Programme Mentors

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.

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, £3 billion 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 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.

Guy Burnett
Development Director, Thames Valley Housing Association

As Development Director for Thames Valley Housing Association, Guy is responsible for the delivery of new development and investment opportunities across West/Southwest London and the South East of England.

Anne Byrne
Programme Manager, Woodberry Down, LB Hackney

John Dales
Director, Urban Movement
John is Director of Urban Movement, a consultancy specialising in transport planning and innovative designs for busy urban streets, the public realm around stations, and provision for cycling. He previously worked for JMP Consultants, the London Borough of Newham and Urban Initiatives. He has been responsible for the recent reworking of several London streets, such as in Camden, Clapham and Harrow, and for urban realm design development at numerous Crossrail stations. He is a champion of good urban design in transport schemes and a design advisor to several UK local authorities.

Ben Denton
Strategic Director for Housing, Regeneration and Property, City of Westminster

Ben Denton is Strategic Director for Housing, Regeneration and Property for Westminster City Council. His portfolio includes the management of 21,000 homes owned by the Council, investment management of its commercial property portfolio, overseeing rough sleeping and homelessness responsibilities and leading the Council’s housing renewal and employment programmes. Ben is also a Board Member of Thames Valley Housing Association, the Dolphin Square Foundation, Triathlon Homes and Westminster Community Homes. Prior to Westminster, Ben had a number of private sector roles including at KPMG and First Base.

Patrick Devlin
Director, Pollard Thomas Edwards architects

Patrick has worked in London and Berlin in a variety of fields, including housing, education, museum and commercial buildings. As well his involvement with designing for older people Patrick has helped PTE to develop its expertise in collaborative design, focusing on cohousing. His role as Head of Third Age Housing included leading the consultant team on the HAPPI report – Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation. As well as leading, with Carl Vann, one of three design workshops at PTE, he oversees variety of projects, including cohousing, extra care, heritage and masterplanning activities.

James McGinlay
Head of Sustainable Communities, LB Merton

James heads up spatial strategy, physical regeneration, eonomic development, parks, leisure, open spaces, arts and culture and property management and development in Merton.

Conor Moloney
Head of Regions & Communities, Bioregional Development Group

Conor Moloney is a planner and geographer with a background in architecture and urban design. His core expertise is in strategic planning, sustainable placemaking, and neighbourhood development. Conor has led the Regions & Communities team since 2012, working in partnership with communities, local authorities, housing associations, developers and other partners to develop practical solutions for sustainability. Previously Conor worked with numerous local authorities, regeneration agencies and community-based partners across Britain and Ireland at Urban Initiatives. Much of this work has required public and stakeholder consultation, facilitation and enabling. Conor is particularly interested in the scope for people to take an active role in guiding processes of change in their own neighbourhoods.

Stewart Murray
Assistant Director of Planning, Greater London Authority

Catherine Raynsford
Director – Affordable Housing, Jones Lang LaSalle

Catherine provides specialist advice on Affordable Housing,economic viability assessment, strategic development consultancy and disposal strategy.

Joanna Rowelle
Associate Director, Planning, Policy and Economics, Arup

Joanna Rowelle is an Associate Director in Planning, Policy and Economics at Arup where she focuses on economic development, regeneration and economic policy. Recent roles have included working with a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships s across the country to develop their strategic economic plans; most notably Joanna took a lead role in the production of the UK Central masterplan for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. She has worked for a range of private and public sector clients on projects including the new Crystal Palace, Cheddar Reservoir and Swanscombe Peninsula. Prior to joining Arup, Joanna worked at the Greater London Authority where she led a unit in business and economic policy before running the regeneration department, most significantly addressing jobs, growth and social cohesion following the public order disturbances in 2011.

Lucy Shomali
Divisional Director of Housing and Development, LB Waltham Forest

Jeremy Stibbe
Executive Director of Development, Regeneration and Sales, Peabody

Jeremy joined Peabody in November 2013 as Executive Director for Development & Sales from Network Housing Group, where he was Executive Director of Business Development. Prior to this he spent 21 years at London & Quadrant, leading regeneration and new business, and spent a short secondment working with the Homes and Communities Agency exploring new intermediate products. Jeremy is passionate about urban regeneration and has a broad range of property, development and regeneration experience across London.

Barney Stringer
Director, Quod

Barney is a director of the planning consultancy Quod. He specialises is the economic and social effects of development, and has worked on many of the largest and most high-profile regeneration schemes in the country. He has more than 20 years’ experience in planning, economics and transport – working in consultancy, public policy and journalism. Previous jobs include the London Development Agency and the CBI. He was a founder of specialist regeneration consultancy Hunt Dobson Stringer.

Tom Titherington
Director of Business Development and Marketing, Catalyst Housing

Tom is responsible for New Business, Strategic Development and Business Planning, including inorganic growth, stock transfer regeneration, and merger and acquisition. His key role is to develop methods and approaches to meet changing housing need and to create sustainable developments and communities within a large, active, developing Housing Association in London. Tom is also director on two subsidiary boards: Catalyst by Design, responsible for development of housing for sale, and the Catalyst Gateway, a specialist charity supporting people in the community and helping them find and create employment.

Brendon Walsh
Director, Regeneration, Economic Development & Environment, LB Hounslow

Brendon is responsible for: Regeneration, Planning, Housing, Public Health, Property, Community Safety, Highways, Waste. Formerly Director of Property and Regeneration at Ealing Council, responsible for Town Centre Regeneration, Property Development and Planning Policy, and Chief Executive of North West London Tec and Business Link, with P&L responsibility for a company delivering Training and Economic Development Contracts for Central Government.