Programme Mentors

Each Future London Leader is paired with a senior mentor from Future of London’s extensive cross-sector network. These mentors provide a ‘safe space’ sounding board for candidates, as well as invaluable experience and insights from their own careers.

2016 marks the creation of FoL’s Mentor Network, a growing group willing to be called on throughout the year. They are offered workshops, the option for the psychometric exercise FLL candidates undertake, and networking opportunities with candidates and alumni, other mentors, and Future of London’s steering group.

The six-month programmes start each January, April and September – if you’re interested in finding out more, contact Leaders Project Manager Sabrina Belle at

Future London Leaders Round 17 Mentors

Karen Barke
Head of Estate Regeneration, LB Hackney

Karen has worked in local authority urban regeneration and housing for over 15 years. Her current role is at Hackney Council she is responsible for the delivery of the Council’s high profile Estate Regeneration Programme. This is a Council led housing programme with aspirations to deliver over 2,500 new high quality homes alongside associated social and economic benefits. Karen started her career at Newham Council where she worked on a range of area based regeneration initiatives including the West Ham and Plaistow New Deal for Communities Programme and the Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme. Karen is an alumni of the FoL’s Future London Leaders

Sophie Camburn
Associate Director, Arup

Sophie is a creative masterplanner with over seventeen years’ experience – five years at a senior management level – and leads large, integrated, multidisciplinary design teams with sustainable placemaking at their core. She has a passion for making better places for communities with a focus on regeneration, delivery and people. Sophie’s experience includes major UK and international projects. She was the design lead for the regeneration strategy for Tottenham following the 2011 riots as well as on a transport and housing investment strategy for Tottenham High Road. In addition to a range of UK projects she has been the masterplanning lead on a sports-led mixed use masterplan in the Middle East worth £300m. Prior to joining Arup in 2008, Sophie enjoyed roles at Alan Baxter as well as Penoyre & Prassad Architects.

Chris Cheeseman
Director, Ikon Consultancy

Chris brings over 30 years of residential market experience with a particular specialism in terms of affordable housing both with the Housing Association and private consultancy sector. Following on from initial experience gained at the now Homes and Communities Agency, Chris spent 17 years at Moat Housing Group helping to establish the business as the leading provider of intermediate housing in the South East before becoming the Groups Director of Development. In this period Moat became a major developer of new housing and also secured a number of significant regeneration projects including Christianfields in Gravesend, Ashford Stanhope PFI and Meridian Delta in Greenwich. Since joining Ikon in 2006, Chris has provided a range of consultancy commissions and brokered numerous affordable housing deals to a mixture of housing association, local authority and private sector clients. Ikon was acquired by Countrywide Group in February 2015.

Fiona Duncan
Head of Area, Greater London Authority

Fiona is a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in regeneration. Her background is in the public sector and she started her career at LB Southwark, carrying out a range of surveying duties before specialising in acquisitions, sales and development. In 1998 she joined English Partnerships and became involved in regeneration projects in the Thames Gateway. She moved into the LDA in 2000, and continued to work in the Gateway and also on the successful bid to bring the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games to London. She has led and delivered major projects including industrial, office and residential-led mixed use developments. Fiona has been Head of Area in the HCA/GLA since 2009 and manages the team to deliver the Affordable Housing Programme, as well as leading the work on the eleven North East London Housing Zones. She is also a board director of Barking Riverside Ltd, one of the largest regeneration projects in London and is on the London Regional Board of the RICS.

Andy Gatrell
Director of Development, Swan Housing

Andy has worked in the property sector for 15 years in a career that has spanned both private and public sectors. He is currently the director of development at Swan Housing Group where he is responsible for the Group’s development, new business, and regeneration functions. Swan’s development programme consists of ca. 4,000 homes and includes Blackwall Reach in Tower Hamlets, which will deliver 1,575 new homes (50% affordable), and a Basildon scheme with 1,000 new homes. The future phases of this project will deliver custom build homes using modular CLT construction produced by Swan and in-house contractor Nu Living. Prior to joining Swan, Andy worked at East Thames where he led development and new business. He has also worked for Savills PLC, consulting for clients across the country.

