Future London Leaders Candidates

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Future London Leaders Round 21

Future London Leaders Round 21 runs from January 2019 to June 2019. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Chloë Clay
Urban Design and Development Lead, RB Kingston

Chloë has over 10 years’ experience managing and delivering architectural and urban design projects within the public and private sectors, overseas and in the UK. Her background and passion for architecture, planning, smart cities and citizen-centric design allows her to see spaces and places from different perspectives, helping her identify gaps and synergies in the needs of different stakeholders. Chloë is currently working on the co-creation of a public realm strategy.

Alex Cook
Senior Development Manager, Countryside

Alex studied architecture at university with a particular interest in place making through good urban design. He has worked on residential-led schemes since graduating, starting with small scale design and build projects, working up to managing two large scale regeneration projects in London. He has worked on all stages of a project, with strong skills in stakeholder management, financial modelling, team building, design and planning. Alex is passionate about design and delivering quality homes for future residents, with the community always being the key part of any scheme.

Iona Drummond
Development Manager, Swan

Iona joined Swan Housing Association two years ago in the regeneration & development team and is now a development manager working on the delivery of several large-scale housing projects. Her role focuses on the on-site management of building affordable housing, working with external and in-house contractors, as well as developing community engagement strategies in East London and Essex. This diverse role ranges from achieving planning permissions to managing practical completion of several hundred properties, adapting to many different situations.

Helene Estien
Project Officer, LB Hackney

Helene is currently working in the estate regeneration team at LB Hackney where she is managing her second new build housing development from design to delivery. As part of a team, Helene’s first project was an award-winning development, delivering high quality affordable homes for mix tenure. Prior to this, she worked as an operations manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games where she led a team that was involved in the planning and delivery of services to support the construction of the Athletes Village.

Richard Freeman
Team Leader – South Team, LB Croydon

Richard is a development management planner and team leader with approximately 13 years experience and has been a manager for five years. Richard started working in the Midlands (Leicester City Council) and joined LB Croydon’s strategic applications team approx. five years ago. He has delivered planning consents and implemented schemes in the Croydon Opportunity Area, as well as working closely with the council’s housing development company. Richard is now leading a team of development managers in the south of the borough which includes new challenges of how to sensitively deal with intensification in suburban settings.

Katie Glasgow
Deputy Manager (Strategic Policy), LB Hackney

Katie has more than a decade of planning experience, starting her professional career in Australia working for local and state government in both planning policy and development management roles. Since 2009, Katie has been working at LB Hackney leading on range of complex planning documents and projects including borough-wide local plans, Opportunity Area Frameworks, area action plans, supplementary planning documents and evidence base studies. In her current role, Katie manages a variety of plan making, policy and monitoring workstreams within the Strategic Policy Team and leads on the Future Shoreditch Area Action Plan.

James Keogh
Principal Urban Designer, Greater London Authority

Having trained as an architect, James has over five years’ experience working as a planner and urban designer.  He previously worked at LB Hackney, as a senior urban design officer inputting into a variety of schemes across the borough including the Kings Crescent Estate and Colville Estate masterplans. Since 2014 he has been working in the GLA’s Planning Team, first as a strategic planner dealing with a variety of large-scale planning applications.  He is currently working as a principal urban designer, providing design advice to the Mayor and working closely with applicants to secure the best possible design outcomes for schemes of strategic importance across London.

Rozina Khanom
Revenues Manager, Thames Valley

Rozina is currently the revenue manager for the newly formed Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing where she leads a collections team for service charges and rent for both home owners and general needs customers. Rozina has worked in social housing for 8 years specialising in rental income and collections. She has also worked on other projects across public sector housing including policy writing for housing management, rent, support services and safeguarding polices.

