Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 18

Future London Leaders Round 18 runs from January to June 2018. Profiles of the candidates are below.


Mahbub Aman
Strategic Project Manager, Tower Hamlets

I have worked in local government for nearly 10 years and I’m passionate about making London a great place to live, shop, create jobs for residents and become a thriving economy. Currently I manage the Whitechapel Vision Delivery Team at LB Tower Hamlets, leading on the regeneration of this rapidly growing area with inward investment estimated to be valued at £1bn of over the next 10 years. I am also a Non-Executive Director at Tower Hamlet Homes, which manages 22,000 homes.

James Anderson
Business Development Manager, Genesis

I have 13 years’ experience in the housing sector in a variety of roles, including managing and working on major development and regeneration projects. I am currently working on the regeneration of Grahame Park in Barnet. As a Graduate Trainee I attained a Master’s in Housing & Regeneration Social Policy from the London School of Economics. I am passionate about placemaking, through creating new places or transforming existing places.

Abdul Awwal
Partnerships Development/iTRES Manager, LB Tower Hamlets

Having worked for LB Tower Hamlets for more than 20 years, I have successfully built partnerships, delivered employment initiatives, launched the Councils new employment service (WorkPath), producing strategies to enhance the Growth and Economic Development service, whilst utilising my skills and knowledge in HR, Policy and Strategy. 

I have managed internal and external partnerships, developing relationships to support the community whilst ensuring the objectives of the council are met. Currently, I am working on business continuity of the service including the Apprenticeship Levy, Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment and the strategic priority to locate/deliver the WorkPath service embedded within the community.
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Scott Bryant
Senior Policy Officer, Greater London Authority
I work in the GLA Housing Policy team, focusing on how land can best be brought forward to deliver new homes, including by assembling land in fragmented ownership. I have a background in housing management and have held a number of housing policy and strategy roles, both in the local authority and housing association sectors, within and outside London. I look forward to developing my leadership skills and further building my professional network through the Future London Leaders Programme.
Marianne Danielewicz
Area Manager (North-East London), Greater London Authority
I have seven years’ experience in the social housing and homelessness sector. After working in the Housing Services and Development departments of a housing association, I joined the GLA Housing & Land in 2013 as a Project Officer, where I worked on the homelessness Social Impact Bond for a year. I am currently an Area Manager in the North East area team, providing support to a portfolio of investment partners to deliver the Mayor’s affordable housing programmes.
Darran Eggleton
Planning Enforcement & Environment Manager, LB Ealing
Having joined LB Ealing in 2010, I am now a Service Manager in Regulatory Services, responsible for the Planning Enforcement and Pollution Technical teams. My teams investigate alleged breaches of planning control, taking enforcement action where necessary. In addition, we provide technical advice on environmentally sensitive planning applications, as well as providing advice in relation to the HS2, Crossrail and Heathrow 3 developments. We actively pursue Proceeds of Crime enforcement matters and I recently presented an item on POCA at the RTPI conference.
Theresa Dugbatey
Project Manager, LB Hackney
I have more than 10 years’ housing experience, in Property and Asset Management at LB Newham, then moving to the LB Hackney Regeneration Division, where I have led on various regeneration projects and assisted on the last phase of one of our largest multi-disciplinary projects. My current role is in the recently established Housing Supply infill programme. My time at both local authorities has offered valuable learning curves and allowed me to work with a range of industry professionals.
Charles Glover-Short
Senior Research Analyst, Optivo
Optivo is a 44,000-home housing association based in Croydon. I coordinate our research programme, conducting and commissioning research to improve service delivery, influence the sector and boost our reputation for thought leadership. I’ve been working in housing in one form or another for nearly eight years, beginning at the Connection at St Martin’s homelessness charity, before joining AmicusHorizon’s (now Optivo) graduate scheme in 2011.
Andrea Klettner
Senior Communications Manager – Regeneration, Lendlease
I started my working life in the built environment as a journalist and editor for magazines and newspapers including Architects’ Journal, Building and the Evening Standard, most recently as news editor at Building Design. I then spent four years at the built environment communications and PR agency ING Media, where I advised clients including LB Croydon, HUB and Karakusevic Carson Architects, and worked on major projects including The Goodsyard site in Shoreditch. In October 2017 I joined Lendlease, where my role includes overseeing the communications strategies for major urban regeneration projects.
Stanley Lau
Deputy Planning Manager – Development Management, LB Waltham Forest
I have been at LB Waltham Forest for six years, initially within an Area team on major projects and supporting colleagues within other teams. My current role is a Deputy Planning Manager of the Majors team, dealing with strategic projects and assisting in the delivery of the council’s Economic Growth Strategy, whilst continuing to support colleagues in the department, helping to develop officers with major applications experience. I am looking forward to meeting people with similar work backgrounds, engaging and sharing ideas.
Kristie Lucassen
Delivery Manager, Home Group
I work on a range of projects from inception to completion. During my career I have gained experience negotiating and working with different types of contracts such as JV, JCT, NEC3 and Development Agreements, and delivering a range of projects across London. I am passionate about delivering high-quality homes for those who need it most and I am always trying to get the best quality and cost outcomes from any project I manage.
Marion MacCormick
Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
I have been working as an architect for 13 years, starting in Scotland with small residential projects for private clients. Since joining Pollard Thomas Edwards in 2013, I‘ve been involved in a number of residential developments, with a focus on estate regeneration. I enjoy being involved in all stages of a project from design to delivery, which provides a varied and interesting workload. I believe that a collaborative approach and good working relationships is key to any successful project.
Claire Perrott
Associate, Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design
I am an architect and urban designer, and have a range of experience in design and built environment roles. I enjoy the challenge of communicating good design, whether through visual or spoken methods. I returned to Tibbalds nearly six years ago after a break to have children. I now have a focused design role on masterplanning projects within the practice and I run the project design review programme.
Javin Solanki
Assistant Director of Finance, Poplar HARCA
Having started in private practice in New Zealand, I have had nearly five years of audit and business advisory experience. I moved to the UK in 2013 and joined one of London’s leading registered providers. My current role at Poplar HARCA entails providing technical accounting guidance on complex property transactions and maintaining good governance by ensuring that financial controls are operating per the company’s policies and procedures. FLL is an opportunity for me to connect and network with colleagues in the property sector and further develop my personal professional knowledge and skills.
Russell Trewartha
Neighbourhoods Programme Manager, LB Lambeth
I have a wide-ranging project and programme management background in local government gained over the past 10 years. I’ve developed and led a range of teams to deliver successful housing, regeneration and public realm initiatives. In my current role I lead a team of project staff and a capital investment portfolio covering the full project cycle of implementing highways and streetscape improvements across Lambeth.

Future London Leaders Round 19

Future London Leaders Round 19 runs from April to September 2018. Candidate profiles will be up shortly!

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