Future London Leaders Candidates
Future London Leaders Round 26
Future London Leaders Round 26 runs from September 2020 to March 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.
Principal Planner, LB Bromley
Claire is a Principal Planner with 15 years’ experience in Local Government Development Management. She holds an RTPI accredited degree from Oxford Brookes University. She has significant experience in dealing with pre-application negotiations, all types of planning applications, Development Consent Orders and appeals. In her current role in the major planning applications team at LB Bromley, Claire has led on a number of strategic schemes involving council-led housing delivery, S106 negotiations, estate regeneration, large-scale infrastructure projects and Environmental Impact Assessment development. Claire has also taken part in a number of service improvement initiatives and, in addition to her professional role, is a Departmental Representative, working together with Councillors, senior managers and other officers to deliver improved welfare facilities and other programmes designed to benefit staff.
Development Manager, Places for People
Jamie is a Chartered Town Planner with 15 years’ experience in the development industry. He joined Places for People in September 2018 and is currently working on a joint venture with National Grid to bring forward brownfield sites located nationally for residential-led development. Jamie started his career as a Planning Consultant then spent 10 years with Berkeley Homes working on a joint venture with Thames Water (St James) and a joint venture with National Grid (St William). He has a broad understanding of the residential sector through managing complex sites across Central London and the Home Counties from land acquisition stage through to achieving planning permission.
Regeneration Project Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
Mo joined Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2002 and over the years, in many roles, developed extensive experience in development and regeneration. He’s currently managing the demolition of two high rise blocks and redevelopment of the site, having delivered a successful and complex CPO and procured a demolition contractor in just over 10 months. Previously, Mo played a crucial role in the team that successfully implemented the council’s strategy for the Earls Court regeneration scheme, which in late 2019 saw the termination of a development agreement saving West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates from redevelopment.
Principal City Planner, TfL
Beth is a Principal City Planner, within the Growth & Masterplanning Team at Transport for London. She has over eight years’ experience at the organisation and currently leads on TfL’s input to preparing and implementing policies for growth, including opportunity areas such as Croydon, Old Kent Road and New Cross. Her projects also include station interchanges required to unlock growth and she works closely with Network Rail, GLA and key stakeholders to deliver these. Prior to working in this team, Beth spent five years determining planning applications and providing TfL’s input to the Mayor’s planning reports after completing her Town Planning degree.
Project Manager (Woodberry Down), LB Hackney
Nicola is a Chartered Surveyor and has twenty years’ experience working in the public sector. She has been working for LB Hackney for just over four years and is involved in the delivery of the Woodberry Down estate, one of the biggest estate regeneration projects in Europe. She has significant experience of delivering regeneration projects and housing developments for housing associations across London with a passion for ensuring that the residents are involved in the design of their new homes. Nicola enjoys being an active member of multidisciplinary teams working collaboratively to overcome challenges.
Transport Planner, LB Southwark
Naima is a Chartered Transport Planner with a demonstrated history of working in Local authority Transport planning departments. Skilled in research and working on large strategic planning applications. Strong operations professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster.
Bettisabel Lamelo Viña
Senior Urban Designer, Arup
Bettisabel is a senior urban designer with international experience, having worked in multiple architecture, urban design and masterplanning projects in Latin America, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East since 2011. She often works within multidisciplinary teams and uses her design and management skills to deliver high-quality outputs supported by a robust analytical process. Her experience makes her capable of defining visions and strategies for cities and regions, analysing territories using a range of tools and methodologies, developing scenarios, formulating design parameters and guidelines, and developing detailed project responses that account for a range of technical, economic, planning and design considerations.
Programme Manager - Regeneration & Economic Development, LB Haringey
David joined Haringey Council in 2016 and is now the Programme Manager for the Regeneration & Economic Development service, taking a lead role in the strategic development of major physical, social and economic regeneration projects across two major and ambitious regeneration areas – Tottenham and Wood Green. He has over five years’ experience in programme management, regeneration delivery and town centre management in previous roles. David has a keen interest in the links between quality regeneration and development and wider socioeconomic benefits, and has been developing his understanding of how to maximise these through his new expanded role.
Senior Project Manager – Regeneration and Sustainability, LB Waltham Forest
Ana is a Senior Project Manager for Regeneration and Sustainability at LB Waltham Forest. She has worked in local government for over five years in regeneration, planning and sustainability roles. Projects she has worked on range from working on large mixed-use development in Lea Bridge, including relocation of the current station entrance, to smaller public realm improvement projects. Ana previously provided in-house sustainability advice and assessment for planning applications covering energy, sustainable construction, air quality and flood mitigation. Ana has an MA in Leadership for Sustainable Development and a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture.
Growth & Delivery Team Leader, RB Kensington & Chelsea
Dan is a Town Planner with 13 years’ experience across the public, private and community sectors. He has spent the last seven years working at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, primarily in a development management role, and more recently as Growth and Delivery Team Leader. He is currently responsible for major projects that focus on delivering good growth and good community engagement. This includes work on the council’s two Opportunity Areas, the council’s new homes delivery programme, site briefs for other key sites, a borough-wide character study and delivering capital projects focused on proving high social value.
Head of Development Delivery – Construction London, Optivo
Joanne joined Optivo as a Development Manager in 2012 and obtained promotion in 2018 to Head of Development Delivery Construction covering the London area. She is responsible for delivery of the London programme of approximately 1200 homes on site and she manages a team of Project and Development Managers to oversee the delivery of high-quality affordable homes. She has over 10 years’ experience working in affordable housing, having worked predominantly in the Housing Association sector. As a team player Joanne likes to share the journey and successes with others. Joanne is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Chartered Management Institute.
Programme Manager – Building Safety Fund, GLA Housing & Land
Pauline is an urbanist with a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics. At the Greater London Authority she leads a team to deliver the high profile £1 billion Building Safety Fund, set up by the UK Government in May 2020 to improve the safety of residential tower blocks in London. She is a member of the Young Urbanist Steering Committee and the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Committee.
Principal Strategic Planner, GLA DEE
Toyin is a Planner within the Development Management team at the Greater London Authority (GLA). Prior to joining the GLA in 2019, he progressed through roles at the London Borough of Hackney acquiring a range of experience and progressing to leading on large scale and complex strategic planning applications, including major schemes related to the council’s Estates Regeneration Programme. At the GLA, he works on major strategic planning applications across London, assessing and negotiating with developers and boroughs to deliver the Mayor’s objectives.
Senior Land Manager, Southern Housing Group
James started his career in property development in 2013 purchasing street properties in London and the North East for the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. He has since progressed to become a Senior Land Manager at Southern Housing Group where he is responsible for sourcing, appraising and securing land and property in line with Southern’s Development Strategy. James plays an integral role in moving projects through the property acquisition lifecycle and has a passion for property development and architecture. He was inspired to enter property after an early stint as a painter and decorator.