Future London Leaders 14: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 14 wrapped on 15th March with ‘Proposals for London’ about placemaking in London, tying in with our 2017 placemaking programme. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience.

In addition to leadership skills sessions, the FLL14 programme included field trips to Walthamstow High Street and Westway Trust to hear about placemaking initiatives throughout those areas as well as an ‘organisational raid’ to Arup to see different ways of working.

For the proposals, candidates selected an interesting placemaking scheme or concept to apply to their own work or a wider London context.

The audience included mentors, course presenters, FoL board members, sponsors and friends of Future of London. All of them voted on the proposals, with the following results:

Favourite Idea

Jamie Simpson, Principal Planning Policy Officer, LB Barking & Dagenham: Vertical Mixed Use – Integrating Residential With Employment on Industrial Sites

With limited land available for development and population pressures it is becoming difficult to plan for both the homes and jobs London needs. Emerging evidence shows a common theme of displacement of employment space in favour of homes. This creates a problem: how do we plan for both the new homes and new jobs the city desperately needs? This proposal for integrated vertical mixed-use forms of development on existing industrial land could ensure a balance is struck between providing sufficient homes and the space required for a rapidly changing economy.

Most feasible

Bhakti Depala, Senior Planning Officer, City of London: Changing the direction…with the wind

To be successful, a city must ensure it has the highest quality public realm for its users. The historic streets, squares, parks and open spaces within the City of London are cherished resources and these need to be maintained amidst the pressure of growth. This presentation explores how holistically studying the cumulative wind impact (and other microclimatic factors) on existing and proposed towers within City can be used to create a new ‘Comfort Criteria’ to inform future developments to ensure the highest quality of public realm is delivered.

Best pitch

Amanda Robinson, Research & Programme Manager, Future of London: Valuing inclusivity of places

While inclusivity of a wide range of people and views is increasingly considered an important element of the placemaking process, it tends to be forgotten in the real, ‘made’ place. I propose that inclusivity of place should be considered when valuing placemaking. Illustrated with case studies from London and beyond, this presentation discusses inclusivity of place, its importance for cities and people, and some ways it can be measured.


The presentations were followed by a short graduation ceremony, where candidates received certificates and welcomed to the Alumni Network. Core sponsor GVA kindly hosted the whole event, and joined the Proposals audience.





Looking ahead, Future London Leaders Round 15 launched on 18th January, with Round 16 following on 26th April. To find out more about our bespoke professional development courses, visit our Leaders Programmes pages.

For now, best of luck to all our FLL14 graduates and mentors, and keep in touch!

Congratulations to Future London Leaders Round 14 candidates:

  • Isha Ahmed, Principal Planning Officer, LB Enfield
  • Louise Benn, Estate Manager, GLA Housing
  • Deepa Bhatti, Senior Asset Manager, LB Hounslow
  • Jessica Bolsin, Development Manager, LB Croydon
  • Bhakti Depala, Senior Planning Officer, City of London
  • Mark Hollington, Area Planning Officer, City of Westminster
  • Adam Hutchings, Planning Policy Manager, LB Wandsworth
  • Gareth James, Senior Transport Project Officer, LB Hounslow
  • Colin Kavanagh, New Homes Manager, Peabody
  • Robert Lancaster, Strategic Applications Manager, LB Redbridge
  • Amanda Robinson, Research & Programme Officer, Future of London
  • Jamie Simpson, Principal Planning Policy Officer, LB Barking & Dagenham
  • Jessica Watts, Project Manager, Swan Housing
  • Michael Westbrook, Housing Policy and Partnerships Manager, LB Lewisham
  • Blossom Young, ACCENTS Project Manager, Poplar HARCA

Thank you to Future London Leaders Round 14 Mentors:

  • Fiona Duncan, Head of Area, GLA Housing & Land
  • Jeff Endean, Housing Strategy Manager, LB Lewisham
  • Angela Epps, Development Director, Peabody
  • Donald Farquharson, Executive Head Capital Programmes, Kent County Council
  • Jenna Goldberg, Director, London Communications Agency
  • Mark Hunter, Head of Strategic Development, LB Wandsworth
  • Zoe Jankel, Associate Director City Economics, Arup
  • Bevan Jones, Managing Director, Sustainable Homes
  • Heather Juman, Senior Area Manager South, GLA Housing & Land
  • Frank Klepping, Head of Regeneration and Development, Swan
  • Dominique Oliver, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Ted Rayment, Assistant Director Development, City of London
  • Clare Reddy, Partner Real Estate, Lewis Silkin
  • Guy Slocombe, Director of Property, City of Westminster
  • Simon Vevers, Regeneration and Strategic Partnerships Director, Hyde Housing

Future London Leaders is hosted by Lewis Silkin and sponsored by Lovell and Re.  The programme is known across London as the top leadership programme for the public sector, and has more than 230 graduates in its Alumni Network.