Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 27

Future London Leaders Round 27 runs from January 2021 to June 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Sarah Buxton
Deputy Planning Manager, LB Sutton

Sarah is a Town Planner who has worked for the London Borough of Sutton for over 17 years. As a Deputy Planning Manager, Sarah currently provides support to the Development Management Service by managing a team of officers responsible for a wide variety of types of planning applications, providing excellent customer service and achieving high quality development proposals. Sarah also leads on a number of strategic proposals throughout the borough including major residential developments, a new cancer care unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital and two Public Inquiries for a Secondary School and SEN School. Prior to Sarah’s current role she held a number of roles at Sutton working her way up from graduate planner to senior planner level where she was responsible for leading on the largest and most complex proposals within the borough.

Nick Clarke
Associate Development Director, Countryside

Nick is a Chartered surveyor with nine years’ experience in the development industry. He joined Countryside Properties in November 2016 and is currently working with a number of London boroughs and housing associations to bring forward brownfield sites for residential-led development. Prior to joining Countryside Properties Nick worked for Solum Regeneration, a joint venture between Kier and Network Rail, created to revitalise underutilised railway land through mixed use developments and improved railway facilities. He is proud to have worked on projects throughout the development lifecycle including feasibility, planning, construction and placemaking to help deliver huge improvements to local communities.

Charlotte Claughton
Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates - UK Parliament

Charlotte is a Senior Project Leader with the Parliamentary Estate, currently overseeing the refurbishment of Elizabeth Tower. Initially studying architecture, Charlotte spent five years working as a Project Manager with a local authority before she joined the Parliamentary Estate in 2015. Her role as an ‘informed client’ entails scoping and managing multi-million pound construction projects, amongst the complex network of stakeholders within and outside of the Parliamentary Estate, through the appointment and administration of external multi-discipline consultant teams and contractors.

James Collister
Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

James is an experienced Chartered Town Planner specialising in strategic planning, city visioning, economic development and regeneration. He understands the multidimensional complexity of the challenges facing high streets, town centres and local government and the need for agile, innovative and collaborative approaches to deliver thriving, more equitable places. James has worked extensively across the public and private sectors with multi-disciplinary teams using his strategic visioning abilities and leadership skills to deliver high quality outputs, including developments of over 1000 homes, Future High Street Funding bids for three town centres and most recently the Economic Recovery Strategy for LB Hounslow.

Bianca Goulden
Head of Estate Regeneration, L&Q

With over 10 years’ experience in affordable housing including a background in housing management and community development, Bianca now specialises in regeneration. She is passionate about fostering stronger communities and is responsible for delivering the community and resident strategies for the South Acton masterplan in LB Ealing (3,400 homes) and Brent Cross and Dollis Valley regeneration schemes in LB Barnet. Bianca is currently developing L&Q’s internal 5-year regeneration strategy. She holds a distinction in Urban Regeneration (MA) and was shortlisted for the ‘Professional Women of the Year’ at the UK’s Women in Housing Awards 2019.

Abul Hussain
Affordable Housing Relationship Manager, City of Westminster

Abul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and a registered mentor with the CIH, coaching and supporting aspiring housing professionals. Abul’s housing experience spans frontline housing operations as well as the commissioning and performance monitoring of housing services. Abul was instrumental in preparing the council for the changes brought in by the Homeless Reduction Act 2017 and helped develop the revised Homelessness Case Level Collection statutory reporting system. He is highly experienced in organisational change and transformation as well as using data and business intelligence for strategic decision making.

Santokh Kaulder
Regeneration Manager, LB Newham

Santokh is a Regeneration Manager with five years’ experience in Local Government Development Management and one years’ experience in Regeneration. Santokh holds a Masters in Town and Country Planning from the University of Manchester and is an accredited Agile Project Manager. In his current role he is project managing estate regeneration for up to 1,800 homes and has a broad understanding of planning matters. He provides planning advice to regeneration colleagues on a daily basis whilst working with residents to deliver affordable homes on a complex site.

