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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.

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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.

Board members


Liz Peace

Liz Peace CBE (Chair)

Liz Peace has more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector, currently serving as Chair of the Government Property Agency, established to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Government Estate. She is also Chairman of the Mayor of London’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, which manages the UK’s largest regeneration project, as well as being a former Chief Executive of the British Property Federation.

Dr Simon Thurley CBE

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 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 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

Brigid Janssen

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 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 (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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Sir Robert Syms MP (Conservative)

Sir Robert is a former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and has served on various select committees, including Chair of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee and High-Speed Rail Select Committee. In Opposition he was variously Shadow Spokesman on Environment, Transport and the Regions and a shadow minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and for Communities and Local Government.

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Tommy Sheppard MP (Scottish National Party)

Tommy Sheppard has been an MP since 2015 and is Shadow SNP Leader of the Commons. He is a former Labour councillor and served as deputy leader of Hackney Council before founding the successful Stand Comedy Clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He also led the Edinburgh South Yes Scotland campaign in 2012.

Mark Tami MP (Labour)

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.