Programme Mentors

Each Future London Leader is paired with a senior mentor from across the London regeneration network. These cross-sector mentors provide a ‘safe space’ sounding board for candidates, as well as invaluable experience and insights from their own careers.

2016 marks the creation of FoL’s Mentor Bank, a growing network of mentors willing to be called on throughout the year. They will be offered workshops, the option for the psychometric exercise FLL candidates do, and networking opportunities with candidates and alumni, other mentors, and Future of London’s steering group.

The six-month programmes start each January, April and September – if you’re interested in finding out more, contact Director Lisa Taylor or Leadership Programmes Manager Visakha Sri Chandrasekera.


Future London Leaders Round 12 Mentors

Ken Baikie
Director, Thamesmead Regeneration, Peabody

Ken has been Peabody’s director of regeneration in Thamesmead since September 2014, 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.

Philippa Bancroft
Senior Development Manager, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority
– FLL and Leaders Plus alumnus and Steering Group representative

Philippa is a Senior Development Manager in the GLA’s Strategic Projects and Property team working across a broad spectrum of GLA sites, promoting them for development and working alongside partners to deliver the Mayor’s priorities.  She has experience of residential and industrial development projects in London and has recently completed a large procurement project to select a development partner for the Mayor’s industrial land portfolio. Philippa was previously an Area Manager the Investment & Operations team which managed the GLA’s investment in affordable housing programmes.  As one of the founding members of the Future of London Alumni Network Philippa has strong connections with Future of London and the Leaders programmes.

Philippa Cartwright
Director, The Urban Regeneration Consultancy Ltd.

Philippa is a consultant with a wide range of experience working for local authorities delivering housing regeneration projects and advising clients with strategic project planning.  Philippa started her career on housing estates in South and East London, learning the skills of community engagement and project planning from the ground up. Her most recent projects include leading an award winning council funded estate regeneration scheme and helping create PRS products for a council owned development company. Philippa’s work and interest in regeneration has taken her to cities across the USA, gathering comparative examples of the transformation strategies used in neighbourhoods that have faced urban decline.

William Cornall
Group Director of Development & Commercial Services, Asra Housing Group

William has a degree in business studies and is a corporate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Institute of Housing . He has more than 15 years’ experience in the London housing development sector, in private practice with Allsops, with Moat as Regional Development Director for six years, and for the past six years with Asra Housing Group. William successfully delivered Asra’s 2011-15 Affordable Homes Programme of 800 homes, and is on track to deliver similar numbers over the current four-year programme . Other successes include securing Asra’s status as the affordable housing partner to Lovell on the much coveted One Woolwich regeneration project in RB Greenwich.

Fiona Duncan
Head of Area, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

Fiona is a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in regeneration. Her background is in the public sector and she started her career at LB Southwark, carrying out a 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 major projects including industrial, office and residential-led mixed use developments. Fiona has been Head of Area in the HCA/GLA since 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.

Dominic Ellison
Chief Executive, Hackney Co-operative Developments (HCD)

Dominic has over 14 years’ experience in business administration within business, co-operative and social enterprise and in the charity and voluntary sector at board, senior management and advisor level, primarily in asset-based organisations. In 2011 Dominic joined HCD as Chief Executive. HCD promotes co-operative business models and the growth of the co-operative economy in its locality, by providing incubation and support services including business development and governance advice, networking and affordable workspace. Dominic’s role includes the design and delivery of support programmes to co-operatives. He is also Chair of London Co-op Development, a consortium providing support to co-operatives across London, and Chair of Value Structures, a co-housing co-operative Community Land Trust.

Nuala Gallagher
Senior Area Programme Manager, Strategic Regeneration, Planning & Olympic Legacy, LB Newham

Nuala is a registered architect and urban designer and has been working in urban development internationally for 17 years. She started in Newham in 2012 where she leads the Regeneration team on projects including Canning Town, Custom House, the Royal Docks and Stratford; levering investment to ensure development has a real impact on the lives of people in Newham and East London. Before that, she worked in New York, heading up sustainable community development focusing on social, environmental and employment issues in a low-income area of Brooklyn. Nuala also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, NYC. Earlier roles included executive architect for housing in local government in Ireland, community projects in India and working as an architect in the private sector focusing on sustainable and socially inclusive design.

