Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 31

Future London Leaders Round 31 runs from April to September 2022. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Hassan Ahmed
Principal Strategic Planner, GLA DEE
Hassan has over 15 years' experience of working as a town planner, both in local government and at a regional level. Hassan has a passion for planning and has worked across the profession with a focus on strategic planning but also in development management and as a planning consultant for several educational developments in London. He currently works as a Principal Strategic Planner in the Local Plans Team at the GLA, with responsibility for responding to borough Local Plan consultations and working collaboratively to bring them into general conformity with the London Plan.
Shehnaz Begum
Property Manager- Commercial Estates, LB Haringey
Shehnaz is a chartered surveyor in real estate with over 20 years professional experience in commercial property within the public sector. She specialises in property and estate management, valuations, strategic property review, and landlord and tenant work. Currently, she leads a team of professional surveyors who manage the commercial and community building portfolios including undertaking acquisition and disposal work of both commercial and residential property. Shehnaz also leads and manages a small capital works programme of commercial properties and estates. As Commercial Team Manager she has a key role in working collaboratively with client services on housing delivery and regeneration-led projects. Shehnaz is a firm supporter of self-development and is a mentor on the government's approved apprentice scheme.
Liam Caulfield
Senior Project Manager, London Legacy Development Corporation
Liam has seven years’ experience in the construction industry and holds an MSc in Construction Project Management from the University of Reading. He currently works as a Senior Project Manager in the Construction Directorate at London Legacy Development Corporation, who manage the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Liam has significant experience managing teams of consultants to deliver complex construction projects including the London Stadium Transformation, all three schools across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and most recently on East Bank.
Shinel Crichlow
Sales & Marketing Manager, Gateway Housing
Shinel has been in the housing sector for over 10 years, specialising in affordable homes. Her current role as Sales & Marketing Manager involves managing new build sites in East London. Shinel also manages staircasing, resale, Right to Buy, and Lease Extension, and she has also successfully created webinars aimed at informing and educating residents, helped to ensure over 530 homes have been built, and created 'outside of the box' marketing strategies by collaborating with influencers and other external organisations.
Josephine Dand
Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Josephine is an architect with extensive experience building homes and primary schools in and around London and Essex. She has particular expertise in modular construction and an interest in how that can be practically integrated into the mainstream construction industry. Mostly, Josephine is interested in creating flexible, long-lasting homes to suit their varied occupants, which enhance and engage the existing communities in which they are built.
Susan Du Toit
Project Manager, Regeneration, LB Southwark
Susan has experience of delivering complex projects across housing regeneration, economic development and investment. She is currently managing the Tustin Estate rebuilding programme in LB Southwark, working  closely with residents to deliver 690 replacement and additional homes, as well as a replacement primary school, commercial space and a new park. Susan has previously managed economic development projects at LB Southwark including commissioning an £8 million employment support service, leading the borough's skills strategy and managing the distribution of Covid-19 business grants. Prior to joining LB Southwark, Susan worked in LB Newham's business growth team on range of projects to generate income and maximise assets.
Donna Guy
Development Officer, LB Wandsworth
Donna is a trained housing professional, with a background in housing and tenancy management. Donna transitioned to LB Wandsworth’s development team to support the delivery of the Housing for All programme to build 1000 homes, to assist with financial and budget monitoring, and development appraisals and GLA grant funding applications. Donna has experience of estate renewal and resident and stakeholder consultation engagement, decanting and rehousing. Donna is passionate about the development of genuinely affordable homes, that are accessible to all.
Frankie Lack
Development Manager, Swan
Frankie is an experienced development Manager, currently project managing a number of new build, residential-led mixed use schemes across London. Frankie has six years of Environmental and Sustainability experience and is the co-chair of London's Environment Group, made up of 20+ housing association environmental professionals from across London and the South East.
Lucy Large
Urban Designer, Tibbalds
