Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 19

Future London Leaders Round 19 runs from April to September 2018. Profiles of the candidates are below.


Katarzyna Bendowska
Senior Planner – Planning Projects, LB Islington

I have been with Islington Council since graduating from the Bartlett’s Urban Design course a few years ago. As a project manager, I have worked on various stages of transport and regeneration projects, including one shortlisted for London Transport Awards. My current project portfolio includes a major leisure centre redevelopment and a public space masterplan.

I am passionate about my role, which involves working with a range of industry professionals. I'm looking forward to joining FLL network to discuss new ideas for London and improve my knowledge of various sectors of the build environment.
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Rumi Bose
Project Officer, LB Southwark

I've worked at Southwark Council for 9 years. My current role in Regeneration is to deliver transformative, sustainable public realm projects. This includes delivering meanwhile spaces, high street improvements and working with local people, developers and BIDS on collaborative placemaking projects like the Southwark Low Line.

Prior roles in Policy/Planning involved Core Strategy preparation, monitoring OLF regeneration outputs and delivering the High Street Challenge, a programme to drive growth and animate Southwark’s High Streets. I am happy to be part of the FLL19 cohort and excited to join this positive, proactive platform to exchange ideas and inform future city-making.
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Joanne Capper
Principal Planner, LB Wandsworth-Richmond

I have worked in planning policy for over fifteen years, working for a number of Councils. I have worked at Richmond since 2009 - leading on development of housing policies and addressing affordable housing.

Susan Curran
Commissioning Lead Regeneration and Development, LB Barnet

I work in the Growth and Development Team at Barnet, where I client the regeneration and development programmes, including leading on some of the key workstreams for the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration. Prior to this I worked in an interim capacity for a range of local authorities in London, in both commissioning and scheme delivery roles. I enjoyed all aspects of regeneration and I'm passionate about creating successful places.

I am looking forward to taking part in the Leaders programme and am excited about the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and further build my professional network.
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Rajesh Gami
Area Planner, Transport for London

Since joining Transport for London, I have worked in a variety of transport planning and policy roles across the organisation. I currently work on assessing public transport impacts of developments ranging from small scale sites to large scale developments. I am also involved with helping masterplan Opportunity Areas including some of London’s largest redevelopment projects - ensuring that growth can be sustainable and supported by good public transport infrastructure and services.

Anna Guelzow
Senior Capital Project Manager, LB Harrow

Over the past 10 years I have been involved in the design and delivery of building projects. Trained as an architect in Germany, I spent the first years of my career at Allies and Morrison Architects working on large scale residential developments in London before joining LB Harrow’s Regeneration Team in 2015. As a Regeneration Project Manager, I am now coordinating and steering the design and direct delivery of several PRS housing developments at the forefront of the boroughs’ ambitious Regeneration Programme.

I am passionate about creating well designed, lasting projects and places that benefit new and existing communities alike.
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Neil Hawkins
Senior Planner, LB Bexley

I work in the Strategic Planning & Growth division, focusing on the development of planning policy and guidance to support the Council’s ‘good growth’ agenda. My remit is to plan positively to manage housing and economic growth and its associated supporting infrastructure into the future. My work covers a broad spectrum - spatial planning, the development of evidence-led policy, infrastructure delivery and the Community Infrastructure Levy, to support the progress of the Local Plan and two Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. I look forward to developing my leadership skills and working with senior cross-sector professionals through the Future London Leaders Programme.

Ben Johnson
Planning Policy Team Leader, LB Islington

I have almost 10 years’ experience in planning policy, at local government and regional level. I am currently the Planning Policy Team Leader at LB Islington, where I manage a team responsible for preparing and implementing the Islington Local Plan. I am passionate about planning and ensuring that it is used as a force for good, to meet the needs of a range of people and organisations. I hope to use FLL as an opportunity to further develop my professional knowledge and leadership skills.

Barry John Lomax
Group Manager Development Management, RB Kingston

I am an experienced and motivated Chartered Town Planer with over 10 years’ experience working in a verity of positions in both the public and private sectors. I have a strong commercial acumen and a detailed knowledge and understanding of how to influence and shape polices and places from both the private and public perspectives. I am looking forward to the programme and excited at the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and further build my professional network.

Leanne Keltie
Senior Project Officer, Greater London Authority

I have more than 15 years’ experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors, focusing on housing and community development. In my current role at the Greater London Authority I manage the Mayor’s capital programmes for supported and specialised housing. This includes overseeing programme delivery, brokering relationships, and encouraging bids from Registered Providers. In previous roles I managed a capital grants programme to help schools open their sports facilities for community users, and promoted key sites for residential and commercial development at a leading planning and urban design consultancy.