Stefanos Koryzis
Research Manager, London Communications Agency

Stefanos leads London Communications Agency’s (LCA) dedicated research team. He has almost a decade’s experience working as a researcher in academia, the third sector and public affairs. At LCA his work informs public relations and consultation experts working across London’s biggest regeneration sites, from Meridian Water to Canada Water. He also plays a key role in distilling and disseminating the company’s expertise in all things London at public events, through research briefings published on LCA’s website, and via LDN – London in Short, a weekly news digest read by more than 3000 place-makers and -shapers. He holds a dual BA in History and Political Science from Tufts University and an MA in Modern European History from Kings College London.

Beibei Mu
Placemaking Project Coordinator, Poplar HARCA

Combining over six years’ experience as a project manager from her previous career in financial services, and with an interest in arts, culture, health and wellbeing, Beibei now manages projects including the V&A Micro Museum, the Chrisp Street Exchange workspace, the award-winning Open Poplar and partnership networks with universities as well as contributing to placemaking consultancy projects for Poplar HARCA’s Accents team. Beibei has a BSc in Mathematics from Imperial College London. She is also a qualified counsellor with a diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling and works as a counsellor in a mental health organisation as well as in her own private practice.

Holly Nicol
Senior Strategic Planner, Hyde Housing

Holly is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor who joined Hyde in 2019 as a construction project manager. She has recently been appointed as the Senior Strategic Planner. She has over five years’ local authority experience in housing delivery; delivering Compulsory Purchase Orders, writing and evidencing local planning policy and housing strategies, assessing and undertaking scheme viabilities and onsite delivery. She has also stood as an expert witness at planning enquiries. Holly is a non-executive board member of a small housing association and has an MSc in Property Development and a BSc (Hons) in Property, Marketing, Design and Development.

Daniel Piercy
Senior Planning Officer, LB Richmond & Wandsworth

Daniel has been a practising Town Planner for six years and has worked at LB Wandsworth for five years, with his first year of employment as a Planning Enforcement Officer. Daniel gained skills in dealing with complex planning negotiations due to breaches of planning control and was employed as a Development Manager Planner at the council until he became a Senior Planning Officer in January 2018. Since becoming a Senior Planning Officer he has dealt with several high profile and complex planning applications including a 20-storey tower and a 300-unit co-living development and is currently in negotiations with developers regarding a site within LB Wandsworth to provide 1500+ dwellings. He is passionate about Town Planning and ambitious.

Andrew Scott
Area Regeneration Manager, LB Hackney

Andrew is the Area Regeneration Manager for Shoreditch, Hoxton, Haggerston, Finsbury Park and Woodberry Down. Before working at LB Hackney he had a successful career in marketing and worked at agencies representing large multi-national brands. After working as a consultant during the Olympic Games, Andrew sought out a career in regeneration, eventually securing the role of Inward Investment Manager at LB Hackney. Andrew now plays a key part in all major development negotiations. He has developed a strategy to use public art development contributions to create a community art fund and leads on some of the borough’s key regeneration relationships.

Anthonia Shodiya
Resident Services Officer, RB Kingston

Anthonia joined RB Kingston in 2006 but her extensive housing experience started taking shape when she completed a PATH trainee programme and was successful in obtaining a position as a housing officer at the council in 2009. Her experience of working in the public sector with such varied stakeholder groups is what drives her passion to build cohesive communities and deliver high levels of customer satisfaction. In addition to her housing experience, her knowledge of IT has made her the housing team's superuser and she leads on testing new systems, providing support to her team and training new members of staff.

Carla Smyth
Design Principal, LLDC

Carla is an urban designer, qualified architect and project manager. She has a broad experience of delivering regeneration projects within public and private sectors, having worked in development, planning and architecture. She currently works at London Legacy Development Corporation where she is delivering major mixed-use masterplans, working on large Joint Venture procurements, and is the author of LLDC’s Design Quality Policy. Prior to joining LLDC Carla worked as an architect on a number of award winning housing schemes. Carla sits on the LB Havering and LB Newham Quality Review Panels.

