Lord Toby Harris has been heavily involved in the governance of London for many years.
He was an elected politician in the capital for twenty-six years, serving as both a London Borough Councillor (and Council Leader) but also as a member of the London Assembly for the first four years of its existence.
He set up the Association of London Government (now London Councils) that brought together the thirty-three local authorities in London and before the election of the Mayor acted as the democratic voice of the city. He was its first Chair from 1995 to 2000, having previously chaired one of the predecessor associations.
He was a member of the Joint London Advisory Panel (a Sub-Committee of the Cabinet) and was Co-Chair of the London Pride Partnership which brought together local government and the business community to develop a prospectus for London.
He was Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority from 2000 to 2004 and then continued to sit on it as the Home Secretary’s representative on the Authority until 2012. He was a special advisor to the Board of Transport for London from 2004 to 2008. He represented London on the European Union’s Committee of the Regions from 1994 to 2002.
At various times he has been a board member of the London Development Partnership (the fore-runner of the London Development Agency), of Greater London Enterprise, and of London International Sport. He was Chair of London Waste Action and continues to chair the Wembley National Stadium Trust.