Matthew Maple
Head of Relationships Management, LB Haringey

I started out as a civil engineer before moving into landscape architecture, social housing, arts development, urban design and business development. My proudest achievement was working with colleagues at Redbridge Council and architects DKCM to deliver Ken Aston Square, Barkingside. I have worked at Haringey Council for over two years on a number of exciting projects as part of the High Road West scheme. I am looking forward to the Future London Leaders course giving me the skills and confidence to help realise the vision for the scheme, into a new neighbourhood for which everyone will be proud.

Molly Perman
Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey

Over the past ten years I have worked across planning and regeneration disciplines for several local authorities, moving from a planning background into a role within the Tottenham Regeneration Team in Haringey. My current role has included delivering public realm projects, working with development partners on large-scale regeneration schemes, bringing forward new uses for Council assets and leading on a compulsory purchase order for the Council. I really enjoy the variety of challenges in this sort of environment, ranging from place-making, design and community engagement to development finance and viability.

I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills and meeting others from across the industry.
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Alex Tabram
Head of Land & Acquisitions - South Region, L&Q Group

I have worked at L&Q for 9 years having joined on the graduate programme which involved revolving placements in Regeneration, Development Finance, Housing Management and Development Programme. After my graduation programme I joined the Asset Management team working on estate regeneration opportunities, both new build and remodelling existing stock, before moving into L&Q’s Development Land team where I am the Head of Land and Acquisitions in our South region focusing on acquiring sites within the framework of L&Q’s ambitious growth strategy.

Andre Thomas
Environmental Services Managers, One Housing

I have been working in the housing sector for 10 years, and for the last 4 I have been managing people whilst occupying 4 different roles. Namely, Housing manager (x2 different organisations), Customer Contact Centre Manager and currently, Environmental Services Manager. Through FLL, I hope to make new connections and learn new theoretical/practical information by sharing experiences. Ultimately, I would like to acquire skills to excel in my current post, add value to my organisation and provide a solid platform for me to go on and perform well in more senior roles.

Ben Whitehead
Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards

I have been with Pollard Thomas Edwards for 10 years, working through my ARB qualifications at the practice & qualifying as an architect in 2012. I have since had experience with residential, community and education schemes in London. I have developed my career as a designer with a keen interest in visual communication through drawing, building models and 3ds visuals. As such I have often ‘let the drawings do the talking’, I am keen therefore to develop further through the FLL both as a communicator and a leader & to expand my range of skills.

Future London Leaders Round 18

Future London Leaders Round 18 runs from January to June 2018. Profiles of the candidates are below.


Mahbub Aman
Strategic Project Manager, Tower Hamlets

I have worked in local government for nearly 10 years and I’m passionate about making London a great place to live, shop, create jobs for residents and become a thriving economy. Currently I manage the Whitechapel Vision Delivery Team at LB Tower Hamlets, leading on the regeneration of this rapidly growing area with inward investment estimated to be valued at £1bn of over the next 10 years. I am also a Non-Executive Director at Tower Hamlet Homes, which manages 22,000 homes.

James Anderson
Business Development Manager, Genesis

I have 13 years’ experience in the housing sector in a variety of roles, including managing and working on major development and regeneration projects. I am currently working on the regeneration of Grahame Park in Barnet. As a Graduate Trainee I attained a Master’s in Housing & Regeneration Social Policy from the London School of Economics. I am passionate about placemaking, through creating new places or transforming existing places.

Abdul Awwal
Partnerships Development/iTRES Manager, LB Tower Hamlets

Having worked for LB Tower Hamlets for more than 20 years, I have successfully built partnerships, delivered employment initiatives, launched the Councils new employment service (WorkPath), producing strategies to enhance the Growth and Economic Development service, whilst utilising my skills and knowledge in HR, Policy and Strategy. 

