London’s resilience journey

As a global city with an open economy, London is exposed to continual international, regional, and local change. Over its 2,000-year history, the city has endured plague, fire, the Blitz, terrorist attacks, financial crises, recessions and more – to emerge dynamic, diverse, and successful.

Over the last 15 years, London has developed a world-class multi-agency emergency response infrastructure. The City of London has declared a climate emergency, and is proud to lead work on climate change adaptation and addressing other environmental pressures, including launching the world’s first 24-hour Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to clean up the city’s toxic air, and becoming the world’s first National Park City.

London’s Resilience Strategy takes a broad and long-term view of what city resilience means, by considering immediate risks and looking at a wider range of shocks and stresses to determine how best to respond to them. By considering resilience holistically, London and Londoners can be better prepared for the future.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Dr. Fiona Twycross

Deputy Mayor of Fire and Resilience

Dr. Fiona Twycross is London’s first Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience and CRO, appointed in 2018 by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Her role involves overseeing the Mayor’s policies and programmes on Fire and Resilience. This has included producing and implementing London’s first Resilience Strategy, published in February 2020.

On behalf of the Mayor of London, Fiona also chairs the London Resilience Forum, a post she has held since 2016. Through this role she is closely involved in coordinating London’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

Fiona served on the London Assembly as a London-wide member between May 2012 and May 2020. She chaired London’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority in 2016–2018, and was Deputy Leader and Whip of the London Assembly Labour Group between May 2016 and March 2020. As an Assembly Member, Fiona focused her campaigning work on tackling food poverty, including the promotion of universal free school meals. She produced a report in London on behalf of the Assembly’s Health and Environment Committee, “A Zero Hunger City: Tackling Food Poverty in London.” Fiona’s work on economic inequality includes the report “A Zero-Sum Game,” on zero-hours contracts. Prior to her election as Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Fiona worked for the health charity Diabetes UK.

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