Daniel Moylan

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Daniel Moylan Hon FRIBA (born 1 March 1956) is an Anglo-Irish[1] Conservative politician, formerly a member of Kensington and Chelsea Council and co-chairman of Urban Design London. He is a former deputy chairman of Transport for London, former chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation and was chief aviation advisor to Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, advocating a new hub airport to the east of London to replace Heathrow, and also the Mayor's principal advisor on Crossrail 2.

In 2010 an article in the London Evening Standard described Moylan as "one of London's most powerful and colourful politicians".[2]

The Grenfell Tower fire and subsequent widely condemned response from the Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council took place during Daniel Moylan's council tenure.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Moylan was educated at St Philip's Grammar School, Edgbaston.[6] In 1975 he went up to the Queen's College, Oxford,[6] where he took a degree in German and Philosophy.[7] He was President of the Oxford Union in the Michaelmas term, 1978,[8] and in November gained publicity by securing Richard Nixon as a guest speaker.[7][9]

Early career[edit]

Moylan joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in December 1978.[10] After some time in the FCO's Central and Southern African Department, he undertook Afrikaans language training and was posted to the British Embassy in South Africa as Third Secretary, reporting on the progress of South-West Africa to independence as Namibia.[11] In 1982, Moylan left the FCO and joined County Bank, the investment banking subsidiary of National Westminster, and stayed with them until 1986.[6] At the general election of 1983 he was the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Birmingham Erdington, losing to Robin Corbett by 231 votes.[12] In 1986 he joined Security Pacific Hoare Govett as a Vice-President, and left them in 1987 to set up Egan Associates,[6] a company providing training courses to financial institutions.[13]

Local government career[edit]

Elected to Kensington and Chelsea Council in May 1990,[14] Moylan became deputy leader of the council in 2000.[6] As a councillor he specialised in environmental matters, including waste, environmental health, parks, transportation, and planning. He also served as the council's Design Champion and Heritage Champion. From 2006 to 2009 he chaired the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee. He resigned as deputy leader and from the council's Cabinet in April 2011 to concentrate on his work as deputy chairman of Transport for London. He stood down as a councillor for the Queen's Gate ward in May 2018.[15] He twice stood for election as Leader of Kensington and Chelsea: in 2000, when he was defeated by a single vote, and again in 2013,[16][17] when he came equal second.[18]

A journalist commented in 2010 that "like a Tory version of Peter Mandelson, Moylan combines ferocious intellectual ability – and wit – with a naturally sinister demeanour that has made him many enemies".[2] Moylan has both British and Irish nationality.[19]

Transport for London and Crossrail[edit]

In August 2008, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, appointed Moylan to the Board of Transport for London.[20] In February 2009 he became deputy chairman,[21] in which position he served until 2012 and again from March to May 2016. Moylan was responsible both for bringing the organisation's finances back into order and for terminating the public-private partnership initiated by the Blair government, brought to a close in May 2010 with TfL's acquisition of Tube Lines from Ferrovial and Bechtel.[22]

In August 2013, Moylan was appointed to the board of Crossrail as a non-executive director, replacing Sir Mike Hodgkinson as the Transport for London nominee.[23] In September 2014, he was appointed to oversee City Hall's work on the Crossrail 2 project.[24] In July 2015, as the Mayor's advisor on the project, he stated that delay should not be an option, as London is growing at the rate of two inhabitants an hour, and that by 2030 it will have a population of ten million.[25] He remained a non-executive director of Crossrail[26] and a member of the TfL Board,[6] until the Mayoral election in May 2016, when Sadiq Khan became Mayor.

London infrastructure[edit]

Within London, Moylan has promoted new approaches to streetscape drawn principally from the Dutch "shared space" concept developed by Hans Monderman.[27] These resulted in a redesign of Kensington High Street soon after Moylan became deputy leader of the Council in 2000.[28] One aim of this was to rationalise street furniture and create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, and to achieve this Moylan had to reject professional advice and transfer the risks of the project onto himself and other councillors, after detailed consideration of the public safety risks.[29] Plans for a similar improvement of Sloane Square in Chelsea proved controversial and were shelved in 2007, after a campaign against them partly directed against Moylan personally,[30] but a clutter-free redesign of Exhibition Road, in London's museums district, was achieved in 2012.[citation needed]

In 2009, Boris Johnson appointed Moylan to chair the Mayor's Design Advisory Panel,[31] with responsibility for delivering the Mayor's vision for the public realm as set out in his "Great Outdoors" policy statement.[32] Until he left these roles in June 2012, Moylan oversaw many improvements to highways and parks around the capital, including the restoration of Piccadilly and St James's Street to two-way traffic.

