Programme Mentors

Each Future London Leader is paired with a mentor from across the London regeneration network. These mentors provide invaluable experience and insights from their own career throughout the programme. Please see Future London Leaders mentor profiles below and check back for updates.


Future London Leaders Round Ten Mentors

Ruth Angel 
Housing Regeneration Programme Manager, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Ruth has worked in social housing for more than 30 years, and during this time has been involved in a variety of aspects of social housing. Ruth spent some years working as an Independent Tenant and Leaseholder Adviser on a number of large regeneration schemes and therefore has extensive experience of community consultation. For the last seven years, she has worked in development, initially in Waltham Forest and then in the Royal Borough, so has experience of very contrasting places in London.

Jan Doust 
Assistant Director for Social and Economic Regeneration, LB Haringey


Fiona Duncan
Head of Area, Greater London Authority 

Fiona is a Chartered Surveyor and specialises in the regeneration sector. Her background is in the public sector and she started her career at LB Southwark, carrying out a wide range of surveying duties before specialising in acquisitions, sales and development. In 1998 she joined English Partnerships and became involved in regeneration projects in the Thames Gateway. She moved into the LDA in 2000, and continued to work in the Gateway and also on the successful bid to bring the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games to London. She has led and delivered a number of major projects including industrial, office and residential-led mixed use developments. Fiona has been Head of Area in the HCA/GLA since November 2009 and manages the team to deliver the Affordable Housing Programme, as well as  leading the work on the seven North East London housing zone bids. She is also a board director of Barking Riverside Ltd, one of the largest regeneration projects in London and is on the London Regional Board of the RICS.

Peter George 
Programme Director, LB Enfield 

Peter has more than 10 years’ experience delivering major regeneration projects including Woodberry Down in Hackney. Since joining Enfield Council, Peter has led estate regeneration projects through to completion, initiated and led the 1,000-new-home Alma redevelopment, established a wholly-owned company to deliver new homes and spearheaded the construction of new council homes. More recently as the Council’s Programme Director for all major regeneration projects, Peter has been focussed on leading the £1.5 billion Meridian Water development. Peter also sits on the board of a housing association.

Pat Hayes
Executive Director, Regeneration and Housing, LB Ealing   

Pat has been in his current role since 2007, and 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 five other boroughs during a 20-plus year career in local government.

Mike Johnson 
Development Director, London and Kent, Hyde Housing 

Mike has 30 years’ experience in housing and residential property development. Having read Housing at Bristol Polytechnic, Mike started his career in Local government in West London, then moved to London & Quadrant where he was Development Director. Mike has wide experience of delivering large and varied development programmes, including large-scale estate regeneration and joint ventures with house-builders. He also spent two years at Savills, where he was a Director in the Development Services Division, providing consultancy services to developers, local authorities and registered providers. In his current role at Hyde, Mike is responsible for a development pipeline of approx. 5,000 homes.

Andreas Markides 
Director, Odyssey Markides 

Andreas is a transport planner and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has worked on and managed many planning and engineering projects, including new developments and infrastructure schemes, urban extensions and town centre regeneration proposals. He has worked for both the private and public sectors in the UK as well as overseas. Andreas is a founding partner of Odyssey Markides and was previously chairman of Colin Buchanan and a Director on SKM(Europe) board.

Nigel Minto
Head of Housing Strategy & Policy, LB Hackney 

Nigel has over 25 years’ housing experience at senior local authority, national, regional and RP Board level. Having served as a Board member at Habinteg and previously worked for the NHF, ODPM, the Government Office for London, as well as London Councils and five other local authorities, he now leads on housing strategy at Hackney. He has extensive experience of working with senior politicians and in the fields of housing management, regeneration, policy development and lobbying as well managing the direct delivery of a range of housing services. Nigel’s approach incorporates a strong focus on community involvement and he is focussed on increasing housing supply in Hackney and  on what steps can be taken locally and nationally to improve the private rented sector in Hackney.

Tim Naylor 
Head of Spatial Planning, LB Croydon 

Coming from a landscape and urban design background, Tim has 20 years’ experience in the public sector and currently leads Croydon Council’s spatial planning service, developing the statutory planning framework and place-making agenda for the borough.  The service guides growth, development, connectivity and inward investment within the Croydon Opportunity Area through the orchestration of place-based planning frameworks, infrastructure planning, masterplans and the current Connected Croydon £50m programme of public realm delivery.

Eleanor Purser 
Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, LB Sutton

Eleanor is responsible for “Opportunity Sutton”, the economic growth strategy and enabling services – including strategic planning and development management – which support Sutton’s vision as an entrepreneurial borough offering a superb quality of life. This transformational agenda has levered over £300m into the borough since its launch. Current challenges include a new Local Plan, work with TfL to support bringing the tram to Sutton and the development of a life- sciences cluster. Eleanor is leading for Sutton on work with other South London boroughs to prepare a sub-regional devolution and funding strategy to support jobs, growth and infrastructure investment. She has a background in public sector development and housing, having worked for the GLA/HCA as Head of Housing for South London, where she oversaw an investment portfolio of £150m+ and led on commercial negotiations for major regeneration sites of up to £1bn.