Stephen Kelly
Assistant Director of Planning, LB Haringey

Stephen is responsible for managing the 60-strong Planning Service at Haringey on a comprehensive improvement programme aiming to maintain its position as a top-quartile planning service in London whilst delivering the ambitious regeneration and growth ambitions in Tottenham and Wood Green.  His previous roles have included senior positions in West London (Brent and Harrow) and outside of London – including setting up and leading the planning function for an Urban Development Corporation in Northamptonshire in 2006. Over 28 years in professional practice, Stephen has consistently delivered organisational change and transformation programmes and steered high profile urban regeneration and growth projects through the planning process in England and in Wales.

Martin Ling
Housing Strategy Manager, LB Tower Hamlets

Martin has worked in social housing for over 25 years in a range of Local Authority, regional and sub regional roles, primarily leading on strategic housing issues. His early career was centred upon tenant management and community involvement before moving into housing  policy. At LB Camden he lead the housing policy and quality teams and project managed a major stock transfer and the Borough’s controversial Arms length Management programme. He has since worked for the East London Housing Partnership, the London Office of the  Housing Corporation as well as new town and rural projects in Essex and Hertfordshire He took up his current role at LB Tower Hamlets in 2011. Martin is also a Trustee for  almshouse and education trusts in East London and is a volunteer for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Holly Mann
Project Manager – Regeneration Delivery, LB Bexley
– FLL and Leaders Plus alumnus and Steering Group representative

Holly has worked in a range of roles within the public sector, including local authority and housing association, for the last nine years. Since joining the London Borough of Bexley she has moved into the area of regeneration and is currently Project Manager for a large scale regeneration project in Bexley’s Opportunity Area in the north of the borough. This is a Council led programme with aspirations to deliver new homes alongside social and economic benefits. Holly started her career in social housing in roles at Islington Council and Sanctuary Housing Association, working predominantly in service improvement and policy development roles.

Sean McLaughlin
Corporate Director of Housing & Adult Social Services, LB Islington

Sean started his career in Camden and Haringey Councils, focused on improving access to housing (especially for disabled people and BME communities), improving services for women and children experiencing domestic violence, raising temporary accommodation standards, creating a new relationship with private landlords and tackling rough sleeping. At Islington he set up the housing advice and homelessness services, which gained national recognition. He represented the council in establishing and supporting the ALMO, Homes for Islington (HFI), and brought its services back in-house following the completion of its decent homes programme. His interests are delivering new homes, improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable groups, and maximising resident choice and control, in partnership with housing and health providers and emergency services. He is policy lead for learning disabilities for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and chairs the London Transforming Care Steering Group, which moves people with learning disabilities from hospitals into the community.

Kate Pix
Head of Business Development, Morgan Sindall Investments Limited

Kate has worked in regeneration and community-based projects for the past 12 years. She has broad-reaching commercial, financial and project management experience, with an extensive track record of project development in education and social and regeneration projects. She has worked on projects in Canning Town, Brockley, Lambeth, Oldham and Hull with a value range of £30m through to over £250m. She joined Morgan Sindall Investments in 2008 with responsibility for social housing, accommodation and regeneration PPP / PFI project development, moving into her current role as Head of Business Development in 2011.

Maggie Rafalowicz
Associate Director, Campbell Tickell

Maggie is a dynamic senior executive with successful track record in housing, development and regeneration sectors. She has led and managed complex programmes and has in-depth knowledge and experience of public, voluntary and commercial sectors. She also has experience of leading complex teams in a matrix environment and is a successful programme manager with knowledge of industry standards. She has developed strong communication skills while working with national network of contracts and has particular strengths in leadership, influencing, problem solving, negotiating and partnership working.

Aled Richards
Director of Community Safety, Environment & Regulatory Services, LB Hounslow

Aled has worked in local authority planning and environment for over 20 years. At LB Hounslow, he is responsible for planning, building control, licensing, waste, transport, parking, street scene and community safety. Aled  has led the delivery of these disparate services as well as outsourcing and in sourcing environmental  services.  Aled started his career working as an Urban  Planning Officer in a number of South American republics and also a stint as an Urban Planner in Dubai, however his main experience is leading planning environmental services in a number of UK local authorities.

