Future London Leaders Candidates
Future London Leaders Round 26
Future London Leaders Round 26 runs from September 2020 to March 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grenfell Response Policy and Programme Manager, GLA Housing & Land
Pauline is an urbanist with a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics. As the Grenfell Response Manager, she leads the Greater London Authority’s response efforts to issues arising from the Grenfell tower tragedy. As part of this, she manages the main funding programme to remediate unsafe aluminium composite cladding from high-rise buildings in London owned by social landlords. She is a member of the Young Urbanist Steering Committee and the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Committee.
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.
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.
Future London Leaders Round 25
Future London Leaders Round 25 runs from April to September 2020. Profiles of the candidates are below.
Business Support & Service Improvement Manager, Eastend Homes
Alex has spent the past 11 years working in affordable housing, following prior spells in private sector roles. He has been involved in a number of areas including policy development, performance monitoring, community engagement and corporate governance. Between 2012 and 2016 Alex completed an MSc in Housing Studies in his free time and was awarded the 2016 Chartered Institute of Housing East Midlands Prize upon graduation. A chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Alex has a particular passion for modernisation and digital innovation, without sacrificing the personal touches involved in good housing management.
Senior Employer’s Agent, Potter Raper
George has been working both in the industry and at Potter Raper Limited as an Employer’s Agent since June 2009. While he has driven a large number of schemes of varying uses and sizes throughout his career, his work has predominately been with public sector clients using the Joint Contract Tribunal suite of contracts. Most recently he has been providing both pre-and post-contract services for multiple local authorities on large multi-phase regeneration projects in London.
Deputy Planning Manager – North Area Team, LB Waltham Forest
Mahnaz is a Chartered Town Planner with 20 years of experience in the public sector, currently working at Waltham Forest council in the Development Management Team as a Deputy Planning Manager. She has significant experience in dealing with pre-application negotiations, all types of planning applications (including large regeneration and development proposals), appeals and enforcement matters. As a Deputy Planning Manager, Mahnaz provides direct support to planning officers and technical staff, as well as assisting senior managers. She has a passion for ensuring high quality design in developments, along with a particular interest in service development, and is actively involved in various service improvement initiatives.
Principal Planner, LB Ealing
Katie is a town planner with 10 years’ experience, the majority of which has been in local government development management. In her current role she manages major and strategic planning applications, principally through planning performance agreements. Katie also leads an area team of planners, responsible for signing off delegated reports and supporting junior colleagues to ensure performance targets are met. Before joining local government, Katie worked in the private sector in multi-disciplinary project teams. In this capacity she provided a wide range of statutory and strategic planning deliverables for private sector, local government and central government clients, primarily in the energy and transport infrastructure industries.
Development Manager, Swan Housing Association
Sarah joined the Regeneration and Development department at Swan Housing Association in 2017, after completing an MSc in Urban Regeneration at University College London. Since joining, Sarah has worked as a Development Manager on a number of Swan’s core regeneration schemes with the aim of delivering high quality and affordable homes. Sarah has a keen interest in the evolution of communities and places and over the last few years has been developing her understanding of how to address some of the complex urban issues facing London and its peripheries.
Principal Transport Officer, OPDC
Clare leads on transport planning for the Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area, London’s largest regeneration area. Clare previously worked for Transport for London in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy team, specialising in environmental transport policies and road user charging. Prior to this, Clare worked for C40 Cities and managed an international network of city-government planners sharing best practice in sustainable urban development and mobility management. Clare is a chartered town planner and started her career working for consultancy Arup delivering government-led policy and masterplanning projects. Clare has a Masters in Spatial Planning from University College London.
Project Manager - Housing Regeneration, LB Southwark
Cat is a project manager at London Borough of Southwark, responsible for the delivery of several large developments, with a focus on building good quality new council homes. She has over five years’ experience in development and regeneration, having previously held roles at Brick by Brick development company and London Borough of Croydon, where she managed a programme of sites. Cat has a particular interest in building homes sustainably.
Service Manager, Family Support & Child Protection Team, LB Bexley
Antionette qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has held various positions within children’s social care over the past 15 years. She currently manages a frontline social work team and Frontline Academy for social work students. Antionette has a combination of experience working within statutory and voluntary sectors and her Transformational Leadership style allows her not just to focus on performance but also develop staff to reach their full potential. Antionette encourages staff to go beyond self-interest and accept a group vision within the team/service and in doing so has been able to build hardworking, cohesive teams and motivate staff in improving their performance.
