Emerging Talent Programme Candidates

Candidates 2022-23

The Emerging Talent Programme runs from January 2022 to September 2023. Details of each candidates and their placements are below.

Aliya Sheikh
First placement: The Hill Group
Bébert Longi
First placement: Quod
Elizabeth McLeod
First placement: LB Hounslow
Enola Nahedh
First placement: RB Kensington & Chelsea
Fahad Abid
First placement: Southern Housing Group
Faiza Uddin
First placement: LB Enfield
Israel Aguirre
First placement: LB Camden
Khuzaymah Pathan
First placement: Sanctuary Housing
Kinta Marna
First placement: LB Haringey
Leila Atallah
First placement: Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
Nour Al-Ahmad
First placement: LB Barnet
Precious Oppong-Gymiah
First placement: Arup
Rhianna Malcolm
First placement: Greater London Authority
Safaa Usmani
First placement: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Teneisha Lawrence
First placement: LB Haringey


Each candidate on the Emerging Talent Programme receives one-to-one support with a 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. See here for more about mentoring.

Current mentors for this cohort are:

  • Abul Hussain, Afforable Housing Manager, City of Westminster
  • Bhavna Brooker, Spatial Planning Programme Lead, Greater London Authority/Transport for London
  • Carla Smyth, Head of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Ciara Whelehan, Spatial Planning Manager, LB Brent
  • Emily Read, Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey
  • Kaiyil Gnanakumaran, Senior Designer, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Michael Westbrook, Interim Managing Director, BDreside
  • Monique Wallace, Strategic Planning Manager, LB Lewisham
  • Philippa Bancroft, Senior Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Rheanne Holm, Head of Neighbourhood Regeneration, LB Lambeth
  • Ruth Angel, Project Manager, LB Hackney
  • Ruth Lin Wong Holmes, Design Principal, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Sarah Birt, Senior Development Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Sarah Buxton, Area Planning Manager, LB Sutton
  • Scott Bryant, Senior Area Manager, Greater London Authority

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or your organisation is looking to get involved as a host or sponsor of the Emerging Talent Programme, then please contact Michael Nathan.