Marc Lancaster
Private Housing Policy Officer, LB Tower Hamlets

In 2015 Marc completed a master’s in Policy and Politics and has worked as a housing policy officer at LB Tower Hamlets since September 2016.  His role focuses on private renting, leasehold, empty homes, and short term letting.  As well as working on strategy and policy, Marc runs the borough’s landlords’ forum and has brought together advice agencies, landlord groups and the council around the Tower Hamlets Private Renters’ Charter.  Before moving into policy Marc worked for five years as a housing adviser at Shelter after ten years in homelessness and supported housing services.

Carmen Largacha
Senior Urban Designer, Arup

Carmen is an enthusiastic architect and urban designer with more than 8 years of international experience having worked in UK, The Netherlands and Spain. She is a self-motivated professional with excellent analytical, design and good organisational skills with a holistic approach. Carmen has gained experience working on broad range of projects both for the public and private sector including large-scale master plans, urban design frameworks, strategic design, urban regeneration as well as international competitions.

Richard McFerrren
Principal Planning Development Manager, LLDC

Richard has worked in town planning for 10 years, including an 8-year period at LB Lambeth and two years in his current role at the LLDC where he is a principal planning development manager. Richard is passionate about securing tangible public benefit through planning applications including a strong sense of place, high quality architecture, job creation and affordable housing. He has worked on a wide range of schemes which have contributed to the regeneration of Vauxhall, Waterloo, Stratford and Bromley-by-Bow.

Oli Pinch
Head of Networks

Oli is FoL's Head of Networks and responsible for raising Future of London’s profile, ramping up our communications efforts and strengthening FoL’s offer to members and to our growing networks. He also works with the team to identify strong project matches and establish partner and grantor relationships. Oli is a teacher, trainer and facilitator with 14 years’ experience in educational environments from large UK institutions like the NHS and UCL to top private-sector language schools in Japan and China. At UCL, Oli led the entrepreneurship programme and engaged with thousands of students and start-ups, providing opportunities to learn about business and entrepreneurship and enhance innovation potential and employability.

Adam Price
Senior Planner, Tibbalds

Adam has worked in both the public and private sectors. He started work at a National Park Authority in Wales in a development management role. Following this, he worked at LB Wandsworth and TfL in planning roles. At Tibbalds Adam deals with a variety of development proposals, ranging from sensitive infill developments in Central London to complex redevelopment proposals in Outer London.

Danny Tompkins
Accents Project Producer, Poplar HARCA

After graduating in Sociology and Politics, Danny worked as a business analyst for a small housing association in East London, followed by his current job working on social, economic and cultural regeneration projects in Poplar. He leads the public engagement and comms strategy for Poplar Works fashion hub and has worked on partnership projects including a community pub, and artist studios in the basement of a block of flats, and an urban sustainability education space. He’s particularly interested in how we can change public perceptions of regeneration.

Patrick Van Den Bos
Business Development Manager, Catalyst

Patrick works on a wide range of projects to grow the business and deliver innovative housing solutions to those in need. This currently includes the optimisation of a multi-phase estate regeneration scheme, research and development on new products and housing delivery models and operating a market intelligence and research function. Prior to Catalyst Patrick completed a master’s degree in Urban Regeneration with further academic background in socio-spatial and town planning in the Netherlands.

Lydia Volans
Senior Project Officer, Greater London Authority

Lydia is a senior project officer in the GLA’s Private Rented Sector team, leading on key Mayoral programmes including the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker and the London Boroughs Private Rented Sector Partnership. Prior to this, Lydia worked in communications roles at the GLA, in the Housing and Land Directorate, and for the London Assembly. Before this, she worked in the private sector for Mercer Consulting, in corporate communications, and business development roles.

Jody Williams
Deputy Planning Manager, LB Sutton

Jody is a town planner who has worked for LB Sutton for 10 years. As a deputy planning manager, he currently leads a team of officers responsible for all types of planning applications, providing excellent customer service and achieving high quality development proposals. In his current role he is responsible for major regeneration projects which are delivering inward investment into the borough and a significant quantum of new commercial and residential floor space. Prior to his current role he held several positions at Sutton working his way up from graduate planner to senior planner level.