Ros Goode
Head of London, GVA

Ros is responsible for the management of GVA’s London office and supports the financial success and growth of the business through business development and internally through recruitment and effective liaison underpinned by a strong culture of collaboration. Ros has worked in real estate for nearly 30 years, joining GVA in 1986, and has been a committed member of the specialist and market leading Restructuring team since 1989. I was promoted to lead the London team in 2013 and took up the role as National Head a year later.

Dipa Joshi
Director, Assael

Dipa is an architect with over 20 years’ experience in commercial, retail, residential and acoustic design. She is director at Assael Architecture who specialise in the design and implementation of residential led mixed-use regeneration schemes, and is passionate about creating sustainable mixed-tenure communities with social value. She has extensive experience in the Build to Rent sector and contributed to the ULI’s Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide. Outside of the practice, she worked on secondment as programme manager for Brent’s Regeneration Team, and is on their Design Review Panel. She is on the Board of Catalyst Housing Charitable Trust, and has recently been appointed as one of the Mayors Design Advocates.

Debra Levison
Senior Manager, Housing Programmes and Services, Greater London Authority

Debra is responsible for the GLA’s rough sleeping programme and private rented sector initiatives, the supply of new supported and specialist housing, and the delivery of housing mobility schemes. She was previously Housing Policy Manager, also at the GLA, focusing on the development and delivery of the London Housing Strategy. Since starting her career in local government in 1985, her work has included developing and delivering buildings energy efficiency programmes, the development and delivery of housing programmes and services, strategy and policy development, research, analysis and evaluation. She has also worked at the London Research Centre, the National Housing Federation and the Greater London Council.

Michael Mulhern
Director of Planning, Old Oak and Royal Park Development Corporation

Michael is a chartered town planner who started his career with Haringey Council before joining the Greater London Authority planning and regeneration team where he advised the Mayor strategic planning, design and regeneration projects including the Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks for Park Royal (2010) and Croydon (2012). He led the Mayor’s regeneration programme for Croydon and Tottenham for two years between 2012 and 2014. Then in 2014, on behalf of the Mayor, Michael established the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) which came into existence on 1 April 2015 where he is now Director of Planning.

Jackie Odunoye
Operational Director of Housing, LB Redbridge

Jackie is a qualified CIPFA accountant and spent 16 years working in local authority finance before becoming a Director of the regeneration company, Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust. Over the next ten years she worked on this major housing regeneration programme, delivering a complex private-finance deal and completing the programme on budget and a year ahead of schedule. Returning to local government she has led major housing regeneration schemes and joint ventures with private sector partners, developed an ambitious Housing Strategy for an inner London authority and championed the development of closely aligned housing, planning and regeneration services. She joined LB Redbridge in 2016 and having developed a new Housing Strategy is now implementing plans to increase housing supply and reduce the unacceptably high numbers of families in temporary accommodation, and is also working on the regeneration of Ilford town centre.

Ted Rayment
Assistant Director Development, City of London

I’m  a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Planning Officers’ Society, and  worked for two years at Basildon District Council as a planning trainee before starting at the City of London in 1978 as a planning officer. I became team leader in 1982 and have managed teams of planners and design officers since. I am now Assistant Director Development managing a team of 13 professional planners who process and determine over 1000 applications a year for planning permission and listed building consent. My team and I have dealt with many major projects and redevelopments including the Gherkin, Cheese grater, Paternoster Square and the Millennium Bridge. All of which have provided difficult and interesting challenges. I have been particularly involved with major infrastructure and engineering with Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel..

