Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 24

Future London Leaders Round 24 runs from January 2020 to June 2020. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Gabija Bingelyte
Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates

Gabija is a project management professional with a technical knowledge in building surveying, and 10 years’ experience in the field of residential and commercial property refurbishment and new build. Her experience lies in public sector organisations, client side; social housing, higher education and most recently, government environments. Gabija possesses an in-depth working knowledge of construction methods, procurement, contract administration, planning and building regulations.

Robert Bloss
Senior Development Surveyor, Red Loft

Rob has worked in the industry for five years, delivering consultancy advice to both public and private sector clients, always with an affordable housing focus. Rob is practiced in applying a technical skillset to assist pragmatic decision making and enabling the delivery of new affordable homes. Recent projects include bespoke modelling for large-scale regeneration projects and unlocking funding for local authority led developments. Rob is driven to enable a wider range of public/private parties to contribute to the much-needed supply of affordable homes.

Mike Bottomley
Senior Planner, Tibbalds

Mike is an experienced town planner with over six years of chartered experience. His recent work has included the delivery of major residential-led schemes for local authorities in London and across the South East. He has also advised on private sector portfolio land holders and non-residential schemes. He has worked in large, multi-disciplinary teams and sees a key part of his role as de-risking projects through providing high quality planning advice from start to finish.

Will Bradley
Principal Policy Officer, Greater London Authority

Will is a Principal Policy Officer working in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Transport and the Walking and Cycling Commissioner at the GLA. He works closely with Transport for London and London’s individual boroughs to deliver the Mayor’s walking & cycling programme. Will previously worked for the London Assembly and was a researcher at the think tank Demos. He has an MA in Urban Studies from UCL and a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge.

Gisselle Casio
Housing Development Officer, LB Tower Hamlets

Gisselle is a qualified architect who, prior to joining the public sector worked in practice on a range of educational and residential schemes. Gisselle has been working with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the housing development team for the last year. Her role has necessitated fast learning and adaption to a new working environment whilst allowing her to pursue her keen interest in the delivery of high-quality, affordable housing in one of London’s most diverse boroughs.

Stuart Creed
Head of Health & Wellbeing, YMCA St Paul's

Stuart is Head of Health and Wellbeing at YMCA St Paul’s Group and has developed his career in the sports, fitness and education sectors, combining these areas of work to support communities and young people to become more active. Now overseeing multiple Health and Wellbeing centres as part of the YMCA St Paul’s Group, Stuart has consistently increased service user participation, membership, lettings and usage of community facilities.

Ashton Dean
Construction Project Manager, City of Westminster

Ashton works in the City of Westminster’s development delivery team, playing a key role in delivering the council’s target of 1850 new affordable homes by 2023. He started his career in the private sector working for a main contractor on major refurbishment projects for a local authority and has continued to specialise in the affordable housing sector ever since.

Charlene Goudkuil
Land Manager, Catalyst

Charlene joined Catalyst in May 2018, having previously worked as a Land Buyer for Crest Nicholson, London. Charlene has worked in the property sector for the last 8 years and her position as Land Manager plays a large part in assisting Catalyst’s target of delivering 1300 homes per year by 2022. In addition to her responsibilities for sourcing and acquiring large scale mixed-use sites with or without planning, Charlene has led on an extensive review to regenerate commercial property within Catalyst’s own portfolio, alongside working on solutions for the decant of residents on a sensitive site.

Hermela Habtegebrel
Principal Planner (Inclusive Economy Officer), LB Islington

Working in the Inclusive Economy Team within planning & development, Hermela’s key areas of work include project managing the borough’s business research project, leading on the design of the borough’s innovative business support programme within an inclusive economy framework and leading the commissioning of the council’s Affordable Workspace Programme. Hermela has previously been the Town Centre Lead for Archway within the Economic Development Team as well as a Community Development Officer in the council’s housing directorate.

Jane Havemann
Project Manager - Regeneration, LB Hackney

Jane works in estate regeneration at LB Hackney, leading on the first phase of housing within a wider masterplan. Jane has also worked in housing strategy and policy, supporting registered providers to maximise the amount of genuinely affordable housing in the borough. Before that she worked on development contributions - managing the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 expenditure in LB Hackney. Jane grew up in New Zealand, and previously provided consultancy support to planning authorities in Auckland and the Waikato district. She’s always had an interest in people and places and as a Londoner is keen to make places that are beautiful, sustainable and affordable.

Sophie Lee
Senior Planner, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Sophie is a chartered town planner with eight years’ experience in the private sector where she gained significant experience in planning for retail and town centres. She recently made the move to the public sector where she now works as a senior planner in the development management team at Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Sophie is the lead officer for a number of major planning applications across the development area, seeking to influence the design of schemes from an early stage in order to help achieve OPDC’s regeneration objectives.

