Programme Mentors

Each Future London Leader has been paired with a mentor from across the London Regeneration network. These mentors provide invaluable experience and insights from their own career throughout the programme.

Simon Bevan
Head of Planning, Regeneration, and Neighbourhoods, LB Southwark

Simon has been Head of Planning at Southwark since 2008, having been at Southwark for over 25 years. He is responsible for strategic management of the planning functions of policy preparation, development management, transport planning and building control in the borough. He led the preparation of the Southwark Plan and Southwark Core Strategy, and has played a leading role in the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

Richard Blakeway
Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, Greater London Authority

Richard is responsible for overseeing the Mayor’s statutory housing powers. This includes the Mayor’s statutory housing strategy, £3 billion of investment and around 600 hectares of land, including the regeneration of London’s Royal Docks, following the transfer of functions and assets from the London Homes and Communities Agency and the London Development Agency to the GLA.

Richard is a Young Ambassador for the Samaritans and Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. He is a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and chairs the Homes for London board.

Yinka Bolaji
Portfolio Management Director, Genesis Housing Association

Yinka is part of the Genesis Senior Leadership Team, with responsibility for increasing the investment quality of 32,000 mixed-tenure dwellings  in London and the South East. Portfolio management includes development, project management and asset management activities to optimise and enhance the value of Genesis’s £5 billion property portfolio. With over 20 years experience in housing & social care, Yinka has worked at director level for a number of large housing and social care organisation, where he successfully led asset management, investment planning, health & safety assurance, procurement and business development functions.

Guy Burnett
Development Director, Thames Valley Housing Association

As Development Director for Thames Valley Housing Association, Guy is responsible for the delivery of new development and investment opportunities across West/Southwest London and the South East of England.

Anne Byrne
Programme Manager, Woodberry Down, LB Hackney

John Dales
Director, Urban Movement
John is Director of Urban Movement, a consultancy specialising in transport planning and innovative designs for busy urban streets, the public realm around stations, and provision for cycling. He previously worked for JMP Consultants, the London Borough of Newham and Urban Initiatives. He has been responsible for the recent reworking of several London streets, such as in Camden, Clapham and Harrow, and for urban realm design development at numerous Crossrail stations. He is a champion of good urban design in transport schemes and a design advisor to several UK local authorities.

Judith Damerell
Partner and Head of Planning, Lewis Silkin LLP

Judith has over 20 years’ experience as a planning lawyer in both the public and private sectors. She advises on all planning issues, from land acquisition stage to scheme implementation, all in the context of the highly significant changes brought about by the Localism Act, Community Infrastructure Levy and National Planning Policy Framework. She has advised on a broad variety of projects and transport schemes such as London 2012, the Elephant and Castle Early Housing Sites, GCHQ and University College London Hospital.

She sits on both the CBI’s Major Infrastructure Projects Working Group and its Localism Group, and is Legal Commentator to Waste Planning Magazine. She is Strategic Partnerships Chair for the Women’s Transportation Seminar London, and is active member of Women in Property.

Ben Denton
Strategic Director for Housing, Regeneration and Property, City of Westminster

Ben Denton is Strategic Director for Housing, Regeneration and Property for Westminster City Council. His portfolio includes the management of 21,000 homes owned by the Council, investment management of its commercial property portfolio, overseeing rough sleeping and homelessness responsibilities and leading the Council’s housing renewal and employment programmes. Ben is also a Board Member of Thames Valley Housing Association, the Dolphin Square Foundation, Triathlon Homes and Westminster Community Homes. Prior to Westminster, Ben had a number of private sector roles including at KPMG and First Base.

Patrick Devlin
Director, Pollard Thomas Edwards architects

Patrick has worked in London and Berlin in a variety of fields, including housing, education, museum and commercial buildings. As well his involvement with designing for older people Patrick has helped PTE to develop its expertise in collaborative design, focusing on cohousing. His role as Head of Third Age Housing included leading the consultant team on the HAPPI report – Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation. As well as leading, with Carl Vann, one of three design workshops at PTE, he oversees variety of projects, including cohousing, extra care, heritage and masterplanning activities.

Sue Foster
Strategic Director for Delivery, LB Lambeth

Sue joined Lambeth’s strategic leadership board in November 2010 as the Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration and Environment. Sue has a wealth of experience in regeneration, housing and planning in both the voluntary sector and in local government. She was Director of Place Shaping and Enterprise at Enfield Council, and Assistant Director of Regeneration and Planning at Hackney Council. At Hackney Sue improved service delivery and brought forward London’s Olympic planning applications. In recognition of this work she was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to planning.

