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. Please see Future London Leaders Round Eight mentor profiles below, and check back for updates.
Director of Property and Infrastructure, Re
John is Regeneration lead within the Local Authority partnerships business within Capita Property and Infrastructure. He is currently leading the Regeneration and Strategic Planning service transformation at Re (Regional Enterprise) Ltd, a new joint venture between Capita and the London Borough of Barnet. Prior to this John led the Regeneration & Development Management and Development Finance consultancy teams at Capita Property and Infrastructure. Before joining Capita, John was Director and Regeneration Sector Lead at Turner & Townsend.
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).
Director, Campbell Tickell
Greg is a Director of Campbell Tickell, a multidisciplinary management consultancy working in the housing, regeneration, social care, leisure and charity sectors. He has been a consultant for 15 years, and has worked directly with well over 300 organisations, tackling a variety of strategic and operational matters. He has broad experience in such areas as governance, strategy development, regulation, risk management, procurement and new business, PR and communications, and HR and recruitment. Organisations he has advised on new business development have included housing associations, local authority ALMOs, care providers, leisure trusts, charities, solicitors, maintenance contractors, developers and investors.
Public Interest Practitioner, C20 Future Planners
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.
Director of Planning, LB Croydon
Mike is a chartered town planner with nearly 40 years’ experience in local government. He was closely involved in the planning of the London 2012 Olympics. Currently Director of Planning at Croydon, he leads London’s largest borough in its effort to be a pioneer in development delivery. Croydon’s Local Plan and Opportunity Area Planning Framework were shortlisted in the RTPI Awards for Excellence in 2013. Mike is also the chair of both the Planning Officers Society Board and POS London. In February 2013, Mike was selected by DCLG to be the Public Sector Champion for the Red Tape Challenge, and in March 2013 he was listed in Planning Magazine as one of 100 individuals with the greatest influence over planning policy and decision-making in the UK.
Assistant Director of Housing Regeneration, LB Hackney
Assistant Director of Economic Development, LB Enfield
Neil’s role covers business and inward investment as well as employment skills and training, and reinforces the links between environment and economy. Previously he was Assistant Director of Public Realm and Sustainability within the council, responsible for a portfolio ranging from refuse, recycling and street cleansing to parks, events, fleet management and passenger transport. Neil has promoted an integrated and consistent approach across these key services and has worked in environmental services for over 20 years across five London boroughs.
Director of Planning & Development, LB Lambeth
Assistant Director of Planning, LB Haringey
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 the council through a series of ambitious plans to regenerate a number of borough 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.
Head of Town planning, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets
Bruno Moore is the Head of Town Planning for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. He has overall responsibility for the delivery of planning permissions for Sainsbury’s new stores in the UK. Bruno has broad planning experience dealing with detailed development management issues and planning policy development. Promotion of Sainsbury’s schemes involves extensive discussion and negotiation with local people and councils – an aspect of the job that Bruno particularly enjoys. Bruno has extensive knowledge of the public as well as private sector having worked for Spelthorne Borough Council, The Audit Commission and The Planning Advisory Service.
Director of Regeneration and Planning, LB Harrow
Since June 2014, Paul has been leading the regeneration and planning team at LB Harrow. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years as Head of Planning Transport and Sustainability at Southampton City Council. Paul spent his early and mid-career in planning consultancy, mostly with Halcrow (now CH2M Hill). He worked on a wide range of planning projects in the Middle East, Caribbean and Europe, as well as on retail and town centre planning projects in the UK. Paul is a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and is active in their campaigns to promote a positive response to the housing crisis and to foster a new programme of garden cities.
Visakha Sri Chandrasekera
Regional Business Development Manager, Lovell
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 of Regeneration and Planning Policy, LB Ealing
Lucy has over 20 years of regeneration, economic development and planning experience in local government and at the London Development Agency. She is currently leading the regeneration and planning policy teams at Ealing council and working on a range of developments including the London Opportunity Area at Southall, new Crossrail stations, and ambitious town centre plans for Ealing, Acton and Southall. Lucy also leads the council’s Skills, Employment and Apprentice programme with over 150 local people having been apprentices at the council.