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 Head of Leadership Programmes Visakha Sri Chandrasekera.


Future London Leaders Round 13 Mentors

Paul Bridge

Paul has worked in a series of senior roles in housing over the last 20 years. He was Chief Executive of Haringey Homes and director of several large housing organisations in the public and private sector. His experience includes working for housing associations such as Hyde and Catalyst, and he has led several significant cultural transformation programmes as well as projects that involve large-scale regeneration in London. Paul established and is Chair of the Bermondsey Group, a think tank looking at housing and social policy issues; he is a trained and accredited business coach and has been a board member of several housing organisations.

Mark Baigent

Following 25 years in UK public housing and regeneration, including over 15 years at senior level, Mark now works with local authority clients to deliver estate renewal, town centre regeneration and innovative council-led homebuilding companies. Previous experience includes leading on major housing investment strategies and programmes, including stock improvement and new supply. Mark has a strong focus on resident involvement, promoting equality and diversity, piloting new delivery models and partnership working.

Philippa Bancroft
Senior Development Manager, Greater London Authority (Future London Leaders Round 5, Leaders Plus Round 1, Alumni Steering Group Rep 2013-14)

Philippa works in the GLA’s Strategic Projects and Property team 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 recently completed a large procurement project to select a development partner for the Mayor’s industrial land portfolio. Philippa was previously an Area Manager in the Investment & Operations team which managed the GLA’s investment in affordable housing programmes. As a founding members of the Future of London Alumni Network, Philippa has strong connections with Future of London and the Leaders programmes.

Sally Blomfield
Area Renewal Programme Manager, LB Sutton (Leaders Plus Round 2)

Sally is an experienced Chartered Town Planner with nearly 30 years in planning and regeneration. Her career started in development management and she has extensive experience in strategic planning. She has a passion for using her skills to enable economic, environmental and social improvements for local communities and businesses. She is a firm believer in community-led solutions in place-making, having led the development of a number of Neighbourhood Plans under the Localism Act. In 2012 she developed a new regeneration team and is now responsible for the development and delivery of a portfolio of significant projects addressing the complex issues in the borough’s Areas of Growth, including Sutton Town Centre, one of only four metropolitan centres in South London, and the Beddington Strategic Industrial Location, a major centre of employment growth in the Wandle Valley Regeneration Corridor.

Anne Byrne
Head of Regeneration (Woodberry Down), LB Hackney

A highly experienced public sector professional, Anne has worked in housing and regeneration for more than 25 years. She has held a number of senior roles in local government, which has provided her with a breadth of understanding and perspective on the challenges and opportunities of working within the public sector. Hackney council’s estate regeneration programme is one of the largest in the country and the Woodberry Down scheme on which Anne leads is a major project that will deliver more than 5,500 new homes. Anne was on the enabling panel for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and has recently been appointed by the Design Council as a building environment expert.

Jamie Carswell
Board Director, Phoenix Community Housing

Jamie was Director for Investment and then interim Chief Executive at Tower Hamlets Homes, where he led a £187million major works programme and re-established the council’s infill new-build programme. Between 2002 and 2008, he was Cabinet Member for Housing and then Deputy Executive Mayor in Hackney where he started the regeneration of Woodberry Down estate and Dalston town centre and established the Hackney Housing Partnership between the council and housing associations. He was also Executive Lead for Housing at London Councils, where he reached cross-party agreement on its Housing Vision, as well as championing cross-borough working.

Chris Cheeseman
Director, Ikon Consultancy

Chris has more than 30 years of residential market experience with a specialism in affordable housing, both with housing associations and private consultancy. After a start at the now Homes and Communities Agency, Chris spent 17 years at Moat Housing Group, helping establish the business as a leading provider of intermediate housing in the South East before becoming Group Director of Development. In this period, Moat became a major developer of new housing and secured significant regeneration projects including Christianfields in Gravesend and Meridian Delta in Greenwich. Since joining ikon in 2006, Chris has provided consultancy and brokered affordable housing deals for a mixture of housing association, local authority and private-sector clients. Ikon was acquired by Countrywide Group in February 2015.

Linda Convery
Partner, TLT Solicitors – Real Estate 

Linda has 30 years’ experience advising the social housing sector on property issues, acting for Registered Providers and local authorities. She specialises in the development of affordable housing, whether stand-alone or in mixed-use schemes, and deals with issues including the negotiation of complex development agreements, conditional contracts, the setting up of joint venture vehicles, planning agreements, shared ownership leases and service charges. Linda has also been involved in the development and management of Extracare and supported housing, and is board member of a housing association. Linda is independently recognised as an expert in the field of Social Housing by Chambers UK and Legal 500, and has supervised a number of trainee solicitors.

Helen Fisher
Tottenham Programme Director, LB Haringey

Helen Fisher has more than 20 years’ experience in urban regeneration, in both the public and private sector. She is Director for the Tottenham regeneration programme, an area spanning 560 hectares across 8 wards with plans to deliver 10,000 new homes, 5,000 new jobs and a major improvement in the life chances of young people. Previous roles include Project Director for Nine Elms on the South Bank Partnership and Programme Director for Canning Town in LB Newham.

Steve Kennard
Director of Regeneration, Hadley Property Group

Steve joined Hadley in 2015 after leading a number of major private/public partnership projects across the capital. Between 2008 and 2012 he served as Director of Land and Development at the London Development Agency, leading the team responsible for the 2,000+ acre, £600m + land portfolio; this included the specialist team responsible for concluding the land purchase within Stratford’s Olympic Park. As part of the ‘Urban Communities Development’ team at Land Securities, Steve also led urban extension projects across the South East. This included the Ebbsfleet International Eurostar Station, Harlow North and the White City masterplan. A vastly experienced and enthusiastic development, regeneration and design specialist, Steve has operated in client and consultant management, leading delivery teams on a wide variety of mixed-use urban regeneration schemes.

Andreas Markides
Consultant, 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. Andreas is currently vice-president of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Stephen McDonald
Director of Place, Re

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.

Tim Naylor
Head of Regeneration and Partnership, LB Croydon

Coming from a landscape architecture and urban design background, Tim has 25 years’ public sector experience. Having led Croydon Council’s spatial planning service for six years, developing the statutory planning framework and the design, conservation and place-making context for the borough, he now leads the delivery of projects as head of regeneration. Tim places significant emphasis on the orchestration of pragmatic design, planning and regeneration methods to guide growth, development, connectivity and inward investment within Croydon’s districts. He works across parks, sport and physical activity, public health and economic regeneration through the provision of a strategic place-based approach to urban renewal and improvement.

Peter Quinn
Board Director, Lovell

Peter has more than 25 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector. At Lovell, he works with
partners to continue to develop the company’s national programme of new-build mixed-tenure
and open-market housing projects, urban regeneration projects, housing refurbishment schemes
and repairs and maintenance contracts. Prior to joining Lovell, Peter was Development Director at Midland Heart HA in Birmingham, and at St Pancras Housing and Thames Valley HA in London. He has also served on the boards of a number of Registered Social Landlords.

Anita Rivera
Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Anita is Head of Planning in Mishcon de Reya’s Real Estate department. She advises leading commercial and residential property developers, property companies, investment funds and high net worth individuals on a broad range of planning matters, including emerging local and national planning policy and legislation. She has advised on matters including the development of tall buildings, the regeneration of London housing estates, EIA, CPOs, planning appeals and judicial reviews. Before joining the legal profession, she spent 13 years in classical music arts management in the USA and England.

Nick Taylor
Head of Area, 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 centered 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. Nick currently chairs the Housing Panel for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.


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.