The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE FBCS FRSA as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London to succeed Sir David Brewer CVO CMG when he retires on 28 May 2015.
Ken Olisa is a businessman and philanthropist, the founder of 2 technology merchant banks and the first British-born black man to serve as a Director of a FTSE-100 company (Reuters). An advocate of social inclusion, he is Chair of Thames Reach, a charity working to shelter and resettle the homeless; Chair of the Shaw Trust, supporting the disabled and chronically unemployed to find work; founding Chair of the Powerlist Foundation, supporting future leaders from BME and disadvantaged backgrounds; a former Governor of the Peabody Trust; and a former Non-Executive Director of the West Lambeth NHS Trust.
Mr Olisa lives in Hampton Wick with his wife, Julia. They have 2 grown-up daughters and 5 grandchildren.