Future London Leaders 15: Proposals for London

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

In addition to leadership skills sessions, the FLL15 programme included field trips to Digital Greenwich and The City Centre, trying out the online consultation tool Commonplace as well as an ‘organisational raid’ to Future Cities Catapult to hear of the projects happening at the Urban Innovation Centre.

For the proposals, candidates developed their own idea of how to apply Smarter City thinking 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

Abul Kalam, Team Principal, Housing Management Team, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Smarter Parking

This app will assist drivers with parking. The user can find parking based on their search, e.g. 10 mins walk from home/work. The app will show the parking restrictions on that street, if any, and will also use location services to capture regular parking spaces/streets used by the user and will alert the user to any temporarily restricted or suspended bays. Users will be able to search for parking bays/driveways to rent and also locate streets with no parking restrictions. Users will also be able to decide themselves on how much they want to pay for ‘pay and display’ parking spaces.


Most feasible

Bree Sims, Head of Marketing & Communications, Poplar HARCA

Transforming streets into your Personal Urban Gym

How can we harness smart technology to create a free gym on every doorstep, encouraging people to incorporate more activity into their everyday lives? The physical infrastructure is there: pavements, steps, pocket parks. We just need to give people the means and agency to make best use of them. The Personal Urban Gym App uses local people to geo-fence fitness opportunities in certain locations.  We then target those who need to move more and show them how to take control of their own health and wellbeing.  A simple idea with huge opportunities to integrate with other smart city technologies.


Best pitch

Lisa Cheung, Assistant Head of Development Management & Conservation, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

How can local planning authorities safeguard their future?

Given all the proposed changes to the planning system being explored, how will local planning authorities ensure that they are in the best position to embrace those changes and arm themselves with the tools they need to secure their future? In exploring this, Lisa looked at how they could adopt smart city technologies to help, and to set themselves apart in a competitive world.

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.

Looking ahead, Future London Leaders Round 16 is in full swing and will graduate on 13th September, with Round 17 starting on 20th September. To find out more about our bespoke professional development courses, visit our Leaders Programmes pages.

For now, best of luck to all our FLL15 graduates and mentors, and keep in touch!

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Congratulations to Future London Leaders Round 15 candidates:

  • Joanna Ashby, Trainee Assistant Project Manager, Gen2
  • James Bolt, Principal Planner, Major Sites, LB Newham
  • Lisa Cheung, Assistant Head of Development Management & Conservation, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Gavin Chinniah, Planning Manager – Majors, LB Waltham Forest
  • Sarah Connelly, Enterprise Employment: Training Manager, Genesis
  • Miranda Ferrier, Project Manager, Regeneration, Neighbourhoods & Housing Directorate, LB Hackney
  • Jonathan Finch, Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority
  • Paul Gardner, Principal Regeneration Manager, LB Enfield
  • Helen Iles, Interim Employment Strategy & Development Manager, LB Camden
  • Abul Kalam, Team Principal, Housing Management Team, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Emily Mountford, Housing Investment Officer, LB Waltham Forest
  • Fergal O’Donnell, Regeneration Planning Manager, LB Harrow
  • Tom Ruse, Assistant Development Manager, Home Group
  • Crissi Russo, Head of Sales & Marketing, PA Housing
  • Bree Sims, Head of Marketing & Communications, Poplar HARCA

A big thanks also to Future London Leaders Round 15 Mentors:

  • Linda Convery, Partner, TLT Solicitors
  • Sue Cooper, Head of Business Development, Catalyst
  • Donald Farquharson, Head of Property, Chelmsford City Council
  • Helen Fisher, Tottenham Programme Director, LB Haringey
  • Karen Galey, Head of Placeshaping & Economic Development, LB Camden
  • Abdul Khan, Service Manager – Energy & Sustainability, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Sherine McFarlane, Head of Social & Economic Regeneration, Genesis
  • Nigel Minto, Head of Housing Policy & Strategy, LB Hackney
  • Paul Nichols, Divisional Director, Regeneration Enterprise & Planning, LB Harrow
  • Claire O’Shaughnessy, Director, Deloitte Real Estate
  • Eleanor Purser, Director of Regeneration, Notting Hill Housing
  • Maggie Rafalowicz, Associate Director, Campbell Tickell
  • Joe Richardson, Head of Delivery South, Home Group
  • Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, Director, Urbancube Consulting
  • Oliver Steele, Economic Policy Manager, Mott MacDonald
  • Jonathan Wade, Head of Forward Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea

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 285 graduates in its Alumni Network.