Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister has been appointed Boris Johnson’s deputy mayor for planning
Lister, who led the south London council since 1992, will step down from his position there to take the role at City Hall.
His appointment follows the death of former chief of staff and deputy mayor for planning Simon Milton, aged 49, last week.
Lister said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining Boris Johnson to take forward his ambitious vision for this great city. My focus in Wandsworth has always been on improving the quality of life of our residents. I now relish the opportunity to do that on a London-wide basis.’
Boris Johnson added: ‘Edward has the perfect combination of experience, character and expertise to help me lead this city out of recession and harness the unique opportunity of the 2012 Games to secure London for another generation as the best big city in the world.
‘We will always mourn the loss of Simon Milton. The greatest tribute we can pay him is to deliver in the areas that mattered so much to him and improve the lives of Londoners in the great city that he loved. Edward Lister shares that goal.’
Lister chairs the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea strategy board which aims to ‘drive investment’ in the key growth area of south London. Plans for the district include towers by Foster + Partners and a Kieran Timberlake-designed new American Embassy.