Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 25

Future London Leaders Round 25 runs from April to September 2020. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Alex Bailey
Business Support & Service Improvement Manager, Eastend Homes

Alex has spent the past 11 years working in affordable housing, following prior spells in private sector roles. He has been involved in a number of areas including policy development, performance monitoring, community engagement and corporate governance. Between 2012 and 2016 Alex completed an MSc in Housing Studies in his free time and was awarded the 2016 Chartered Institute of Housing East Midlands Prize upon graduation. A chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Alex has a particular passion for modernisation and digital innovation, without sacrificing the personal touches involved in good housing management.

George Bennett
Senior Employer’s Agent, Potter Raper

George has been working both in the industry and at Potter Raper Limited as an Employer’s Agent since June 2009. While he has driven a large number of schemes of varying uses and sizes throughout his career, his work has predominately been with public sector clients using the Joint Contract Tribunal suite of contracts. Most recently he has been providing both pre-and post-contract services for multiple local authorities on large multi-phase regeneration projects in London.

Mahnaz Chowdhery
Deputy Planning Manager – North Area Team, LB Waltham Forest

Mahnaz is a Chartered Town Planner with 20 years of experience in the public sector, currently working at Waltham Forest council in the Development Management Team as a Deputy Planning Manager. She has significant experience in dealing with pre-application negotiations, all types of planning applications (including large regeneration and development proposals), appeals and enforcement matters. As a Deputy Planning Manager, Mahnaz provides direct support to planning officers and technical staff, as well as assisting senior managers. She has a passion for ensuring high quality design in developments, along with a particular interest in service development, and is actively involved in various service improvement initiatives.

Katie Crosbie
Principal Planner, LB Ealing

Katie is a town planner with 10 years’ experience, the majority of which has been in local government development management. In her current role she manages major and strategic planning applications, principally through planning performance agreements. Katie also leads an area team of planners, responsible for signing off delegated reports and supporting junior colleagues to ensure performance targets are met. Before joining local government, Katie worked in the private sector in multi-disciplinary project teams. In this capacity she provided a wide range of statutory and strategic planning deliverables for private sector, local government and central government clients, primarily in the energy and transport infrastructure industries.

Sarah Hall
Development Manager, Swan Housing Association

Sarah joined the Regeneration and Development department at Swan Housing Association in 2017, after completing an MSc in Urban Regeneration at University College London. Since joining, Sarah has worked as a Development Manager on a number of Swan’s core regeneration schemes with the aim of delivering high quality and affordable homes. Sarah has a keen interest in the evolution of communities and places and over the last few years has been developing her understanding of how to address some of the complex urban issues facing London and its peripheries.

Clare Healy
Principal Transport Officer, OPDC

Clare leads on transport planning for the Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area, London’s largest regeneration area. Clare previously worked for Transport for London in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy team, specialising in environmental transport policies and road user charging. Prior to this, Clare worked for C40 Cities and managed an international network of city-government planners sharing best practice in sustainable urban development and mobility management. Clare is a chartered town planner and started her career working for consultancy Arup delivering government-led policy and masterplanning projects. Clare has a Masters in Spatial Planning from University College London.

Cat Janman
Project Manager - Housing Regeneration, LB Southwark

Cat is a project manager at London Borough of Southwark, responsible for the delivery of several large developments, with a focus on building good quality new council homes. She has over five years’ experience in development and regeneration, having previously held roles at Brick by Brick development company and London Borough of Croydon, where she managed a programme of sites. Cat has a particular interest in building homes sustainably.

Antoinette Johnson
Service Manager, Family Support & Child Protection Team, LB Bexley

Antionette qualified as a social worker in 2005 and has held various positions within children’s social care over the past 15 years. She currently manages a frontline social work team and Frontline Academy for social work students. Antionette has a combination of experience working within statutory and voluntary sectors and her Transformational Leadership style allows her not just to focus on performance but also develop staff to reach their full potential. Antionette encourages staff to go beyond self-interest and accept a group vision within the team/service and in doing so has been able to build hardworking, cohesive teams and motivate staff in improving their performance.

