Future leaders pitch new ideas for delivering social value 

Our newest Future London Leaders (FLL33) presented their ideas for creating meaningful, and measurable, social value for communities. 

After a six-month programme of learning and field trips, our Future London Leaders offered quick-fire Pecha Kucha-style presentations on social value.

Their innovative ideas included: 

  • greening government buildings 
  • network tools for social prescribing and wellbeing 
  • meanwhile spaces for skateboarders 
  • incentivising private developers toward social value activities  

 Download summaries of all the Proposals for London.

Candidates presented their ideas to an audience of colleagues, mentors, alumni, course contributors, and friends of Future of London. After a quick round of Q&A, the audience were invited to cast their votes under the categories of ‘Favourite idea’, ‘Most feasible idea’ and ‘Best pitch’. 

Huge thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver first-class leadership modules and to programme supporters SEC Newgate for hosting the event. 

Congratulations to all the candidates – we look forward to seeing your leadership journeys continue.

Everyone’s a winner, but…

The audience voted on their favourite pitches in three categories so well done to the winners: Karen Daye, Agnes Marsden Jeeves and Mitin Patel. 

Favourite Idea 

Social Value Hub
Agnes Marsden Jeeves, Development Engagement Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham  

The Social Value Hub is a digital platform that addresses current challenges in delivering social value. Communities can have a say in what is most important to them so that contractors and councils can agree a bespoke, meaningful and sustainable programme to deliver social value.

A constant feedback loop will allow communities and councils to monitor social value delivery and capture long-term measures of non-physical outcomes through local stories. The Hub will facilitate knowledge-sharing across communities and foster transparency, co-operation and bottom-up delivery of social value to support successful urban developments and thriving communities.  

Most Feasible 

Affordable repair services from local, ethnically diverse companies
Mitin Patel, Head of Estate Services, LB Westminster  

Mitin proposed the creation of a council managed framework (TRUST) with a schedule of rates providing value for money on a range of works. The aim was to offer residents direct access to a choice of repair services which do not form part of the landlord’s statutory responsibilities.

We would focus on using local companies with ethnically diverse ownership, who would all have social value measures in place to give back to the local community. The residents would be able to select the contractor of their choice to carry out the works with the local authority overseeing the process to provide a guarantor risk free assurance.  

Best Pitch 

Where is the small Social Value?
Karen Daye, Principal Planner, LB Bromley  

Unlike ‘big ticket’ regeneration projects, which usually yield impressive Social Value (SV) benefits, the smaller scale ‘major’ developments do not seem to have the same SV traction.

Government investment is set to plug gaps in in-house council planning expertise and there will be a 35% increase in ‘major’ application planning fees. So now is the time to harness these funding incentives to encourage councils to put social value at the heart of both corporate and local plan policy as ‘material’ planning considerations.

The result would be planning policies that clearly identify the types of SV input required from smaller schemes with the in-house expertise to guide developers towards achieving it. 

Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 33 candidates and welcome to the Alumni Network! 

  • Olivia Beckhurst, Head of Marketing, Dot Dot Dot 
  • Ellie Byrne, Senior Planning Manager, Barking Riverside Ltd 
  • Georgie Cosh, Senior Development Manager, OPDC 
  • Karen Daye, Principal Planner, LB Bromley 
  • Kumari Mensah-Dapaah, Programme Manager, Southern Housing 
  • Mel Dinnage, Development Manager, Southern Housing 
  • Roz Johnson, Head of Development Management & Building Control, LB Hillingdon 
  • Agnes Marsden Jeeves, Development Engagement Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham 
  • Sophie Nellis, Research & Projects Manager, Future of London 
  • Oliver Norman, Planning Policy Lead – Strategic Planning & Infrastructure, LB Waltham Forest  
  • Mitin Patel, Head of Estate Services, LB Westminster 
  • Mamnun Rahman, Partnership Development Manager, Poplar HARCA 
  • Alan Saleh, Principal Design Manager, Laing O’ Rourke 
  • Kelly Shirley, Strategic Rehousing Lead – Cambridge Road Estate Regeneration Team, RB Kingston 
  • Eleanor Soames, Regeneration Manager, LB Newham 
  • Ashley Trusty, Development Consultant, Red Loft 

And thank you to all the FLL33 mentors for their time, energy and insight: 

  • Ahmad Alrifai, Senior Engineer, WSP 
  • Ruth Angel, Housing Regeneration Project Manager, LB Hackney  
  • Simon Bevan 
  • Claire Callan, Smart Places Consultant, WSP 
  • Clare Chettle, SPM Regeneration New Build, LB Haringey 
  • Bhakti Depala, Head of Planning Delivery, City of London 
  • Louise Duggan, Interim Head of Regeneration, GLA Housing & Land 
  • Jonathan Goldstraw, Senior Project Director, Hyde Housing 
  • Leanne Keltie, LB Islington, Principal New Homes Development Project Manager 
  • Hamish Kilford-Brown, Partner- Urban Design, Pollard Thomas Edwards 
  • Frank Klepping, Development Consultant, Klepping Consulting  
  • Maggie Rafalowicz, Director, Campbell Tickell 
  • Anna Sinnott, Director, Planning Consultancy, Be First 
  • Jonathan Wade, Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea 
  • Lucy Webb, Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Find out more about the Future London Leaders programme here. 

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Devonshires and Lovell.