2021 CONFERENCE | Building recovery: closing the gap

Future of London’s 2021 conference will bring together our cross-sector network to share practical approaches to delivering a just recovery through housing, public space, green skills, culture and transport. Seminars and workshops will explore how we in the built environment can seize the opportunity of Covid recovery to reduce inequalities and meet sustainability objectives. The conference will provide solutions to directly respond to the challenges in achieving equality identified by our network throughout the Building recovery programme.

You will hear from a range of established experts and fresh faces covering topics from how to respond to London’s diversity challenges to how heritage and culture can be used as a catalyst for recovery.

This event will provide something for everyone who wants to seize the opportunity of recovery to transform our cities. You will come away with practical ideas and inspiration on how to reduce inequalities through your work in housing, planning, regeneration, infrastructure, economic development and community engagement.

Come along to meet like-minded people and make connections from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and beyond!

When: Thursday 11 November 2021, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (followed by networking drinks)
Where: Hilton London Tower Bridge

All the necessary health and safety guidelines will be followed on the day. Specific information will be shared with you when you receive confirmation of your place.

Register here

Speakers and Agenda

In keeping with FoL’s effort to help diversify urban debate, we mixed recognised experts with fresh voices for a lively combination of strategic nous and front-line experience.

9:30 Arrivals & registration

10:00 Welcome & keynote speaker

Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive, Future of London

Caroline Mcfarland, Founder and Director, Common Vision

10:30 Opening Spotlight

A fair and inclusive recovery: Hear what one of London’s local authorities is doing to drive recovery while addressing inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic.

Rokshsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham, LB Newham

11:00 2-minute silence

11:02 Cross-sector panel

A sector-wide approach to measuring inequality: this discussion will explore the changes we need to make to better measure and monitor our progress on addressing inequalities.

Hannah Gibbs, Head of Knowledge, Future of London (chair)

Robert Evans, Joint Managing Partner, Argent

11:35 Break

11:50 Morning breakout sessions

Skills – gearing up for green growth: find out more about innovative approaches to providing green skills to address gaps in our industry and the jobs market.

Michael Nathan, Emerging Talent Programme Manager, Future of London (chair)

Robert Macdiarmid, Group Sustainability Director, Countryside

Representative from LB Camden

Smart transport in changing times: hear from inspiring examples of what’s being done rise to current transport challenges and make future transport schemes green, fair and accessible.

Bhavna Brooker, Principal City Planner, TfL (chair)

Nick Bec, London Data and Digital Leader, Arup

David Christie, Growth and Masterplanning Manager, TfL

Katie Pennick, Campaigns Lead, Transport for All

Proposals for London – public space: hear from the next generation of London leaders about how to transform our public spaces to be safe and inclusive for all.

Katie Randall, Future of London Alumni rep and Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting (chair)

Sara Hanrahan, Partner, Lewis Silkin

12:30 Lunch break

13:20 Afternoon breakout sessions

Working with our communities as equals: Hear about a proactive approach to engagement at Shepherd’s Bush market and take part in a workshop on making community engagement meaningful.

Tara Nelson, Research and Projects Officer, Future of London (chair)

Louise Page-Jennings, Director of Communications and Social Impact, Yoo Capital

Steve Gupta, Market Trader at Shepherd’s Bush market

Grassroots culture and heritage as a catalyst for recovery: learn how projects and programmes can draw on culture and heritage as a tool for engaging communities and building resilient places.

Jane Jones, Head of Leadership, Future of London (chair)

Marcus Bate, Investment Director, Mount Anvil

Zerritha Brown, Brent 2020 Legacy Manager, LB Brent

Kate Falconer Hall, Associate, Montagu Evans

14:05 Break

14:10 International panel

Housing for diverse communities: learn from international approaches to making quality affordable housing a reality.

Mandar Puranik, Future of London Alumni Rep and Head of Area Regeneration and Economic Renewal, LB Ealing (chair)

Natalia Martínez, Head of Fundraising, Hàbitat3 (Spain)

Diana Yordanova, Communications Director, Housing Europe (Belgium)

Stephanie Zeulevoet, Architect, Inbo (the Netherlands)

14:55 Spotlight

A framework to promote diversity in the built environment: hear about an innovative procurement process and gain practical tips on how to tackle inequalities.

Shona Snow, Regional Strategy Manager London & South East, LHC

15:10 Closing remarks

15:30 Networking drinks, sponsored by Inner Circle Consulting

More speakers to be announced!