Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 37

Future London Leaders Round 37 runs from April to September 2024. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Lesley Agyekumaa-Sasu
Planning Officer, RB Greenwich
Lesley is a Planning officer with nearly 8 years of experience working within town planning. Prior to this Lesley graduated with a spatial planning masters from the Bartlett school of planning. Lesley has gained experience at the Royal Borough of Greenwich as a planning officer and deputy planning manager working on a range of applications that includes planning considerations of heritage, affordable housing, urban design and transport. Lesley is currently working on major applications for the borough and is keen to further contribute towards the built environment in London.
Jatinder Bhamber
Senior Associate, Devonshires
Jatinder is a Senior Associate within the Housing Management and Property Litigation Team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP. Jatinder has significant experience in the social housing legal sector, acting for clients including local authorities and registered providers on a variety of contentious housing and leasehold management cases as well as advising clients on non-contentious matter such as drafting policies and procedures and lease interpretation. Jatinder, prior to being in private practice, worked in-house at a G15 Housing Association where he advised on and assisted staff with housing-related legal claims and so is acutely aware of the challenges faced by Housing Associations.
Sara Bloch
Community Partnership Lead, Barking Riverside Ltd
Sara Bloch is BRL’s Community Partnership Lead, responsible for delivering social impact as well as helping to deliver opportunities and initiatives that strengthen feelings of neighbourhood and promote community leadership. Sara works with residents in innovative ways to establish effective communication between BRL and the local community. Sara has extensive experience leading community development projects in regeneration contexts across London. She specialises in facilitation with a focus on co-design, formal resident planning engagement, and training and development.
Sara Maria Camagni
Senior Urban Designer, Arup
Sara is an urban designer with six years of expertise in the sector and a background in architecture and sustainable environmental design. As part of the ARUP Masterplanning and Urban Design Team in London, Sara has been involved in significant projects in both the UK public and private sectors, focusing on the strategic revitalization of sites and emphasizing agile delivery and design excellence. Examples include the Tees Valley Care & Health Innovation Zone in Stockton-on-Tees and two prominent masterplan redevelopment projects for the city of Sheffield. Sara has also undertaken international projects such as complex masterplan developments in Saudi Arabia, collaborating with diverse stakeholders while striving to drive high standards of design quality, value, and public and environmental benefits.
Hannah Candassamy
Senior Policy Officer – Economic Fairness, GLA Good Growth
Hannah is a Londoner with more than 15 years of professional experience across programme development & delivery, policy, and communications. She has undertaken assignments and positions in the UK, Africa, and Asia, which have spanned the public, private, and third sectors. Hannah currently works within the Economic Development Unit at the GLA and leads on policy related to good work and making London the best city in the world to work in.
Wendy Wong Chang
Principal Planning Officer, LB Merton
Wendy is a chartered town planner. She has experience both in Local Authorities and the private sector. Wendy currently works in LB Merton as a Principal Planning Officer in the Development Management.
Sandra Chivero
Planner, LB Islington
Sandra has extensive experience in working for local government and is currently employed as a Senior Planner with Islington Council. With a passion for driving forward sustainable development that is well designed, pragmatic and of a high quality, Sandra has a diverse remit. She has been the lead officer for high level and complex negotiations; managed collaborative project working with multiple stakeholders using her resourceful approaches that have shown foresight and entailed positive considerate actions. She has shown ambition and sensitivity when dealing with complex infrastructure developments for education and housing that further support abilities to think constructively, to work independently and within a team.
Jim Cunningham
Strategic Lead for Net Zero Housing, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