Amy Sweeting
Senior Urban Planner, Tibbalds

Amy has over five years’ experience in private practice with a background in Urban Design and Architectural Engineering. Amy’s breadth of experience is reflected in her ability to deliver well-rounded, mindful, and feasible projects. Her project experience includes residential development on greenfield, brownfield and complex urban sites, new mixed-use town centres, townscape analysis and community and stakeholder engagement. Amy enjoys working within multidisciplinary teams to create places where health and wellbeing are at the forefront of design.

Giacomo Vecia
Strategic Transportation Officer, City of London

Giacomo has a Master’s degree in Transport and City Planning from University College London and after having worked in academia and private consultancy at the start of his career, joined the City Corporation in 2017. He now leads on the Corporation’s cycling, future technologies and transport data policy portfolios and manages the City’s Future City Streets Programme, which has delivered some of the UK’s most challenging and successful dockless vehicle trials. Giacomo also founded and chairs the City Corporation’s NextGen Network which seeks to support and connect talented early career professionals within the organisation.

Future London Leaders Round 26

Future London Leaders Round 26 runs from September 2020 to March 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Claire Brew
Principal Planner, LB Bromley

Claire is a Principal Planner with 15 years’ experience in Local Government Development Management. She holds an RTPI accredited degree from Oxford Brookes University. She has significant experience in dealing with pre-application negotiations, all types of planning applications, Development Consent Orders and appeals. In her current role in the major planning applications team at LB Bromley, Claire has led on a number of strategic schemes involving council-led housing delivery, S106 negotiations, estate regeneration, large-scale infrastructure projects and Environmental Impact Assessment development. Claire has also taken part in a number of service improvement initiatives and, in addition to her professional role, is a Departmental Representative, working together with Councillors, senior managers and other officers to deliver improved welfare facilities and other programmes designed to benefit staff.

Jamie Folliard
Development Manager, Places for People

Jamie is a Chartered Town Planner with 15 years’ experience in the development industry. He joined Places for People in September 2018 and is currently working on a joint venture with National Grid to bring forward brownfield sites located nationally for residential-led development. Jamie started his career as a Planning Consultant then spent 10 years with Berkeley Homes working on a joint venture with Thames Water (St James) and a joint venture with National Grid (St William). He has a broad understanding of the residential sector through managing complex sites across Central London and the Home Counties from land acquisition stage through to achieving planning permission.

Mo Goudah
Regeneration Project Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham

Mo joined Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2002 and over the years, in many roles, developed extensive experience in development and regeneration. He’s currently managing the demolition of two high rise blocks and redevelopment of the site, having delivered a successful and complex CPO and procured a demolition contractor in just over 10 months. Previously, Mo played a crucial role in the team that successfully implemented the council’s strategy for the Earls Court regeneration scheme, which in late 2019 saw the termination of a development agreement saving West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates from redevelopment.

Beth Havelock
Principal City Planner, TfL

Beth is a Principal City Planner, within the Growth & Masterplanning Team at Transport for London. She has over eight years’ experience at the organisation and currently leads on TfL’s input to preparing and implementing policies for growth, including opportunity areas such as Croydon, Old Kent Road and New Cross. Her projects also include station interchanges required to unlock growth and she works closely with Network Rail, GLA and key stakeholders to deliver these. Prior to working in this team, Beth spent five years determining planning applications and providing TfL’s input to the Mayor’s planning reports after completing her Town Planning degree.

Nicola Hudson
Project Manager (Woodberry Down), LB Hackney

Nicola is a Chartered Surveyor and has twenty years’ experience working in the public sector. She has been working for LB Hackney for just over four years and is involved in the delivery of the Woodberry Down estate, one of the biggest estate regeneration projects in Europe. She has significant experience of delivering regeneration projects and housing developments for housing associations across London with a passion for ensuring that the residents are involved in the design of their new homes. Nicola enjoys being an active member of multidisciplinary teams working collaboratively to overcome challenges.

Naima Ihsan
Transport Planner, LB Southwark

Naima is a Chartered Transport Planner with a demonstrated history of working in Local authority Transport planning departments. Skilled in research and working on large strategic planning applications. Strong operations professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster.