Karen Swift
Head of Supply, Initiatives & Partnerships, LB Camden

Karen has worked in local government for over 25 years, with secondments out to the Home Office and Metropolitan Police. Her local government career started in Camden, moved to Enfield and then returned to Camden where she is current employed. During her career she has overseen initiatives and services related to homelessness, housing options, temporary accommodation, private sector conditions, housing commissioning, asset management as well as being head of housing strategy at Camden for 10 years. Her current role sees her overseeing an £11M homelessness commissioning budget and implementation of a borough wide licensing scheme to improve conditions in 8,000 private sector homes as well as examining asset and supply initiatives in response to the changing operating environment for stock retaining councils. Karen has a MSc in International Housing.


Future London Leaders Round 11 Mentors

Karen Barke
Head of Estate Regeneration, LB Hackney

Karen has worked in local authority urban regeneration and housing for over 15 years. Her current role is at Hackney Council where she is responsible for the delivery of the Council’s high profile Estate Regeneration Programme. This is a Council led housing programme with aspirations to deliver over 2,500 new high quality homes alongside associated social and economic benefits. Karen started her career at Newham Council where she worked on a range of area based regeneration initiatives including the West Ham and Plaistow New Deal for Communities Programme and the Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme. Karen is an alumni of the FoL’s Future London Leaders (Round Four).

Esther Everett 
Principal Designer, Physical Regeneration and Design, London Legacy Development Corporation 

Esther is a qualified architect with many years in the private sector. With experience in education and community architecture, urban design, regeneration and public realm, she joined the public sector in 2010 in Design for London’s Lower Lea Valley team. She has since worked for the London Legacy Development Corporation leading on major projects, masterplans and regeneration programmes in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Her current role involves coordinating programmes with partner organisations and providing design advice to planning colleagues on major live LLDC applications. Esther is also Creative Director for the 2015 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics conference, which sets up dialogue between small architecture practices and commissioning bodies across the public and private sectors.

Amy Gilham
Associate Director of Economics, Turley 

Amy has worked in economic development and urban regeneration for 10 years. She began her career at EDAW (now AECOM) and moved to Regeneris Consulting in 2007. Amy joined Turley in April 2015 to lead the Economics service in London, where she continues to specialise in land and property projects, supporting private-sector clients through the planning process and helping local authorities to develop their economic, employment and housing evidence bases. Amy’s work includes economic impact, employment land review, housing need analysis, economic strategy and evaluation of EU (ERDF) funding streams.

Debbie Jackson 
Assistant Director, Regeneration, Greater London Authority  

Debbie is responsible for a budget of over £300m, delivering cross-cutting high street, infrastructure, workplace, culture, education and regeneration projects. She is passionate about the public sector’s power to align partnerships and deliver outcomes around places, and strives for high quality and innovation across her programmes. Debbie has worked in London’s public sector for 18 years and in regeneration for over 10. At the City of Westminster, she was involved in service delivery and was responsible for the inception of the Westbourne Green regeneration project. As LB Lambeth Head of Physical Regeneration, Debbie led on an innovative procurement to leverage value from public sector assets for regeneration outcomes including a new high-quality library, performance space and leisure centre.

David Joyce
Director of Planning and Development, LB Lambeth    

David oversees one of London’s most dynamic built-environment teams, with responsibility for Planning and Building Control and one of the capital’s largest development pipelines. He also steers Lambeth’s local plan to ensure that the council has a strong vision for accommodating growth, primarily in the opportunity areas of Waterloo, Vauxhall and Brixton, whilst ensuring that borough residents, workers and businesses share the benefits of investment.  David has also worked to ensure that the council’s Building Control section has once again become a successful trading arm with a growing reputation.  Previously, David worked at LB Camden, heading planning and regeneration projects including High Speed 2 work and Gospel Oak, and held similar roles in the Thames Gateway boroughs.

Neil Kirby 
Head of Regeneration (South) LB Southwark 

Neil has worked at a senior level in regeneration and housing in London for over 20 years. He is currently responsible for co-ordinating the complex regeneration programmes in the Aylesbury Estate, Peckham and the Old Kent Road. In previous roles, he led for local authorities on the procurement of a joint venture partner in Hammersmith & Fulham and on a development agreement for major estate regeneration in Ealing. At RB Greenwich, Neil led a public/private regeneration agency for Woolwich and Thamesmead. Prior to that, Neil held a number of senior roles at LB Southwark including leading the housing programme for the Peckham Partnership and implementing housing estate regeneration programmes.

