Leaders Plus 4: Proposals for London

Leaders Plus 4 graduation

Leaders Plus Round 4 wrapped up on 12 July with ‘Proposals for London’, a series of ground-breaking interventions inspired by the cohort’s case study: Deptford, LB Lewisham. The final task before graduation, the presentations combined original research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience.

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

Best overall

Lucy Webb, Senior Regeneration Manager, Peabody

The role of social infrastructure in placemaking

‘Place-making’ is the new trend. But what kind of places are we making if we aren’t getting the basics right? Good community infrastructure is often an afterthought, discussed and agreed through the planning process, but missing the opportunity to re-think our community provision to create communities with their heart in the right place. We need the GLA and local authorities to take a lead in a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of community facilities that follows the principles of good urban design, so that these community facilities can be the real ‘placemakers’.

Best presentation

Rebecca Lee, Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Developing an interactive, multi-layered mapping system to aid cohesive placemaking across London

In the last 20 years, developments in technology have enabled a huge wealth of public data to be collected. This data is already being used to develop applications and systems that are changing our cities and our daily lives. I am interested in how harnessing information and connecting it to geographical locations can create tools to assist in developing inclusive regeneration that supports sustainable communities. Using a unified platform with consistent visuals and formatting we could create a collaborative source of open information to assist the public, local authorities, developers and designers. This could ultimately be used to track how areas are changing and forecast potential effects of development.

Most feasible idea

David Eastwood, Services & Commissioning Manager, GLA Housing & Land

We need to make defensive architecture beautiful

Having worked in the field of rough sleeping and also criminal justice and substance misuse for over 15 years, I am convinced part of the solution to ending rough sleeping and associated street activity can be through defensive architecture. However, the lazy use of spikes and other clearly aggressive design solutions has given designing out a bad name. In addition the recent awful attacks on Westminster and London Bridge have led to use of ugly barriers being erected to prevent terrorist activity. In this proposal I discuss how we need to make defensive architecture beautiful through planning and show some areas where this has already been done effectively.

Favourite idea

Symon Bacon, Project Director, Argent LLP

A public-led strategic land task force

The housing crisis is driven by low cost of funds and limited supply of housing driving land value speculation. The public sector needs to have some control by getting ahead of the development curve. A ‘task force’ should be set up by the public sector to identify areas that would be prime development once local authority policy was implemented (e.g. Housing Zones) and then ensure that councils have control of this land (purchase or partner) with the private sector and landowners to lock in land values BEFORE the policy is released.


Congratulations to all of the Leaders Plus Round 4 candidates!

  • Symon Bacon, Project Director, Argent LLP
  • Martin Boyce, Regional Operations Director, Lovell London
  • David Eastwood, Services & Commissioning Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Laura Gardner, Senior Regeneration Consultant, GVA
  • Will Hoyles, External Relations Manager, Westway Trust
  • Rebecca Lee, Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Conor McDonagh, Delivery Lead, LB Lambeth
  • Karen Mercer, Programme Director, LB Barnet
  • Saleh Mirza, Head of Environmental Services, A2Dominion
  • Rachel Murrell, Area Manager – Development Management, LB Brent
  • Peter O’Brien, Regeneration Manager, Tottenham Hale & South, LB Haringey
  • Adrian Roche, Development Plans Team Leader, City of London
  • Nicola Roye, Project Director, Hyde Housing
  • Carol Sam, Economic Regeneration Manager, LB Ealing
  • Lucy Webb, Interim Head of Thamesmead Estate Regeneration, Peabody
  • Ciara Whelehan, Planning Policy Manager, LB Redbridge
  • Andrew Williams, Area Manager, Greater London Authority

Thanks also to all of the mentors from Leaders Plus Round 4:

  • Mark Baigent, Head of Strategy, Regeneration, Sustainability & Housing Options, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Ken Baikie, Director – Thamesmead Regeneration, Peabody
  • Paul Beckett, Policy & Performance Director, City of London
  • Greg Campbell, Partner, Campbell Tickell
  • Richard Cook, Head of Residential, Lendlease
  • Richard de Cani, Director & UKMEA Planning Leader, Arup
  • Andrew Evans, Executive Director (Operations), A2Dominion
  • Robert Evans, Partner, Argent LLP
  • Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director – Development, Enterprise & Environment, Greater London Authority
  • Robert Gordon Clark, Board Executive Chair, London Communications Agency
  • Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive, GVA
  • Annelies Look, Major Projects Advisory, KPMG
  • David Lunts, Executive Director – Housing & Land, Greater London Authority
  • Angela McConville, Chief Executive Officer, Westway Trust
  • Anita Mitchell, Head of Sustainability – Europe, Lendlease
  • Iain Painting, Senior Planning Partner, Barton Willmore
  • Lucy Taylor, Director – Regeneration & Planning, LB Ealing

Leaders Plus is sponsored by Argent and Lewis Silkin. The programme provides candidates already in leadership roles with resources to manage increasing risk and responsibility. Key elements of the programme include: mentoring, leadership, external affairs and delivery. Find out more here.