Commissioners: London Green Spaces Commission
Vacancy Description
Job reference number: LGS2019
Contract type: Fixed Term
Closing date: Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 23:59 GMT
Interview dates: Week commencing 17 December 2018
Salary: Unremunerated
Grade: Board Member

Do you want to help shape the future funding and governance

of London’s parks and green spaces?


The London Green Spaces Commission (LGSC) is a time-limited (initially 12 months) advisory body appointed by the Mayor of London and chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy. We are recruiting nine Commissioners.


The aim of the LGSC is to support London boroughs to transform how they manage and fund their services, so that investment in parks and green spaces can be maintained and increased in the context of substantial and ongoing financial constraints. The Mayor wants London to be the world’s first National Park City and for all Londoners to have locally accessible and high-quality parks and green spaces: the LGSC will help to achieve this aim.


The LGSC will have three primary objectives:


·         To demonstrate the need for continued investment in London’s public green spaces by boroughs and other key stakeholders, using our knowledge of their economic value

·         To influence future investment decisions and leverage additional sources of funding and finance by building a broad partnership of key decision-makers

·         To develop and test, in partnership with boroughs, sustainable business models for parks services in London


The LGSC will collaborate with up to three boroughs on a whole service transformation, developing innovative approaches to funding and resourcing their parks services that go beyond traditional models, and develop a toolkit for wider use.


The Role


Commissioners will play a vital role in securing and shaping the future of parks and green spaces in London. You will provide expert advice to shape the outputs of the LGSC, contribute to the work programme and promote its recommendations and findings. You will help to find innovative, sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the funding, governance and management of parks services.


Commissioners will have senior level experience and a proven track record in one or more fields relevant to the work of the LGSC, including: public service transformation and innovation, public sector finance, social finance and investment, philanthropy, public health and wellbeing, land and property investment and management, urban design and innovation, community engagement and social benefit.


We would particularly welcome applicants who are interested in helping secure a sustainable future for London’s parks and greenspaces with skills and experience in:


 - private sector business insight

 - social finance and investment

 - public health and wellbeing


You will have strong leadership capability, as well as the ability to think strategically and creatively. Commissioners will be appointed for the 12-month initial term of the LGSC, with an anticipated time commitment of one day a month.


London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to reflect this in all Board appointments. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. 

This is the second round of recruitment to the Commission.  As this is a new Board, we want to make sure we have an appropriate mix of Board members from all sectors and backgrounds from the outset and is representative of London’s economically active population.



How to Apply


Please see the applicant pack for full details of the role and the operation of the LGSC.


Candidates are asked to submit a CV and covering letter (max 5 sides in total) giving details of the relevant experience that equips you to serve as a Commissioner. Please address the role specification as outlined in the APPLICANT PACK.


Please include the name and contact details of two referees and any relevant information regarding your eligibility for appointment and any Directorships you hold.


You must submit your CV and cover letter via our online recruitment system. You will also be asked to provide recruitment monitoring information.


If you would like to discuss this role, please contact Andrew Jones, Environment Team, on 020 7983 4305 or or


If you have any queries regarding the application process or if you require information in an alternative format, please contact   


The closing date for submission of applications is Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 23:59 GMT


Thank you for taking the time to apply for this role.