Senior Planner, LB Wandsworth & Richmond
Cathy has over 10 years’ planning experience within the public sector and is currently a Senior Planning Officer at the London Borough of Wandsworth, a post she has held for the last four years. Cathy is currently responsible for overseeing a number of major applications and has needed to adapt and learn quickly with the changing nature of planning and policy direction. Cathy is also currently part of Environment Directorate Equality and Diversity Forum at the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Corporate Head of Economic Development, Housing and Investment, RB Kingston
Kevin leads the Regeneration & Economy team at RB Kingston, which includes town centre development, urban design and economic development functions. He is an experienced chartered town planner with a diverse range of development experience across a range of disciplines and regeneration areas. He is currently focused on delivering a refreshed vision for Kingston Town Centre and leading the delivery of a multi-million pound borough-wide regeneration programme.
Senior Planner, LB Redbridge
Sadia is a qualified town planner and has been working in the planning profession since 2009. She has extensive experience of working for a number of local authorities, working within the development management team. In her current role at the London Borough of Redbridge, she leads on various major and strategic planning applications across the borough, including projects related to council-led affordable housing delivery. Within the team Sadia supports and supervises junior colleagues in their own career development, with a focus on overseeing and reviewing delegated and committee reports and helping to ensure that performance targets are met.
Senior Policy Officer, GLA
Rebecca is a Senior Policy Officer within the Housing Policy team at the Greater London Authority (GLA). Prior to joining the GLA in 2018, she spent eight years working across the public, private and voluntary sectors. This included working on community relations on large infrastructure projects and commercial development, as well as policy development across a range of sectors including health, infrastructure and technology. At the GLA she has led on various areas of work including intermediate housing, empty homes, construction skills, and the GLA’s work with the London Housing Panel.
Deputy Team Leader - Placemaking, LB Croydon
Tom is an architect at the London Borough of Croydon, where he has worked for three years alongside a multi-disciplinary team. Since joining Croydon, Tom has led on a range of strategic development schemes, developed planning guidance, and helped deliver the Meanwhile Croydon programme. Prior to joining the council, Tom completed his degree in Architecture at the University of Bath. He subsequently worked at Grimshaw on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station and at Heatherwick Studio on a variety of projects internationally. Tom completed his Masters at the Royal College of Art and subsequently gained his RIBA Part III at Westminster University.
Planning Manager - Major Developments, RB Greenwich
Alex is a Town Planner with over 13 years’ experience. In the last year he has been on secondment as Planning Manager for the Majors Team at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, which has included managing a team of 12 officers, dealing with a wide range of planning applications from small major schemes (10 units) to large scale majors for comprehensive redevelopment of strategic sites. The role has also included managing strategic infrastructure projects and two complex public inquiries. Prior to this he was Area Planning Manager, undertaking a wide range of practice including householder, medium, commercial and major developments and strategic infrastructure projects.
Delivery Manager, Home Group
Ryan is the Delivery Manager in Development for Home Group, where he has been broadening his experience in new-build construction since January 2018. His career in housing began with Family Mosaic, where he spent nine years progressing through roles, from Service Delivery as a Resident Liaison Officer to Asset Management as a Contracts Manager. During Family Mosaic’s merge with the Peabody Group in 2016 he was recognised for his resource investigator abilities and was promoted into a strategic role developing integration processes for service delivery teams. Moving into development was always a long-term goal for Ryan, and has been fulfilled with his role at Home Group.
Business, Culture and Investment Manager, LB Lambeth
Nathan has worked within LB Lambeth’s Business, Culture and Investment team since 2015 and is responsible for creating and promoting programmes to stimulate business growth and the cultural vitality of the borough. Nathan leads on Lambeth’s award-winning approach to affordable workspace, the Brixton Creative Enterprise Zone, business support initiatives, inward investment activity and Business Improvement Districts. With a career that began by voluntarily supporting independent businesses to come together to improve their trading environment, Nathan is skilled in and passionate about using innovative approaches to drive growth and create opportunity.