In 2011 Moylan was appointed chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation,[6] a Mayoral body created by statute to own and manage the Olympic Park, heading it for the duration of the London Summer Olympics of 2012 and the Paralympic Games.[33] His appointment surprised observers,[34] replacing as he did the Labour peer Lady Ford, and was formally opposed by the Labour/Green majority on the London Assembly.[35] He made significant changes to the leadership of the organisation, which were not welcomed by the longer-serving Board members.[36] In September 2012, Johnson himself took over as chairman of LLDC,[37] so that Moylan could focus on promoting their policy on a new London airport.[38]

Aviation advisor[edit]

Moylan was the chief aviation advisor of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London[39] and worked to promote the Mayor's concept of a new or expanded multi-runway hub airport to the east of London, which would replace the existing Heathrow Airport.[16] In May 2010, Johnson gave Moylan the responsibility for promoting this scheme. In 2010 and 2011, working with Transport for London officers and with City Hall, he oversaw the publication of a major report in two parts called A New Airport for London.[40][41] In September 2012 the Government announced the establishment of an Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, to review options for new airport capacity. Moylan stepped down from the chairmanship of LLDC to focus on the Mayor's liaison with the new Commission.[38] In December 2013, the Airports Commission failed to shortlist an estuary airport option, concentrating instead on expansion of Heathrow or Gatwick, but agreed to reconsider the estuary option and to decide later whether to add it to the short-list.[42] Giving evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee, Moylan spoke of "tremendous potential for regeneration of east London" from a new hub airport in the Thames estuary.[43] In November 2014 he was quoted as saying that creating an airport to the east of London would be "magnificently the right thing to do" and that the Heathrow site could then be developed into a new town.[44] In October 2015, in giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons, he said that an extra runway at Heathrow would cut the respite from flights allowed to local residents to as little as four hours a day.[39]


  • Daniel Moylan, Unripe time : Britain and the European Monetary System (Bow Group, 1988)[45]
  • Daniel Moylan, Bricks in the Wall, or, How to Build "Fortress Europe" While Denying Any Intentions of Doing So (Adam Smith Institute, 1989, ISBN 978-1870109512)[46]


In 2008 Moylan was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, "for his contribution to the improvement of urban design in London".[27]