Sherine McFarlane
Head of Social and Economic Regeneration, Genesis Housing Association  

Sherine is from a social housing background and has specialised in community regeneration for the past 20 years. She is a qualified practitioner and is currently responsible for the development and delivery of social and economic programmes on two large regeneration schemes: Woodberry Down in Hackney and Grahame Park in Barnet.  She has worked with a variety of communities across London and managed an array of cross-thematic programmes, including enterprise development, employability, health & well-being, financial inclusion, children and young people, and older people.

Tricia Patel
Equity Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards 

Tricia has spent over 20 years delivering regeneration initiatives and has planned and led numerous community engagement programmes on housing estates and in established mixed-tenure neighbourhoods. Her enthusiasm and listening skills can draw from clients and user groups a deep understanding of what they really want from their project, and she uses those insights to produce successful outcomes. “I really enjoy meeting people and finding out what they think about their home, their school or their street. They often have practical insights which might not otherwise occur to professionals.” Tricia has long experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has designed and delivered successful and award-winning projects, from large-scale masterplans to infill sites and refurbishments.

Simon Powell 
Assistant Director, Strategic Projects and Property, Greater London Authority  

Simon is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the housing and regeneration sectors. His responsibilities at the GLA include procuring development partners for the GLA’s 660ha of land, including the Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula, and the associated delivery of development on the land.  Simon also leads the GLA’s work on getting surplus public-sector land into development via the recently established London Land Commission. He was previously Head of Area, South London at the GLA and before that at the Homes and Communities Agency, with responsibility for affordable housing investment and procurement of development partners in south London.  Prior to joining the public sector in 2004, Simon was a consultant project manager for the Symonds Group for nine years.

Eshwyn Prabhu
Team Leader, Spatial Planning & Transport, LB Islington

With nearly 20 years as a spatial and transport planner in local government, Eshwyn covers a broad range of major transport and development projects. Recently, he has led on mixed-use redevelopment of council sites including a new school, a leisure and integrated energy centre, and over 500 new homes with a strong focus on affordable housing. He also leads on major transport projects in Islington, including Crossrail and Old Street roundabout. Eshwyn’s previous experience includes high profile sites such as the Royal Mail development at Mount Pleasant, the Arsenal regeneration project (300,000 sqm of development including 3,000 new homes and over £10m of transport investment), and the EC1 New Deal for Communities £53m regeneration programme. Before that he worked as a lawyer – but he’s trying to forget those days.

Pete Smith
Head of Development Management, LB Croydon

Pete has been a town planner for over 30 years, primarily in development management, for seven London boroughs and the private sector. Pete has held similar positions to his current role in Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Merton. He now leads Croydon’s development management service, working proactively with developers and other stakeholders to promote sustainable development opportunities. Pete also worked for four years for Lambert Smith Hampton as a town planning specialist, including advising the Ministry of Justice on planning permissions for prison development and managing planning applications for private- and public-sector clients. Pete is current chair of the Association of London Borough Planning Officers (Implementation Group), affiliated to the Planning Officers Society.

Oliver Steele
Economic Policy Manager, Mott MacDonald   

Oliver is a trained economist and accountant with expertise spanning the strategic planning and development of major infrastructure projects, including business case support, economic evaluation and funding and financing advisory, with a focus on transport and regeneration. He joined Mott MacDonald from Infrastructure NSW in Australia, where he was Executive Director of Economics and Planning. Oliver led the New South Wales state infrastructure strategy, which generated high-profile transport projects including the WestConnex toll road scheme and Sydney Metro. Prior to that, Oliver spent six years with HM Treasury in London, working on infrastructure financing and economic issues including funding arrangements for Crossrail and the restructuring of the London Underground public–private partnership.

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 is combined with 20 years’ experience from all sides of planning and policy. As a director at Quod Consulting, his diverse specialisms include demographics, economics, schools, health, planning, policy, housing, employment and transport.

Neil Wightman
Director of Housing Management, LB Lambeth

Neil has worked in local government for 25 years, and prior to that worked in Citizens Advice. Starting his public-sector career in LB Camden as a housing adviser, Neil has risen steadily within housing services and is now Director of Housing at Lambeth. He is responsible for managing the council’s 34,000 homes, delivering a major Decent Homes programme, and managing housing needs services including homelessness, environmental health and housing advice. Neil has been a member of the DCLG’s Beacon Advisory Panel and the Legal Services Board’s Consumer Panel. He currently chairs the Association of Housing Advice Services.