Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 29

Future London Leaders Round 29 runs from September 2021 to March 2022. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Alex Blackwood
Strategic Lead, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Alex’s background in community development, community engagement and social enterprise brings a unique problem-solving style to policy issues, aiding her work in the Policy & Strategy team for the Housing Needs Department at RB Kensington & Chelsea. Her passion is to ensure all stakeholders voices, especially community residents, are listened to and inform the decisions that impact them. Alex is Australian, but has made London her home and wants to ensure the diversity and high energy of the city, that drew her to London in the first place, remains well into the future.

Zohra Chiheb
Senior Development Manager, LB Camden

Zohra is a chartered architect, currently working as a Senior Development Manager and LB Camden. She has 10 years’ experience delivering large-scale regeneration projects across London. Zohra’s background means she is highly knowledgeable in the delivery of buildings, technical innovation and sustainability, with a grounding in the efficiencies of the private sector. This experience has been invaluable in her work as local authority developer and commissioning client. Zohra is passionate about creating good places to live through high-quality design and community engagement. She has particular expertise in estate regeneration, technical housing standards and community-led housing.

Stacey Clark
Project Manager, LB Waltham Forest

Stacey works in the Property and Delivery Directorate of LB Waltham Forest. In her current role she is leading on one of the council’s key capital projects, the scheme will deliver a contact centre for residents to access council services via an enabling residential development. Stacey is also responsible for the programme management of the council’s long-standing and expanding One Public Estate Partnership. Stacey gained the majority of her public sector experience within the planning policy teams at LB Islington and LB Hackney, where she led on the local plan production and also specialised in producing masterplanning frameworks.

Jake Everard
Project Manager - Portfolio Management, Hyde Housing Group

Jake has five years’ experience in strategic asset management. He has managed large scale, complex stock transfers along with a void disposal programme and portfolio sales to partnering local authorities and a special purpose vehicle. Jake is currently responsible for informing strategic reviews of the Hyde Group’s portfolio that lead to the approval of divestment of stock. He reports to the Executive Leadership team and various boards within the Hyde Group, presenting comprehensive business cases to support the portfolio management strategy.

Simon Foulkes
Associate Director (Employer's Agent), Potter Raper Ltd

Simon is a chartered building surveyor with over 10 years’ professional consultancy experience in the construction industry, working for private developers, local authorities, arms-length management organisations, housing associations and contractors, predominantly across London and the South-East. Simon's experience is primarily in the design and management of construction projects in the residential sector, including complex new build infill sites to larger mixed use developments, major internal and external refurbishments, conversions and estate maintenance (major works) projects with a build cost ranging between £300k and £50 million.

Laura Georgescu
Urban Design Advisor, Transport for London

Laura is an experienced built environment professional focusing on urban regeneration and sustainable growth, placemaking and transport planning. She has a background in architecture and an MA in Sustainable Urbanism from the Prince’s Foundation. Her career spans across the public and private sectors in Europe, Asia and the UK. At Transport for London Laura works on a vast array of portfolios to deliver the Mayor’s transport strategy and the new London Plan across all project stages. She is currently supporting the long-term green recovery from Covid-19 by championing urban design best practice. Prior to joining TfL, Laura worked in urban regeneration and architecture practices, tackling post-industrial and climate resilience themes in Shanghai and Copenhagen.

Max Gregory
Head of Delivery (Joint Ventures), One Housing

Max has nine years’ experience in the Development team at One Housing. Starting as a Graduate Project Manager he has progressed within the department to his current position. Max manages one Development Manager and is accountable for leading on the procurement of joint venture partners, contract negotiations and the on-site delivery of One Housing’s joint venture projects. He has delivered a number of projects across a range of tenures focussing on balancing time, cost and quality to achieve successful completion of much needed homes.

George Harrington
Senior Consultant, Hatch

George is an economic development and regeneration consultant specialising in understanding the socioeconomics of place. In recent years he has led a diverse range of studies for public and private sector clients across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. This has included supporting masterplan development, regeneration strategies, affordable workspace studies and more recently a focus on Covid-19 recovery. Prior to this he worked in the Placemaking and Regeneration team at Places for People one of the UK’s largest property development and management companies. George is passionate about improving the quality of places and ensuring that everyone feels the benefits of economic development.

