New Cycling & Walking Commissioner appointed
- By SimonM on at 1:18pm 20 December 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: london assembly, mayor, commissioner, Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross, Cycling & Walking Commissioner
After a long recruitment process, and the leak of several names including prominent London councillors, architect Peter Murray and our own trustee Ann Kenrick, Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced this morning that Will Norman will be London’s "first full time Walking and Cycling Commissioner".
Norman was Global Partnerships Director at Nike. He starts in February.
In the Mayoral press release, Ashok Sinha, CEO of the London Cycling Campaign, said: “We believe that walking and cycling go hand in hand in making London a better place for everyone, and warmly welcome Will Norman into his new role as Walking and Cycling Commissioner. We look forward to working with Mr Norman to help the Mayor to meet his promises to triple protected space for cycling, fix the most dangerous junctions, enable every borough to have a major walking and cycling scheme, and make safer, “Direct Vision” lorries the norm on London’s roads.”
Edited highlights from the Mayoral press release:
"Will... specialises in increasing levels of physical activity and participation in sports around the world, working with a range of international organisations.. [including the] UN, European Parliament, G8, World Health Organisation and International Olympic Committee. [He] will work closely with the Mayor in helping deliver his pledge to get more Londoners active by making cycling and walking safer and easier in the capital...
"This will include pushing forward with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets programme to create a safer, more pleasant London for cyclists and pedestrians, and investing a record budget of £770m on infrastructure and initiatives to promote cycling until 2021/2022.
"Hailing the appointment, Sadiq Khan today pointed to Will's 'impressive track record in delivering major international projects to get more people active'.
"Will, who cycles every day in London, has a strong background of working with private and public partnerships, and a wealth of experience in getting people from a wide range of backgrounds active. Before joining Nike in 2013, Will set up a successful social research consultancy and was also Director of Research at The Young Foundation, where he was responsible for delivering multi-million pound European programmes and established a youth leadership organisation.
"At Nike, Will has spearheaded a programme to make physical activity a global policy priority... Among his work has been a partnership with UNESCO and the German Development Agency GIZ to successfully reform physical education in South Africa, bringing activity and sports to thousands of primary school children for the first time since the 1990s."
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m determined to make walking and cycling safer and easier for all Londoners, which is why I’m providing more investment than ever before, and appointing a Commissioner to focus full-time on this vital area of work. Will Norman brings to this new role an impressive track record in delivering major international projects to get more people active. As the first ever full-time Commissioner, he will be able to make a substantial difference getting Londoners of all ages and backgrounds walking and cycling more – improving our city for everyone.”
Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’ve been working for the last five years advocating the benefits of exercise and physical activity to people’s lives around the world. Cycling and walking can play a transformational role in improving our health and happiness, and building better communities for everyone. I am hugely excited to have the opportunity to champion cycling and walking in my home town. London has so much potential to be a more active city and I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to open up cycling to everyone in our city, and give walking the focus it truly deserves. Too often the importance of walking has been underplayed - I’m determined to put it higher on the agenda.”
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “I was incredibly impressed by the skills, experiences and enthusiasm shown by Will. He has a proven track record of getting people from a range of backgrounds active, and will use his experience of international public and private sector partnership work to collaborate well with TfL, boroughs and other partners. He will ensure that cycling and walking are given the focus they truly deserve as we deliver our Healthy Streets vision of a city that is more pleasant to live and move around in.”