Lucy French OBE

Urbanism has always played a key part in Lucy’s career, as she has sought to shape the urban environment, in terms of placemaking and culture. Lucy works both on a hyper local level with community voices central to master planning, whilst also looking for national and international input for design and innovation.

Opening the first newly built theatre complex in Central London for 3 decades, Lucy worked with key stakeholders to bring the ambitious scheme to fruition, successfully setting it within the wider transformation of Victoria. She sat on the Victoria BID Board during this time, witnessing the innovation and change created by the BID team.

She founded the charity Never Such Innocence (NSI) in March 2014, and is currently its Chair. NSI is an educational charity that gives young people across the UK and internationally the opportunity to reflect on conflict and how conflict impacts their lives and the world around them through poetry, art, speechwriting and song. The charity nurtures the next generation of thinkers, leaders and peace keepers through the arts, cultural exchange, dialogue and debate, working with 9-18 year olds in 121 countries.

Over the years Lucy has campaigned and fundraised for theatre, the arts and the voices of children. She sits on the Advisory Board for ‘Getting on with it: the micro-dynamics of post-accord intergroup social relations’ at Bristol University, is a committee member for the 2024 Lord Mayors Big Curry Lunch and an Honorary Vice-President of The Western Front Association. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Young People and the Arts.