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.
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.
Portfolio Management Director, Genesis Housing Association
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Divisional Director – Planning, LB Harrow
Stephen is Divisional Director of Planning at Harrow, where he has worked since 2009. Previously he was Director of Planning and Development at West Northamptonshire Development Corporation.
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.
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.
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 the 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.
His 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.
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.
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.
Vishaka Sri Chanderasekera
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.
Assistant Director Regeneration, Planning & Economic Development, LB Enfield
Head of Regeneration, Strategic Planning and Regeneration Service, LB Barnet