Lyn Garner
Director, Place and Sustainability, LB Haringey

Lyn Garner joined Haringey as Director of Place and Sustainability in 2011. She was previously Interim Director of Development and Environment at the GLA. Prior to working at the GLA, Lyn spent nine years at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, where she worked as Assistant Director of Housing and Community Service and then as Assistant Director of Regeneration and Housing Strategy.

Pat Hayes
Executive Director, Regeneration and Housing, LB Ealing

Pat Hayes has been Ealing’s Executive Director for Regeneration & Housing since 2007. In this role he has been responsible for redevelopments such as Dickens Yard and the new data centre in Ealing Broadway, alongside upcoming projects such as South Acton Housing Estate and the former Southall Gasworks site. Before joining Ealing, Pat worked for TfL as Director of Borough Partnerships, and prior to that spent over four years as Lewisham’s Executive Director for Regeneration and Environment. Pat has also worked for 5 other boroughs during a twenty plus year career in local government.

Stephen Hill
Director, C20 Futureplanners

Stephen is an independent public interest practitioner, with many years of public and private sector experience of housing, planning and delivering mixed-use development, urban extensions, new settlements, and community-led neighbourhood regeneration. Stephen was recently on the RICS Land & Society Commission and the Government-Industry Custom Build Working Group. He represents RICS on CLG’s Housing Policy Sounding Board, and the Housing Forum. He is interested in both macro and micro placemaking, and the need to connect big picture issues of infrastructure finance and delivery with the fine grain of pocket neighbourhoods.

Stephen Kelly
Assistant Director of Planning, LB Haringey

Mike Kiely
Director of Planning and Building Control, LB Croydon

Mike joined Croydon in 2009 after three years at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, prior to which he worked at Waltham Forest. A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Mike is also a director of Planning Officers Society Enterprises and sits on umbrella body London Councils’ officer advisory panel on planning, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s planning sounding board, the Planning Advisory Service board, and the New London Sounding Board.

John Lumley
Assistant Director, Housing Regeneration, LB Hackney

John has worked at Hackney, where he was previously Head of Estate Regeneration, since 2012. Prior to joining Hackney, he was Development manager at L&Q.

David Lunts
Executive Director of Housing and Land, Greater London Authority

David Lunts is the Executive Director for Housing and Land at the GLA, where he leads the Mayor’s housing, land and development functions. He was previously Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency and before that was the GLA Executive Director with responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing and environmental policy. David’s earlier career included a leading role in housing and regeneration in Manchester during the 1980s and early ’90s and a three-year spell as director of Urban Policy for John Prescott at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

James McGinlay
Head of Sustainable Communities, LB Merton

James heads up spatial strategy, physical regeneration, eonomic development, parks, leisure, open spaces, arts and culture and property management and development in Merton.

Conor Moloney
Head of Regions & Communities, Bioregional Development Group

Conor Moloney is a planner and geographer with a background in architecture and urban design. His core expertise is in strategic planning, sustainable placemaking, and neighbourhood development. Conor has led the Regions & Communities team since 2012, working in partnership with communities, local authorities, housing associations, developers and other partners to develop practical solutions for sustainability. Previously Conor worked with numerous local authorities, regeneration agencies and community-based partners across Britain and Ireland at Urban Initiatives. Much of this work has required public and stakeholder consultation, facilitation and enabling. Conor is particularly interested in the scope for people to take an active role in guiding processes of change in their own neighbourhoods.

Stewart Murray
Assistant Director of Planning, Greater London Authority

Nick O’Donnell
Assistant Director, Strategic Transport, LB Ealing

Nick has been Assistant Director of Strategic Transport at LB Ealing since 2009. He previously spent 8 years as Development Projects Manager for the Docklands Light Railway.

Maggie Rafalowicz
Senior Associate Consultant, Campbell Tickell

Maggie has an extensive track record in housing, development and regeneration. She has operated at senior levels in local government, central government, the housing association sector, and the commercial sector. She spent 10 years as Assistant Director of Housing & Community Care at Brent Council. Prior to that, she was an Area Manager at The Housing Corporation, covering one-third of London. She was previously Financial Performance Manager at Corporation headquarters, responsible for ensuring full spend of the multi-billion pound budget. She also served as Head of Finance at Solon Co-operative Housing Services, and prior to that was a private sector accountant.

