Leaders Plus Mentors

Each Leaders Plus candidate is paired with a senior mentor from across the London regeneration, infrastructure or broader delivery network. These cross-sector 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 the Future of London Mentor Network, a growing network of mentors willing to be called on throughout the year. They will be offered workshops, the option to do the psychometric exercise Leaders Plus candidates do, and networking opportunities with candidates and alumni, other mentors, and Future of London’s steering group.

The nine-month Leaders Plus programme starts each October – if you’re interested in finding out more, contact Chief Executive  Lisa Taylor or Leaders Project Manager Sabrina Belle.


Mark Baigent
Interim Divisional Director – Housing and Regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets

I am working as an independent consultant, following 25 years in UK public housing and regeneration, over 15 years of which were at a senior level. I am currently working with local authority clients to deliver estate renewal, town centre regeneration and innovative council-led new-build delivery companies. My previous experience included leading on major housing investment strategies and programmes, including stock improvement and new supply. I have had a strong focus on resident involvement, promoting equality and diversity, piloting new delivery models and partnership working. My current interim role is as Head of Strategy, Regeneration, Sustainability & Housing Options at LB Tower Hamlets.


Paul Beckett
Policy & Performance Director, City of London

Paul Beckett is a town planner based in London since the mid-1980s. He has worked for the City of London Corporation for over 25 years and is currently Policy & Performance Director in the Built Environment Dept. He was responsible for preparing the City of London Local Plan, setting out a strategy for growth up to 2026 that was adopted in January 2015. He has also worked extensively with officers at the GLA, and its forerunner LPAC, on diverse strategic planning matters including London’s Central Activities Zone, office policy, tall building and view protection policy, and Crossrail funding policy.


Greg Campbell
Partner, Campbell Tickell

Greg Campbell has been a consultant for the past 17 years, and has worked directly with well over 350 organisations, tackling a variety of strategic and operational matters. He has broad experience in such areas as governance, policy and strategy development, regulation, risk management, procurement and new business, communications and PR, regeneration and community development, and HR and recruitment. Organisations he has advised on new business development have included housing associations, ALMOs, care and support providers, solicitors firms, and maintenance contractors.


Richard Cook
Head of Residential, Lendlease

In his current role, Richard oversees a portfolio of projects in London and across the UK and he has previously been responsible for design and build contracts at the Athletes’ Village, where his team oversaw the delivery of c£400m in projects across the residential, education and health care sectors as part of London 2012. Richard joined Lendlease in 2010 after working as Projects Director for MACE International in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, responsible for major residential and retail projects, notably Dubai’s 96-storey Burj Al Fattan. Before that, he was MD and director of several George Wimpey plc businesses


Andrè Gibbs
Partner, Argent

André joined Argent in 1998 and became a director in 2004. Over the years he has worked on Argent’s London projects, including two office developments in the City of London. Since 2001, he has worked primarily on the King’s Cross redevelopment – in particular on land assembly, business planning, finance, infrastructure and environmental sustainability. He is responsible for integrating these aspects into the construction and delivery of the scheme. Before joining Argent, André was a structural engineer at Arup, working on Hong Kong and Zurich airports and the Osaka Maritime Museum. He also worked in the Caribbean delivering a new port facility in Montserrat. André is a director of Metropolitan King’s Cross Limited, the energy service company at King’s Cross. He is a member of the British Council for Offices and sits on the British Property Federation Construction Committee.


Pat Hayes
Managing Director (stand alone development and regeneration company), Be First

Managing Director of Be First, a pioneering urban regeneration company wholly owned by Barking and Dagenham Council, but operating independently. Be First’s mission is to accelerate growth and capitalise on the borough’s position as London’s hottest investment and development opportunity. Previously Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing at LB Ealing Pat has developed a reputation as an agile facilitator of commercial and residential development. Combining an innovatory approach to using and improving assets with a pragmatic and flexible approach to planning which focuses on getting good buildings out of the ground and helping the development industry deliver new jobs and homes. Pat has over 25 years’ experience in local government & regeneration the last 15 in top tier positions in London. Previously Director of Borough Partnerships with TfL and before that Executive Director of Environment Housing & Regeneration with London Borough of Lewisham. Before that Chief Executive of Greenwich based Skillswork which ran the largest revenue funded SRB programme in the UK delivering skills and training projects across the Thames Gateway sub region.


Elly Hoult
Business Improvement Director, Notting Hill Housing

Elly leads on business improvement, ensuring Notting Hill Housing Trust is robust in terms of regulatory and legislative compliance. She is also responsible for resident involvement and engagement, policy & performance, data governance & data quality. With over 17 years’ experience in the sector, previously with Orbit and A2Dominion, she has worked in range of disciplines including operations, development, efficiency (Lean) and change management. Elly is a qualified coach and chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing board for future members.


Gerry Hughes
Chief Executive, GVA

Gerry was named Chief Executive in February 2016. Prior to that, he was head of GVA’s Planning, Development and Regeneration Division, with 170 staff in the UK and Ireland. He has 27 years’ experience as a town planner in the private sector. Gerry’s specialism is advising on the planning and delivery of large mixed-use developments, regeneration and urban extension/new developments. The London regeneration projects he currently leads on include Thamesmead, Clapham Junction and Haringey. He is also an expert witness on town planning, property development and compulsory purchase matters.


David Lunts
Executive Director,  Greater London Authority

David leads the Mayor of London’s housing, land and development functions. He was previously Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency and before that, was GLA Executive Director with responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing and environmental policy. David’s earlier career included a leading role in housing and regeneration in Manchester in the 1980s and early ’90s and three years as director of Urban Policy for John Prescott at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.


