Future London Leaders Round 18

Future London Leaders Round 18 runs from January 2018 – June 2018. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Mahbub Anam
Strategic Project Manager, Tower Hamlets

I have worked in local government for nearly 10 years and I’m passionate about making London a great place to live, shop, create jobs for residents and become a thriving economy. Currently I manage the Whitechapel Vision Delivery Team at LB Tower Hamlets, leading on the regeneration of this rapidly growing area with inward investment estimated to be valued at £1bn of over the next 10 years. I am also a Non-Executive Director at Tower Hamlet Homes, which manages 22,000 homes.

 James Anderson
Business Development Manager, Genesis

I have 13 years’ experience in the housing sector in a variety of roles, including managing and working on major development and regeneration projects. I am currently working on the regeneration of Grahame Park in Barnet. As a Graduate Trainee I attained a Master’s in Housing & Regeneration Social Policy from the London School of Economics. I am passionate about placemaking, through creating new places or transforming existing places.

Abdul Awwal
Partnerships Development/iTRES Manager, LB Tower Hamlets

Having worked for LB Tower Hamlets for more than 20 years, I have successfully built partnerships, delivered employment initiatives, launched the Councils new employment service (WorkPath), producing strategies to enhance the Growth and Economic Development service, whilst utilising my skills and knowledge in HR, Policy and Strategy. I have managed internal and external partnerships, developing relationships to support the community whilst ensuring the objectives of the council are met. Currently, I am working on business continuity of the service including the Apprenticeship Levy, Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment and the strategic priority to locate/deliver the WorkPath service embedded within the community.

Scott Bryant
Senior Policy Officer, Greater London Authority

I work in the GLA Housing Policy team, focusing on how land can best be brought forward to deliver new homes, including by assembling land in fragmented ownership. I have a background in housing management and have held a number of housing policy and strategy roles, both in the local authority and housing association sectors, within and outside London. I look forward to developing my leadership skills and further building my professional network through the Future London Leaders Programme. 

Marianne Danielewicz
Area Manager (North-East London), Greater London Authority

I have seven years’ experience in the social housing and homelessness sector. After working in the Housing Services and Development departments of a housing association, I joined the GLA Housing & Land in 2013 as a Project Officer, where I worked on the homelessness Social Impact Bond for a year. I am currently an Area Manager in the North East area team, providing support to a portfolio of investment partners to deliver the Mayor’s affordable housing programmes.

Darran Eggleton
Planning Enforcement & Environment Manager, LB Ealing

Having joined LB Ealing in 2010, I am now a Service Manager in Regulatory Services, responsible for the Planning Enforcement and Pollution Technical teams. My teams investigate alleged breaches of planning control, taking enforcement action where necessary. In addition, we provide technical advice on environmentally sensitive planning applications, as well as providing advice in relation to the HS2, Crossrail and Heathrow 3 developments. We actively pursue Proceeds of Crime enforcement matters and I recently presented an item on POCA at the RTPI conference.

Theresa Dugbatey
Project Manager, LB Hackney

I have more than 10 years’ housing experience, in Property and Asset Management at LB Newham, then moving to the LB Hackney Regeneration Division, where I have led on various regeneration projects and assisted on the last phase of one of our largest multi-disciplinary projects. My current role is in the recently established Housing Supply infill programme. My time at both local authorities has offered valuable learning curves and allowed me to work with a range of industry professionals.

Charles Glover-Short
Senior Research Analyst, Optivo

Optivo is a 44,000-home housing association based in Croydon. I coordinate our research programme, conducting and commissioning research to improve service delivery, influence the sector and boost our reputation for thought leadership. I’ve been working in housing in one form or another for nearly eight years, beginning at the Connection at St Martin’s homelessness charity, before joining AmicusHorizon’s (now Optivo) graduate scheme in 2011.

Marcia Kirlew
Principal Regeneration Officer, Be First

I have been in my present role as a Principal Regeneration Officer for the past 14 years and have undertaken a variety of roles which have developed my current skill set. I am passionate about the provision of good quality affordable homes for those in the most need. I have previously worked on several new build housing schemes. I have a growing interest in the development of new homes using new methods of construction. I am looking forward to taking part in Future London Leaders, as this will enable me to progress within my chosen career.

Andrea Klettner
Senior Communications Manager – Regeneration, Lendlease

I started my working life in the built environment as a journalist and editor for magazines and newspapers including Architects’ Journal, Building and the Evening Standard, most recently as news editor at Building Design. I then spent four years at the built environment communications and PR agency ING Media, where I advised clients including LB Croydon, HUB and Karakusevic Carson Architects, and worked on major projects including The Goodsyard site in Shoreditch. In October 2017 I joined Lendlease, where my role includes overseeing the communications strategies for major urban regeneration projects.

