Future London Leaders 18: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 18 wrapped up on 13 June with ‘Proposals for London’ based on the programme theme of “Overcoming Barriers.”

The final task before graduation was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience.

In addition to leadership skills sessions, the FLL18 programme included field trips to Brentford to experience first-hand an area severed by a main atrial route, a visit to Space Syntax offices to hear learn about a range of technical approaches to analyse cities, and a final trip to Queen Elizabeth Park in Hackney.

For the proposals, candidates focused on topics ranging from the walkability of cities, the barriers that exist between property professionals and creating a Finance Forum for London.

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

Favourite idea

Scott BryantScott Bryant – Senior Policy Officer, Greater London Authority

Cutting the purse strings: capturing the “unearned increment” to deliver the homes that London needs

For decades, London has failed to deliver the number and types of homes that its growing economy requires. As a result, London’s homes have become increasingly unaffordable – driving a wedge into local communities. I will propose that the scale of the housing crisis in London warrants a new approach to land acquisition that enables more investment in much-needed affordable homes and infrastructure. I will demonstrate that capturing what Winston Churchill described as the “unearned increment” is not radical by international standards, and will be a vital to significantly increasing the supply of affordable homes in our city

Most feasible

Clare PerrottClare Perrott – Associate, Tibbalds

Under the Flyover: A strategy for connecting communities by humanising the space left over below elevated road infrastructure

Installations and ‘meanwhile’ uses underneath elevated roads are not a new idea. The Westway trust was established in 1971 to develop the derelict land underneath the A40 flyover for the benefit of the local community, and since then a range of uses have evolved. Similar spaces have followed this lead and unusual and creative ideas flourish. London-wide there could be a fully coordinated programme focusing on cataloging, promoting and making available these left over spaces. It is an opportunity to ensure that community benefit projects are encouraged and in doing so existing communities are (re)connected.

 Best pitch

Charles Glover-ShortCharles Glover-Short – Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Research Strategy & Performance, Optivo

Bordering on unfair: how communities either side of the Greater London boundary are being severed by the benefit cap

In 2016 Government introduced differential rates of the “benefit cap”. Households inside London can now receive up to £23,000 to cover their living and housing expenses. Those outside the capital are limited to £20,000. The effect is to produce huge inequities, with families just metres apart entitled to vastly different levels of housing benefit for comparable homes. Communities on either side of the Greater London boundary are being severed by a policy designed with London in mind. My proposal looks at how policy-makers can reflect exceptional circumstances in London without disadvantaging those on its periphery.

The presentations were followed by a short graduation ceremony, where candidates received certificates and welcomed to the Alumni Network. The event was kindly hosted by Overbury.


Looking ahead, Future London Leaders Round 19 is in full swing and will graduate on 12th September, with Round 20 starting on 19th September, 2018. To find out more about our bespoke professional development courses, visit our Leaders Programmes pages.

For now, best of luck to all our FLL18 graduates and mentors, and keep in touch!

  • Mahbub Anam, Strategic Project Manager, LB Tower Hamlets
  • James Anderson, Business Development Manager, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Abdul Awwal, Partnerships Development/iTRES Manager, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Scott Bryant, Senior Policy Officer, Greater London Authority
  • Marianne Danielewicz, Area Manager (North-East London), Greater London Authority
  • Theresa Dugbatey, Project Manager, LB Hackney
  • Darran Eggleton, Planning Enforcement & Environment Manager, LB Ealing
  • Charles Glover-Short, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Research, Optivio
  • Andrea Klettner, Senior Communications Manager, Lendlease
  • Stanley Lau, Deputy Planning Manager – Development Management, LB Waltham Forest
  • Kristie Lucassen, Delivery Manager, Home Group
  • Marion MacCormick, Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Claire Perrott, Associate, Tibbalds
  • Javin Solanki, Assistant Director of Finance, Poplar HARCA
  • Russell Trewartha, Neighbourhood Programme Manager, LB Lambeth

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A big thanks also to Future London Leaders Round 18 Mentors:

  • Sara Bailey, Partner, Trowers and Hamlins
  • Linda Convery, Partner, TLT Solicitors
  • Kate Dodsworth, Chief Executive, Gateway Housing
  • Paul Dooley, Director of Regeneration, Poplar HARCA
  • Esther Everett, Principal Designer, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Leanne Keltie, Senior Project Officer – Supported and Specialist Housing, Greater London Authority
  • Steve Kennard, Director of Regeneration, Hadley Property Group
  • Sherine McFarlane, Head of Social and Economic Regeneration, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Lynne Miles, Associate Director – Integrated City Planning, Arup
  • James Pargeter, Director, Greystar
  • Guy Slocombe, Director of Property, City of Westminster
  • Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, Director, Urbancube
  • Barney Stringer, Director, Quod
  • Karen Swift, Head of Housing Supply Initiatives and Partnerships , LB Camden
  • David Williams, Deputy Divisional Director, Planning & Building Control, LB Tower Hamlets

Future London Leaders is hosted by Lewis Silkin and sponsored in part by Lovell. The programme is known across London as the top leadership programme for the public sector, and has more than 340 graduates in its Alumni Network.