Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 20

Future London Leaders Round 20 runs from September 2018 to March 2019. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Dougal Ainsley
Senior Associate, Lewis Silkin

Dougal is a solicitor with 6 years of post-qualification experience, practising infrastructure, public, planning and environmental law, currently focusing on London regeneration. Before qualifying Dougal worked as a policy adviser at HM Treasury, a local authority housing officer and a project worker at homeless charities. This allowed him to appreciate the wider social and governance contexts within which the development process plays out. Dougal is increasingly leading teams of professionals to resolve complex legal cases and supervising more junior colleagues.

Sarah Birt
Area Manager - Housing and Land, GLA Housing

Sarah is a Chartered Town Planner and is training to become a Chartered Surveyor. She began her career at the London Legacy Development Corporation, working as a Case Officer on high-profile regeneration projects. After 4 years, she moved to the Greater London Authority where she has been since January 2018. In her current role she manages investment relationships to increase affordable housing and is leading on potential investments through industrial intensification.

John Booker
Head of Land, Redloft

John is a Town Planner with ten years professional experience. As the head of the Land Team at Red Loft, he leads viability modelling for numerous schemes and facilitates land and property acquisitions across London and the South East of England. Through Red Loft John worked at Peabody housing association for 3 years, managing the regeneration proposals for South Thamesmead. John was previously employed in Knight Frank’s Residential Development Team, East Thames Homes, and the Olympic Delivery Authority. John has proven ability at: pragmatic project management, intuitive decision making, innovative problem solving, and leading and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies.

Dan Evans
Senior Planner, Arup

Dan has worked as a Senior Planner at Arup for around six years. He has a strong planning policy and evidence base background, in particular on infrastructure delivery, housing and employment land availability and policy development. Dan has also worked on other projects across a range of development management, economics, and research areas, with the majority of his clients being from the public sector. 

Pippa Gueterbock
Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey

Pippa is currently Regeneration Manager in the Wood Green Team at Haringey Council where she leads on ‘place’ projects including design guidance, master plans, meanwhile projects and an employment space study. Prior to this, she worked at the London Legacy Development Corporation in the Regeneration Team, leading the delivery of the Lea River Park and a series of master plans; alongside her role as design adviser to the planning team on major applications. Before Pippa’s move to the public sector, she worked at Fluid architects on regeneration schemes, including Kings Cross and the Olympics. 

Preeti Gulati Tyagi
Planning Policy Team Leader, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Preeti has experience working in both the private and public sector. In her previous job, in a private consultancy, she project managed the planning side of large-scale master planning projects in London and across the UK. In her current job she manages a variety of work including the Local Plan examination, range of Supplementary Planning Documents, CIL and s106. Preeti’s specialist area of planning policy interest is currently housing, having previously led on the basements policy for Kensington and Chelsea. 

Marcia Kirlew
Principal Regeneration Officer, Be First

Marcia has been in her present role as a Principal Regeneration Officer for the past 14 years and has undertaken a variety of roles which have developed her current skill set. She is passionate about the provision of good quality affordable homes for those in the most need. Marcia previously worked on several new build housing schemes. Presently she has a growing interest in the development of new homes using new methods of construction.

Jessica Lynch
Senior Consultant, HATCH Regeneris

Jessica is a Senior Consultant at Hatch Regeneris, working on a range of research and strategy projects, as well as economic impact and appraisal. She is a Chartered Surveyor, with a keen interest in land and property projects, often with a regeneration focus and particularly within the London context. Examples of recent projects she has managed include a publication for the Local Government Association, researching a series of case studies exemplifying the different approaches to culture-led regeneration. Jessica worked on Hackney Wick Fish Islands’ bid to become one of the Mayor’s first Creative Enterprise Zones. She has also undertaken work for several property developers, including Argent, LCR and Telford Homes on tracking the social and economic impacts of their developments.