Having worked on corporate climate change strategy and policy for 5 years, Jim now leads on net zero retrofit of council housing for LB Hammersmith & Fulham. Jim led the development of the council’s Climate and Ecology Strategy, and has been involved in developing policies and projects across all areas of council delivery. These include key areas relating to the built environment, including a climate change supplementary planning document, low-carbon procurement policy, and climate risk assessment and adaptation strategy. Jim will be leading on the approval and implementation of a housing retrofit strategy, and define the council’s retrofit capital programme.
Martha Dallyn
Development Manager, LB Enfield
Martha is an experienced Housing Development professional with a background in Structural Engineering and Architecture. In her current role she leads early-stage development of Enfield Council’s 21-26 infill housing programme, alongside specialist work on temporary accommodation, rooftop development, and disability access. She is an advocate for quality, sustainable housing that is genuinely affordable, and strengthening existing communities through refurbishment and placemaking. She has ten years’ private and public sector experience in the UK and Norway, working on high profile cultural projects such as Tate Modern and Oslo National Museum, alongside housing schemes and volunteer construction works at home and abroad.
Kobi Lagana
Account Director, London Communications Agency
Kobi is a marketing and communications leader with over 11 years’ experience across the Australian and UK markets. Kobi has led marketing strategy for internationally renowned real estate developers and destinations including Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Get Living, Royal Docks, Stanhope, WilkinsonEyre and QIC Global Real Estate, as well as the Economic Development Boards for one of Australia’s capital cities. She has a passion and reputation for being on the pulse of what is influencing consumer behaviour and preferences, to deliver engaging customer experiences that drive connection, visitation, and economic uplift. Kobi currently works agency side, at LCA where she leads on integrated consumer marketing and placemaking strategy for clients across the agency portfolio.
Petra Marshall
Senior Programme Manager, LB Lewisham
Petra is an experienced Local Government Manager, working in the field since 2003. She has worked in a broad range of disciplines including community development, town centre management, contract management and policy development. For the last 7 years she has managed a multi-million pound programme of capital projects which included listed theatre refurbishment, office retrofits, decarbonisation initiatives, and maintenance investment. More recently she has been developing an Asset Management Strategy for LB Lewisham, and leading on the Council’s asset review which seeks to better utilise the estate for housing development, service transformation, and to generate capital receipt from disposals.
Andrew McVitty
Senior Development Manager, GLA Housing & Land
Andy works on a variety of development and placemaking projects across the Royal Docks. He manages the redevelopment of a portfolio of GLA land in the area. This includes significant infrastructure, public realm and heritage projects, including a focus on activating the Royal Docks water assets. Most significantly he is leading the procurement of a new development partner for Royal Albert Dock – a major 30 acre mixed-use regeneration opportunity.
Sarah O’Neill
Team Leader, LB Camden
Sarah has been part of Camden’s Community Investment Programme since 2012, contributing to various mixed use regeneration projects in the borough. Her projects include both direct delivery and working with developer partners to achieve new housing, community centres, libraries, workspace and commercial property for a range of internal clients and residents. Sarah works on all aspects of of project lifecycle, from brief setting, community engagement, design and planning, procurement, governance to delivery and handover bringing a range of skills and experience working with commercial teams, multiple stakeholders and the local community to lead projects that deliver better neighbourhoods and improve the council’s assets.
Ed Shaw
Assistant Project Manager, LB Brent
Ed has a background in Housing and Regeneration, having worked for a number of Housing Associations and Councils. He has worked for Brent Council since 2022, where he is part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration team. Ed works closely with developers and contractors to deliver schemes currently on site, but also manages schemes in the design and planning phases. The role requires intense collaboration with the local community, and Ed is leading on a current workstream with local stakeholders to map the area’s evidence of need. This is a real highlight for Ed, as he is passionate about, and understands the importance of, driving the social and economic regeneration to go alongside the physical changes seen in the area.
John Wilkinson
Senior Planner, Tibbalds