Stanley Lau
Deputy Planning Manager – Development Management, LB Waltham Forest

I have been at LB Waltham Forest for six years, initially within an Area team on major projects and supporting colleagues within other teams. My current role is a Deputy Planning Manager of the Majors team, dealing with strategic projects and assisting in the delivery of the council’s Economic Growth Strategy, whilst continuing to support colleagues in the department, helping to develop officers with major applications experience. I am looking forward to meeting people with similar work backgrounds, engaging and sharing ideas.

Kristie Lucassen
Delivery Manager, Home Group

I work on a range of projects from inception to completion. During my career I have gained experience negotiating and working with different types of contracts such as JV, JCT, NEC3 and Development Agreements, and delivering a range of projects across London. I am passionate about delivering high-quality homes for those who need it most and I am always trying to get the best quality and cost outcomes from any project I manage.

Marion MacCormick
Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards

I have been working as an architect for 13 years, starting in Scotland with small residential projects for private clients. Since joining Pollard Thomas Edwards in 2013, I‘ve been involved in a number of residential developments, with a focus on estate regeneration. I enjoy being involved in all stages of a project from design to delivery, which provides a varied and interesting workload. I believe that a collaborative approach and good working relationships is key to any successful project.

Jonathan McClue
Principal Planning Officer, LB Camden

I have more than seven years’ experience as a Development Management Planning Officer, including five and half years in the UK. I previously worked at Brentwood Borough Council and LB Redbridge. Since 2014, I have been at Camden and am now working as a Principal Planning Officer on major schemes including Centre Point, St Giles Circus/Consolidated, 100 Avenue Road, Mount Pleasant and GOSH and UCL proposals.

Javin Solanki
Assistant Director of Finance, Poplar HARCA

Having started in private practice in New Zealand, I have had nearly five years of audit and business advisory experience. I moved to the UK in 2013 and joined one of London’s leading registered providers. My current role at Poplar HARCA entails providing technical accounting guidance on complex property transactions and maintaining good governance by ensuring that financial controls are operating per the company’s policies and procedures. FLL is an opportunity for me to connect and network with colleagues in the property sector and further develop my personal professional knowledge and skills.

Russell Trewartha
Neighbourhoods Programme Manager, LB Lambeth

I have a wide-ranging project and programme management background in local government gained over the past 10 years. I’ve developed and led a range of teams to deliver successful housing, regeneration and public realm initiatives. In my current role I lead a team of project staff and a capital investment portfolio covering the full project cycle of implementing highways and streetscape improvements across Lambeth.

Claire Perrott
Associate, Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design

I am an architect and urban designer, and have a range of experience in design and built environment roles. I enjoy the challenge of communicating good design, whether through visual or spoken methods. I returned to Tibbalds nearly six years ago after a break to have children. I now have a focused design role on masterplanning projects within the practice and I run the project design review programme.


Future London Leaders Round 17

Future London Leaders Round 17 runs from September 2017 – March 2018. Candidate profiles are below:


Joanna Casey
Project Manager, Hyde Housing

“I have 10 years’ experience in Housing, having worked for number of RSLs across various departments including Property Services, Housing Management, Development, and more recently Strategic Assets and Partnerships at Hyde Housing Association. I work on a variety of projects which aim to maximise the organisations existing assets. This provides an interesting and varied workload and allows me to work alongside people from many different areas of the organisation and the wider sector. I am looking forward to the programme and excited at the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and further build my professional network.”

Lizzie Le Mare
Associate, Tibbalds

“I have worked at Tibbalds for the last 7.5 years. I specialise in estate regeneration/affordable housing projects and have managed large multi-disciplinary teams through the planning process on a number of large projects in LB Camden and LB Wandsworth. I have a background in architecture and urban design, as well as working in planning and I’m particularly interested in how good design and place-making is incorporated in the planning system.”

Kate Cowan
Project Manager, LB Waltham Forest

“I have worked in business and enterprise support for over 15 years, most recently running a social enterprise for 11 years which in the business support field. I have managed projects ranging from business finance products to support for creative industry businesses and now manage 2 workspace projects, whilst working as a Project Manager in Waltham Forest.”

Alex Clarke
Housing Options & Advice Manager (Families), LB Lewisham

“I have worked in housing for the last 10 years, and have worked in a variety of front line and back office roles across different departments during that time. I am currently the Housing Options & Advice Manager at the London Borough of Lewisham, managing a team of 20 officers who offer a prevention-focused homeless assessment service to all families who find themselves threatened with homelessness within the borough.”

Michael Forrester
Principal Planning Manager, LB Lewisham

“I have worked in development management with LB Lewisham since 2010, where I have developed from a planner assisting on major redevelopment schemes to the Major and Strategic Projects Manager responsible for overseeing and leading on the current and future growth of the borough working on transformational projects which deliver places and destinations of the highest quality. I also coach junior staff within the planning team, have delegated authority to ensure performance targets are met and represent the planning service at Planning Committee”

Leo Hammond
Associate (at the start of the Programme – Senior Urban Designer), Pollard Thomas Edwards

“I have 14 years’ experience in urban design, and have been at PTE for over three years, leading on urban design projects across a range of scales and contexts. Recent projects include a design code for a 1,300 home mixed use urban extension in Cambridge and masterplans for two large estates next to new Crossrail stations in East London. Outside of PTE I am vice-chair of the Urban Design Group and an Urban Design Tutor at the Bartlett. I have had previous roles in practice, at Cabe and in local authority.”