Lucy is an experienced urban designer with project experience in large- and small-scale residential and mixed-use masterplans, town centre regeneration, public realm design and community and stakeholder engagement. She is committed to creating sustainable environments with people at the forefront of design. Driven by creating environments that respond to the people that use them, Lucy has volunteered on projects outside of work engaging with local communities to help develop an understanding of the relationship between people and places. She brings her knowledge from training as an architect and working as a planning consultant to her role, having developed an in-depth understanding of character- and people-led masterplanning. 
Ating Liu
Major Schemes Programme Manager, LB Sutton
Prior to working for Sutton council, Ating worked in the private sector, and for 13 years specialised in scheme business case development. The schemes she is contributing to include the London Cancer Hub, a world-leading cancer research and treatment hub on a constrained site with an innovation centre, community-use green space, as well as the desired transport infrastructures, creating 10,000 new jobs. Ating has also been working with the team on the Future High Streets Fund programme. The programme secured £11.3 million investment from DLUHC to acquire and redevelop vacant buildings and repurpose them for cultural, social and residential use.
Natalie Magri
Head of Contracts & Facilities, One Housing
Natalie's role at One Housing is within the Care and Support division and she has 10 years' of experience in delivering high-performing contract management. Natalie has extensive experience drafting and negotiating numerous types of contracts alongside management of project delivery start-ups, operations and managing multiple contractors and client relationships. Her responsibilities include managing a portfolio of managing agents, and contract and financial management of the company’s soft facilities joint venture, leading on complex property-related situations from inception to completion. Outside of the office, Natalie is a committed mother to a young girl who plays a daily role in keeping life in perspective and making Natalie the best person she can be.
Arslan Majid
Principal Engineer- Highways & Traffic Service, LB Islington
Arslan works within the Highways and Transportation sector and has gained extensive experience in the field by working across the public and private sectors. He is driven by projects that genuinely have a profound effect on the environment. To date, Arslan has delivered a range complex schemes designed to improve the air quality and promote active travel such as cycleways and low traffic neighbourhoods. In addition, he has also delivered numerous public realm enhancement schemes.
Paul Murphy
Safer Communities Operations Manager, LB Ealing
Paul has over ten years' experience of working in the field of crime prevention and anti-social behaviour management.  He currently leads a multi-disciplinary service that incorporates case workers, environmental health officers and a range of project officers, as well as responsibility for the borough's CCTV infrastructure and delivery. Paul's focus is on strong partnership working, targeted intervention and enforcement, and improvements to the built environment to design out crime. He led on the implementation of LB Ealing's Safe Zone, a UK first, tackling intimidation and harassment affecting an abortion clinic. Paul hopes to develop how creative partnership enforcement powers can be applied to solve problems important to the residents and businesses he serves.
Michelle Pearce
Project Officer, LB Hackney
Michelle is a built environment professional with over 20 years' experience within the housing sector, including housing management, asset management, project management of award winning mixed tenure housing developments and most recently carrying out assessment of council owned sites to establish financial viability and development potential as part of the Options Appraisal process. Michelle is passionate about providing well designed, affordable, sustainable homes and neighbourhoods where people want to live. 
Pratima Sood
Principal Development & Partnerships Manager, LB Hounslow
Pratima is responsible for securing affordable housing on private developer and council led schemes. With nearly 18 years of experience in local authorities, she oversees several projects at various stages in the development process, currently focusing on schemes that are pre-contract and require planning permission. Pratima has played a significant role in delivering the council's 5000 Affordable Housing Pledge as well as the commitment to build 1000 council homes by 2022. She is passionate about delivering good quality, affordable housing. Prior to progressing her career in development and enabling affordable housing, Pratima gained experience in planning policy and estate regeneration. She also holds an MSc in Town Planning from UCL.
Dan Taylor
Development Trainee, Poplar HARCA
Dan assists the development team at Poplar HARCA with the delivery of development and regeneration projects in East London. Since graduating from university, he has worked with a number of stakeholders across the affordable housing sector, with housing management experience tailored to specialist supported housing before making the switch to development. Dan is currently studying for an MSc in Construction Project Management at London South Bank University and looks forward to continuing his development within the sector and contribution to providing new, quality affordable housing and social value through each project.