Cathy Molloy
Senior Planner, LB Wandsworth & Richmond

Cathy has over 10 years’ planning experience within the public sector and is currently a Senior Planning Officer at the London Borough of Wandsworth, a post she has held for the last four years. Cathy is currently responsible for overseeing a number of major applications and has needed to adapt and learn quickly with the changing nature of planning and policy direction. Cathy is also currently part of Environment Directorate Equality and Diversity Forum at the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Kevin Munnelly
Corporate Head of Economic Development, Housing and Investment, RB Kingston

Kevin leads the Regeneration & Economy team at RB Kingston, which includes town centre development, urban design and economic development functions. He is an experienced chartered town planner with a diverse range of development experience across a range of disciplines and regeneration areas. He is currently focused on delivering a refreshed vision for Kingston Town Centre and leading the delivery of a multi-million pound borough-wide regeneration programme.

Sadia Nishu
Senior Planner, LB Redbridge

Sadia is a qualified town planner and has been working in the planning profession since 2009. She has extensive experience of working for a number of local authorities, working within the development management team. In her current role at the London Borough of Redbridge, she leads on various major and strategic planning applications across the borough, including projects related to council-led affordable housing delivery. Within the team Sadia supports and supervises junior colleagues in their own career development, with a focus on overseeing and reviewing delegated and committee reports and helping to ensure that performance targets are met.

Rebecca Reid
Senior Policy Officer, GLA

Rebecca is a Senior Policy Officer within the Housing Policy team at the Greater London Authority (GLA). Prior to joining the GLA in 2018, she spent eight years working across the public, private and voluntary sectors. This included working on community relations on large infrastructure projects and commercial development, as well as policy development across a range of sectors including health, infrastructure and technology. At the GLA she has led on various areas of work including intermediate housing, empty homes, construction skills, and the GLA’s work with the London Housing Panel.

Tom Selby
Deputy Team Leader - Placemaking, LB Croydon

Tom is an architect at the London Borough of Croydon, where he has worked for three years alongside a multi-disciplinary team. Since joining Croydon, Tom has led on a range of strategic development schemes, developed planning guidance, and helped deliver the Meanwhile Croydon programme. Prior to joining the council, Tom completed his degree in Architecture at the University of Bath. He subsequently worked at Grimshaw on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station and at Heatherwick Studio on a variety of projects internationally. Tom completed his Masters at the Royal College of Art and subsequently gained his RIBA Part III at Westminster University.

Alex Smith
Planning Manager - Major Developments, RB Greenwich

Alex is a Town Planner with over 13 years’ experience. In the last year he has been on secondment as Planning Manager for the Majors Team at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, which has included managing a team of 12 officers, dealing with a wide range of planning applications from small major schemes (10 units) to large scale majors for comprehensive redevelopment of strategic sites. The role has also included managing strategic infrastructure projects and two complex public inquiries. Prior to this he was Area Planning Manager, undertaking a wide range of practice including householder, medium, commercial and major developments and strategic infrastructure projects.

Ryan Stevenson
Delivery Manager, Home Group

Ryan is the Delivery Manager in Development for Home Group, where he has been broadening his experience in new-build construction since January 2018. His career in housing began with Family Mosaic, where he spent nine years progressing through roles, from Service Delivery as a Resident Liaison Officer to Asset Management as a Contracts Manager. During Family Mosaic’s merge with the Peabody Group in 2016 he was recognised for his resource investigator abilities and was promoted into a strategic role developing integration processes for service delivery teams. Moving into development was always a long-term goal for Ryan, and has been fulfilled with his role at Home Group.

Nathan Vasey
Business, Culture and Investment Manager, LB Lambeth

Nathan has worked within LB Lambeth’s Business, Culture and Investment team since 2015 and is responsible for creating and promoting programmes to stimulate business growth and the cultural vitality of the borough. Nathan leads on Lambeth’s award-winning approach to affordable workspace, the Brixton Creative Enterprise Zone, business support initiatives, inward investment activity and Business Improvement Districts. With a career that began by voluntarily supporting independent businesses to come together to improve their trading environment, Nathan is skilled in and passionate about using innovative approaches to drive growth and create opportunity.