Nyemu Holness
Principal Regeneration Officer, LB Lambeth

Nyemu has 17 years’ experience working in the built environment with local government and private sector organisations specialising in urban design, regeneration and development management. Nyemu is currently working on the delivery of two key strategic projects to unlock land for development opportunities. The projects vary in scale from a large mixed-use residential-led project to the redevelopment of an iconic black-led community centre, and play a fundamental role in supporting the future socio-economic resilience of the town centre. Nyemu has a keen interest in development and community engagement and proactively seeks out and champions collaborative bids from diverse design teams that better reflect the communities local authorities serve.

Grace Nelson
Town Centre Manager, LB Brent

Grace has seven years public sector experience, currently working within the Economic Development team at LB Brent. Grace’s breadth of experience is reflected in her ability to deliver placemaking projects in town centres of a complex nature and bring multi-level stakeholder groups together for a common vision. She also has an extensive commercial marketing, business development and stakeholder relationship management experience as well as a sound understanding of organisational change and transformation in various project environments.

Penny Pang
Design & Quality Manager, Peabody

Penny is a client-side design and technical manager in the affordable housing sector, with an architecture and urban planning background. As an advocate for design leadership, she proactively drives design and construction quality through setting up and managing processes. Penny is a keen problem solver with an inquisitive mind and a good wealth of energy and perseverance. Overall, she believes that her most rewarding experience is being able to contribute to positive changes to the people, communities and the developments around her.

James Ringwood
Senior Development & Land Manager, LB Lewisham

James has over 20 years’ experience within the local government housing sector, from housing management to housing delivery. Over the past seven years he has led major housing regeneration schemes that have been delivered in LB Lewisham and included managing land assembly and working with residents and key stakeholders. James is passionate about delivering high quality, genuinely affordable, new homes to residents.

Tiffany Ryan
Development Manager, Southern Housing Group

Tiffany specialises in residential development and currently works in the Development Delivery team at Southern Housing Group, managing sites across London and the South East. Tiffany has four years’ experience in land acquisitions and has transitioned to a delivery role for a more holistic and hands-on experience of the development cycle. She has managed a variety of mixed-use schemes of varying density and complexity from feasibility and acquisition, to design development and now to the delivery of high-quality homes. Tiffany is driven to make a positive impact through her work and contributions to ensure the delivery of high-quality affordable homes to local communities in housing need.

Jonny Simmonds
Account Director, London Communications Agency

Jonny has nearly eight years’ experience working in public relations and public affairs within the built environment. As an Account Director at London Communications Agency, he leads on a number of projects and advises some of London’s biggest developers and landowners on their media, consultation and stakeholder engagement strategies. Other experience includes corporate communications work and crisis communications planning, as well as advising several high-profile sports teams on their stadia and development ambitions, including a secondment with a Premier League Club in 2018. Jonny graduated from the University of Southampton with an MA in History in 2013.

Amandeep Singh Kalra
Associate Architect, Be First

Amandeep is an architect and urban designer. He currently works at the intersection of public and private practice and leads a team on strategic visions, brief writing, research, design and procurement and helps bring all these ideas to the table in conversations with residents, planners, policy makers, developers and politicians. Amandeep is a co-chair of the Young Trustees at the Architecture Foundation where he continues to champion equality by platforming underrepresented voices. He is a Design Council expert, member of the Southwark, Harrow and Hackney Design Review Panels and has been invited to join the Open City Accelerate advisory board. He has served as a guest critic at Kingston and Westminster universities and mentors architecture students through the RIBA.

Ashleigh Watkins
Town Centres Investment Manager, LB Barnet

Ashleigh's current role is within the Regeneration and Economic Development team at LB Barnet and has responsibility for the delivery of the borough’s Town Centres Capital programme. In this role he works across the council, local businesses and communities, developers and other levels of government to develop and deliver place-based economic, social and physical interventions across town centres. Ashleigh is an architect by training and has previously worked for the GLA Regeneration team. Prior to that he worked for Erect Architecture delivering public realm, architecture and landscape projects.