Future London Leaders 16: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 16 wrapped on 13th September with ‘Proposals for London’ about Ageing Cities, tying in with our new 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 hosted by GVA.

In addition to leadership skills sessions, the FLL16 programme included field trips to the New Ground scheme for older women and an organisational raid to the Design Council and the Centre for London Ageing Better to hear about projects and the redesign of services.

For the proposals, candidates selected issues impacting an ageing population in London, and applied 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

Claire WiseClaire Wise, Project Manager, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Unlocking sheltered housing sites by putting residents at the heart of the development process

Decanting existing sheltered housing to enable development of new homes can be an unwelcome proposition for older people who moved into schemes expecting never to move again. Housing providers have to consider the reputational risk of decanting, often perceived negatively by residents and communities, even when the end goal of a new fit for purpose housing development is positive. This presentation will explore whether empowering residents to act as clients in the design process would change the way that we approach decanting and whether this could deliver developments that are quicker to complete, more successful post-occupancy, reduce reputational risk for the provider and impact overall development costs.

Most feasible

Tom Oliver, Business Development Manager, Catalyst Housing

Fuel Poverty – Amending winter fuel allowance

Winter fuel allowance is paid at £200-300 to households aged over 65. Estimates of elderly people in fuel poverty in London are between 140-160,000 but continuation of this benefit is uncertain. I propose that London should request devolution of this funding and focus it on energy-efficient home improvements for older households instead of ongoing cash supplement. The household would save the equivalent of £200 per year through efficient boilers, solar panels and insulation. Thus, by investing in energy efficiency the government creates the equivalent cash saving through energy efficiency whilst providing jobs for the wider economy and reducing London’s carbon footprint.

Best pitch

Gemma Delves, Senior Planning Officer, City of London

Life after Retirement

There is limited opportunity and choice around working later in life. People are still fit and active at retirement age and many want to work for longer.   Working later in life can have a positive impact on well-being. The older generation are experienced, skilled and have a lot to offer the economy. I propose that an employment hub and website should be established where businesses in the City would offer flexible paid and voluntary jobs for the ageing population. The initiative would be delivered through the planning system. It would provide a platform to help London’s ageing population to continue working.

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 17 is in full swing and will graduate on 7th March, with Round 18 starting on 17th January, 2018. To find out more about our bespoke professional development courses, visit our Leaders Programmes pages.

For now, best of luck to all our FLL16 graduates and mentors, and keep in touch!

  • Tom Buttrick, LB Southwark, Team Leader – Planning and Transport Policy
  • Richard Cawser, Greater London Authority, Housing & Land Area Manager
  • Paul Conboy, LB Islington, Deputy Team Leader Planning Applications Team
  • Gemma Delves, City of London, Senior Planning Officer
  • Matthew Donaldson, LB Sutton, Operations and Resources Manager
  • Daisy Estrada, City of London, Senior Planning Officer (Design)
  • Katia Habra, LB Waltham Forest, Project Manager – Regeneration
  • Maja Luna Jorgensen, Greater London Authority, Housing & Land Area Manager, Housing & Land
  • Ella McCarthy, LB Hackney,  Project Officer – Housing Policy and Strategy
  • Tom Oliver, Catalyst Housing, Business Development Manager
  • Emily Read, Transport for London, Principal Urban Design Advisor – Transport for London
  • Sushvinder Salan, Thames Valley Housing, After Sales Manager
  • Brandan Wilkinson, LB Richmond, Principal Planning Officer
  • Claire Wise, RB Kensington & Chelsea, Project Manager
  • Tom Wyld, LB Barnet, Principal Planning Officer, Strategic Planning & Regeneration – Brent Cross
  • Katherine Yentumi, City of Westminster, Decant and Relocations Officer

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A big thanks also to Future London Leaders Round 16 Mentors:

  • Simon Bevan, LB Southwark, Director of Planning
  • Barbara Brownlee, City of Westminster, Director of Housing & Regeneration
  • Anne Byrne, LB Hackney, Head of Regeneration (Woodberry Down)
  • Christina Calderato, Transport for London, Acting Head of Policy and Strategy
  • Sue Cooper, Catalyst, Head of Business Development
  • Patrick Devlin, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Partner
  • Claudette Forbes, CAF Consulting, Director
  • Jenna Goldberg, London Communications Agency, Director
  • Lisa Kelvey, KPMG, Director – Major Projects Advisory
  • Félicie Krikler, Assael Architecture, Director
  • Simon Latham, LB Sutton Executive, Head of Housing and Regeneration
  • Stephen McDonald, Captia/RE,  Director of Place
  • Mark Mitchener, Rydon Managing, Director
  • Tim Nabbs, Thames Valley Housing Association, Project Manager
  • Jamie Ratcliff, Greater London Authority, Assistant Director – Housing
  • Mike Ward, Mojo Advisory Service, Director

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.