George McCullough
Sutton Town Centre Masterplan Delivery Programme Manager, LB Sutton

George has led the regeneration of Sutton Town Centre since August 2017. He is an experienced Chartered Surveyor with over 10 years of post-qualification experience and possesses a diverse skillset. Prior to joining LB Sutton, George worked for Lambert Smith Hampton providing strategic property regeneration advice to the private and public sector. He is a Sutton resident and could not resist the opportunity to lead the transformation of his home town. He has led an ambitious acquisition program to diversify the High Street and successfully secured both GLA Good Growth and MHCLG Future High Street funding. 

Ayesha Ovaisi
Development Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham

Ayesha is co-leading the council’s first two pilots in an ambitious programme to regenerate all 24 schools in the borough as well as leading stakeholder engagement on a large council estate, putting together a steering group to bring forward ideas for more new housing and community assets. Whilst at LB Hammersmith & Fulham, Ayesha has also worked on economic development projects, Earl’s Court regeneration, housing stock options appraisals and the council’s new affordable housing programme. Over the last three years, Ayesha has appraised all council-owned assets’ scope for growth. She has agreed development partnership frameworks with seven registered providers, executed three land transactions and Section 106 negotiations, with more in the pipeline.

George Rudman
Development Programme Manager, Hyde Housing

George joined Hyde Housing Association in 2014 after starting his career as an apprentice within the Greater London Authority’s Housing and Land Directorate. Through hard work and determination, in just five years, he has moved from his role as an apprentice into a successful Development Programme Manager. George is responsible for the Development and Investment Programmes at Hyde, which include Strategic Partnerships with both Homes England and the Greater London Authority. 

Felicity Scott
Project Coordinator, Poplar HARCA

After 8 years in a range of frontline housing services, Felicity became acutely aware of the importance of place and connection in ensuring communities thrive. Felicity joined the Accents team last year to deliver a range of community empowerment, cultural and environmental projects, including an internal Active Travel campaign and borough-wide air quality and biodiversity project. Currently studying for an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation Planning, Felicity seeks to embed these principles into her work and has an interest in sustainable construction methods, co-design approaches and community-led housing. She is keen to explore the role that placemaking can play in managing urban ecosystem services to improve community resilience and quality of life.

Monique Wallace
Planning Lead - Strategic Housing Team, LB Lewisham

Monique has worked as the Planning Lead for LB Lewisham’s Strategic Housing Development team for the last two years, having previously worked in Lewisham’s Planning Department as a Development Management Officer for 16 years, working on major and complex planning applications. Monique provides planning advice and guidance for the submission of housing-led planning applications and site finding, as well as brief development on behalf of the council’s Strategic Housing Department. Monique has a keen interest in small sites and is currently working on delivering a small sites Supplementary Planning Document for LB Lewisham.

Future London Leaders Round 23

Future London Leaders Round 23 runs from September 2019 to March 2020. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Hannah Adler
Senior Housing Strategy Officer, LB Haringey

Hannah has worked for Haringey since 2016. In her current role, she works on the borough’s new housing strategy, with a particular focus on delivering a new generation of council homes. She previously worked at Haringey in the Leader’s office, and in planning policy and community engagement for another council.  Hannah grew up in London and cares about the city continuing to be a place where people from many backgrounds choose, and are able to, live.


Luke Bonnici
Senior Consultant - Urban Solutions, Hatch Regeneris

Luke is an economic development and regeneration consultant with over eight years’ experience in economic impact assessment, evaluation, appraisal and strategy development. Luke works across a wide range of sectors and focusses primarily on land and property, labour market needs, business sectors, and energy and low carbon projects. At Hatch Regeneris, Luke has supported several EIA studies and produced an economic benefits statement for key developments and urban extensions. He is currently working on exploring the benefits to people, places and the economy as a result of the Bakerloo Line Extension.

Lee Christie
Engagement & Consultation Manager, RB Greenwich

Lee is responsible for managing consultation and communications on RB Greenwich’s programme to build 750 new council homes over the next four years. Resident involvement and housing have been Lee's area of expertise for over 18 years, starting as an apprentice in customer service, moving into housing management/maintenance and then resident engagement. Lee has delivered sensitive, high-priority council projects as well as developing and managing a range of resident-led projects at a local and strategic level. Lee has also managed a dual-borough project which addressed some of the potentially negative impacts of transitional migration, focusing on housing, welfare, education, the environment and strategic development.

John Deady
Senior Development Manager, Countryside

John is passionate about mixed use property development in its complete life cycle. He is a dual accredited surveyor (MRICS & MRTPI) coupled with Prince2. John cares deeply about the people and the environment he works within and enjoys motivating others whilst learning from those around him. Previously at LB Newham, he was responsible for the Canning Town and Custom House area, one of the largest regeneration programmes in London, as well as a new 4,500-home delivery programme on council owned land.

