Sir Merrick is the Executive Chairman of Cratus Communications and Senior Adviser to PA Consulting. He was appointed first Chairman of the UK Municipal Bonds Agency in early 2015 having pioneered the case for greater local government fiscal autonomy. In October 2010 he was appointed to the Board of the London Pensions Fund Authority and became Chairman in September 2015 having served as deputy Chairman for 2 years.
In August 2015, The Mayor of London appointed Sir Merrick to be the Chairman of the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission. The report, published in Spring 2016, looked at the economic viability of the proposed rail route linking North East and South West suburbs under central London. Sir Merrick also chairs Localis, an independent think-tank dedicated to issues related to local government and localism.
A councillor from 1986 until May 2015, Sir Merrick served as Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 2000 until 2013. During his time as Leader, the Council established itself as a top performer under various inspection regimes and received excellent feedback in resident satisfaction surveys. He was a key architect in the formation of “Tri Borough”, a revolutionary forerunner of Combined Authorities delivering integrated public services between the three London Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Sir Merrick Cockell was Chairman of the Local Government Association from 2011-2014. He successfully led the LGA through arguably the most difficult time for UK local government in a generation.
He was Chairman of London Councils from 2006 until 2010, leading local government in London and campaigning for fair funding for public services and making the case for more devolution from central to local government. He served as the Chairman of the Conservative Councillors’ Association and a member of the Conservative Party Board from February 2008 to February 2011. He was an Audit Commissioner, sitting on the Audit Commission Board from July 2009 until June 2011.
Other positions include fellow of the British American Project, and Governor of the Kensington Aldridge Academy. He is Kensington Colonel of 31 Signal Squadron.
Sir Merrick is married with two daughters. He ran an international trading company for 23 years. He was knighted in early 2010 for services to local government.