Catherine Raynsford
Director – Affordable Housing, Jones Lang LaSalle

Catherine provides specialist advice on Affordable Housing,economic viability assessment, strategic development consultancy and disposal strategy.

Joanna Rowelle
Associate Director, Planning, Policy and Economics, Arup

Joanna Rowelle is an Associate Director in Planning, Policy and Economics at Arup where she focuses on economic development, regeneration and economic policy. Recent roles have included working with a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships s across the country to develop their strategic economic plans; most notably Joanna took a lead role in the production of the UK Central masterplan for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. She has worked for a range of private and public sector clients on projects including the new Crystal Palace, Cheddar Reservoir and Swanscombe Peninsula. Prior to joining Arup, Joanna worked at the Greater London Authority where she led a unit in business and economic policy before running the regeneration department, most significantly addressing jobs, growth and social cohesion following the public order disturbances in 2011.

Lucy Shomali
Divisional Director of Housing and Development, LB Waltham Forest

Visakha Sri Chandrasekera
New Business London, Lovell Partnership

Visakha has worked for Lovell since June 2010 leading on the development of their client and strategic relationships in London. She represents them on the HBF as well as the Housing Forum, and has been a member of the Mayor’s Development Group. Lovell is part of the Morgan Sindall Group and Visakha works with other companies in the group to support the development of new products. Currently this includes work on a model for developing affordable housing without public subsidy and delivering local asset backed vehicles with both local authorities and housing associations. Visakha previously worked for two London boroughs, the Housing Corporation and the HCA, where she was Deputy Director for Investment in London.

Jeremy Stibbe
Executive Director of Development, Regeneration and Sales, Peabody

Jeremy joined Peabody in November 2013 as Executive Director for Development & Sales from Network Housing Group, where he was Executive Director of Business Development. Prior to this he spent 21 years at London & Quadrant, leading regeneration and new business, and spent a short secondment working with the Homes and Communities Agency exploring new intermediate products. Jeremy is passionate about urban regeneration and has a broad range of property, development and regeneration experience across London.

Barney Stringer
Director, Quod

Barney is a director of the planning consultancy Quod. He specialises is the economic and social effects of development, and has worked on many of the largest and most high-profile regeneration schemes in the country. He has more than 20 years’ experience in planning, economics and transport – working in consultancy, public policy and journalism. Previous jobs include the London Development Agency and the CBI. He was a founder of specialist regeneration consultancy Hunt Dobson Stringer.

Tom Titherington
Director of Business Development and Marketing, Catalyst Housing

Tom is responsible for New Business, Strategic Development and Business Planning, including inorganic growth, stock transfer regeneration, and merger and acquisition. His key role is to develop methods and approaches to meet changing housing need and to create sustainable developments and communities within a large, active, developing Housing Association in London. Tom is also director on two subsidiary boards: Catalyst by Design, responsible for development of housing for sale, and the Catalyst Gateway, a specialist charity supporting people in the community and helping them find and create employment.

Paul Walker
Assistant Director Regeneration, Planning & Economic Development, LB Enfield and Chair, RTPI Regeneration Network

Paul is Assistant Director of Regeneration, Planning and Economic Development at London Borough of Enfield. He also chairs the RTPI’s Regeneration Network and is a Design Review Panel member at SHAPE East.

Brendon Walsh
Director, Regeneration, Economic Development & Environment, LB Hounslow

Brendon is responsible for: Regeneration, Planning, Housing, Public Health, Property, Community Safety, Highways, Waste. Formerly Director of Property and Regeneration at Ealing Council, responsible for Town Centre Regeneration, Property Development and Planning Policy, and Chief Executive of North West London Tec and Business Link, with P&L responsibility for a company delivering Training and Economic Development Contracts for Central Government.

Tony Westbrook
Head of Regeneration, LB Barnet

Tony is the Head of Regeneration at Barnet Council, where he has been since 2009. He is responsible for regeneration schemes in Brent Cross Cricklewood, West Hendon, Colindale, Dollis Valley and Stonegrove Spur Road; Employment and Skills; and 2 Outer London Fund schemes. Previously he worked for Westfield and Saatchi & Saatchi X.