health & Wellbeing (public health, social prescribing, food and exercise, health creation) 

  • Dr Catherine Calderwood (Centre for Sustainable Delivery; former Chief Medical Officer, Scotland) 
  • Dr Joan Clos (past Head of UNHabitat and former Mayor of Barcelona) (C) 
  • Professor Dame Jane Dacre (UCL Medical School, former President of the Royal College of Physicians) 
  • Dr Michael Dixon (Chair, College of Medicine) (C) (Chair) 
  • Dr Kamal Mahtani (Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Fellow of Kellogg College) (C) 
  • Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol) (C) 
  • Sally Warren (Director of Policy, The King’s Fund) 

(C) = Commissioner