Rheanne Holm
Area Regeneration Manager – Waterloo / Streatham, LB Lambeth

Rheanne has worked within Lambeth’s regeneration team for 10 years, successfully leading projects in urban regeneration, urban design, economic development and property feasibility. Rheanne is currently producing a Public Realm Framework for Waterloo – to be published as evidence for Lambeth’s revised Local Plan; embarking on a high-profile public realm commission to reimagine the South Bank’s ‘Spine Route’. Rheanne has extensive experience of partnership working, commissioning, project management and community engagement; working with key stakeholders across both inner and outer London town centres.

Esther Kilner
Senior Landscape Architect, Arup

Esther is a chartered landscape architect with eight years’ experience working on projects at a range of scales including masterplannning, major infrastructure and public realm design from concept to completion. Esther has a passion for leading design teams on integrated projects that have far-reaching social, environmental and economic benefits, with an aim to tackle global challenges at a range of levels both in the UK and overseas.

Angela Latty
Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet

Angela works in the Brent Cross Cricklewood Team as a regeneration manager dealing primarily with CPO/land assembly and resident relocation. Her previous experience includes working on West Hendon, Stonegrove/Spur Road and Dollis Valley regeneration schemes on land assembly and resident consultation matters. Angela is passionate about creating opportunities for existing residents and local communities as well as building sustainable/successful places for people to live.

Violet Pugh
Digital Marketing Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Violet is passionate about running great campaigns, customer experience and developing insight-driven strategies. In her current role she is responsible for overseeing the continued delivery of a best-in-class online experience for SO Resi's customers. Violet also manages SO Resi’s social media platforms and leads on delivering multi-channel after sales marketing campaigns; resales, loan redemptions and staircasing. Before joining the housing sector, Violet worked in the private sector for over 8 years; during which time her knowledge of technology, content, brand awareness, advocacy and delivering results grew.

Nicola Rankin
Principal Planning Officer, LB Harrow

Nicola has over 10 years’ experience in development management. In her current role, she is the lead officer for numerous major and strategic planning applications across LB Harrow, including projects related to the delivery of the council’s regeneration strategy. In this capacity, Nicola works to support and supervise junior colleagues in their own career development, with a focus on overseeing and reviewing delegated reports and helping to ensure that performance targets are met. Nicola enjoys working as part of a team to develop major projects, seeing them through to the delivery of positive outcomes for the borough and its communities.

Mark Ratke
Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Mark is a qualified architect, having trained at the Welsh School of Architecture prior to moving to London. He has been working in the housing sector for 8 years at a variety of scales ranging from one-off homes to estate regeneration projects and major urban extensions. Mark is passionate about housing and the potential for design to affect long-term positive change in our environment. In his current role Mark is working with LB Wandsworth on a number of estate infill projects and an estate regeneration scheme in Ealing.

Emilie Rivest-Khan
Senior Delivery Manager, Home Group

Having trained as an architect, Emilie has worked in real estate development for over ten years in both Montreal and London. She has worked across a wide range of development projects and has experience in both the private and public sectors. She is passionate about being able to influence the social fabric and design of cities. At Home Group, Emilie leads a team and is accountable for delivering a varied portfolio of projects which includes joint venture, regenerations, JCT Design & Build contracts and S106.

Ben Stephen
Development Manager, Places for People

Ben is a chartered surveyor (MRICS) and has worked in the property industry for over 12 years in consultancy and development. At Avison Young, he was predominantly in the land and development team, working on a wide range of agency, development partner procurement, market land appraisal and development consultancy instructions. He has also worked for Berkeley Homes as a land manager, sourcing new opportunities, appraising sites, inputting to design and preparing board packs. At Places for People Ben is working on a 15-year joint venture with Surrey County Council, appraising sites, managing consultant teams and taking sites through planning.

Jonathan Sutherland
Development Manager - Land & Planning, A2Dominion

Jonathan has worked in both the private and public sectors; he has over 12 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector working in a range of roles that have included construction project management and identifying, negotiating and securing new business opportunities, land acquisition and S106 agreements. Jonathan has extensive experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams across a variety of projects from inception to completion and is currently responsible for securing, planning and delivering on large-scale mixed-use developments.

Emily Webster
Head of Design & Planning, L&Q

Prior to working at L&Q, Emily worked at GVA and Canary Wharf Group. In her current role she leads a team delivering exciting projects with social purpose throughout East London. She has experience in projects from feasibility stage through to completion; including Wood Wharf, a residential-led mixed-use development comprising 3,600 new homes in Tower Hamlets and Barking Riverside, and a JV partnership between L&Q and the GLA comprising 10,800 new homes.

Ed Williams
Account Director, London Communications Agency

Edward has worked as an account director at London Communications Agency since 2015, delivering PR and communications campaigns for a number of high-profile development and regeneration projects across the capital, covering stakeholder engagement, public affairs and media relations. Prior to this he spent seven years managing communication campaigns at NHS organisations in London and Manchester. Edward worked with LB Enfield to develop their corporate plan setting out the council’s vision for the following four years, with the NHS in south London on two estate regeneration projects, and with the Metropolitan Police Property Service on their estate transformation programme.