Bettisabel Lamelo Viña
Senior Urban Designer, Arup

Bettisabel is a senior urban designer with international experience, having worked in multiple architecture, urban design and masterplanning projects in Latin America, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East since 2011. She often works within multidisciplinary teams and uses her design and management skills to deliver high-quality outputs supported by a robust analytical process. Her experience makes her capable of defining visions and strategies for cities and regions, analysing territories using a range of tools and methodologies, developing scenarios, formulating design parameters and guidelines, and developing detailed project responses that account for a range of technical, economic, planning and design considerations.

David Lee
Programme Manager - Regeneration & Economic Development, LB Haringey

David joined Haringey Council in 2016 and is now the Programme Manager for the Regeneration & Economic Development service, taking a lead role in the strategic development of major physical, social and economic regeneration projects across two major and ambitious regeneration areas – Tottenham and Wood Green. He has over five years’ experience in programme management, regeneration delivery and town centre management in previous roles. David has a keen interest in the links between quality regeneration and development and wider socioeconomic benefits, and has been developing his understanding of how to maximise these through his new expanded role.

Ana Lopez
Senior Project Manager – Regeneration and Sustainability, LB Waltham Forest

Ana is a Senior Project Manager for Regeneration and Sustainability at LB Waltham Forest. She has worked in local government for over five years in regeneration, planning and sustainability roles. Projects she has worked on range from working on large mixed-use development in Lea Bridge, including relocation of the current station entrance, to smaller public realm improvement projects. Ana previously provided in-house sustainability advice and assessment for planning applications covering energy, sustainable construction, air quality and flood mitigation. Ana has an MA in Leadership for Sustainable Development and a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture.

Dan Massey
Growth & Delivery Team Leader, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Dan is a Town Planner with 13 years’ experience across the public, private and community sectors. He has spent the last seven years working at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, primarily in a development management role, and more recently as Growth and Delivery Team Leader. He is currently responsible for major projects that focus on delivering good growth and good community engagement. This includes work on the council’s two Opportunity Areas, the council’s new homes delivery programme, site briefs for other key sites, a borough-wide character study and delivering capital projects focused on proving high social value.

Joanne Maunders
Head of Development Delivery – Construction London, Optivo

Joanne joined Optivo as a Development Manager in 2012 and obtained promotion in 2018 to Head of Development Delivery Construction covering the London area. She is responsible for delivery of the London programme of approximately 1200 homes on site and she manages a team of Project and Development Managers to oversee the delivery of high-quality affordable homes. She has over 10 years’ experience working in affordable housing, having worked predominantly in the Housing Association sector. As a team player Joanne likes to share the journey and successes with others. Joanne is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Chartered Management Institute.

Pauline Niesseron
Programme Manager – Building Safety Fund, GLA Housing & Land

Pauline is an urbanist with a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics. At the Greater London Authority she leads a team to deliver the high profile £1 billion Building Safety Fund, set up by the UK Government in May 2020 to improve the safety of residential tower blocks in London. She is a member of the Young Urbanist Steering Committee and the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Committee.

Toyin Omodara
Principal Strategic Planner, GLA DEE

Toyin is a Planner within the Development Management team at the Greater London Authority (GLA). Prior to joining the GLA in 2019, he progressed through roles at the London Borough of Hackney acquiring a range of experience and progressing to leading on large scale and complex strategic planning applications, including major schemes related to the council’s Estates Regeneration Programme. At the GLA, he works on major strategic planning applications across London, assessing and negotiating with developers and boroughs to deliver the Mayor’s objectives.

James Price
Senior Land Manager, Southern Housing Group

James started his career in property development in 2013 purchasing street properties in London and the North East for the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. He has since progressed to become a Senior Land Manager at Southern Housing Group where he is responsible for sourcing, appraising and securing land and property in line with Southern’s Development Strategy. James plays an integral role in moving projects through the property acquisition lifecycle and has a passion for property development and architecture. He was inspired to enter property after an early stint as a painter and decorator.