John East

Strategic Director for Growth and Homes

LB Barking & Dagenham

John East is the Strategic Director for Growth and Homes at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, charged with facilitating and enabling the creation 50, 000 homes and 20,000 jobs in the borough over the next twenty years, and setting up the Council’s Regeneration and Investment Company: Be First.  Prior to joining Barking and Dagenham in 2016, he worked for the London Borough of Newham for 6 years, where latterly he was the Director of Housing and Community Infrastructure.  He has also been the Director of Planning and Development at the London Boroughs of Southwark, Richmond-upon Thames and Brent, as well as heading up Savills Central London Planning Team for several years in the 2000s.

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