Future London Leaders Round 11 launches

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On Sept 23rd, Future London Leaders welcomed its 11th cohort of promising candidates from across the London public sector. The straight-to-business induction included a course overview from FoL director Lisa Taylor, followed by a mini-workshop with Urbancanda’s Miffa Salter and Andrena Cumella, who got the group up, thinking and talking, setting the tone for the Leadership Skills modules to come. The second half of the launch saw most of the group’s senior mentors join in for a welcome, orientation, best-practice tips and another exercise guided by Urbancanda, before getting down to business and scheduling first meetings with their mentees. After time for networking, joined by event hosts Lewis Silkin, the candidates wrapped the evening with a get-acquainted dinner.

New for this round: The cohort will take part in an “organisational raid”, visiting one of a shortlist of public- and private-sector organisations to see how they operate and get a taste of regeneration and related projects. As part of the ‘Walkabout’ series of issue-based field trips, candidates will visit Southall to see how this tight-knit community is being readied for the changes coming with Crossrail, and tour Blackhorse Workshop in conjunction with FoL’s ongoing workspace programme. Finally, newly appointed Leadership Programmes Manager Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, formerly of FLL co-sponsor Lovell, will audit the course for an even greater understanding of candidate and programme dynamics.

Welcome to FLL Round 11 Candidates (roles and bios are here): 

  • Shehzad Ahmed, LB Harrow
  • Rhona Brown, GLA Housing & Land
  • Louise Caves, A2 Dominion
  • Simon Chambers, LB Southwark
  • Huw Jones, LB Lambeth
  • Sarah Jones, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Andrew Munk, LB Hackney
  • Peter Quigley, Peabody
  • Russell Roberts, LB Ealing
  • Sarah Ruane, LB Hounslow
  • Marcelle Smith, LB Lewisham
  • Tracey St. Hill, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Dan Taylor, LB Wandsworth
  • Jayne Turnstall, Hyde Group

Welcome to FLL Round 11 Mentors (roles and bios are here):

  • Karen Barke, LB Hackney (FLL Round 4)
  • Esther Everett, London Legacy Development Corporation (FLL Round 10)
  • Amy Gilham, Turley
  • Debbie Jackson, GLA Regeneration
  • David Joyce, LB Lambeth
  • Neil Kirby, LB Southwark
  • Sherine McFarlane, Genesis (FLL Round 1, Leaders Plus Round 1)
  • Tricia Patel, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Simon Powell, GLA Housing & Land
  • Eshwyn Prabhu, LB Islington (FLL Round 2)
  • Pete Smith, LB Croydon (Leaders Plus Round 2)
  • Oliver Steele, Mott MacDonald
  • Barney Stringer, Quod
  • Neil Wightman, LB Lambeth

With generous support from Lovell and Re and hosted by Lewis Silkin, the acclaimed Future London Leaders programme is exclusive to Future of London members. It has been designed to support and enrich the career development of promising practitioners across London’s public sector. Since its inception in April 2010, more than 180 candidates have graduated from the programme and its senior-level complement, Leaders Plus. All graduates are welcome to take part in the increasingly active Alumni network. For more information, please contact Lisa Taylor at lisa@futureoflondon.org.uk.