On 25th September, we welcomed the sixth round of candidates on to our Future London Leaders programme. New Future of London partner Campbell Tickell sponsored the launch event at the Building Centre, where the 16 candidates were joined by programme mentors, facilitators, alumni and FoL partners for their induction evening and welcome reception.
Mentors took part in a workshop led by Urbancanada’s Miffa Salter, before being introduced to the candidates from Round 6 of Future London Leaders. During a short introductory session, Future of London’s Jennifer Johnson introduced the programme to the new candidates and outlined what they can expect to gain from the course. We heard from Maggie Rafalowicz, of event sponsor Campbell Tickell, and Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, of programme sponsor Lovell, on why they value Future of London’s work, and especially the Future London Leaders programme.
David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing & Land at the GLA, and Future of London’s Chair, spoke about how the programme benefits mentors and member organisations as well as candidates; and Miffa Salter and Andrena Cumella of Urbancanada introduced the leadership training aspect of the Future London Leaders course. Finally, we heard from FLL alumnus Natalie Gentry, who spoke about how she benefited from attending the programme and how new candidates can get the most out of it. Natalie is currently on a one year secondment to the GLA which arose from her relationship with her FLL mentor.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the current FLL candidates:
Gerry Ansell · Principal Planning Officer – Strategic Planning and Design, LB Enfield
Zoe Collins · Economic Development Manager, LB Hackney
Andrew Dorrian · Planner, Transport for London
Ross Gentry · Deputy Team Leader, Development Management, North Area Team, LB Croydon
Rachael Hickman · Project Manager – Programme Delivery (Environment), Greater London Authority
Adam Hunt · Interim Area Regeneration Manager (North Tottenham), LB Haringey
Kate Johnson · Senior Planner, LB Southwark
Chris Keys · Project Manager, Home Group
Steve Leacock · Head of Financial Planning, Genesis
Gary Meeds · Project Manager – Neighbourhood Regeneration, LB Lambeth
Karen Mercer · Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet
Karen Montgomerie · Planning Policy Officer, LB Ealing
Orla Murphy · Area Team Leader, LB Harrow
Ingrid Smith · Planning Enforcement Team Leader, LB Ealing
Jonathan Taylor · Environmental Sustainability Officer, LB Tower Hamlets
Ross Whear · Principal Planner (Education), LB Redbridge
Sponsored by Lovell, the Future London Leaders programme is exclusive to Future of London members. It has been designed to identify and nurture the career development of London’s most promising regeneration, housing and economic development practitioners. Since its inception in April 2010, almost 70 candidates have progressed through the programme in five rounds.