Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 28

Future London Leaders Round 28 runs from April to October 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Vicki Baker
Senior Design & Technical Manager, Catalyst
Vicki has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and her career has covered various positions within Land & Planning and preconstruction teams within leading housing developers and design and build contractors. Vicki joined Catalyst Housing Group in 2018 to bring her wealth of knowledge in design and technical solutions and processes to support the development opportunities for the housing association. Vicki has a keen interest in designing new homes and creating a sense of place for new residents and has a particular strength in the due diligence process of land acquisitions.
Lizzie Bird
Acting Deputy Manager, Strategic Planning, LB Hackney
Lizzie is an urban planner currently working in the Strategic Planning Team at LB Hackney. Lizzie has over 12 years of experience working in urban planning, regeneration and engagement. Before Lizzie joined LB Hackney in 2018, she developed and delivered extensive stakeholder and community engagement, working with public and private sector clients on masterplan proposals, mixed-use developments and area planning guidance across London. Lizzie’s current role is focused on preparing area-based plans, planning guidance and design briefs across the borough.
Bhavna Brooker
Principal City Planner, Transport for London

Bhavna is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with nine years’ experience in the development sector ranging across local authority, private sector and local government. Her work focuses on making the case for investment in transport schemes to unlock land for development opportunities, and ranges from large scale projects such as the metroisation of south London, to smaller scale local schemes across London. She is also Spatial Planning Programme Lead for the GLA Collaboration Programme where she leads on identifying opportunities for greater collaboration between the TfL Spatial Planning and GLA Planning teams. Bhavna has worked in different teams across TfL, including the Transport Strategy and Development Management, as well as the GLA where she developed policies for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and London Plan.

Sarah Butler
Sharing Cities Programme Manager, RB Greenwich
After starting her career working on climate change at the United Nations, Sarah has been delivering sustainability and energy projects in local government for over 5 years and is currently part of a dedicated Digital Greenwich team in RB Greenwich’s Housing and Safer Communities department. Sarah leads the department’s response to climate change and is delivering several smart tech and renewable energy projects as part of a €25 million EU funded research and innovation programme called Sharing Cities. Sarah is passionate about how local government can innovate and use low carbon technologies and digital approaches to both tackle climate change and improve local services and lives.
Ayanda Collins
Programme Manager (Transport Programme Delivery), LB Islington
Ayanda is an urbanist with a passion for creating just cities. She has six years’ experience in smart cities technology, urban planning and transport programme delivery. She is currently the people-friendly streets programme manager at London Borough of Islington working on a programme of low traffic neighbourhoods, school streets and cycle lanes and delivering an ambitious transport strategy. She has a Master’s degree in in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics.
Tiffany Hepher
Consultant, Hatch
Tiffany is an economic development and regeneration consultant specialising in placemaking, masterplanning and urban research. In recent years she has led a range of studies for numerous clients including the GLA, Private Developers, major shareholding companies and numerous local authorities. Examples include Business Case Appraisals, Major Funding Bids, Employment Delivery Strategies and Covid/Brexit Impact Studies. Tiffany has experience working on the public sector side, previously having worked for RB Greenwich as a Regeneration Officer prior to joining Hatch.
James Hughes
Team Leader, LB Lewisham
James is a Charted Town Planner with nine years’ public sector experience. He manages an area team of planning and support officers responsible for the south of the borough and works with his colleagues to deliver high quality outcomes for stakeholders and positive customer service. Prior to joining LB Lewisham, he worked for LB Haringey as a Principal Planning Officer leading on strategic applications, including Argent-Related’s mixed-use regeneration scheme in Tottenham Hale, the Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club stadium redevelopment and the refurbishment of the Hornsey Town Hall. His career has also focused on complex appeals and public inquires, including the Abbey Mills Riverine Mosque appeal in Newham.
Carol Jones
Customer Service Manager, Gateway Housing
With over 16 years’ experience in housing, including a BA (Hons) in Housing Management and Development, Carol has gained her experience in housing by managing a variety of contracts on behalf of local authorities, housing associations and private developers, and has acquired specialist knowledge in the mobilisation and management of Housing Private Finance Initiative contracts. Carol is currently head of customer service at Gateway Housing Association, managing a large team who deal with a wide range of customer needs. She is passionate about making a difference and understands the importance of a quality service and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives and wellbeing.
Halima Kanyike
Care & Support Team Leader, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
Halima joined Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing in 2006 and has over 15 years’ experience in supported housing. Providing solutions across a number of London boroughs, she leads a team that supports some of the city’s most vulnerable – from working with those that are currently battling homelessness to women with complex learning needs. Halima says that the most rewarding part of her role is that despite its challenges, she is inspired daily to consistently deliver a high-quality service, that making a difference to one individual’s quality of life will enable her to make a difference to society one person at a time.
Julietta Kene
Senior Development Manager, Swan Housing

