The Sponsor Body
The Sponsor Body is the single client accountable to Parliament and oversees a Delivery Authority which carries out the work. It will prepare a business case for decision by both Houses. The Sponsor Body was established in shadow form in July 2018 and became a statutory organisation separate from Parliament in April 2020. It owns the scope, budget and timescale of the Restoration and Renewal programme.
The Sponsor Body is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the project, providing leadership and good governance, liaising with parliamentarians and other stakeholders, monitoring performance and preparing the business case, which is a set of options and cost estimates.
The Sponsor Board comprises MPs, Lords and a number of external members, including Liz Peace CBE, Chair. The Executive Team is led by Sarah Johnson, Chief Executive.
Sarah Johnson, Chief Executive
Sarah Johnson was previously Sponsorship Director at HS2 Ltd. She has spent most of her career working in senior roles in major infrastructure projects, including Crossrail and Crossrail 2. As Sponsor Body CEO, she is supported by an Executive Team responsible for finance, programme assurance, the business case and external and parliamentary relations.
Liz Peace CBE (Chair)
Liz Peace has more than 35 years' experience in government and the property sector. She spent her early career in the Ministry of Defence. She subsequently served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation (BPF) for thirteen years and was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry. In 2017 Liz was appointed Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and in 2018 she became Chair of the Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme. She is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board.
Dr Simon Thurley CBE
Dr Simon Thurley is a well-known historian and academic who has published many books on architectural history and heritage. Between 2002 and 2015 he was chief executive of English Heritage and before that, for five years, was director of the Museum of London.
Simon Wright OBE
Simon Wright has more than 40 years’ experience in construction and project management and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was formerly the Chief Executive of Crossrail and was Director of Infrastructure at the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Marta Phillips OBE
Marta Phillips has had a successful career in the public and private sectors finishing as chief executive of the Pensions Advisory Service. She has continued with her interest in the public sector and now has a portfolio of non-executive appointments mainly in the government and the education sectors.
Brigid Janssen has directed strategic communications for a wide variety of international financial institutions, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, the OECD in Paris, and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in Washington. She has served on the board of a heritage organisation in Canada and currently she advises clients on reputation management.
Lord Carter of Coles (Labour)
Lord Carter has been a member of the House of Lords Audit Committee since 2013, on the Lords Rural Economy Committee since May 2018. Lord Carter is a former member of the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster.
Lord Deighton (Conservative)
Lord Deighton is the non-executive Chairman of Heathrow Airport, The Economist Group and the Holdingham Group and a non-executive Director of Square, Inc. He was CEO of LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games), was Commercial Secretary for HM Treasury and was responsible for the UK’s National Infrastructure Plan. He is a former member of the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster.
Baroness Scott of Needham Market (Liberal Democrat)
Baroness Scott is currently on the House of Lords Statutory Instruments Joint Committee, and has chaired and been a member of a variety of Lords Committees for nearly 20 years. She was Party Chair for the Liberal Democrats. She acts as the Sponsor Body's spokesperson in the House of Lords, including responding to questions and making written statements about the work of the Sponsor Body.
Lord Best (Crossbench)
Lord Best is co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People and chaired the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group. He has served as Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and was President of the Local Government Association, Chair of Hanover Housing Association and of the Property Ombudsman.
Damian Hinds MP (Conservative)
Damian Hinds served as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Employment. He was elected as an MP in 2010, served on the Education Select Committee and chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. He has also served as an Assistant Government Whip and as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. He acts as the Sponsor Body's spokesperson in the House of Commons, including responding to questions and making written statements about the work of the Sponsor Body.
Mark Tami MP (Labour)
Mark Tami MP has been Member of Parliament for Alyn and Deeside since 2001. He is a member of the Commons Finance Committee and is a former member of the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster. Prior to working in Westminster, Tami was head of policy at the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.
Ian Levy MP (Conservative)
Ian Levy is the MP for Blyth Valley in Northumberland and was elected in December 2019. He previously spent more than twenty years working in the mental health care sector and is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.
Kirsty Blackman MP (SNP)
Kirsty Blackman is the MP for Aberdeen North. She was Deputy Leader of the SNP Westminster group from 2017 – 2020 and was the first woman to lead on the economy for any major party, in the House of Commons. Ms Blackman was a local authority councillor for 8 years before her election to Westminster and during that time sat on project boards overseeing significant building projects, including ten schools and a new custody suite in Aberdeen for Police Scotland.
Mike Brough, Programme and Delivery Assurance Director
Mike previously ran the portfolio office in Parliament’s estates department. Prior to this, Mike worked for the Local Government Association/Cabinet Office vanguard programme, One Public Estate and the Welsh Government’s Strategic Regeneration. He was Chair of Valleys to Coast Housing Association from 2011 - 2014. As the Sponsor Body’s Director of Programme and Delivery Assurance, Mike is responsible for reporting, risk management, assurance, change and programme requirements.
Amanda Colledge, Business Case Director
Amanda is a senior finance professional with experience across the NHS, cultural sector and the House of Commons. Her experience also includes the development of business cases for Treasury approval. As Business Case Director for the R&R Programme, Amanda is responsible for the development of the Outline Business Case as well as providing support for other project business cases.
Gurdip Juty, Finance and Corporate Services Director
Gurdip has held senior positions at complex commercial organisations, the senior civil service and social enterprises. He led on financial transformation at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and was Director of Finance and Procurement for the National Audit Office. Prior to that, he worked in the energy sector, including at EDF Energy and an international wind farm developer. As Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Gurdip is responsible for finance, HR, internal audit, legal, information management and digital functions for the Sponsor Body.
Claire Maugham, Communications Director
Claire previously worked at Capita plc and has extensive communications and campaigning experience in the private and public sectors including Smart Energy GB, Britain's smart meter roll-out; the urban economic thinktank Centre for Cities; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Equal Opportunities Commission. Claire leads public and stakeholder engagement for the Sponsor Body and Delivery Authority and delivers internal and external communications.
Lucy Owen, Chief of Staff
Lucy was previously Executive Director at the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group. She has extensive experience across the public and private sectors, including as Executive Director of Planning, Regeneration and Environment at the GLA supporting major infrastructure and housing projects. As Sponsor Body Chief of Staff, she is responsible for parliamentary engagement and secretariat functions alongside supporting the Chief Executive.