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Shaping the future of East London


Rising in the East - Shaping the Future of East London brings together business and civic leaders to explore what has been achieved in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as the many exciting opportunities and challenges ahead. Curated by Centre for London, the conference will provide a platform for debate, knowledge exchange and to further develop a shared vision for the future of east London.

Rising in the East is an invite-only event. For more information contact [email protected]

Featured Speakers

We'll be joined by a range of outstanding speakers, each bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Four of our speakers are featured below. For a full list of speakers, please refer to the event programme on the day.

Jules Pipe

Jules Pipe

Mayor of Hackney

Carol Lake

Carol Lake

Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility, International Markets, J.P. Morgan

Yolande Barnes

Yolande Barnes

Head, World Research, Savills

Robin Wales

Robin Wales

Mayor of Newham





Setting the scene

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An introduction to the conference's background and ambitions, including a whistle stop tour of how the plans for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have evolved over time and what has been achieved to date, in terms of park, place and people.

  • Ben Rogers – Director, Centre for London
  • David Edmonds – Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Robin Wales – Mayor of Newham


Taking stock four years on

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This session takes stock of the assets and challenges we face four years after the Games: what foundations are in place and what more needs to happen? How is the Park evolving from Olympic precinct to a new piece of city? How have the Park, venues and governance regime been optimised for long-term use? How is the Park viewed by local communities? A panel discussion.

  • Richard Brown (Chair) – Research Director, Centre for London
  • John Burton – Head of Development, Westfield
  • David Goldstone – Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Selina Mason – Architect and Board Director, LDA Design


Cultural and Education District: Envisioning the Future

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With world-leading cultural and educational institutions moving in, what will the implications be for the Park and east London, and how can we make the most of the opportunity? A visual presentation followed by a panel discussion.

Visual presentation:

  • Rosanna Lawes – Executive Director of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation

Panel discussion:

  • Sarah Gaventa (Chair) – Director, Made Public
  • David Bickle – Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan, V&A
  • Frances Corner – Head, London College of Fashion, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, UAL
  • Britannia Morton – Chief Operating Officer, Sadler’s Wells
  • Alex Wraight – Partner, Allies and Morrison


Coffee break


Welcome from Here East

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  • Claire Cockerton – CEO, Entiq


Working and living in the park

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Considering the investment the district has attracted to date, how can we continue to make it a destination of choice for people and businesses? What more needs to be done to create a successful 21st Century city district and how can the Park attract new arrivals and enterprises, without pricing local people and businesses out? A panel discussion.

  • Lisa Taylor (Chair) – Director, Future of London
  • Timothy Barnes – Head of Enterprise Development (London), Loughborough University
  • Yolande Barnes – Head, World Research, Savills
  • Paul Brickell – Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Alan Penn – Dean, Bartlett Facility of the Built Environment, UCL
  • John Biggs – Mayor of Tower Hamlets


Beyond 2020: A Sustainable Future

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What is the long-term plan for managing the Park and venues? What can other cities and districts learn from the Park? How will we know when the “job is done” in the Park? How does this become a place that works for local people, that generates prosperity across east London, and thrives as a part of London with really deep roots that aspirational Londoners want to live in? A panel discussion.

  • David Edmonds (Chair) – London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Katie Kopec – Principal Adviser Regeneration and Development, London & Partners
  • Carol Lake – Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility, International Markets, J.P. Morgan
  • Andrea Stark – Director, Foundation for FutureLondon


Future vision for east London

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  • Jules Pipe – Mayor of Hackney


Conclusions and thanks

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A summary of the morning’s discussions and closing thoughts.

  • Ben Rogers – Director, Centre for London


Lunch and networking


Here East
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
E20 3BS

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Nearest Stations:

  • Stratford City DLR (26mins)
  • Stratford International (20mins)
  • Hackney Wick (12mins)

Free shuttle buses to the conference venue will be available from outside Stratford Station (Westfield Shopping Centre exit)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park falls within the remit of the London Legacy Development Corporation which is accountable to the Mayor of London, and responsible for the social and economic regeneration of the Park and the surrounding areas. The scale of our development is similar to a new town; over the next 15 years, the Park will deliver 40,000 new jobs, 24,000 new homes, new schools and health centres, as well as a brand new cultural and education district worth £3bn to the local economy.


Westfield Corporation is one of the world’s leading shopping centre companies with iconic retail destinations in London, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles among its portfolio of 34 centres including its two London centres Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, as well as new developments in Croydon and Milan. Its two London centres attract over 70 million annual customer visits and around £2bn in retail sales.

Here East

Here East is a home for individuals and companies who push technology, share expertise and create the products of tomorrow.Big business collides with small business and creativity flourishes.Radicals, reformers, visionaries, industry heroes and like-minded locals – they are all part of our east London and its geography of innovation. Here East is being able to proudly stamp ‘made here’.