Alumni Network

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On joining one of our Leaders programmes, candidates are automatically part of the Future of London Alumni Network. See below for upcoming events and write-ups on past events.

The network includes 315 talented professionals as of October 2017, and is a platform for learning, socialising, connecting and career progression. Our alumni are delivering the housing, town centre, regen and infrastructure projects that make the capital more liveable, and they’re rising fast – four promotions in one 2016-17 round alone! We’re delighted to contribute to the development of these high-calibre professionals, and to have so many continue to actively engage with Future of London. Opportunities to stay involved include:

  • Acting as one of four Alumni representatives on FoL’s Steering Group (two-year term, Nov start)
  • Serving as one of two Alumni directors on Future of London’s board (three-year term – next up in 2019)
  • Co-designing, speaking at or attending quarterly Alumni Network events
  • Using the Leaders Alumni LinkedIn Group, an online platform for posting your profile, networking, and sharing experience, ideas and opportunities
  • Using the @FoL_Alumni Twitter account to share opportunities and opinions
  • Getting involved in the wider FoL programme, to gain exposure, learn and share ideas
  • Posting vacancies to your peers – or finding jobs – via Alumni Network e-bulletins.

For more info, to get involved or to update your profile with promotions, moves or other news, contact Sabrina Belle at sabrina@futureoflondon.org.uk.


Steering Group representation

Alumni are represented on FoL’s Steering Group. In 2017, at the Board’s recommendation, we changed from a system of two annual reps to two pairs of two-year reps, to share the load and help build knowledge. These volunteers organise events, coordinate e-bulletins with news and vacancies, curate the LinkedIn group and serve as a voice for alumni and candidates. They have guaranteed spaces at Steering Group dinners and regular contact with FoL’s team, to forward ideas and concerns. This is a great experience, confidence- and CV-builder; to learn more, contact your reps. Current reps are: 


Naomi Pomfret2016-18: Naomi Pomfret, 
naomi.pomfret@lbbd.gov.uk
Planning Policy Manager, LB Barking & Dagenham
Leaders Plus 3

A trained town planner, Naomi gained her Spatial Planning MSc from the Bartlett, UCL in 2008. She has a passion for urban design and the creation of healthy places through planning and community engagement. Prior to entering the world of planning, she worked in marketing and events for the publishing house which produces the architectural periodical Blueprint. The focus of her current role is delivering the borough’s emerging Local Plan, the key spatial strategy for the next 15 years.


2016-18: Josephine Vos,
Josephine.Vos@tfl.gov.uk
Principal Policy Adviser, Transport for London
Future London Leaders 13

“I work in the Strategy and Policy team, developing policies for both the London Plan and Mayor’s Transport Strategy; I also work closely with the GLA on developing Supplementary Planning Guidance. Key aspects of my work include promoting increased integration between transport and land use planning and ensuring that finite space in London is used more efficiently. Prior to this role, I worked in TfL Planning Projects, helping to make the case for the Northern line extension to Battersea to unlock housing and major commercial development.”

 2017-19: Michael Westbrook, Michael.Westbrook@haringey.gov.uk
Housing Strategy & Commissioning Manager, LB Haringey
Future London Leaders 14

I’ve worked in housing since 2009, starting as a management trainee at national housing association Affinity Sutton and then working at L&Q before joining Lewisham in 2015. At Lewisham I managed the team that leads on housing policy, intelligence and strategy, and managing partnerships with key housing providers. I moved to LB Haringey in June 2017, expanding my role and responsibilities in a highly dynamic borough.”

2017-19: Blossom Young, Blossom.Young@poplarharca.co.uk
Head of Operations, Poplar HARCA
Future London Leaders 14

“My role is about re-imagining assets of all kinds to create genuine, sustained opportunities, and my work involves driving projects from vision to reality in Poplar, East London and beyond.”

 

2015-16 representatives

Rachel George, Head of Development & Regeneration at Newport City Homes (FLL 8)

Jo Mortensen, Sustainability Programme Manager, LB Ealing (FLL 8)

2014-15 representatives

Anna Bolsin, New Business Manager, Swan Housing Association (FLL 7)

Karen Montgomerie, Planning Policy Manager, RB Greenwich (FLL 6; FoL Board Member 2016-19)

2013-14 representatives (inaugural year)

Philippa Bancroft, Senior Development Manager, GLA Housing & Land (FLL 5, Leaders Plus 1, Mentor)

Holly Mann, Project Manager, Housing Supply, LB Hackney (FLL 4, Leaders Plus 1, Mentor)


Alumni Network events

These bespoke events can explore more edgy territory than mainstream FoL events due to the closed forum. They’re designed and coordinated by alumni reps with support from the FoL team and hosting from Lovell, who’ve supported our Leaders programmes from the start. Events are open to alumni (no matter where they work now) and their guests.

