Little ecological expertise is apparent among the new members of the Royal Parks Board. Council leaders, however, are well-represented
Appointments have now been made for all 12 places on The Royal Parks Board. The Board members are:
• The Hon Apurv Bagri - Chair
• Ruth Anderson
• Sue Moore
• Andrew Fenwick
• Andrew Ford
• Councillor Nasim Ali OBE
• Councillor Colin Barrow CBE
• Councillor Chris Roberts
• Linda Lennon CBE
• John Swainson
• Roger Bright CB
• Councillor Lord Nicholas True CBE
Apurv Bagri is the re-appointed former Chair, and Ruth Anderson, Sue Moore and Andrew Fenwick are also re-appointed from the former Board.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ford has been Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office since 2006, and is the representative of the Royal Household on the Board .
Councillor Nasim Ali is the Leader of Camden Borough Council, and Ward Member for Regent's Park.
Councillor Colin Barrow is the Leader of the Council of the City of Westminster, and Ward Member for Hyde Park.
Councillor Chris Roberts is the Leader of the Council of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and Ward Member for Glyndon Ward.
Linda Lennon is the recently appointed Chief Executive of The Royal Parks.
John Swainson is Director of Finance and Resources at The Royal Parks.
Roger Bright recently retired as Chief Executive of The Crown Estate.
Lord True is the Leader of Richmond Borough Council.
The Richmond and Bushy Parks Forum, whose co-chairs are Ron Crompton of FRP and Pieter Morpurgo of the Friends of Bushy Park, had urged that the Board should contain "external experts in ecology, historic buildings/landscape and managing large parks". Little ecological expertise is apparent among the appointees.
The appointments also mean that one third, rather than the expected one quarter, of the positions are held by Council Leaders.