Future London Leaders Round 17

The Seventeenth Round of Future London Leaders 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
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.”


Future London Leaders Round 16

The sixteenth round of Future London Leaders runs from April 2017 – September 2017. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Tom Buttrick
Team Leader – Planning and Transport Policy, LB Southwark

I currently work as a planning team leader for the London Borough of Southwark where I work across planning and transport policy and specialise in the intersection of urban design, place-making and transport. I currently lead work on a variety of projects and development plan documents for Old Kent Road, Peckham and Camberwell. I have a passion for high quality outcomes in the built environment and enjoy the challenge of place-making within a world city context while sustaining character and responding to innovation and new opportunities.

 Richard Cawser
Area Manager, Greater London Authority

I have worked in housing for over 11 years, including with English Partnerships and the Homes and Communities Agency, with the last 5 years at the Greater London Authority. I am an Area Manager, responsible for relationship management and allocation of funding to providers of social housing, as well as liaison with a number of North West London Boroughs. I also lead on the delivery of the Heart of Harrow Housing Zone, managing Borough and housing provider relationships and contracts for housing delivery.

Paul Conboy
Deputy Team leader Planning Applications Team, LB Islington

I have been working for the London Borough of Islington for nearly 9 years now. I have worked my way through the planning applications team to major’s team and now to my current position as deputy team leader of the minors team here. I manage a team of over 12 colleagues with my overall manager and other deputy. The team is fast paced dealing with a large number of variety of simple and often complex and political cases.


Gemma Delves
Senior Planning Officer, City of London

I have worked in development management for nine years, starting at Gloucester City Council before moving to the City of London in 2011.  As part of my current role, I manage a complex and varied range of applications relating to office, residential and hotel developments. I have enjoyed working on major development schemes including the Barts Square redevelopment (216 residential units and 31,759 sqm office use) and providing planning advice in respect of historic sites such as The Temples and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. More recently I have also become involved in the City’s Smart City project work.  

Matthew Donaldson
Operations and Resources Manager, LB Sutton

I began in Regeneration as a Finance Assistant progressing to Finance Manager and being involved in capital investment schemes. I moved to Sutton in 2009 as Resources Manager for the Safer Sutton Partnership, a unique partnership between the Council and Local Police. I have led commissioning exercises across a wide range of services including CCTV, Drug and Alcohol Services and partial outsourcing of Parking Services. I have also been the Operational Manager for Parking Services since April 2015.

Daisy Estrada
Senior Planning Officer (Design), City of London

I have worked in urban design and planning for the past 6 years.  I was a Masterplanner in Shanghai for three years followed by three years in design and conservation in London’s public sector. At Hammersmith and Fulham Council, my role spanned large-scale regeneration projects at both Old Oak and Earls Court. At present my role focuses on office redevelopment and heritage at the City of London.  


Katia Habra
Project Manager- Regeneration, LB Waltham Forest

Since joining LB Waltham Forest in 2015, I have been managing various strategic regeneration projects, developing a meanwhile creative-led workspace, coordinating the high street strategy to enhance Walthamstow’s retail centre and market, as well as delivering public realm, cultural and business support initiatives. Back in Montreal, Canada, I delivered a supported social housing refurbishment scheme for a third sector organisation and was active in municipal politics. I completed graduate studies in regional and urban planning at the LSE. 

Maja Luna Jorgensen
Area Manager, Greater London Authority

At the GLA I manage a portfolio of borough and housing association partners who receive affordable housing grant, and manage GLA Housing Zone investment in Hayes Town Centre Housing Zone. I lead on policy around community-led housing and offsite manufacturing of housing, which involves championing these innovative approaches with boroughs, developers, and other sectors, and engaging them with our new Innovation Fund to deliver tangible projects. I also have a formal role around design and managing compliance audit of our investment partners. Previously I worked for a built environment charity, developing, designing, and delivering intensive programmes of design collaboration and training for communities and professionals across the UK.

Ella McCarthy
Project Officer – Housing Policy and Strategy, LB Hackney

I have worked in housing for more than 10 years.  I currently work in the Housing Strategy and Policy team at London Borough of Hackney, where I have most recently developed a new local lettings policy for our regeneration estates and have led on engagement with registered providers to promote partnership working for key areas such as welfare reform and making best use of resources.  I have previously worked in the development team of a registered provider where I project managed a range of new build and regeneration schemes in Essex and east London.

Tom Oliver
Business Development Manager, Catalyst Housing

I joined Catalyst in September 2016 in the New Product Development team. I am responsible for the research and development of new intermediate forms of housing provision alongside exploring new business opportunities with Local Authorities and developers. Prior to joining Catalyst I worked for 9 years at the Homes and Communities Agency, most recently, managing the delivery of the affordable homes programme across Surrey and Sussex. I am looking forward to working with a wide range of professionals at FLL and developing my leadership skills through the mentoring programme. 

Emily Read
Principal Urban Design Advisor, Transport for London

I have been working in planning and regeneration in London for the last nine years. Having started out in private practice I moved across to the public sector in 2014, first to a Local Authority and then to Transport for London. As part of the Urban Design Team at TfL I provide design advice to colleagues throughout the organisation, produce strategies and guidance to assist in planning for good growth in London and work on projects in our Healthy Streets programme to deliver attractive, safe and well-connected streets and places across the Capital.

Sushvinder Salan
After Sales Manager, Thames Valley Housing Association

I have worked in the affordable housing sector for over 10 years delivering affordable housing options such as shared ownership, equity loans, and Staircasing. I am currently managing the After Sales products within Sales & Marketing, and working on various projects including reviewing the service to the customer by improving the sales process and tailoring communications that are sent to the customer. Within the team, I aim to help customers to achieve 100% ownership of a home, and work with colleagues to promote products that help to achieve this.

Brandan Wilkinson
Principal Planning Officer, LB Richmond

I arrived in the UK in 2007 to begin my career in development management. Over the years, I have been responsible for the delivery and negotiation of planning outcomes and decisions on a full range of development management case work. I am currently responsible for coaching and supervising the junior planning staff within my team, with a focus on overseeing and approving delegated reports and ensuring performance targets are met.


Claire Wise
Project Manager, RB Kensington and Chelsea

I work in the Housing Regeneration Team delivering a programme for older people’s housing as well as other schemes. I have a special interest in older people’s and accessible housing having qualified as an occupational therapist and worked delivering housing adaptations for disabled people over a number of years. In 2010 I completed an MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design and subsequently managed the London Accessible Housing Register Project for the GLA. My current role seeks to deliver homes that are fit for the future to meet Housing and Adult Social Care demands.

Tom Wyld

Principle Planning Officer, Strategic Planning and Regeneration – Brent Cross, LB Barnet

I began my planning career in 2004 at London Borough of Barnet in Development Control. After a few years I transferred over to Major Developments where larger and more complex schemes introduced me to strategic Regeneration proposals and some three years ago to join the Brent Cross Regeneration Team on the Run up to the submission of initial Reserved matters applications. I’ve been the Council’s Planning Lead for Compulsory Purchase Order Public Enquiries for both West Hendon and Brent Cross.

Katherine Yentumi
Decant and Relocations Officer, City of Westminster

I’m a decant and relocations officer with 10 years’ housing experience at Westminster City Council. I have gained experience within the various departments in housing which has given me a strong foundation and understanding into the issues faced in London with regard to homelessness and supply. I have worked within regeneration for the last 4 years and enjoy being part of a large project and seeing the positive outcomes that estate renewal brings to local communities.


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