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How the new London mayor could get the wiring right

One month from today, a new mayor will be elected to run London. This is one of the greatest jobs in the world. Mayors of big cities can achieve results far beyond the majority of ministers, which is why the best are long remembered.

The new mayor’s ability to make life better for Londoners will depend on many things, but a crucial factor will be the effectiveness of the GLA and London’s public sector more generally.

This paper sets out how the mayor could shape their leadership team, structures and processes, and how they can develop a more open, engaged and creative system of governance – one better able to make the most of the city’s amazing assets.

Download the paper: An open letter to the next Mayor of London


Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Mulgan was Chief Executive of Nesta from 2011-2019.

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