Boris Johnson has announced changes to his staff which he says will “strengthen” his administration in the build up to next year’s Mayoral elections.
The changes see transport advisor Kulveer Ranger promoted to Director of Environment while the Mayor’s environment advisor Isabel Dedring moves to the newly created post of ‘deputy mayor for Transport’.
City Hall has also confirmed that Daniel Moylan, the Mayor’s appointee as Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, will now work four days a week in the role, up from the current two.
Sir Peter Rogers, Chief Executive at the soon to axed London Development Agency, will be joining the Mayor’s City Hall staff where he will lead on regeneration and enterprise related policy.
In a statement the Mayor said the changes would “strengthen the team even further and allow us to take London forward with energy, ability and vision.”
Johnson said he was “grateful to all my deputies and advisors for their sterling work over the last three years, cutting crime, improving transport, seeing London through the recession, creating opportunities for young people, improving quality of life and preparing for the 2012 Games.”
It’s also been confirmed that economic advisor Anthony Browne is leaving City Hall to join Johnson’s re-election campaign team.
The changes come a day after Edward Lister was appointed as the Mayor’s new Chief of Staff and planning advisor.
A spokesperson for Ken Livingstone’s campaign claimed the transport related changes “show the failure of Boris Johnson’s administration to get a grip on the transport system, with soaring fares and delays on the tube.”