Upcoming events

23rd November – 6:15pm at Overbury, 77 Newman Street, kindly hosted by Lovell
The Gig Economy – Hear from speakers on the economic, spatial, movement and personal impacts of how our working world is changing. From algorithms to zero-hours contracts, we’re (finally) entering an era with profound implications for cities. Save the date; invitation coming soon!

5th December – 6:15pm at Lewis Silkin, 5 Chancery Lane
Fizz ‘n’ Chips Christmas party – Future of London’s all-network holiday celebration always has great alumni representation and a mix of new and old connections. You can drop in or stay for the evening, but RSVPs are essential. Thanks as always to Lewis Silkin for the generous hosting! Save the date; invitation coming soon!

January – Date TBC – Chicken Town! Tottenham
Social Enterprise with a side of slaw… Alumni evening with dinner and a focus on social enterprise at Tottenham’s successful Chicken Town experiment, which shares funds, education and healthy food (including veggie options) with the community. Details to follow…

 

Past events

2nd October – The Gallery, Farringdon
Image Workshop – Led by Urbancanda coach and former fashion-industry lead Yvonne Mackenzie, this session was designed to provide friendly self-assessment, guidance and shared reflection for people wanting to up their game or preparing to change roles. A write-up is available; contact Naomi for a copy.

15th June – The Gallery, Farringdon
Understanding your brand – Next-level session including assessment of your online and ‘live’ profile, led by Urbancanda’s Miffa Salter and followed by networking at a nearby pub. A summary is available to Alumni; contact your reps to get a copy.

28th June –  Hilton Tower Bridge, Tooley Street
FoL Summer Conference: Placemaking – *Five FLL14 candidates repeated their insightful Proposals for London, alumni spoke, chaired, and co-designed the  content – you can browse the summary here.

11th July – kindly hosted by Pollard Thomas Edwards
Alumni-mentor summer social, hosted by core sponsors Pollard Thomas Edwards at their lovely canalside compound (despite the pouring rain!). Minimal speeches, just a chance to catch up with fellow alumni and mentors. 

6th April – kindly hosted by Arup
Placemaking: Can we create a healthier London? 
Can better health be built in as an integral element of the design of a new community, does it cost extra to build a healthy place, and who really benefits? Read the summary here.

23rd February – The Foundry, Vauxhall
Future of London/Mayor of London Diversity Network – An event which provided an update on our joint #DiversityPledgeLDN initiative with Deputy Mayor James Murray. It was an enjoyable evening of networking with a purpose: helping to bring fresh voices to urban debate! Write-up here.

6th December – kindly hosted by Lewis Silkin
Fizz ‘n’ Chips Christmas party – Future of London’s all-network holiday celebration was bigger and better than ever, with excellent alumni representation and a great mix of new and old connections. Thanks as always to Lewis Silkin for the generous hosting!

27th October – kindly hosted by Lovell
Displacement & gentrification – Implications for growth, questions of ethics, and voices from both the front lines of E15 and the Pacific Northwest. See LinkedIn post here.

24th August – atop City Hall, kindly hosted by GLA Housing
FoL All-Network Meet-up & Diversity Pledge launch – Future of London and Alumni Network updates, the launch of our London-wide speaker diversity pledge, and the hottest (literally!) party in SE1. See the write-up and pledge online here.

12th May – kindly hosted by Lovell
Innovating in times of austerity – Challenging discussion with full write-up on LinkedIn: Innovating in times of austerity

3rd March – kindly hosted by Lovell
What to expect post-election… Different perspectives from Labour, Conservative and Green Party representatives, chaired by Alumni reps Jo Mortensen and Rachel George, and preceded and followed by networking over drinks and snacks.

9th December, 2015 – kindly hosted by Lewis Silkin
Future of London Fizz ‘n’ Chips Christmas party – alumni were given pride of place at this popular kick-off-the-night event, with unlimited guest spaces and a celebratory photo montage from recent years. We can’t speak for the after-parties.

17th September, 2015 – kindly hosted by Lovell
A closer look at estate regeneration: Speakers included Richard Schunemann, a resident working on the community-led Andover Estate Development Plan, and LB Lewisham’s Rachel George, who shared interesting ideas about how estate regeneration can be delivered, while ensuring buy-in from local communities.

18th June 2015 – kindly hosted by Lovell
Community involvement and challenge in planning: Provocative speakers helped consider how to find common language between planners, developers, politicians and communities to achieve the best outcomes for our city. Read the summary on Alumni LinkedIn Group.

19th March, 2015
Who are we building for? Visit link for details, and join the members-only Alumni LinkedIn Group to see the full write-up.

17th September 2014
Do Local Authorities still have what it takes to deliver for London? 

18th June 2014
Southall: Working together