Hilary Satchwell
Director, Tibbalds

Hilary Satchwell is a founder director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design a consultancy set up in 2003 to continue the legacy of Francis Tibbalds in ‘Making People Friendly Places’. Hilary is an experienced architect and urbanist who brings strategic leadership to a broad range of housing and mixed use intensification projects that prioritise placemaking, people and ‘good growth’. Much of Hilary’s work is around supporting the public sector through making the best use of their land and in delivering homes and specifically affordable homes and good places by working positively and proactively with the planning system and through delivery. This includes the delivery of policy and places in a range of London boroughs and elsewhere. Much of Hilary’s work is around coordinating and leading multidisciplinary teams to support the public sector. Hilary is fascinated by how projects come together and the influences, actions and behaviours that lead to good project outcomes that work well for those that use them. She is interested in how good decisions are made, and ultimately how we ensure we are making places better through our actions. Hilary was involved in the RIBA’s procurement reform group and works to ensure that public sector procurement is focused on good outcomes. Hilary is on a number of design panels including Southwark, Lewisham and Design South East. Hilary is one of the Mayor of London’s recently appointed Design Advocates.

Nicola Tilbury
Partner, Potter Raper Partnership

Nicola is a surveying consultancy. Nicola’s team specialises in delivering housing and regeneration schemes for Registered Providers (Housing Associations and Local Authorities). Nicola started her career as a Quantity and Building Surveyor and has used that experience to become a highly accomplished Project Manager and Employer’s Agent. In 2015 Nicola completed her studies for an LLM in Construction Law at Salford University with a focus on procurement. Nicola has previously worked as Client PM for the Church Commissioners for England and the National Health Service, she has also worked for main contractors and sub-contractors. This has helped develop a holistic approach to her work due to an understanding of the aims, objectives and needs of all parties. Nicola has experience in delivering schemes across a wide variety of sectors for both public and private sector clients. She is also an APC assessor for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a APC supervisor and Counsellor for internal staff and client staff.

Carl Vann
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Carl is an equity partner at PTE and heads up one of the two design workshops focused on projects from concept to tender stage. Carl has over 17 years’ experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans to smaller bespoke buildings. A number of Carl’s current projects are operating at the forefront of residential design innovation including pre-fabricated modular homes, large scale custom-build communities and regeneration projects imaginatively integrating homes alongside workplaces, leisure, education and retail. Carl promotes design quality throughout the practice. He set up PTE’s weekly design review which has become known as the ‘Sounding Wall’ – a place, an event, and a part of the practice-wide culture of peer review. Carl is judge for World Architecture News residential projects and a Design Advisor for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. He has also been a visiting critic and lecturer at The Bartlett – UCL, London Metropolitan London Metropolitan and London Southbank universities.

Simon Vevers
Regeneration and Strategic Partnerships Director, Hyde Housing

I joined Hyde in 2000 at a time when Housing Associations were a very different type of organisation. Through my time at Hyde I have led on the Bermondsey Spa Regeneration in Southwark, Hyde’s first real move into market sale; driven operational efficiency by divesting non-core activities such as student and health accommodation; developed a joint venture approach to working with local authorities, which is now being rolled out and most recently have taken a hard look across our own estates to understand the regeneration opportunities that sit within them so that we can increase the number of new homes we build. Before I joined Hyde I worked in the private sector running my own restaurant and bar as well some time at a building contractor and estate agency. The overriding theme of my diverse career has been the need to be able to work with people to make sure that whichever aspect of the business transaction you’re involved in you achieve success.

Eleanor Young
Partner, Blackstock Partnership

Eleanor started her career as a project and policy officer for Leeds City Council and at the Association of London Government (now London Councils). From 2000 – 2008, she worked for London Mayor Ken Livingstone as his Senior Adviser on Planning & Development, responsible for producing the first London Plan and advising on major planning applications. Eleanor also led the GLA group’s approach to supporting boroughs in key opportunity areas. A consultant since 2008, she currently advises Ealing on the Southall Opportunity Area and housing zone and provides direction for the Southall Big Plan, a £40m programme of public investment to support regeneration around the Crossrail station there. She also manages other projects for Blackstock Partnership, focused on supporting growth around key infrastructure..


