Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader at Arup, will succeed Dame Vivian Hunt DBE, Managing Partner of McKinsey UK and Ireland, as Chair of the CBI London Council.
Working alongside Isabel will be Judith Everett, Chief Operating Officer at The Crown Estate, who has been appointed as Deputy Chair.
Isabel joined Arup as Global Transport Leader in 2016, after stepping down from her five-year role as London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport. Within her current role, Isabel leads Arup’s global transport agenda, focusing on cementing the firm’s integrated approach to transport and urban development.
Commenting on the appointments, Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:
“We are delighted that Isabel will Chair the CBI London Council and welcome her warmly to the role.
“Isabel brings with her a wealth of experience and a unique understanding of the fabric and needs of the capital. She is well placed to advocate, not only for London’s contribution to the UK economy, but also its position on the global stage, particularly as the UK redefines its relationship with the European Union.
“We are also pleased to welcome Judith as London’s Deputy Chair. Judith has a breadth of knowledge in communications and engagement, having led many international projects, and will undoubtedly bring this expertise and guidance to the role in support of Isabel.
“We are extremely grateful to Dame Vivian for her leadership of the Council over the past two years. She has done so with strength, wisdom and warmth through one of the most politically turbulent periods in memory. Her guidance and business insight have been invaluable.”
Isabel Dedring, incoming Chair of the CBI London Council, said:
“I am thrilled to succeed Dame Vivian as Chair of the CBI London Council; notably at a time when London’s business community continues to endure a period of challenge and uncertainty. I am confident in both the business community’s resilience and its ability to overcome these challenges through collaboration, innovation and a continued commitment to inclusive growth.
“With Brexit dominating the national agenda, it remains crucial that the Council builds upon its work focusing on London’s global competitiveness, including its infrastructure, transport network, affordable housing, and the important role of digitisation and Artificial Intelligence.
“I look forward to working closely with colleagues on the Council and the CBI team, to continue the fantastic work and engagement that Dame Vivian has led.”