Anita Mitchell
Head of Sustainability – Europe, Lendlease

Anita has 22 years’ experience in sustainability and environmental management spanning energy, water, waste, property and construction, and leads the environmental and social sustainability strategy for Lendlease Europe. Prior to relocating, Anita led the sustainability strategy for Lendlease’s $6bn Barangaroo South waterfront development, the largest project in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, with contractual commitments to become Australia’s first carbon-neutral, water positive and zero waste precinct. Part of the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development program, the project was also nominated by Arup as the world’s most sustainable project. Prior to that, Anita led energy, sustainability and environmental business lines and strategy for JLL and Bovis Lend Lease in Australia and across the Asia Pacific, she has also led sustainability strategies for one of Australia’s largest energy distributors, Australia’s largest water authority and the operator of Australia’s largest waste management network. Having worked on six Global Reporting Initiative compliant sustainability reports within three organisations, Anita is also a recognised expert in sustainability reporting.


Paul Nichols
Divisional Director Regeneration Enterprise & Planning, LB Harrow

Paul is with the London Borough of Harrow as the Divisional Director for Regeneration Enterprise and Planning. Paul’s remit is to deliver some 5,500 new homes and to accelerate delivery as one of the GLA’s Housing Zones. Prior to this, Paul was Head of Planning, Transport and Sustainability at Southampton City Council. Paul’s earlier career was in planning consultancy, largely with Halcrow (now CH2M Hill), working on a wide range of UK and international planning projects.


Iain Painting
Senior Planning Partner, Barton Willmore

Iain joined Barton Willmore in 1996 and became a Partner in 2002, having previously worked for the City of Westminster. Today he leads Barton Willmore’s London office, guiding a team of 24 planners working across London and the South East. Iain provides Town Planning advice to clients including developers, housebuilders, housing associations, commercial agents and public sector agencies. He has delivered an array of residential, mixed-use, education, health and commercial projects and has worked closely with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and numerous local authorities. Iain currently leads on a number of significant schemes including Barking Riverside, a 10,800 dwelling mixed-use community for London & Quadrant and North West Bicester, a Garden City being delivered by A2Dominion with the local authority. Iain brings in-depth knowledge of national and regional legislation, a broad understanding of the full development process and a clear understanding of the pressures and opportunities for developers and landowners nationwide.


Joanna Rowelle
Director of Integrated City Planning, Arup

Joanna leads economic development and regeneration projects linked to infrastructure investment, masterplans and strategic city plans; and she advises city governments on a wide range of topics including infrastructure investment, airport cities, regeneration and economic policy. Formerly Joanna was the Assistant Director for Regeneration for the Mayor of London, with responsibility for a significant budget. This role included overseeing multiple regeneration programmes across London with a focus on infrastructure including Crossrail, economic development and high streets. Previous to this, Joanna ran an economic and business policy team at the Greater London Authority where she specialised in the financial services sector and city competitiveness. Joanna has co-authored reports on subjects including equalities, competitiveness and economic growth. She has spoken at international conferences covering topics such as sustainable place making, aviation, economic development and regeneration.


Sharon Strutt
Head of Regeneration, LB Redbridge

Sharon has a wealth of experience in regeneration, having worked as a Head of Service in two London authorities with responsibilities for developing and delivering major regeneration initiatives. These have included large scale brownfield regeneration, major infrastructure development in addition to a number of town centres regeneration programmes. As Head of Regeneration for LB Redbridge, Sharon is developing the borough’s regeneration strategy, which will encourage enterprise, strengthen the borough’s town centres and employment hubs, and improve pathways into employment for the borough’s residents. She is leading the regeneration of Ilford, working alongside the GLA to deliver its Housing Zone programme, and establishing partnerships with landowners, developers, businesses and residents to shape future regeneration activity.


Ian Sutcliffe
Group Chief Executive, Countryside Properties

Ian is Group Chief Executive of Countryside Properties plc and the Senior Independent Director of Ashtead Group plc. Ian joined Countryside in 2013 following directorships at Shell, Taylor Wimpey and SEGRO. Countryside is a major housebuilder and a leader in urban regeneration partnerships.


Lucinda Turner
Director of Spatial Planning

Lucinda joined Transport for London (TfL) as Policy Manager for Congestion Charging, leading policy development and stakeholder management for the scheme. She moved into TfL developing Crossrail S106 / CIL funding policy, leading consultation for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, becoming environmental champion for TfL and helping develop the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy. She became Secretariat to the Mayor’s Road Task Force establishing a strategic framework for the management, design and development of London’s streets and road network. She was responsible for helping to establish TfL’s Growth Fund – focused on helping unlock housing and development. Lucinda works on leading TfL’s input into planning policy development including the London Plan. Previously Lucinda was Head of Infrastructure for the CBI and Policy Manager for the Millennium Commission.


Tony Westbrook
Head of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation

Tony is responsible for delivering the major housing and mixed use developments on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which are due to deliver some 6,000 homes over the next 10 years. A third of the homes in the next phase will be PRS units. Previously he was Head of Regeneration at Re and LB Barnet, responsible for estate regeneration and Brent Cross Cricklewood. Before that he was with Westfield, and his earlier career was with the shopping centre industry as a developer, property manager and management consultant.


Joanne Woodward
Head of Planning & Building Control, LB Redbridge

Joanne has more than 25 years as a town planner in the public sector, having previously worked for Enfield Council. She has particular experience in strategic planning at borough and regional level and in the production of Local Plans, facilitating development and regeneration. She has delivered programmes including mixed use schemes and major infrastructure projects. At Redbridge she leads a busy department dealing with planning applications, building control, planning policy, enforcement and infrastructure planning, supporting the delivery of an ambitious corporate housing and economic growth programme including Crossrail and the Ilford Housing Zone. She is currently focused on leading a number of change programmes across the department as part of a wider corporate transformation programme.