Future London Leaders Candidates

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.
Farah Hassan
Development Manager, Westminster City Council
Farah comes from an architectural academic background, however her professional experience has been through development management within Real Estate. Farah has worked on several development schemes, taking them from feasibility through to planning approval and more recently has widened her skill set through construction procurement and demolition. 
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.

Future London Leaders Round 35

Future London Leaders Round 35 runs from September 2023 to February 2024. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Monju Ali
CPO & Regeneration Co-ordinator, LB Tower Hamlets

Monju has worked in the built environment for over ten years. In his role at LB Tower Hamlets he has worked in a variety of roles ranging from Planning, Development Management and Estate Regeneration. Monju works both with housing associations and private developers to facilitate regeneration schemes using local authority powers such as CPO and s203. He has developed specialist knowledge in matters relating to rights of light and community consultation. Monju is passionate about making a visible difference and positive contribution to the built environment and tackling the current housing crisis.

Sarah Atkinson
Community & Stakeholder Relations Manager, GLA Housing & Land

Sarah currently works on the Royal Docks regeneration programme, a joint initiative of the Mayors of London and Newham. Sarah’s role is to work with communities and stakeholders to help spread the benefits of the regeneration equitably. Prior to this, Sarah worked as an urban planning consultant in London and has enjoyed learning to shift focus between local and international scales. She first became interested in the built environment through working in urban contexts in Africa, Asia and Europe whilst working with International NGOs and UN Agencies in advocacy and service design focusing on civic participation and innovation across education, technology, health, and urban policy.

Dominique Barnett
Principal Policy Planner, LB Newham

Dominique is a chartered town planner with 10 years’ experience working in planning policy in local government. She has worked in four local authorities in London where she has led on a range of planning policy topics including housing, retail and town centres, site allocations, infrastructure planning and neighbourhood planning. She currently works at LB Newham where she leads on neighbourhood policies, site allocations, and consultation and engagement for the Local Plan Review.

Nicola Blake
Principal Planning Officer, LB Brent

Nicola is a town planner with 7 years' experience in the built environment. For the last 7 years' she has worked for LB Brent on a variety of large scale major and minor development proposals. Nicola is passionate about ensuring that developments she has engaged with achieve high quality design proposals, with genuinely affordable housing and significant improvements in the biodiversity of the site creating impactful change within neighbourhoods.

Amma Coleman-Green
Principal Policy Officer, GLA Good Growth

Amma studied Politics with International Relations at university and, following graduation, started her career in politics working in Parliament. After a few years working in politics, Amma made the move to transport, working in various roles in Planning and Regulation, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement. Amma is currently working as a Principal Policy Officer at the Greater London Authority. She works on behalf of the Mayor of London to help set Transport for London’s strategic direction, focusing on several policy areas including rail and underground services, network safety and taxi and private hire.

Richard Crutchley
Senior Planner, LB Richmond & Wandsworth

Richard has been a chartered town planner since 1997 and has worked in the public, private and charitable sectors across England over a long career in planning. In his current role at LB Richmond & Wandsworth, Richard works primarily on the housing policies of the Local Plan, but contributes across policy areas and to evidence documents, including leading on the sustainability appraisal. His previous role was in the private sector where, as an Associate, he led on a number of multi-disciplinary masterplanning and design-orientated projects, including those for the town centres of Sutton Coldfield, Haywards Heath and Salisbury.

Harry Drimussis
Head of Technical, Places for People

Harry is an experienced head of technical with over 10 years' working in the construction industry and is currently Head of Technical for the placemaking and regeneration function at Places for People. He manages a technical team that are responsible for overseeing architectural and urban design, scheme optimisation, value engineering, land appraisals and health & safety management on schemes comprising up to 10,000 homes. Prior to this, Harry held senior positions at national house builder firms such as St James and Crest Nicholson.

Zoë Dunn
Team Leader - Regeneration, LB Camden

Zoë is an experienced housing development and estate regeneration professional currently working in LB Camden's Community Investment Programme.

Pearl Figueira
Planning Officer, City of London

Pearl has worked in Planning for five years and is currently a Planning Officer at the City of London Corporation, working across the Development Management and Policy teams, where she is passionate about creating inspiring buildings and places. Pearl was recently awarded the London Young Planner of the Year award from RTPI for working on the Lighting SPD, which provides guidance to applicants for lighting development in the City. She has previously worked as a Planner in the private sector, and prior to planning, worked at a charity distributing grant funding to community projects. Pearl also enjoys volunteering, art classes and taking too many photos of cats.