Julietta has over 15 years’ experience within the housing sector of which over seven years is specifically related to project management. Julietta’s wealth of experience was developed through working in a variety of roles in development, mainly project management and this has resulted in Julietta having a well-rounded and confident approach to scheme delivery. This has also mean that she has personal experience delivering a range of mixed tenure development’s as well as stakeholder engagement.

Edwina Koffie
Relief Weighbridge Officer, City of London
Edwina is a customer-focused individual with estates, facilities and housing management background and community development experience gained within the private and public sector. She is proficient in operational procedures, people management and maintaining service delivery. Edwina works well under pressure, utilising negotiation and coordinating skills to achieve aims, objectives and targets. She is also a flexible facilitator, problem solver and enthusiastic team player. Edwina has the ability to initiate, prioritise and manage effectively, is passionate, committed and diligent, and excited to be part of the Future London Leaders programme.
Adrian Moore
Senior Delivery Manager, Home Group
Adrian joined Home Group 13 years ago as an Assistant Housing Manager and spent six years within Housing Management, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, before moving to the Development team. Adrian is currently a Senior Project Manager leading a team of three project managers, which includes mentorship of a graduate. He’s accountable for the team’s delivery of affordable and private sale developments in London and Southern England and has successfully delivered Joint Venture, Extra Care, Section 106 and Land Led packages. Adrian is passionate about providing high quality affordable homes that are the product of collaborative working.
Tom Mukherjee-Neale
Senior Project Manager, Places for People
Tom is a senior project manager with over 15 years’ experience in development across several sectors, including mixed use regeneration, higher education, commercial, residential and leisure. Tom has worked at senior management level on a variety of partnerships and was previously Head of Development for a sports National Governing Body, leading a consultancy on the design of sports facilities, working with national agencies on strategic development and technical design guidance. This role often meant working on broader regeneration agendas with commercial partners to piece together funding packages and mixed use development and co-location strategies. Tom joined Places for People in 2018 and is leading on a £200m regeneration partnership acting as development partner.
Araminta Oldham
Development Manager, City of Westminster

Minty is a Development Manager with six years’ experience specialising in residential development projects across London and the Home Counties and is a chartered member of RICS in planning and development. She has managed a variety of projects for City of Westminster from feasibility stage through to technical design; managing relations with key stakeholders, procuring and managing consultants and contractors, undertaking viability assessments and writing business cases. In her current role she is managing the Council’s Infill Programme which includes projects across the borough and a mixed tenure high-rise scheme in central west London. Minty is passionate about delivering great quality homes that make a real difference to local communities and regenerate areas in need of housing.

Stephanie Robson
Senior Consultant, Arup

Stephanie is a Climate Change Consultant, with nine years’ experience working in the public and private sector on environmental and climate change issues. She has worked on and managed a diverse range of projects from local authority climate action planning, research on city consumption-based emissions, to evaluating the resilience of a number of water companies, and developing a sustainability implementation plan for a major transport infrastructure provider. She enjoys working with multi-disciplinary teams and developing high quality analysis and insight, to help clients reduce emissions and build resilience.

Ben Tomlinson
Strategic Programme Manager, LB Hounslow

Ben is a programme and project manager in the Housing, Planning and Communities directorate at the London Borough of Hounslow. His background is in housing policy, performance and risk management. He has contributed to the council’s Housing Strategy, its implementation of the Homeless Reduction Act, and the authority’s response to ensure the safety of high-rise buildings, post-Grenfell. Currently, he is supporting the borough’s economic recovery plan, to address the issues of deprivation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. He is passionate about having an impact for the common good, while demonstrating accountability and value for money.

Future London Leaders Round 27

Future London Leaders Round 27 runs from January 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
Industrial Sector Development Manager, LB Enfield

James is an experienced Chartered Town Planner specialising in strategic planning, city visioning, economic development and regeneration. Prior to working at LB Enfield, he was a Consultant at Inner City Consulting. 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.

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
Head of Design, 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.

previously: Design Principal, LLDC

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.