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.

We are currently in the process of contacting mentors for Future London Leaders Round Eight. Please check back for updates.


Simon Bevan
Director of Planning, LB Southwark

Simon is the Director of Planning for 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).

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 through a series of ambitious plans to regenerate a number of the borough’s 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.