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 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 in 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 of Planning, Transport for London

Michèle started her career at the Greater London Council (GLC) after completing her PhD in transport and land use planning, becoming a chartered civil engineer through the GLC’s transport planning graduate scheme. After 6 years of policy work, Michèle joined Halcrow Fox in the private sector, where she became the Board Director of Urban Transport Planning. After 15 years working on a range of studies Michèle joined TfL as Director of Congestion Charging; implementing, running and expanding the scheme with co-Director Malcolm Murray-Clark. Since June 2007, Michèle has been the Managing Director of Planning and leads TfL’s strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging policies and providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future.

Andy Donald
Strategic Director of Regeneration and 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.

Future London Leaders Round Eight Mentors

John Bandler
Director of Property and Infrastructure, Re

John is Regeneration lead within the local authority partnerships business within Capita Property and Infrastructure. He is currently leading the Regeneration and Strategic Planning service transformation at Re (Regional Enterprise) Ltd, a new joint venture between Capita and the London Borough of Barnet. Prior to this, John led the Regeneration & Development Management and Development Finance consultancy teams at Capita Property and Infrastructure. Before joining Capita, John was Director and Regeneration Sector Lead at Turner & Townsend.

Simon Bevan
Director of Planning, LB Southwark

Simon is Director of Planning at Southwark and has been at the centre of the borough’s ambitious regeneration plans for over 20 years, taking charge of the planning division in 2008. Simon has led the preparation of the strategy framework that has delivered the most affordable housing of any London borough over the last four years and is preparing his division, which includes planners, transport planners, urban designers and building inspectors, for the latest challenge to deliver 11,000 new council homes over the next 30 years (although he might not see out all of that project).

Greg Campbell
Director, Campbell Tickell

Greg is a Director of Campbell Tickell, a multidisciplinary management consultancy working in the housing, regeneration, social care, leisure and charity sectors. He has been a consultant for 15 years, and has worked directly with well over 300 organisations, tackling a variety of strategic and operational matters. He has broad experience in such areas as governance, strategy development, regulation, risk management, procurement and new business, PR and communications, and HR and recruitment. Organisations he has advised on new business development have included housing associations, local authority ALMOs, care providers, leisure trusts, charities, solicitors, maintenance contractors, developers and investors.

Stephen Hill
Public Interest Practitioner, C20 Future Planners

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. He was recently on 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.

Neil Isaac
Assistant Director of Economic Development, LB Enfield

Neil’s role covers business and inward investment as well as employment skills and training, and reinforces the links between environment and economy. Previously he was Assistant Director of Public Realm and Sustainability within the council, responsible for a portfolio ranging from refuse, recycling and street cleansing to parks, events, fleet management and passenger transport. Neil has promoted an integrated and consistent approach across these key services and has worked in environmental services for over 20 years across five London boroughs.

David Joyce
Director of Planning & Development, LB Lambeth

David manages a large service of planning and building control professionals, overseeing the third biggest development pipeline in London.  Lambeth has an ambitious growth agenda focussed on Vauxhall, Waterloo and Brixton and David has steered many major schemes to ensure they deliver key priorities.  He has overseen a substantial expansion in Planning Performance Agreements to improve the service which is provided to developers and allow stakeholders and communities to influence schemes at the right times.   He has also successfully taken the Lambeth Local Plan through its Examination in Public as well as growing the market share which the council’s Building Control Service is achieving in winning new work.  Previously, David was the Head of Placeshaping at Camden where he ensured the soundness of Camden’s Local Development Framework.

Stephen Kelly
Assistant Director of Planning, LB Haringey

Mike Kiely
Director of Planning, LB Croydon
Mike is a chartered town planner with nearly 40 years’  experience in local government. He was closely involved in the planning of the London 2012 Olympics. Currently Director of Planning at Croydon, he leads London’s largest borough in its effort to be a pioneer in development delivery. Croydon’s Local Plan and Opportunity Area Planning Framework were shortlisted in the RTPI Awards for Excellence in 2013. Mike is also the chair of both the Planning Officers Society Board and POS London. In February 2013, Mike was selected by DCLG to be the Public Sector Champion for the Red Tape Challenge, and in March 2013 he was listed in Planning Magazine as one of 100 individuals with the greatest influence over planning policy and decision-making in the UK.

John Lumley
Assistant Director of Housing Regeneration, LB Hackney

John is responsible for estate regeneration programmes currently delivering more than 7,000 new homes, including the multi-partner Woodberry Down Project. The council’s own Estate Regeneration Programme is one of the most ambitious and successful in the country. John is also responsible for the council’s Private Sector Housing function, as well as all of its housing strategy, policy, and enabling work. Prior to joining Hackney, John held a number of roles at London & Quadrant, he was responsible for delivering high-profile development and regeneration projects, including the first phases of the Aylesbury Estate regeneration in Southwark. John is also the Deputy Chair and Treasurer of the New Cross Gate Trust, a social and economic regeneration charity in south London which he helped to found in 2011.

John Miller
Head of Planning, LB Lewisham

John joined Lewisham council in 1980, fresh from university, and worked his way up through the planning service, becoming Head of Planning in 2000. John has helped steer the council through a series of ambitious plans to regenerate a number of borough neighbourhoods and improve opportunities for residents and businesses. He enjoys visiting places where the council has already made a difference, such as Deptford High Street, Lewisham Town Centre and Ladywell Fields. John has a passion for public realm and open space improvements, and is particularly proud that Lewisham council-led schemes have won five London Planning Awards during the past five years.

Bruno Moore
Head of Town Planning, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Bruno Moore is the Head of Town Planning for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. He has overall responsibility for the delivery of planning permissions for Sainsbury’s new stores in the UK. Bruno has broad planning experience dealing with detailed development management issues and planning policy development. Promotion of Sainsbury’s schemes involves extensive discussion and negotiation with local people and councils – an aspect of the job that Bruno particularly enjoys. Bruno has extensive knowledge of the public as well as private sector having worked for Spelthorne Borough Council, the Audit Commission and The Planning Advisory Service.

Paul Nichols
Director of Regeneration and Planning, LB Harrow

Since June 2014, Paul has been leading the regeneration and planning team at LB Harrow. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years as Head of Planning Transport and Sustainability at Southampton City Council. Paul spent his early and mid-career in planning consultancy, mostly with Halcrow (now CH2M Hill). He worked on a wide range of planning projects in the Middle East, Caribbean and Europe, as well as on retail and town centre planning projects in the UK. Paul is a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and is active in their campaigns to promote a positive response to the housing crisis and to foster a new programme of garden cities.

Visakha Sri Chandrasekera
Regional 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.

Lucy Taylor
Assistant Director of Regeneration and Planning Policy, LB Ealing

Lucy has over 20 years of regeneration, economic development and planning experience in local government and at the London Development Agency. She is currently leading the regeneration and planning policy teams at Ealing council and working on a range of developments including the London Opportunity Area at Southall, new Crossrail stations, and ambitious town centre plans for Ealing, Acton and Southall. Lucy also leads the council’s Skills, Employment and Apprentice programme with over 150 local people having been apprentices at the council.