Future London Leaders Round 16 Mentors

Simon Bevan
Director of Planning, LB Southwark

Simon is Director of Planning at Southwark and has been at the centre of the borough’s ambitious regeneration plans for over 20 years, taking charge of the planning division in 2008. Simon has led the preparation of the strategy framework that has delivered consistently high levels of affordable housing for many years. His division, which includes planners, transport planners, urban designers and building inspectors, working hard to deliver 11,000 new council homes over the next 30 years while constantly improving services to all customers. For this, Southwark earned the award of Best Planning Authority 2016-17 at the recent London Planning Awards.

Barbara Brownlee
Director of Housing and  Regeneration, Westminster

Barbara spent 15 years working at various London boroughs; 6 years in the private sector, and the last 3 years as Director of Housing for Thurrock Council. She has worked in housing regeneration, delivering major public and private-sector programmes and been responsible for mixed-tenure developments and major private-finance deals. At Thurrock, Barbara set up a council-owned company to build award-winning affordable housing which now delivers an income stream for the council. In Westminster she is responsible for Church Street regeneration a £1bn scheme running from Edgware Road to Lisson Arches.

Anne Byrne
Head of Regeneration (Woodberry Down), LB Hackney

Anne Byrne is a highly experienced regeneration professional. She has worked in the housing and regeneration field for more than 25 years. She has held a number of senior roles in local government which has provided her with a breadth of understanding and perspective on the challenges and opportunities of working within the public sector. Anne is currently Head of Regeneration (Woodberry Down) in the London Borough of Hackney. This is one of the largest and most complex regeneration projects in the country and will deliver 5,500 new homes. Anne has also been an enabler for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and has now been appointed by the Design Council as a building environment expert.

Christina Calderato
Acting Head of Policy and Strategy, Transport for London

Christina is a policy professional with 12 years of policy and strategy experience, largely in the public sector. For the last 10 years, she has worked at Transport for London across a diverse range of policy areas including demand management, Congestion Charging and equality and inclusion. In her current role as Acting Head of Strategy and Policy she leads the team in TfL Planning, overseeing the development of the next Mayor’s Transport Strategy, TfL’s environment portfolio, Oxford Street Pedestrianisation and the Transport Equality Team. Christina also sits on TfL’s Equality and Inclusion Leadership Team and is working closely with City Hall and senior management within TfL to help develop a new equalities framework for London and identify the role of the GLA family bodies in tackling London’s key equality challenges. Prior to working at TfL, Christina was a researcher at Luther Pendragon, working largely with health clients after starting her career at the Department of Health.

Sue Cooper
Head of Business Development, Catalyst

I joined Catalyst Housing as a Community Development Adviser, progressing to become a Business
Development Manager, which has led to my current role of Director of Business Development.
Working within the Property Directorate I manage a small team of Business Development and External Affairs managers, with our work being focused upon growth, ‘placemaking’, identifying and bidding for new opportunities and leading the company’s external affairs function. I have a significant amount of experience in successfully bidding for and overseeing the initial stages of large scale estate regeneration opportunities – and in the development and delivery of social, economic and community investment initiatives. I am a qualified social-worker and spent several years in mental-health work, predominantly in a ‘therapeutic community’ setting. This was followed by managing a housing project for homeless teenagers and working as a community worker in a Neighbourhood Council in Hammersmith.

Patrick Devlin
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Patrick Devlin leads PTE’s initiatives in Third Age Housing. In 2009 he coordinated the highly influential HAPPI report – Housing our Aged Population Panel for Innovation. His current preoccupation is co-housing, an innovative form of cooperative housing well suited to older people. He writes and speaks on the subject, drawing on the latest research and on personal experience. Patrick has substantial experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans to infill sites and refurbishments. He lectures and reviews at Cardiff and Newcastle Universities.