John is a chartered town planner currently working at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. He began his planning career in the third sector focusing on research, policy and community development. With Tibbalds he has expanded his focus to planning application work too. Many of his current projects span policy, design, engagement and application work. John is happy with this breadth of work, but keen to deepen his knowledge in all of these areas.

Future London Leaders Round 36

Future London Leaders Round 36 runs from January 2024 to June 2024. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Adam Bevan
Procurement Category Manager and Sustainability Lead, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Adam is a Procurement and Supply Chain professional with 5 years’ experience working across a range of industries and sectors. For the last 2 years he has worked for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association (MTVH), managing the Corporate Services category and £70m in annual spend. Adam is passionate about social housing and focuses on driving cost savings and value-add activities across his procurement projects, to ensure that MTVH can continue to provide affordable housing for residents across their property portfolio. He also leads on sustainability, working collaboratively to implement MTVH’s sustainability roadmap and their 2030 action plan and beyond.

Rebecca Burden
Development Plans Manager, LB Camden

Rebecca is a chartered town planner with over 10 years’ experience working in planning policy, regeneration and development management, in both local government and the private sector. Rebecca has significant plan making experience and currently works at LB Camden as the Development Plans Manager in the Planning Policy Team, where she is responsible for taking forward the review of the Camden Local Plan 2017.

Joe Chandler
Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Joe is a qualified architect with over 3 years’ of post-part III professional experience. Joe has specialized for the last 5 years in the residential sector, involved in working on a number of large-scale urban design projects. Recently he has secured planning permission for a challenging application on a high-profile estate regeneration project in Islington. Experienced in developing the narrative and overall conceptual drivers for a project, Joe enjoys conveying these ideas through engaging imagery. He is passionate about effectively communicating concepts to both the wider design teams and community through workshops and public engagement events. Joe has an in-depth knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and has assumed the role of BIM Coordinator/Model Manager on numerous projects.

Ben Charlton
New Business Manager, L&Q
Ben has worked in the property industry since 2016. After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Human Geography, Ben’s first role was in the Land Team at Dexters. During his two years at Dexters, Ben worked on the acquisition and disposal of development opportunities across Central London, whilst also completing a Master’s in Real Estate Investment Finance at Oxford Brookes University. Since 2018, Ben has worked at L&Q, where he is currently a New Business Manager. In this role Ben works on building L&Q’s development pipeline, acquiring in excess of 1,500 new homes on behalf of the organisation. In 2023 Ben passed the RICS APC to become a chartered planning and development surveyor.
Caitlin Colquhoun
Senior Policy Officer (Housing), GLA Housing & Land

Caitlin gradated with a degree in Urban Studies from the Bartlett School of Planning and has since worked in the built environment in multiple capacities. She is currently a Senior Policy Officer in the Private Rented Sector team at the GLA previously leading on building safety. Prior to joining the GLA, Caitlin volunteered as a housing campaigner and activist with local communities in Southwark, worked as an Urban Designer and completed a Law Conversion after volunteering at the Southwark Law Centre. Most recently she received Arts Council funding for a collaborative project to facilitate inter-generational dialogue between housing activists and young photographers to provide the participants with a medium to express the impact of regeneration on them.

