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Vacancy Description
Reference number: MDA2021
Contract type: Fixed Term
Closing date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 23:59 GMT
Interview dates: w/c 31 January and 07 February 2022
Salary: £500 per day (pro rata)

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is seeking to appoint a new cohort of Mayor’s Design Advocates.


You will be one of up to 30 Mayor’s Design Advocates (MDAs) - independent built environment experts, with a breadth of expertise and skills across built environment disciplines, who will support the Mayor, to deliver his pioneering Good Growth by Design programme.


Good Growth is the Mayor’s guiding principle for the built environment and sets the direction of the London Plan and all related Mayoral decisions, investments, strategies and policies. Good Growth acknowledges that Londoners will not accept growth at any cost. Growth of our built environment must be socially and economically inclusive, physically accessible and environmentally sustainable. In the wake of the global health crisis and its ensuing social and economic impacts, these principles have a renewed significance and shape the collective approach to London’s recovery.


The Good Growth by Design programme has supported Good Growth through planning policy, design guidance and design review, by supporting projects funded through the Mayor’s investment programmes, and through calling upon the sector to enact the Mayor’s vision. It has provided policy development and guidance on critical issues facing our built environment. It has established robust processes to promote quality and it has advocated more broadly for a built environment for all Londoners.  


Looking forward, GGbD will be embracing the role of the built environment in recovery and calling upon the architecture, design, planning, and built environment sector as a whole to support a fair and inclusive recovery. It will be supporting the London Recovery Programme and associated missions.


London's diversity is its biggest asset and the Mayor strives to reflect London's diversity in all board appointments. The aim is that the Mayor’s Design Advocates reflect London’s diversity so we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.


How to apply


Please read the APPLICANT PACK for full details of the role and recruitment process.


Candidates are invited to apply by submitting a CV, a supporting statement and letter to the Mayor,


1.     CV

The CV should include details of employment, public appointments, qualifications history and the name and contact details of two referees willing to provide a reference.  

2.     Supporting statement

The supporting statement should provide details of the relevant experience that equips you to serve as a Mayor’s Design Advocates, in particular addressing the criteria section under the role specification and ideally any expertise or understanding of one or more of the sectors identified (see application pack for further details). Should not exceed 500 words.

3.     Letter to the Mayor

Draft a letter to the Mayor of London setting out how design and city-making can support London’s recovery from the global health crisis and its social and economic impacts in no more than 500 words. Please prioritise one proposition, programme, policy or initiative. This could be simple, wide-ranging, ambitious, radical, short-term, long-term, or quietly practical.


If you have any queries around the content of this pack or to arrange confidential discussion, please contact SarahE.Considine@london.gov.uk  in the first instance.


If you have any queries regarding the application process or if you require information in an alternative format, please email Andrew.Baxter@london.gov.uk quoting reference MDA2021.

Closing date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 23:59 GMT
Interview date: Week commencing 31 January 2022 and 07 February 2022


To apply please click the "Apply" button below.