Claudette Forbes
Director, CAF Consulting

Claudette is a highly experienced regeneration professional with 26 years’ experience of developing and implementing large scale regeneration programmes within regional and local government. A former Executive Director of the London Development Agency, she spearheaded a £125m per annum London-wide regeneration programme. More recently, as a Director at CAF Consulting Ltd, she has developed an impressive body of work as a consultant assisting a range of largely public sector organisations in their regeneration efforts. Claudette has established a reputation for working successfully with city planners, helping them to move beyond plan making to delivery.

Jenna Goldberg
Director, London Communications Agency

As well as advising clients on PR and communications, Jenna heads LCA’s dedicated research team, helping to ensure the specialist agency and its clients are one step ahead when it comes to local, regional and national politics and London news and issues. Since joining LCA in 2008, she has worked on major NHS reconfigurations as well as some of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe, helping clients to communicate change and engage with the public. Jenna also edits LCA’s award-winning monthly news magazine LDN–London in short.

Lisa Kelvey
Director – Major Projects Advisory, KPMG

Lisa specialises in supporting project leaders with strategy, planning and delivery of major projects and programmes. She has a particular interest in how decisions are made and has developed approaches to improve project and programme decision-making. Lisa’s career has included advising UK and International public and private sector organisations on improving the performance of major infrastructure projects and programmes and large mixed-use developments. She advises on the design and set up of programme governance, processes, controls, monitoring and assurance and undertakes programme health checks. She has worked on a large number of international programmes in locations as diverse as Singapore, Dubai, Kazakhstan, the Caribbean and Mexico. Lisa joined KPMG in August 2012. Her former roles include Project Manager and Senior Engineer at Arup and two years in the Programme Management Office of the Energy Technologies Institute. Lisa is also a member of the Board of the Women’s Infrastructure Network.

Félicie Krikler
Director, Assael Architecture

Félicie Krikler, director at Assael Architecture, is an experienced architect with both French and British qualifications and has lived and worked in London for 20 years. As a creative professional, Félicie is passionate about design with her main areas of expertise lying in residentially-led urban regeneration. From leading numerous large-scale, mixed-use and masterplanning projects to thinking of the smallest details of urban living, Félicie has developed an intimate understanding of what makes good spaces and communities work. Félicie has been instrumental in many of Assael’s high profile mixed-use projects over the years. Most recently, Félicie has become one of Assael’s Build to Rent leaders, designing new homes specifically for rent across the UK. Assael has been closely involved in the evolution of this sector since 2008. By researching the US multi-family model, producing several design guides and advising clients, investors and government institutions, they have become one of the experts in this emerging market. Felicie and team recently gained planning consent for Pontoon Dock, a mixed-use Build to Rent scheme for Linkcity on a GLA owned site in Newham. Assael also have several other Build to Rent projects throughout the country, some under construction and many more in the pipeline, with the aim to create new communities across all ages fostered by the Build to Rent concept. Félicie is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and was one of the experts on Lord Heseltine’s recent Estate Regeneration Panel.

Simon Latham
Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration, LB Sutton

Simon is the Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration for Sutton Council, where he has worked for 16 years. Prior to that, he worked in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Brent, Wandsworth and Lambeth, commencing his career in London local government in 1984. He has led on a variety of regeneration projects, development of specialist supported living for adults with care and support needs, and has extensive experience in working with communities to make the case for affordable housing delivery. He has extensive contract management experience and has had operational responsibility at assistant director level for all housing needs and homelessness functions in the boroughs in which he has worked. Simon has also led on commissioning Adult Social Services, working with private, voluntary and independent sector providers. He is now a Director of two council-owned companies: Sutton Living Ltd (which will develop and procure a range of market and subsidised housing) and Encompass LATC Ltd, a Local Authority Trading Company responsible for the delivery of housing needs, housing advice, homelessness and support planning and brokerage functions. He is now also responsible for the Council’s Planning service, with oversight of the development and adoption of our new Local Plan to facilitate growth, and delivery of our Sutton Town Centre Regeneration Masterplan, which identifies a wide range of private and publicly owned sites for redevelopment.