Visakha Sri Chandrasekera
Business Development Manager, Lovell 

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.

Yvonne Thomson
Operations Director, Wandle  

Yvonne has 20 years’ experience in housing, urban and economic regeneration, community development, consultancy and the arts, successfully delivering physical, social and economic regeneration initiatives. She joined Wandle in December 2013 as Operations Director and is now Executive Director of Operations, responsible for strategic planning, housing management, customer services, community investment, social enterprise, repairs, stakeholder engagement, asset management, health & safety, communications and delivery of customer-facing services. Prior to joining Wandle, Yvonne was Assistant Director, Strategic Housing Services & Planning Policy at Chichester District Council, responsible for strategic management of the delivery of housing services, including homelessness provision; temporary accommodation management; housing support; Land Charges and Planning Policy; and delivering the Local Plan and associated policies. She has also held senior positions at Sappling Housing Partnership, Birmingham City Council and Impact Arts.

Lucinda Turner 
Head of Strategy and Policy, Transport for London 

Lucinda joined TfL in 2006 as Policy Manager for Congestion Charging, leading the work on policy development and stakeholder management for the scheme. In 2009, she began her current role, developing Crossrail funding policy, leading consultation for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and becoming environmental champion for TfL, helping develop the Mayor’s Air Quality and Climate Change Strategies, including the Clean Air Fund for London and TfL’s bus retrofit programmes. Lucinda is responsible for TfL’s work on Growth Areas and the London Plan. In 2013-2014, she was Secretariat to the Mayor’s Road Task Force, which established a strategic framework for the management, design and development of London’s streets and road network. She was previously Head of Infrastructure for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), leading policy and campaigning on transport, planning and property issues. Prior to that, she was Policy Manager for the Millennium Commission. She has a Masters in Spatial Planning from UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, a Masters from LSE and a BA(Hons) from Cambridge.

Darren Welsh
Head of Housing, RB Kingston

Darren has worked in housing and regeneration for 28 years and is a member of the London Housing Directors Group. Most recently, he has worked at Head of Service level at Enfield, Southwark, and now Kingston, where he is currently leading on setting up the Council’s first major estate regeneration programme.  Prior to working in London, Darren was Chief Housing Officer for  Hertfordshire Council where he developed major regeneration programmes which received National Housing Awards both for innovation and resident involvement and for their commitment to delivering mixed communities. He has also represented local authorities on regional initiatives to develop affordable housing policy and new delivery models.

Tony Westbrook 
Head of Regeneration, LB Barnet 

Tony joined Barnet Council in 2009, and is currently responsible for a broad portfolio including delivering the regeneration schemes in Brent Cross Cricklewood, West Hendon, Colindale, Dollis Valley and Stonegrove Spur Road; Employment and Skills; and various town centre schemes. Previously he worked for Westfield and Saatchi & Saatchi X.


Future London Leaders Round Nine Mentors

Mark Baigent
Project Director, RB Greenwich

Mark has 25 years’ experience in local authority housing and regeneration, with over 15 years at a senior level. His current role involves leadership of major housing investment strategies and programmes, including a £50m housing improvement programme for Greenwich council, a £35M joint venture district heat network on Greenwich Peninsula and a £150m new build investment programme in partnership with the GLA. Mark’s focus incorporates a strong focus on resident involvement, promoting equality and diversity alongside innovative approaches, new delivery models, joint venture and partnerships.

Ken Baikie
Director of Regeneration, Thamesmead, Peabody

Ken has been Peabody’s director of regeneration in Thamesmead since September of last year, serving as interim director before that. He has previously acted as a consultant on matters of property and regeneration to various organisations within the public sector, including Genesis HA and Basildon borough council, giving him a wide and varied outlook on the field.

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

Richard is responsible for overseeing the Mayor’s statutory housing powers. This includes the Mayor’s statutory housing strategy, £3bn 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 previously worked in the House of Commons, including for the Conservative Party’s policy review, and in 2004 helped launch and edit the International Development Magazine circulated to over 100 countries. 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.

Jonathan Bore
Executive Director for Planning & Borough Development, RB Kensington & Chelsea

With more than five years in his current role, Jonathan’s responsibilities encompass all town planning, building control and land charges services within the Royal Borough, including the production of planning policy, the determination of applications for planning permission and listed building consent and the handling of proposals for strategic development sites.

Heather Cheesbrough
Assistant Director of Strategic Planning, Regeneration & Economic Development, LB Hounslow

Heather is responsible for preparing the Local Plan and delivering regeneration, affordable housing, economic development, skills and employment, corporate property and environment and aviation policy within Hounslow. With a varied background across the public and private sectors, Heather has previously worked in directors’ roles at architectural and urban design organisations both in an out of London.

