Julian Metcalfe, co-founder of Itsu and founder of Prêt a Manger, will lead a tackforce set up to drive regeneration in two of the areas worst affected by the August riots. London mayor Boris Johnson announced that Metcalfe would lead a taskforce to spearhead regeneration in Croydon, while property developer Sir Stuart Lipton, the founder of developer Chelsfield, will head a taskforce overseeing the regeneration of Tottenham. The mayor’s office said that the taskforces would work towards creating local masterplans for improvements in transport infrastructure, buying up and rebuilding riot-hit properties, as well as supporting employment. Johnson said: "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on the momentum of rebuilding and repair work and turn it into a permanent regeneration of two long-neglected areas of the capital. "Both Sir Stuart and Julian Metcalfe bring with them a wealth of commercial experience to help champion investment to improve the lives of Londoners in Tottenham and Croydon and I am delighted they have taken on these vital roles."