Sarah Cook
Strategic Urban Design Coordinator, LB Redbridge
Sarah is a values-driven architect with a diverse range of experience spanning design, project-delivery, policy, research, and teaching in the public, private and third sectors. In her current role at LB Redbridge she works across policy and development management, as well as undertaking design projects for the Council. Prior to this, Sarah worked at Gort Scott Architects where she specialised in masterplanning, urban research, strategic guidance, meanwhile-use architectural projects, stakeholder engagement and placemaking during her 7 years there. Her other roles, including teaching positions and roles at charities, and roles abroad, have given Sarah a varied perspective on city-making and the factors driving change.
Chanelle Farrell
Socio-economic Manager, LB Haringey
 Chanelle has been part of LB Haringey since 2015, contributing to various regeneration projects in the East of the borough. Her work focuses on community development and socio-economic investment. Chanelle oversees, guides, and directs the implementation of socio-economic investment, collaborating with partners, businesses, and the broader community to drive projects that enhance the quality of life and bring about transformative change. Her passion lies in fostering opportunities and investment that empowers communities to drive positive change, ultimately enhancing the quality of life and building resilient, strong communities. 
Pablo Guijarro Eguinoa
Associate (Urban Designer/Architect), Prior + Partners
Pablo is an Urban Designer and registered Architect in the UK (ARB/RIBA) and Spain (COAM). He has worked on a wide range of endeavours and across scales, from regional to architectural, including complex UK-based projects such as Heathrow Airport’s expansion and Euston Station’s redevelopment. Pablo has also undertaken international projects such as the development of AlUla in Saudi Arabia, where he was involved in setting out the principles which form the basis for the ongoing development of the region. He is now leading on detailed masterplanning of districts within the county, collaborating with diverse stakeholders and focusing on delivery and implementation on the ground.
Hannah Harris
Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kingston
Hannah leads the Spatial Planning team at RB Kingston, covering planning policy, infrastructure planning, urban design and conservation, having joined the Council in 2015. She has a wide range of experience in the public sector, having worked in local authorities in both London and the South East. Hannah’s interests lie in place-shaping, seeing how places evolve and develop through long-term planning. She’s keen on partnership working, having jointly delivered a number of documents with the GLA and TfL. Hannah is leading on the preparation of Kingston’s Local Plan, which is planning the delivery of much needed future growth for the borough.
Rachel Hearn
Design Principal, London Legacy Development Corporation
Rachel is an experienced client and regeneration professional. In her current role at London Legacy Development Corporation she leads on major housing, transport, mixed-use and public realm projects across the Olympic Park area at all stages of the development cycle. She has a unique blend of public and private sector experience as an Architect, Project Manager, Urban Designer and client. She is well-versed in driving high levels of quality, value and public benefit. She thrives on the collaboration needed to achieve complex major projects. Previously, she has worked as an architect at award winning practices.
Daniele Massetti
Project Manager, LB Southwark
Daniele has been at LB Southwark since 2019, where he has mainly been involved in the delivery of the Aylesbury Estate regeneration programme working closely with the development partner, future end users and external agencies to realise new community facilities and drive forward the regeneration programme. As part of his role, he also led the delivery of regeneration schemes of different natures: from the appointment of a community-orientated partner for two community hubs via a competitive tendering; up to working on a community-led process to allocate Local CIL funding for the realisation of new infrastructure and facilities.
Shiraj Miah
Operations Manager, Gateway Housing
Shiraj is a driven leader with an excellent record of delivering impactful strategic and innovative solutions, effectively managing budgets at scale and delivering sustainable solutions that improve lives and create communities where people want to live. With 25 years of experience in social housing, he embedded cultures of high performance, delivering great customer experience, and building/sustaining stakeholder relationships. He has developed and implemented strategies, business processes, whilst targeting efficiency/VFM savings, with the customer at the centre. He has strong operational and strategic skills to address challenges that people, and the housing sector faces now and in the future. He is devoted and passionate about tacking social inequalities.
Catherine Slade
Deputy Planning Manager – Majors, LB Waltham Forest
Catherine is an experienced Local Authority chartered town planner currently working at LB Waltham Forest, where she contributes towards management of the Major Applications team whilst dealing with a varied and complex caseload delivering housing and social infrastructure, including affordable housing, healthcare and education facilities, and exemplar public realm. Prior to this, she worked at LB Hackney where she was (amongst other things) the Principal Planning Officer responsible for the Woodberry Down estate regeneration scheme. Catherine is passionate about delivering high quality development that enriches communities and is a keen advocate for the role of planning in addressing social inequalities and delivering social justice. 
Ellie Tucker
Associate Director, London Communications Agency
Ellie works for London Communications Agency – a full service PR consultancy that delivers campaigns, consultations and content to clients across the built environment sector. She is part of the team who specialises in engagement with stakeholders and the local community on complex schemes within the healthcare, life sciences and development sectors. She is currently working with Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust and their development partner, Argent, on the St Pancras Hospital masterplan; with British Land on their Euston Tower scheme and; the Royal Marsden on their Chelsea development. 
Sal Waheed
Head of Property, LB Barnet

Sal has worked in real estate since 2008 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2013. Sal has obtained a wealth of experience in commercial property from working in both the private and public sector which has allowed him to develop specialist knowledge in property acquisitions, disposals, asset management and development. Sal and his team are currently supporting the Brent Cross regeneration team on day-to-day asset management of the commercial and residential properties prior to redevelopment, as well as the Councils wider commercial properties, providing strategic advice and solutions on complex matters.