Owain Jones
Neighbourhood Delivery Lead, LB Lambeth

“Over the past 16 years, I have worked on public policy and delivery issues in EU, national, regional, and local government, and have taken career breaks to travel. As a Neighbourhood Delivery Lead in Lambeth’s regeneration team, I am project-managing the development of two council freehold sites, working intensively with architects, planners, surveyors, commercial advisors and others. I am also leading some area-based visioning work. An inveterate inquisitor with a thirst for knowledge, I am excited to work with and learn from others to help make my home city a better place for everyone..”

Megan Life
Senior Projects Officer, Greater London Authority

“I work in the private rented sector team at the GLA, leading the development of a database to name non-compliant landlords. Prior to the GLA, I worked in the LB Waltham Forest policy and public affairs team. I also completed the National Graduate Development Programme at Waltham Forest, during which I undertook a placement in its housing department where I worked on the in-sourcing of the Council’s housing management services and the winding up of its ALMO.”

Kuheli Mookerjee
Area Manager, Greater London Authority

“I have lived and breathed housing over a number of years: for my UCL doctorate, as a councillor leading a Best Value Review on “Quality Housing for All”, as a Policy Officer for London Councils and through housing delivery roles at the Homes and Communities Agency & GLA. My current role involves working with partners to deliver the Mayor’s Affordable Homes Programme and housing initiatives such as the Innovation Fund. I also chaired a Viability Task & Finish Group, which laid the foundations for the Mayor’s Affordable Housing and Development Viability SPG.”

Hannah Parker
Enforcement and Appeals Team Leader, LB Redbridge

“I have over 9 years of experience working in the public sector. Over this time I have largely worked Planning Enforcement with my most recent role is in Redbridge Council. My team and I focus on resolving breaches of planning control by a variety of methods. Planning Enforcement is interesting due to its variety of outcomes and avenues which can be explored. Good negotiation skills and along with sound judgement and the ability to stand your ground in difficult circumstances are key to the role. London leader will opportunity to help develop my leadership skills and further build my professional network.”

Robert Reeds
Senior Planner, Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation

“Having started in private practice, I moved to a local authority to gain public sector experience before transferring to OPDC. I’ve worked on planning projects, mainly in development management, including smaller mixed-use infill developments, major residential-led urban extensions and estate regeneration. As a Senior Planner at OPDC, I am responsible for the delivery and negotiation of planning outcomes for major developments within one of London’s largest regeneration projects. FLL is an opportunity for me to develop leadership skills and improve my communication and negotiation techniques.”

Nicola Townsend
North Team Leader, Development Management, LB Croydon

“I lead a team of 15 Development Management Planners who deal with developments ranging from householder applications to large scale developments within Croydon Metropolitan Centre. In recent years, Croydon has seen a significant increase in demand for education places and I am the Development Management lead overseeing all education related planning applications across the borough.  My role requires me to work closely with elected members, internal and external stakeholders and the community to ensure the borough’s vision for Croydon is realised.”

Jack Tyrell-Killian
Project Manager, Swan Housing

“Since joining Swan as a graduate, I have worked on a number of regeneration schemes, and my current major project is a mixed-use town centre regeneration. I am passionate about delivering high-quality urban regeneration that makes a noticeable difference to local people’s lives and about the role that commercial and retail space can play in helping to achieve this”

Max Von Bradsky
Project Manager, Swan Housing

“I’ve been with Swan since beginning my career several years ago. During this time I’ve worked on a range of development and regeneration projects at various stages between inception and completion, most recently managing a Redbridge development currently on-site and being delivered through the in-house construction team.”

Rachel Williamson
Strategic Lead-Entrepreneurial Barnet & Welfare Reform, LB Barnet

“I work in the Growth and Development team and lead on the council’s approach to economic development which is called Entrepreneurial Barnet. This includes working with local partners to design innovative, multi-agency employment projects, creating plans to boost local Town Centres, and shaping how the public sector can help local businesses to grow. Over 11 years I have worked in a range of policy, project and commissioning roles in different council departments, including commissioning social care services from the voluntary sector and developing the local response to supporting people affected by welfare reform.”

Tom Williamson
Development Manager, Peabody

“I work in the Growth and Development team and lead on the council’s approach to economic development which is called Entrepreneurial Barnet. This includes working with local partners to design innovative, multi-agency employment projects, creating plans to boost local Town Centres, and shaping how the public sector can help local businesses to grow. Over 11 years I have worked in a range of policy, project and commissioning roles in different council departments, including commissioning social care services from the voluntary sector and developing the local response to supporting people affected by welfare reform.”


To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.