Jonathan McClue
Principal Planning Officer, LB Camden – Development Management

Jonathan has over seven years’ experience working as a Development Management Planning Officer, including over five and half years in the UK. He previously worked at Brentwood Borough Council and the London Borough of Redbridge. Since 2014 he has been working at Camden Council and is now working as a Principal Planning Officer on a number of major schemes including Centre Point, St Giles Circus/Consolidated, 100 Avenue Road, Mount Pleasant and GOSH and UCL proposals.

Steve Nicola
Social and Economic Regeneration Manager, Notting Hill Genesis

Steve has worked at Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) for over 12 years. He started at NHG as a Trainee Youth Worker and went on to become an employment adviser working directly with NHGs residents. Following this, he spent the rest of his career project managing several enterprise, employment and training initiatives that supported NHGs communities. In 2015, he launched NHGs corporate Apprenticeship Programme and Work Experience Programme. Steve now works as a Social and Economic Regeneration Manager for Grahame Park which is one of the largest regeneration schemes in the country. His focus is the commissioning of social and economic wellbeing initiatives on the estate and capacity building a local community development trust located on Grahame Park estate.

Owain Roberts
Senior Development Manager, London Legacy Development Corporation

Owain is a passionate advocate for regeneration, having worked determinedly to understand place, what is needed to ensure it is good for people and the tools needed to successfully deliver it. Owain is a versatile Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor with experience of working across England and Scotland. His career started in City of Edinburgh Council in Planning and Housing Strategy roles. He successfully undertook the Homes and Communities Agency’s graduate programme before undertaking roles at HCA Essex, the Greater London Authority and London Legacy Development Corporation where he is currently a Senior Development Manager.

Mathieu Rogers
Area Regeneration Manager, LB Hackney

Mathieu has more than a decade of economic development, regeneration and planning experience, having led the investment of over £3 million into London. From pioneering the set up of a Business Improvement District Company to successfully delivering a variety of high profile regeneration programmes across Hounslow, Sutton, Ealing and Hackney, his positivity and passion for innovation has seen him find creative and efficient solutions that don't just connect communities but enable them to live together harmoniously. Mathieu is a Chartered Town Planner and Manager, and is currently working with Hackney Council to design the economic regeneration of the Lee Valley corridor. A born and bred Londoner, Mathieu is privileged to be in the driving seat of some of the Capital's most pioneering work, regeneration that will ensure Hackney is at the forefront of development for years to come.

Britta Stöhr
Regeneration Project Manager, LB Waltham Forest

Britta trained as an urban planner in Germany and majored in project management; she spent the first years of her career developing former rail properties. Since joining the LB Waltham Forest, Britta has worked on a variety of projects starting with the development of a vision masterplan for the Lea Bridge & Leyton area. Britta is currently working with various landowners, businesses, and the GLA to collaboratively bring forward a comprehensive mix-used redevelopment/intensification of a strategic industrial estate (Rigg Approach) in a way that had not been done before; an action plan to improve a neglected local high street at Markhouse Corner/Lea Bridge Road; a Public Realm Supplementary Planning Document for three new developments in the Leyton growth area and a business plan and organisation development commission for a small local museum.

Alina Toosy
Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Alina has been working in architecture for 9 years, in a range of large and small practices. She joined Pollard Thomas Edwards in 2014, having just completed her ARB qualifications, and has spent the last 4 years working on large scale regeneration schemes across London. 

Claire Williams
Principal Planning Officer, LB Enfield

Claire started working in Development Management within a Hertfordshire Local Planning Authority and was keen to learn more and develop her career in London. Claire has been working at Enfield Council for several years and currently works within the Strategic Projects Team. She is responsible for dealing with major and complex development proposals within the Council’s regeneration areas. Some of her projects currently include Meridian Water, one of London’s largest residential-led mixed use developments and a new energy recovery facility at the Edmonton EcoPark, a nationally significant infrastructure project.