  1. ^ "Boris Johnson to 'appoint Brexiteer Daniel Moylan as top Brexit advisor'". 17 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Jonathan Prynn, Daniel Moylan: the planning king of Kensington dated 19 July 2010 in London Evening Standard (online)
  3. ^ Slawson, Nicola (10 June 2017). "Labour rounds off remarkable election with narrow win in Kensington" – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ "Mayor urges takeover of Grenfell council". 1 July 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ Gentleman, Amelia (13 September 2017). "Grenfell campaigner calls for return of local assets as reparation" – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Daniel Moylan Archived 15 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine profile in Debrett's People of Today online. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  7. ^ a b "Speech Site Odd Choice?" in The Victoria Advocate dated November 27, 1978, p. 7A: "Nixon's visit is a coup for Daniel Moylan, president of the Union this term... Son of a bus driver, Moylan is a Queen's College graduate in German and philosophy."
  8. ^ Christopher Hibbert, "Presidents of the Union since 1900" in The Encyclopaedia of Oxford (Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-333-39917-X), p. 532
  9. ^ David Walter, The Oxford Union: Playground of Power (1984), p. 197
  10. ^ The Diplomatic Service List 1980 (Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1980), p. 282: "Moylan, Daniel Michael Gerald; FCO since December 1978; born 1.3.56; Grade 8."
  11. ^ The Diplomatic Service List 1981 (Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1981), p. 55
  12. ^ F. W. S. Craig, Britain Votes 3 (Parliamentary Research Services, 1983), p. 19
  13. ^ Egan Associates. Retrieved 9 November 2015
  14. ^ London Borough Council Elections 3rd May 1990 at amazon as.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015
  15. ^ Queen's Gate ward at rbkc.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  16. ^ a b Pippa Crerar, Boris Johnson’s aviation aide Daniel Moylan aims for top job at Kensington & Chelsea dated 20 April 2013 in London Evening Standard online. Retrieved 27 August 2015
  17. ^ Sarah Shaffi, Boris Johnson’s aviation adviser to run for leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, at London 24.com. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  18. ^ Camilla Horrox, Kensington & Chelsea Tories select new council leader in Get West London dated 9 May 2013, av cessed 6 June 2014
  19. ^ "Daniel Michael Gerald MOYLAN - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
  20. ^ Alexandra Wynne, New members appointed to Transport for London board in New Civil Engineer at Nce.co.uk dated 15 August 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  21. ^ Moylan can become TfL deputy chairman in Transport News at Transportxtra.com dated 1 March 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  22. ^ Tube maintenance back 'in house' as new deal is signed from BBC News dated 8 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  23. ^ New Crossrail Board appointment dated 8 August 2013 at crossrail.co.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  24. ^ Mayor appoints Daniel Moylan to oversee City Hall’s work on the Crossrail 2 project dated 10 September 2014 at london.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 November 2015
  25. ^ Daniel Moylan: London needs transport investment now. Delaying is not an option in London Evening Standard online dated 17 July 2015
  26. ^ Daniel Moylan profile Archived 16 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine at crossrail.co.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  27. ^ a b RIBA presents ten Honorary Fellowships Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine dated 2008 at Architecture.com. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  28. ^ Mark Gould, Life on the open road in The Guardian dated 4 December 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2014
  29. ^ Great Britain Parliament: House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, Government Policy on the Management of Risk: 5th Report of Session 2005–06 (2006), p. 209
  30. ^ Kensington and Chelsea shelves Sloane Square 'improvements' » Local Government at 24dash.com dated 24 April 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2014
  31. ^ Director of Tate appointed to Mayor of London's design panel in The Editor at Large. Retrieved 4 November 2015
  32. ^ London's Great Outdoors at website of Greater London Authority accessed 4 November 2015
  33. ^ John Geoghegan, London mayor appoints his new planning and regeneration team at Planning Resource dated 18 May 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2015
  34. ^ Adrian Warner, New legacy chief "shatters" political consensus from BBC dated May 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  35. ^ "Transcript of Item 6 – Confirmation Hearing for Councillor Daniel Moylan, Mayor's proposed appointee to the office of Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)". Greater London Authority. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  36. ^ Owen Gibson, Boris Johnson takes charge of Olympic Park's future in The Guardian online accessed 8 November 2015
  37. ^ Penny Bernstock, Olympic Housing: A Critical Review of London 2012's Legacy (2014), p. 86: "The former chair of transport for london Daniel Moylan replaced Baroness Ford in June 2012, however, his appointment was short lived and in September 2012 it was confirmed that Daniel Moylan would be stepping down as Chair and replaced on an interim basis by Boris Johnson."
  38. ^ a b Merlin Fulcher, Olympic legacy chief Moylan steps down to take on airport role in Architects Journal dated 12 September 2012 online. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  39. ^ a b Nicholas Cecil, Extra Heathrow runway ‘would give just 4-hour break from noise’ dated 15 October 2015 in London Evening Standard online. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  40. ^ A new airport for London: Part 1 – The Case for New Capacity (PDF) published by Transport for London, dated January 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  41. ^ A new airport for London: Part 2 – The economic benefits of a new hub airport (PDF) published by Transport for London dated November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2015
  42. ^ Press release: Airports Commission publishes interim report at gov.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015
  43. ^ Great Britain Parliament: House of Commons Transport Committee, Aviation strategy: first report of session 2013–14, Vol. 1 (2014), p. 29
  44. ^ Andrew Gimson, Interview: Daniel Moylan – “Boris will never surrender his vision of building a great new airport east of London” dated 26 November 2014 at conservativehome.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015
  45. ^ Unripe Time: Britain and the European Monetary System at worldcat.org. Retrieved 10 November 2015
  46. ^ Bricks in the Wall at worldcat.org. Retrieved 10 November 2015

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