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London First appoints John Allan as Chairman

London First today announces the appointment of John Allan as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  John will join the Board on 1st January 2015.

John Allan is Chairman of Barratt Developments, a major house builder, and of WorldPay Ltd, a global leader in payment processing.  He is also Deputy Chairman of Dixons Carphone Warehouse plc, one of Europe’s leading specialist electrical retailers.

He will succeed Philip Dilley who has served as Chairman of London First since January 2012 and will step down on 31st December 2014.

Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to welcome John Allan, who brings with him an outstanding track record in business leadership in both UK and international companies.  I would also like to thank Philip for his excellent service to London First during what has been a key time both for London as an expanding City, as well as for the organisation and its strategic development.”

Commenting on his appointment, John Allan said: “I am delighted to be joining as Chairman of London First.  London is a powerhouse of the UK economy and the business capital of the world.  It is vital that as it continues to grow, the world-class infrastructure, housing and talented workforce that it needs to thrive are delivered effectively.  London First is at the forefront of leading on these issues and I look forward to contributing to its work.”

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