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.

Andrè 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.