Our Patrons

We are grateful to LHG’s Patrons who help support our work

Lord (Roy) Kennedy of Southwark

Lord Kennedy is a Labour and Co-operative peer. Roy served as deputy leader of Southwark Council and was Director of Finance of the Labour Party. Lord Kennedy is Labour shadow minister for housing and local government for the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and opposition spokesperson in the House of Lords on DCLG and other matters. Lord Kennedy is an Honorary Alderman of the London Borough of Southwark, on the executive committee of the Fabian Society, Vice President of the Local Government Association, Director of London Mutual Credit Union, and is a member of Surrey County Cricket Club and a season ticket holder at Millwall FC.

Nicky Gavron, AM

Nicky has been an elected politician since 1986 and has a track record in urban policydevelopment for every level of government. In particular, she has been at the forefront of developing integrated and sustainable land-use, transport and environmental planning policies for London. In 2000, she became the first statutory Deputy Mayor of London, a post she held for seven years.

In this role, she worked closely with Mayor Livingstone to set up the Greater London Authority’s working processes and policy frameworks, with particular responsibility for the London Plan and climate change. She also played a central role in shaping the agenda for women and established the GLA’s Children and Young People’s Unit.

Leading London’s response to climate change, she introduced policies and programmes to reduce C02 emissions across energy, water, waste and transport. Her initiatives include establishing the London Climate Change Agency and the C40: Large Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Nicky is currently Chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee.

Karen Buck MP

Karen Buck has been the Member of Parliament for Westminster North since 2010.

In Parliament, Karen currently serves on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and on the Panel of Chairs. Karen previously sat on the Work and Pensions Select Committee. 

Karen was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. She also served as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and then for Education. Prior to boundary changes Karen was MP for Regent’s Park and Kensington North for 13 years between 1997 and 2010, and was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge across Parliament as a former Regional Assistant to the Minister for London, a member of the Select Committee for Home Affairs and a member of the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families.

Karen was named Child Poverty Action Group’s MP of the Year in 2009 in recognition of her work to alleviate conditions of young families living in poverty.

Before entering parliament, Karen studied at the London School of Economics and went on to work for a charity specialising in employment for disabled people and later with the London Borough of Hackney. Her campaign interests include housing, urban regeneration, child welfare and climate change.

Karen is a long-term supporter and Patron of London Labour Housing Group.

Roberta Blackman-Woods

Roberta Blackman-Woods has been Member of Parliament for the City of Durham since she was first elected in 2005

Roberta is currently Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government, having previously been a Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, International Development, and for Business Innovation and Skills.

She was also heavily involved in the Lyons Commission setting out Labour’s Housing and Planning policies for the 2015 manifesto and has recently launched a Planning Commission to develop a new planning policy for Labour for the next election.

Before entering Parliament, Roberta  was an academic having been Dean of Social Sciences and Labour studies at Ruskin College, Oxford; and as Dean and Professor of Social Policy at the University of Northumbria. She was also a councillor in Newcastle and Oxford.