Programme Mentors

Each Future London Leader is paired with a senior mentor from Future of London’s extensive cross-sector network. These 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 Network, a growing group willing to be called on throughout the year. They are offered workshops, the option for the psychometric exercise FLL candidates undertake, 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 Leaders Project Manager Sabrina Belle at

Future London Leaders Round 14 Mentors


Fiona Duncan
Head of Area, Greater London Authority

Fiona is a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in regeneration. Her background is in the public sector and she started 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 in the Thames Gateway. She moved into the LDA in 2000, and continued to work in the Gateway and on the successful 2012 Olympic bid. 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 eleven North East London Housing Zones. 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.

Jeff Endean
Housing Strategy Manager, LB Lewisham

Jeff leads housing strategy & programme delivery. LB Lewisham is taking forward housing development and regeneration using a range of mechanisms, including innovative new approaches to construction and community-led development, as well as three large-scale estate regeneration schemes to deliver more than 2,000 new homes over a decade. Jeff created the business and operational cases for Lewisham entering the Build-to-Rent market, which it is now doing through a public/private investment partnership company. With his team he also led concept to delivery of the award-winning PLACE/Ladywell development of re-usable homes for homeless people, and is proud to have made Lewisham the only local authority in the country to work alongside two community land trusts to develop new homes. Jeff has been at Lewisham for eight years, originally as a policy advisor in the Chief Executive’s office before moving into housing. Before Lewisham, he had a range of policy advisor and analyst roles across local and central government.

Angela Epps
Development Director, Peabody

Angela is a qualified architect with over 25 years’ experience in the housing sector, delivering programmes of development and regeneration. She joined Peabody in November 2014 and leads the team delivering Peabody’s development programme including Thamesmead Housing Zones.

Donald Farquharson
Executive Head – Capital Programmes, Kent County Council

Donald is an experienced director with a track record in developing business, successfully starting and completing major projects. He has worked in health, education and regeneration in PFI and PPP with central and local government and within the private sector. He is an original thinker who has written a number of articles and chaired conferences. Donald led the formation of GEN² Property, a new company wholly owned by Kent County Council, as well as being the Executive Head of the Capital Programme Delivery Team. He is responsible for the management and delivery of varying capital projects of around £270m a year on projects such as Basic Need school place provision, regeneration, new Schools and Academies, Waste Recycling Centres, Mortuaries, Libraries, Children’s Centres, car and lorry parks etc. as well as the provision of a new mainline railway station.

Jenna Goldberg
Director, London Communications Agency

As well as advising clients on PR and communications, Jenna heads LCA’s dedicated research team, helping to ensure the specialist agency and its clients are one step ahead when it comes to local, regional and national politics and London news and issues. Since joining LCA in 2008, she has worked on major NHS reconfigurations as well as some of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe, helping clients to communicate change and engage with the public. Jenna also edits LCA’s award-winning monthly news magazine LDN–London in short.

Mark Hunter
Head of Strategic Development, LB Wandsworth

Mark has worked in planning since 1984, at the City of Birmingham and the London boroughs of Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth, Camden and Wandsworth. He has been with Wandsworth for 12 years (although Wandsworth and Richmond are merging soon). Over the last eight years, he has been responsible for the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, including Battersea Power Station, US Embassy Northern Line Extension etc, and the approval of around 12,000 homes and 5m sqft of commercial space within a coordinated masterplan; significant delivery is underway.Mark is also responsible for the planning of the borough’s two Housing Zone regeneration areas at York Road/Winstanley and Alton Roehampton.

Zoe Jankel
Associate Director, City Economics, Arup

Zoe specialises in developing economic and policy strategies and appraisals; business cases and feasibility studies; business plans; and funding and financing structures for a wide range of infrastructure and urban development projects. She has particular expertise in strategic and business planning for the arts, culture and entertainment sectors gained from international experience on major greenfield projects. Prior to joining Arup, Zoe was an Economist at the Greater London Authority.

Bevan Jones
Managing Director, Sustainable Homes

Bevan has more than 10 years in sustainability in public and private sectors, during which he has contributed to a number of key studies and reports such as the UK’s first Climate Risk Assessment, The Economics of Climate Resilience for DEFRA and the Future of London’s Stresses and Shocks study. Before joining Sustainable Homes Bevan spent three years at Catalyst Housing delivering its holistic sustainability strategy and embedding sustainable approaches to business and development in new-build schemes. He has also worked for Dutch consultancy Ecofys, where he delivered work for the UK Government and contributed to EU projects. Bevan began his career in local government working on a range of climate and sustainability projects in the built environment.

