I am grateful to the many people who have given me their expert advice and feedback throughout this project, especially the members of the project’s Advisory Group: Charles Begley and Rosie Day (Executive Director and Assistant Director, London Property Alliance); John Denham (Director, Centre for English Identity and Politics, Winchester University); Vernon Everitt (Managing Director, Customers, Communication and Technology, Transport for London); David Lutton (Executive Director, Policy, London First); David McNeil (Director, Public Affairs and External Relations, Transport for London); Elaine Mellish (London Representative, Cornwall Development Company); Eugénie de Naurois (Head of Corporate Affairs, City of London Corporation); Jackie Sadek (Chief Executive, UK Regeneration); Dick Sorabji (Corporate Director, Policy and Public Affairs, London Councils); Jeremy Skinner (Senior Manager, Growth and Enterprise, Greater London Authority); Corinne Swain (Arup Fellow, Arup); Tony Travers (Director, LSE London); Ezra Wallace (Head of Corporate Strategy, Westminster City Council); and John Wrathmell (Head of Strategy and Policy Development, Greater Manchester Combined Authority).
I would like to thank all of the project’s anonymous interviewees for their time and insight. Huge thanks are also due to colleagues at Centre for London, particularly to Richard Brown, for helping to see this project through, to Ben Rogers for devising the proposal, and to Erica Belcher for research assistance. The views in this report are nevertheless solely those of the author, and all errors and omissions remain my own. This project would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. I would like to extend my thanks to our Major Sponsors: the City of London Corporation, Greater London Authority, Transport for London and Westminster City Council; and to Supporting Sponsors: London Councils, London Property Alliance and New West End Company.