Future London Leaders Round 30

Future London Leaders Round 30 runs from January to June 2022. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Imran Ahmed
Site Manager, L&Q

Imran is a site manager who has diverse experiences across different sectors of the built environment. He has been involved in the multidisciplinary design phases of prestigious infrastructure schemes such as HS2, Victoria Station Upgrade, Heathrow Terminal T2B and offshore oil and gas projects. Equipped with his consultancy experience, he joined the pre-construction design team for a residential developer and soon after was based on site, driving and managing the delivery of blocks of apartments from ground remediation phase through to client handover across two different schemes. This is whilst ensuring programme, quality and budget KPIs are achieved.

Temi Awolaja
Head of Housing Services CDS Cooperatives

Temi's background is in debt management and income collection, and tenancy and leasehold management. She has recently been appointed as the Head of Housing Services for the housing team at CDS and has seven years' experience leading and managing the provision of high quality, responsive housing, and leasehold services with a focus on positive customer outcomes. Temi is responsible for helping to facilitate successful tenancies and takes a lead role in continuously developing and driving a performance culture within CDS with a focus on delivering service improvements. She is passionate about helping to meet the needs of the local community.

Cheryl Bannerman
Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Cheryl is an architecturally trained project manager, currently working as a consultant within a private consultancy firm. She has experience working with complex, design-led regeneration projects within local authorities. Her experience includes housing, civic and commercial buildings and master plans in the UK, Lebanon and Gabon. Cheryl specialises in stakeholder engagement; design development and project coordination. She is adept at core project management functions in a public sector development environment, including information management: financial and budget monitoring and her design skill provide a flexible resource for drafting feasibility and capacity studies.

Karl Brierley
Principal Transport Planner, LB Camden

Karl is a transport planning professional with eight years’ experience across the public and private sectors. He specialises in schemes which deliver solutions to improve air quality and road safety, and enable walking and cycling. Karl has delivered complex and challenging projects with a wide variety of stakeholders across a number of Mayoral funded programmes from Quietways, Liveable Neighbourhoods to town centre improvement and low-traffic neighbourhood schemes. In delivering projects which have a direct impact on the transport choices of all Londoners, Karl has had to refine an approach which enables the delivery of a successful projects whilst ensuring that competing voices are heard.

Valeria Carrizo
Community Hubs Programme Manager, LB Redbridge

Valeria is a programme manager with a community development background and a talent for developing partnerships. She is fascinated by the impact that the built environment has on communities and its potential to change people’s lives for the better. In her current role at LB Redbridge she oversees the delivery of newly built community hubs and the implementation of new ways of delivering services. Her passion for working with communities started when she joined an estate regeneration programme in LB Tower Hamlets, which was the beginning of a 16-year career in local authorities. Naturally curious, previous work includes policy, commissioning, and change management, as well as strategy and service co-design.

Peter Geene
Sales Market Intelligence and Reporting Manager, Catalyst

In his role at Catalyst Housing, Peter supports Development and Sales teams by providing market insights and in-depth sales reporting. Before joining Catalyst in October 2020, Peter worked at LGIM in their Solutions and Investor Relations team. After graduating in 2007, he started his career at MSCI (formerly IPD), where he was deeply involved in the development of IPD’s institutional residential and social housing investment performance measurement services. Peter holds an MSc in Housing Futures from University College London and an MA in European Real Estate from Kingston University.

Augusta Grey
Urban Designer, Tibbalds

Augusta’s project experience includes design guidance, urban regeneration projects, masterplanning of greenfield and brownfield sites, character assessment and community and stakeholder engagement. With a background in research and policy before training in architecture, Augusta has a breadth of experience that she brings to her design work alongside an enthusiasm for working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams. She is driven by a desire to create places where environmental sustainability is a key principle, believing that quality placemaking should promote the health and wellbeing of people and the planet.

Kerim Kemal
Commercial Manager, Lovell

Kerim is the commercial lead for Lovell Partnerships on the One Woolwich Development. The One Woolwich Development is the regeneration of the existing Connaught, Morris Walk and Maryon Estates and construction of 1615 apartments and houses for private sale, social rent and shared ownership. Kerim has over 10 years' experience working for key contractors and developers in the residential construction industry, leading projects ranging from £5m to £500m in value. Born and raised in London, Kerim has an inherent understanding of the fundamental need to improve London's built environment and is passionate about building affordable homes and creating pleasant neighbourhoods for families to flourish.

Caroline Murray
Project Manager, Poplar HARCA

Caroline is part of the Accents team at Poplar HARCA, a placemaking team which leads on social and economic regeneration initiatives, leveraging assets and opportunities for Poplar and its communities. Prior to Poplar HARCA, Caroline has worked at numerous charities and social enterprises and has expertise in social entrepreneurship, local enterprise support, community development and co-production. Whilst working on a range of projects in her current role, Caroline has a keen interest in community wealth building, inclusive local economic development and building the capacity of grassroots organisations and businesses to access opportunities and play an active role in shaping their communities.