I have managed internal and external partnerships, developing relationships to support the community whilst ensuring the objectives of the council are met. Currently, I am working on business continuity of the service including the Apprenticeship Levy, Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment and the strategic priority to locate/deliver the WorkPath service embedded within the community.
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Scott Bryant
Senior Policy Officer, Greater London Authority
I work in the GLA Housing Policy team, focusing on how land can best be brought forward to deliver new homes, including by assembling land in fragmented ownership. I have a background in housing management and have held a number of housing policy and strategy roles, both in the local authority and housing association sectors, within and outside London. I look forward to developing my leadership skills and further building my professional network through the Future London Leaders Programme.
Marianne Danielewicz
Area Manager (North-East London), Greater London Authority
I have seven years’ experience in the social housing and homelessness sector. After working in the Housing Services and Development departments of a housing association, I joined the GLA Housing & Land in 2013 as a Project Officer, where I worked on the homelessness Social Impact Bond for a year. I am currently an Area Manager in the North East area team, providing support to a portfolio of investment partners to deliver the Mayor’s affordable housing programmes.
Theresa Dugbatey
Project Manager, LB Hackney
I have more than 10 years’ housing experience, in Property and Asset Management at LB Newham, then moving to the LB Hackney Regeneration Division, where I have led on various regeneration projects and assisted on the last phase of one of our largest multi-disciplinary projects. My current role is in the recently established Housing Supply infill programme. My time at both local authorities has offered valuable learning curves and allowed me to work with a range of industry professionals.
Darran Eggleton
Planning Enforcement & Environment Manager, LB Ealing
Having joined LB Ealing in 2010, I am now a Service Manager in Regulatory Services, responsible for the Planning Enforcement and Pollution Technical teams. My teams investigate alleged breaches of planning control, taking enforcement action where necessary. In addition, we provide technical advice on environmentally sensitive planning applications, as well as providing advice in relation to the HS2, Crossrail and Heathrow 3 developments. We actively pursue Proceeds of Crime enforcement matters and I recently presented an item on POCA at the RTPI conference.
Charles Glover-Short
Senior Research Analyst, Optivo
Optivo is a 44,000-home housing association based in Croydon. I coordinate our research programme, conducting and commissioning research to improve service delivery, influence the sector and boost our reputation for thought leadership. I’ve been working in housing in one form or another for nearly eight years, beginning at the Connection at St Martin’s homelessness charity, before joining AmicusHorizon’s (now Optivo) graduate scheme in 2011.
Andrea Klettner
Senior Communications Manager – Regeneration, Lendlease
I started my working life in the built environment as a journalist and editor for magazines and newspapers including Architects’ Journal, Building and the Evening Standard, most recently as news editor at Building Design. I then spent four years at the built environment communications and PR agency ING Media, where I advised clients including LB Croydon, HUB and Karakusevic Carson Architects, and worked on major projects including The Goodsyard site in Shoreditch. In October 2017 I joined Lendlease, where my role includes overseeing the communications strategies for major urban regeneration projects.
Stanley Lau
Deputy Planning Manager – Development Management, LB Waltham Forest
I have been at LB Waltham Forest for six years, initially within an Area team on major projects and supporting colleagues within other teams. My current role is a Deputy Planning Manager of the Majors team, dealing with strategic projects and assisting in the delivery of the council’s Economic Growth Strategy, whilst continuing to support colleagues in the department, helping to develop officers with major applications experience. I am looking forward to meeting people with similar work backgrounds, engaging and sharing ideas.
Kristie Lucassen
Delivery Manager, Home Group
I work on a range of projects from inception to completion. During my career I have gained experience negotiating and working with different types of contracts such as JV, JCT, NEC3 and Development Agreements, and delivering a range of projects across London. I am passionate about delivering high-quality homes for those who need it most and I am always trying to get the best quality and cost outcomes from any project I manage.
Marion MacCormick
Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
I have been working as an architect for 13 years, starting in Scotland with small residential projects for private clients. Since joining Pollard Thomas Edwards in 2013, I‘ve been involved in a number of residential developments, with a focus on estate regeneration. I enjoy being involved in all stages of a project from design to delivery, which provides a varied and interesting workload. I believe that a collaborative approach and good working relationships is key to any successful project.
Claire Perrott
Associate, Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design
I am an architect and urban designer, and have a range of experience in design and built environment roles. I enjoy the challenge of communicating good design, whether through visual or spoken methods. I returned to Tibbalds nearly six years ago after a break to have children. I now have a focused design role on masterplanning projects within the practice and I run the project design review programme.
Javin Solanki
Assistant Director of Finance, Poplar HARCA
Having started in private practice in New Zealand, I have had nearly five years of audit and business advisory experience. I moved to the UK in 2013 and joined one of London’s leading registered providers. My current role at Poplar HARCA entails providing technical accounting guidance on complex property transactions and maintaining good governance by ensuring that financial controls are operating per the company’s policies and procedures. FLL is an opportunity for me to connect and network with colleagues in the property sector and further develop my personal professional knowledge and skills.
Russell Trewartha
Neighbourhoods Programme Manager, LB Lambeth
I have a wide-ranging project and programme management background in local government gained over the past 10 years. I’ve developed and led a range of teams to deliver successful housing, regeneration and public realm initiatives. In my current role I lead a team of project staff and a capital investment portfolio covering the full project cycle of implementing highways and streetscape improvements across Lambeth.