Richard Cook
Head of Residential Development, Lend Lease

In his current role, Richard oversees a portfolio of projects in London and across the UK and he has previously been responsible for design and build contracts at the Athletes’ Village, where his team oversaw the delivery of c.£400m in projects across the residential, education and health care sectors as part of London 2012. Richard joined Lend Lease in 2010 after working as Projects Director for MACE International in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, responsible for major residential and retail projects, notably Dubai’s 96-storey Burj Al Fattan. Before that, he was MD and director of several George Wimpey plc businesses.

Michèle Dix CBE
Managing Director, Crossrail 2

Equipped with a PhD in transport and land use planning, Michèle started her career at the Greater London Council, becoming a chartered civil engineer through GLC’s graduate scheme. After 6 years of policy work, she joined Halcrow Fox, becoming Board Director of Urban Transport Planning. After 15 years there, Michèle joined TfL as co-Director of Congestion Charging, launching, running and expanding the scheme. In 2007, she became TfL’s Managing Director of Planning, leading strategic thinking on London’s transport needs. In January, Michele was awarded a CBE, and in February, she was named Managing Director of Crossrail 2.

Andy Donald
Strategic Director of Regeneration & Growth, LB Brent

Andy is one of three Strategic Directors at Brent council, with specific responsibilities for Regeneration & Growth. He manages the council’s housing, planning, regeneration, property, customer services, welfare, employment and adult skills services and is the council’s deputy chief executive. Over a 20 year career Andy has led and driven a number of high profile regeneration projects, including Wembley, Park Royal and South Kilburn. He is currently closely involved in proposals for Old Oak Common. A qualified Urban Planner by trade, Andy now enjoys the challenges associated with the leadership of a wide range of different disciplines and is an energetic and passionate advocate of both London and local government.

Mike Duff
Director and Cities Area Practice Leader, Concerto Partners

Mike is a trained urban designer and sustainability consultant whose studies included Social Psychology & Philosophy, Urban Sociology, Architecture and Sustainability. He has worked as an urban designer, sustainability consultant, and a strategy consultant, leading multi-disciplinary teams on large scale urban design, regeneration and strategic planning projects, worldwide.

Richard Evans
Deputy Group Commercial Director, Thames Valley Housing

Richard has worked for over a decade in residential development and investment, delivering mixed-tenure, intermediate, affordable and PRS schemes across London and the South East. He is a director of TVH’s joint venture companies, which are currently on-site in five locations and will complete in excess of 800 new homes in the next 18 months. He also performed a key role in the development and setting up of TVH’s PRS business, Fizzy Living, with has gone on to secure more than £200 million of institutional grade investment; and set up a joint venture, non-HRA housing PFI company with a commercial partner to deliver new affordable homes on greenfield land in Surrey.

Stephen McDonald
Director of Place, LB Barnet

Stephen is responsible for leading Re’s ‘place making’ services in the borough of Barnet, including regeneration, planning, strategic transport and economic development. A senior professional experienced working at cabinet, ministerial and board level, Stephen has significant sector experience in the development industry, working at the public–private interface to make complex, mixed-use and mixed-tenure developments succeed. His extensive central and local government experience incorporates key strengths in efficiency and performance improvement, change and programme management.

Susan Parsonage

Director of Safer Communities, LB Ealing

Heading the Safer Communities team at LB Ealing, Susan is responsible for the coordination of the borough’s response to all kinds of anti-social behaviour, a role that requires frequent coordination with the Metropolitan police. Outside of her role with the borough, Susan is the chair of the London Customer Service Committee. She first started in local government in 1998, when she ran a campaign for Chester City council on violence against women and children.

Kaye Stout
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Kaye specialises in major residential and mixed-use projects, including large-scale estate regeneration. She takes pride in building good working relationships with clients and the design and construction teams. “I like the way that successful buildings and places are not conceived in ivory towers, but emerge from a complex process of engagement with lots of different people with a wide variety of views. Some projects evolve over many years, and I work hard to maintain everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment.” Kaye has long experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans to infill sites. She also has experience in commercial interiors, office buildings and business parks.

Barney Stringer
Director, Quod

A consultant specialising in the social and economic impact of development, Barney’s track record includes many of the biggest development projects in the country. His commercial focus has combined with 20 years’ experience from all sides of planning and policy and as a director at Quod consulting his diverse specialisms include demographics, economics, schools, health, planning, policy, housing, employment and transport.

Nick Taylor
Head of North West London, Greater London Authority

Nick leads the development and implementation of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy and business plan for north west London, making him responsible for issues centred on housing, regeneration and property investment across 12 local authorities. He manages a portfolio of development partners’ investment contracts through a team of area contract managers. Nick’s background is in investment management, where he previously worked for the Housing Corporation on delivery of the London’s ministerial affordable housing targets.