Sarah Hutchison
Associate Director, Grounded Practice

Sarah is an architect with extensive housing experience. She has worked across London designing and delivering housing of all scales. Sarah worked on South Gardens at Elephant and Castle for Maccreanor Lavington Architects, before spending 6 years working in Croydon for Brick by Brick. Whilst with Brick by Brick, Sarah was part of Common Ground Architecture, overseeing the design and delivery of a number of small housing projects designed by Common Ground. She also worked as a development manager for Brick by Brick, guiding complicated sites through concept stage to create viable developments. At Grounded, Sarah is currently responsible for the design of an estate regeneration project in Lancaster.

Scott Mundy
Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey

Scott has been at LB Haringey since 2018. His work has mainly focused on the delivery of a major regeneration scheme in Tottenham which will bring new council homes, public spaces and community facilities. As part of this role he has led on community engagement, land assembly and development of housing policy, working with a range of internal and external partners. Scott is passionate about creating change that will better the lives of local people, and collaborating with residents and businesses to ensure that they are the ones shaping the changes to their neighbourhood.

Lauren Heath
Construction & Project Manager, Hyde Housing

Lauren has worked in housing for 17 years, taking on a variety of roles. For the past 7 years she has worked in construction, ensuring the delivery of high quality, genuinely affordable housing that meets people's needs, and is committed to engaging fully with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure that new developments are fit for purpose. Lauren is leading on projects delivering over 163 homes to people in London. She has a HNC in Construction and the Built environment. Lauren is passionate about building high quality homes for people in need.

Robert Sedgwick
Principal Project Manager, LB Islington

Robert has held different roles in the design and construction industry in London. He is currently working at a Local Authority house-builder, managing development projects on-site, in procurement ,and at viability/planning stages. Previously, he worked as a qualified architect for leading London practice AHMM. In addition, Robert has gained a master’s in Real Estate from Henley Business School in Reading and has continued his RICS training in construction project management. Robert has an ambition for high-quality design, with a strategic focus on overcoming the economic challenges facing the UK built environment to ensure we continue delivering much-needed housing.

Hannah Smith
Sustainability Programme Manager, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Hannah works in the Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team within  RB Kensington & Chelsea. She is responsible for the delivery of an ambitious sustainability strategy, with the central aims of becoming a model net-zero carbon estate by 2030 and future eco-neighbourhood. She is passionate about finding solutions for environmental challenges that can also bring tangible social benefits. Prior to joining Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team, Hannah completed the Local Government Association's National Graduate Development Programme, working across a range of teams including the RB Kensington & Chelsea Planning Department.

Sharon Thandi
Solicitor, Devonshires

Sharon is an experienced solicitor with over seven years’ experience advising clients in the housing, charities and third sectors sector. Sharon specialises in corporate, governance and regulatory advice and primarily works with registered providers of social housing (RPs) on a variety of matters that range from incorporation and registration as RPs, partnership working with third parties, mergers, establishing and reorganising group structures, strategic governance advice and dealing with regulatory intervention. Sharon is passionate about working with clients to achieve their strategic objectives. Sharon also has a keen interest around improving diversity and inclusion in the sectors she works in. She is a member of various equality, diversity and inclusion groups and volunteers for the Social Mobility Foundation.

Rhianna Williams
Development & Delivery Manager, Home Group

Rhianna's career highlights her proficiency in project management, property development, and brand administration. Beginning her career in the built environment as a Graduate Delivery Manager at Home Group, she effectively oversaw projects, fostered collaboration, and monitored metrics. In her role as Development & Delivery Manager, Rhianna evaluates prospects, manages projects, finances, and engages stakeholders. Her diverse portfolio includes Land Led developments, Joint ventures, Off the Shelf initiatives, and S106 agreements. Rhianna is currently working on a multi-phase Land Led Project. Significantly, Rhianna excels in cultivating collaborative stakeholder relationships, showcasing financial planning skills, ensuring regulatory compliance, and conducting thorough governance audits. She adeptly manages contractor partnerships and compliance as well.