Heather Juman
Senior Area Manager South, Greater London Authority

Heather has two jobs: one as a Senior Manager, job-shared with Inez Hough, and the other as Head of Area, sharing with Lucy Owen. They have responsibility for projects and programmes across all South London boroughs, including delivering affordable housing and Housing Zones. This includes leading on the development of the GLA site at Newington Butts and the Aylesbury Redevelopment project in Southwark, plus the Housing Zones in Bexley, Greenwich, Merton, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Sutton, Southwark (2) and Lewisham (2). The teams also lead for Housing & Land on equalities issues, including championing flexible working. In the Senior Manager role, Heater is programme lead for the South Team, coordinating delivery across the team and with specific responsibility for a portfolio of partners including Affinity Sutton, L&Q, Wandle, Thames Valley, Orbit, ASRA, Viridian and Family Mosaic.

Frank Klepping
Head of Regeneration and Development, Swan

Frank has worked in housing development in east London and Essex since 2007. During this time he has led on a broad array of site acquisitions, delivering mixed-use, multi-tenure schemes and structuring partnering arrangements with local authorities and fellow developers. At Swan, he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the housing association’s existing development pipeline and securing business development opportunities. Frank moved to Swan in 2014 from East Thames HA, initially as Head of Land & Planning. In 2015 he led on the production of Swan’s five-year Regeneration & Development Strategy, and moved across to head up the delivery of the development and new business objectives of the group. With extensive knowledge and experience of the southeast region housing market, Frank continues to build on established relationships to help deliver the strategic aims of Swan and its partners.

Dominique Oliver
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Dominique has more than 15 years’ experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has designed and delivered successful and award-winning projects ranging from large-scale masterplans to infill sites. She has a special expertise in education projects, including the co-location of schools with commercial, community and residential uses to generate mixed-funding solutions and create thriving neighbourhoods. She is skilled at encouraging contributions from all parties to unlock complex briefs and sites. Dominique taught a diploma module at The Bartlett School of Architecture for eight years, and is a member of the Lewisham Design Review Panel.

Ted Rayment
Assistant Director of Development, City of London

Ted started his career at Basildon District Council as a planning trainee before moving to the City of London in 1978 as a planning officer. He became team leader in 1982 and has managed teams of planners and design officers ever since. He now manages a team of 13 planners who process and determine more than 1,000 applications a year for planning permission and listed-building consent. He and his team have dealt with many major projects and redevelopments including the Gherkin, Cheese-grater, Paternoster Square and the Millennium Bridge, and he has been closely involved with Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Dealing with these issues requires considerable organisational, negotiation and interpersonal skills, and has allowed Ted to deal with a considerable range of partners. Ted has a degree in geography and a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Planning. A member of the RTPI and Planning Officers’ Society, he was also a member of the British Olympic Wresting Squad in the 1970s-80s.

Clare Reddy
Partner, Lewis Silkin

Clare is joint head of Lewis Silkin’s construction team, focusing on non-contentious construction. She provides advice on all aspects of a construction or engineering project, from the construction aspects of funding and sale and purchase documents, through to strategic advice on procurement routes and drafting and negotiating building contracts and consultants’ appointments. Clare also provides procurement advice, particularly on public procurement issues.

Guy Slocombe
Director of Property, City of Westminster

Guy has 28 years’ experience across various property disciplines. He spent 20 years in consultancy in the City, latterly with Drivers Jonas (now Deloitte) where he was Partner responsible for establishing and running the firm’s international investment team. Guy was CEO of Clarenco, a Thames Valley-based property and venture capital business, which he helped grow from a start-up and which was the Thames Valley’s fastest growing business in 2010. Guy also ran his own consultancy providing advice to new property enterprises and troubleshooting for businesses and portfolios in difficulty. He was approached by Westminster City Council to fulfil a similar role, and moved on to become Director of Property. He is responsible for Corporate Property, Investment and Development teams managing almost £1bn of commercial real estate and a development programme of £2.6bn GDV. Guy is a member of the Investment Property Forum, a Professional Member of the RICS and has an MSc in Property Investment from Cass Business School.

Simon Vevers
Regeneration and Strategic Partnerships Director, Hyde Housing

Simon joined Hyde in 2000, when housing associations were very different types of organisations. Through his time at Hyde, he has led on the Bermondsey Spa Regeneration in Southwark, Hyde’s first real move into market sale; driven operational efficiency by divesting non-core activities such as student and health accommodation; developed a joint venture approach to working with local authorities which is now being rolled out; and most recently taken a hard look across Hyde’s own estates to understand the regeneration opportunities within them to increase the number of new homes the HA can build. Before he joined Hyde, Simon worked in the private sector, running his own restaurant and bar and with a building contractor and estate agency. The overriding theme of his diverse career has been working with people to make sure that whichever aspect of the business transaction they’re involved in, everyone succeeds.


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