Sam Phelps
Senior Development Consultant, Red Loft

Sam has 15 years' experience in the residential new build sector, specialising in affordable housing. In her current role as a consultant at Red Loft, she works with large and small housing associations, taking schemes from acquisition, planning, procurement, through the build process to handover and defects. Sam is driven by projects that genuinely improve places and communities, and she has led on a variety of projects from small infill sites to larger regeneration schemes. Sam has also formulated growth strategies for smaller housing associations, carried out risk training workshops as well as created policy and procedure documents for local authorities.

Yanni Pitsillides
Regeneration Manager, LB Newham

Yanni is an Architect and Regeneration Manager at LB Newham. He previously worked at FCB Studios on primary and higher education buildings and masterplans. Having joined LB Newham as a Public Practice Associate, he works with a multidisciplinary team delivering a vision for Stratford Metropolitan Town Centre, several council-led urban design frameworks and developing high street strategies for activating vacant buildings.

James Renwick
Infrastructure Delivery Team Leader, LB Bromley

James has worked in local authority planning for 20 years, specialising in strategic infrastructure planning and delivery. A graduate of town planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, James has worked at regional and local authorities, developing innovative processes and implementing effective procedures for the funding and delivery of infrastructure at a local, regional and national level. Currently James is employed as the Infrastructure Delivery Team Leader at LB Bromley, having previously worked at LBs Camden, Lewisham, Hackney, and the South East of England Regional Assembly.

Ruth Smithson
Principal Planner, LB Lambeth

Ruth is a town planner with over 14 years' experience in local government and a range of experience within planning, including strategic projects and planning enforcement. Ruth has previously led on large-scale commercial and residential planning applications. In Ruth's current role at LB Lambeth, she manages a team of planners and oversees a number of major projects, guiding them through all stages of the planning system. Ruth is passionate about the planning process taking a positive and proactive position in delivering developments which improve the quality of places and provide a high standard of development for future and existing communities.

Kara Tomes-Meek
Asset Programme Manager, Optivo

Kara has 14 years’ experience in the housing sector. After studying construction management at the University College of Estate Management she became part of a development team at a small housing association where she led on Section 106 developments. Kara’s passion is in sustainability, and she has applied many initiatives in her work from the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission to the One Planet Living framework for sustainable futures. Kara’s career is focused on creating safe, sustainable, and affordable homes, accessible for all. In her current role she is leading on the asset programme delivery across 45,000 homes and working on a retrofit strategy and programme to get all Optivo homes to net zero by 2050.

Rob Timmer
Regeneration Delivery Manager - High Streets Heritage Action Zone, RB Greenwich

Rob is a dynamic and efficient arts and public realm professional, with over 15 years’ experience delivering unique creative and placemaking programmes in the UK and overseas. Rob has a background in arts and live events, having delivered the London Jazz Festival, large-scale projects for the Barbican and landmark new commissions at Festival 2012 and Hull 2017. As a Project Manager for the City of London’s public realm team, Rob enjoyed working collaboratively to deliver partner and community led projects for Culture Mile and Sculpture in the City. Currently Rob is leading on the delivery of the Woolwich High Streets Heritage Action Zone for RB Greenwich and Historic England.

Sandy Walker
Property Development Manager, Transport for London

Sandy is an experienced real estate professional currently working as a Property Development Manager within TfL Commercial Development. Starting out as a commercial surveyor, Sandy has developed a broad skill set in real estate through a variety of roles at JLL and Cushman & Wakefield prior to joining TfL. He is now responsible for unlocking complex sites in a variety of London locations and delivering residential led, mixed use development. He is passionate about creating thoughtfully designed spaces that are sustainable, innovative, great places to live and benefit the community.

Laura White
Senior Planner, Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation

Laura has 6 years’ experience in the planning sector. She currently works as a Senior Planner in the Development Management Team at Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, the UK’s largest regeneration project. She has experience in strategic and major scale planning applications, seeking to influence the design of schemes from an early stage to help achieve OPDC’s objectives. Laura is also OPDC’s lead planning officer for HS2. The HS2 project is a nationally important piece of transport infrastructure that plays an essential part of regeneration in the OPDC area, including the delivery of Old Oak Common station.