Stephen McDonald
Director of Place, Capita RE

Stephen is responsible for leading Re’s ‘place making’ services in the borough of Barnet, including regeneration, planning, strategic transport and economic development. A senior professional experienced working at cabinet, ministerial and board level, Stephen has significant sector experience in the development industry, working at the public–private interface to make complex, mixed-use and mixed-tenure developments succeed. His extensive central and local government experience incorporates key strengths in efficiency and performance improvement, change and programme management.

Mark Mitchener
Managing Director, Rydon

Mark started his career as a trainee planning engineer, and soon went into project management and design management, progressing to become director of a development company. He has primarily a housing career, which has included large commercial projects such as retail, office and shopping centres, and more recently health and education. His personal business interest is in estate regeneration, with the aim of having a positive impact across the whole community through good design, engagement and employment opportunities. Mark really enjoys supporting The Prince’s Trust with the “Get Into Construction” programme which helps disadvantaged young people gain work experience and potential employment. Mark received a reward on behalf of Rydon from the Trust for demonstrating like-minded management. He adds value to the company through land asset rationalisation, urban community regeneration, and creating long-term partnership with public sector partners, funders and supply chain.

Timothy Nabbs
Project Manager/Consultant, Thames Valley Housing Association

Tim has over 35 years Sales and Marketing experience, including 20 years at Director level. His career has included working for a number of well-known multinational Consumer Products businesses where he was responsible for developing sales and marketing strategy plus the successful launch of new products and brands. He also has extensive knowledge of the New Build sector having worked for 10 years as a Divisional Sales and Marketing Director for two major UK Housebuilders. Over the past 4 years he has been employed as a Consultant in the Development Directorates of two London based Housing Associations working on a variety of projects.

Jamie Ratcliff
Assistant Director – Housing, Greater London Authority

Jamie has over ten years’ experience at a senior level in housing development. He has broad experience in housing policy & practice covering housing supply, affordable housing delivery, management standards in the private rented sector, rough sleeping services and the environmental retrofit of London’s homes. Jamie currently works as an Assistant Director at the Greater London Authority with responsibility for housing and is also a member representative on the Local Pension Board for the London Pension Fund Authority. Jamie is the author, in a personal capacity, of two recent reports recommending radical action to build the homes Londoners need – Mass-delivery of Manufactured Homes for Rent and In no uncertain terms. Jamie holds a Law degree and a Masters in Public Administration, where his dissertation explored whether the modern Olympic Games had left cash cows, white elephants or successful economic, environmental and social legacies.

Mike Ward
Director, Mojo Advisory Service

Mike has specialised in housing development and business growth in the social housing sector for more than 20 years. Before moving into the not-for-profit world he spent 13 years in residential property in the private sector during which time he ran agency offices for Prudential and Woolwich Property Services. Prior to joining Campbell Tickell Mike served for three and a half years as an Executive Director for Circle Housing Group which, with around 67,000 homes across London and the south east of England, was one of the largest affordable housing providers in the UK. Mike’s executive roles were initially as Executive Director of Property and then as Executive Director of New Business. Both roles had responsibility for the development and regeneration programmes for the Group, with the latter role focusing especially on innovation and growth through mergers and acquisitions. Before joining the Group Executive team Mike’s experience with Circle included successful delivery of a number of stock transfers. He took the lead for the bidding, consultation and post ballot completion programmes and acquisitions which saw Birmingham based Mercian Housing Association join the Group. Earlier roles saw him spending time as a development and leasehold manager delivering programmes of new build, refurbishment and specialist property adaptation for a wide range of tenants and leaseholders. Until leaving Circle when its merger with Affinity Sutton was successfully concluded Mike served as vice-Chair of European Federation for Living which is an international network of social housing providers, supply chain companies and academic institutions.