Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney has been asked to lead City Hall’s work on boosting the life chances of children and young Londoners.
McCartney has been a member of the London Assembly since June 2004 and was appointed Deputy Mayor of London following Mayor Sadiq Khan’s election win in May.
Her expended brief will involve working with stakeholders to ensure young Londoners, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are able to reach their full potential.
During his successful campaign to become London’s third directly elected Mayor, Mr Khan promised to create a more equal city where social mobility, academic and workplace success was an option for all.
Announcing Ms McCartney’s new responsibilities, he said: “I strongly believe that how we educate and train people – both as youngsters and throughout their lives – has a profound impact not only on their own chances in life but on London’s economy and competitiveness.
“That’s why I’m delighted that my Deputy Mayor, Joanne McCartney will lead on ensuring that all of London’s schoolchildren get the best start in life and can reach their full potential.”
Ms McCartney said: “I’m looking forward to working with London boroughs, teachers and most importantly, schoolchildren to ensure that together we can ensure that all children, regardless of their background, are able to flourish and excel from early-years through to their chosen career path.”