#LearningFromCrisis – Roundtable: Making Equality the ‘New Normal’

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The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted and exacerbated long-term inequalities that permeate almost every aspect of life and work. The built environment sector is no different, with a talent pool that isn’t diverse enough at entry level and narrows mightily at top tier. Lockdown provided time to reflect; the George Floyd murder and revitalised Black Lives Matter movement provided impetus. This is the moment to put good will into action, address inequality and deliver lasting change.

This roundtable invites guests to share insight on the work ahead and to offer sector challenges and personal commitments for making equality the ‘new normal’. We will address issues of ethnicity, gender, ability and background. 

A core of invited guests will include established leaders, guests and FoL alumni, part of a diverse next-wave urban leadership network quickly moving up to run major projects and organisations. We will be encouraging this next-gen group to challenge their peers and sector leaders.

Event objectives:

  • Sharing best practice across sectors and organisations
  • Actions individuals can take
  • Recommendations to push across the sector
  • A growing network of support and information


This event is open to the public but will have a roundtable of guests tackling core questions around commitment, strategy and implementation in overcoming barriers:

  • Kelly Canterford - Programme Manager, Changing the Face of Property
  • Kate Dodsworth - CEO, Gateway Housing & diversity champion
  • Hasanul Hoque - Operations Director, Camden Town Unlimited & Euston Town BIDs, Camden Collective & Alternative Camden Innovation District
  • Anouk Khan - COO, RE Women
  • Diane Lightfoot - CEO, Business Disability Forum
  • Leona Menville - Director, Customers & Communities, Inquilab; Co-Chair, Unify (BAME) Network
  • Charlotte Morphet - Principal Planner, LB Waltham Forest; Co-Chair, Women in Planning; Chair, POS NOVUS
  • Onyeka Onyekwelu - Strategic Engagement Manager, London Office of Technology & Innovation (LOTI)
  • Jahanara Rajkoomar - Director of Community Investment, Metropolitan Thames Valley; Leadership 2025 candidate
  • Marina Robertson - Senior Director, NPS Group
  • Akil & Seth Scafe-Smith - Co-Founders, RESOLVE Collecfive
  • Anita Singh - Programme Manager, Turner & Townsend; Greater Manchester Future Leaders working group
  • Neil Smith - Inclusive Design Lead, HS2
  • Vicky Thompson - Director of HR, Montagu Evans
  • Becky Utuka - Director of Development & Sales, Gateway Housing; Leadership 2025 candidate
  • Lisa Taylor - Executive Director, Future of London & Director, Coherent Cities (moderator)

Join us for ideas and tools, and to share your own perspectives and resources via the Chat!


This online event is free to attend thanks to our partners L&Q, NPS Group & Coherent Cities.

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As we navigate the Covid-19 “new normal” and consider the world we’ll emerge into, Future of London is here to share support, intel, strategy and best practice across a multi-media programme, Learning from Crisis.

Learning from Crisis is true to Future of London’s USP: we’re working across sectors with the trust of organisation and community partners; spotlighting next-wave and operational leaders as well as the current top tier; and applying diversity in thought and participation to the wicked problems we now face.

This includes FoL’s Speaker Diversity Network, working with individuals & organisations to bring fresh voices to urban debate, and our transformational leadership programmes, which foster an environment of peer support, innovative thinking and professional development.

Note: This event will be recorded and released on FoL's YouTube channel. We may use screenshots of participants who choose to be on camera on FoL and Coherent Cities social media. Please contact events@futureoflondon.org.uk if you have any questions or prefer not to be on camera.

29th July 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
United Kingdom