Future London Leaders Candidates

Future London Leaders Round 29

Future London Leaders Round 29 runs from September 2021 to March 2022. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Alex Blackwood
Strategic Lead, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Alex’s background in community development, community engagement and social enterprise brings a unique problem-solving style to policy issues, aiding her work in the Policy & Strategy team for the Housing Needs Department at RB Kensington & Chelsea. Her passion is to ensure all stakeholders voices, especially community residents, are listened to and inform the decisions that impact them. Alex is Australian, but has made London her home and wants to ensure the diversity and high energy of the city, that drew her to London in the first place, remains well into the future.

Zohra Chiheb
Senior Development Manager, LB Camden

Zohra is a chartered architect, currently working as a Senior Development Manager and LB Camden. She has 10 years’ experience delivering large-scale regeneration projects across London. Zohra’s background means she is highly knowledgeable in the delivery of buildings, technical innovation and sustainability, with a grounding in the efficiencies of the private sector. This experience has been invaluable in her work as local authority developer and commissioning client. Zohra is passionate about creating good places to live through high-quality design and community engagement. She has particular expertise in estate regeneration, technical housing standards and community-led housing.

Stacey Clark
Project Manager, LB Waltham Forest

Stacey works in the Property and Delivery Directorate of LB Waltham Forest. In her current role she is leading on one of the council’s key capital projects, the scheme will deliver a contact centre for residents to access council services via an enabling residential development. Stacey is also responsible for the programme management of the council’s long-standing and expanding One Public Estate Partnership. Stacey gained the majority of her public sector experience within the planning policy teams at LB Islington and LB Hackney, where she led on the local plan production and also specialised in producing masterplanning frameworks.

Jake Everard
Project Manager - Portfolio Management, Hyde Housing Group

Jake has five years’ experience in strategic asset management. He has managed large scale, complex stock transfers along with a void disposal programme and portfolio sales to partnering local authorities and a special purpose vehicle. Jake is currently responsible for informing strategic reviews of the Hyde Group’s portfolio that lead to the approval of divestment of stock. He reports to the Executive Leadership team and various boards within the Hyde Group, presenting comprehensive business cases to support the portfolio management strategy.

Simon Foulkes
Associate Director (Employer's Agent), Potter Raper Ltd

Simon is a chartered building surveyor with over 10 years’ professional consultancy experience in the construction industry, working for private developers, local authorities, arms-length management organisations, housing associations and contractors, predominantly across London and the South-East. Simon's experience is primarily in the design and management of construction projects in the residential sector, including complex new build infill sites to larger mixed use developments, major internal and external refurbishments, conversions and estate maintenance (major works) projects with a build cost ranging between £300k and £50 million.

Laura Georgescu
Urban Design Advisor, Transport for London

Laura is an experienced built environment professional focusing on urban regeneration and sustainable growth, placemaking and transport planning. She has a background in architecture and an MA in Sustainable Urbanism from the Prince’s Foundation. Her career spans across the public and private sectors in Europe, Asia and the UK. At Transport for London Laura works on a vast array of portfolios to deliver the Mayor’s transport strategy and the new London Plan across all project stages. She is currently supporting the long-term green recovery from Covid-19 by championing urban design best practice. Prior to joining TfL, Laura worked in urban regeneration and architecture practices, tackling post-industrial and climate resilience themes in Shanghai and Copenhagen.

Max Gregory
Head of Delivery (Joint Ventures), One Housing

Max has nine years’ experience in the Development team at One Housing. Starting as a Graduate Project Manager he has progressed within the department to his current position. Max manages one Development Manager and is accountable for leading on the procurement of joint venture partners, contract negotiations and the on-site delivery of One Housing’s joint venture projects. He has delivered a number of projects across a range of tenures focussing on balancing time, cost and quality to achieve successful completion of much needed homes.

George Harrington
Senior Consultant, Hatch

George is an economic development and regeneration consultant specialising in understanding the socioeconomics of place. In recent years he has led a diverse range of studies for public and private sector clients across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. This has included supporting masterplan development, regeneration strategies, affordable workspace studies and more recently a focus on Covid-19 recovery. Prior to this he worked in the Placemaking and Regeneration team at Places for People one of the UK’s largest property development and management companies. George is passionate about improving the quality of places and ensuring that everyone feels the benefits of economic development.

Nyemu Holness
Principal Regeneration Officer, LB Lambeth

Nyemu has 17 years’ experience working in the built environment with local government and private sector organisations specialising in urban design, regeneration and development management. Nyemu is currently working on the delivery of two key strategic projects to unlock land for development opportunities. The projects vary in scale from a large mixed-use residential-led project to the redevelopment of an iconic black-led community centre, and play a fundamental role in supporting the future socio-economic resilience of the town centre. Nyemu has a keen interest in development and community engagement and proactively seeks out and champions collaborative bids from diverse design teams that better reflect the communities local authorities serve.

Grace Nelson
Town Centre Manager, LB Brent

Grace has seven years public sector experience, currently working within the Economic Development team at LB Brent. Grace’s breadth of experience is reflected in her ability to deliver placemaking projects in town centres of a complex nature and bring multi-level stakeholder groups together for a common vision. She also has an extensive commercial marketing, business development and stakeholder relationship management experience as well as a sound understanding of organisational change and transformation in various project environments.

Penny Pang
Design & Quality Manager, Peabody

Penny is a client-side design and technical manager in the affordable housing sector, with an architecture and urban planning background. As an advocate for design leadership, she proactively drives design and construction quality through setting up and managing processes. Penny is a keen problem solver with an inquisitive mind and a good wealth of energy and perseverance. Overall, she believes that her most rewarding experience is being able to contribute to positive changes to the people, communities and the developments around her.

James Ringwood
Senior Development & Land Manager, LB Lewisham

James has over 20 years’ experience within the local government housing sector, from housing management to housing delivery. Over the past seven years he has led major housing regeneration schemes that have been delivered in LB Lewisham and included managing land assembly and working with residents and key stakeholders. James is passionate about delivering high quality, genuinely affordable, new homes to residents.

Tiffany Ryan
Development Manager, Southern Housing Group

Tiffany specialises in residential development and currently works in the Development Delivery team at Southern Housing Group, managing sites across London and the South East. Tiffany has four years’ experience in land acquisitions and has transitioned to a delivery role for a more holistic and hands-on experience of the development cycle. She has managed a variety of mixed-use schemes of varying density and complexity from feasibility and acquisition, to design development and now to the delivery of high-quality homes. Tiffany is driven to make a positive impact through her work and contributions to ensure the delivery of high-quality affordable homes to local communities in housing need.

Jonny Simmonds
Account Director, London Communications Agency

Jonny has nearly eight years’ experience working in public relations and public affairs within the built environment. As an Account Director at London Communications Agency, he leads on a number of projects and advises some of London’s biggest developers and landowners on their media, consultation and stakeholder engagement strategies. Other experience includes corporate communications work and crisis communications planning, as well as advising several high-profile sports teams on their stadia and development ambitions, including a secondment with a Premier League Club in 2018. Jonny graduated from the University of Southampton with an MA in History in 2013.

Amandeep Singh Kalra
Associate Architect, Be First

Amandeep is an architect and urban designer. He currently works at the intersection of public and private practice and leads a team on strategic visions, brief writing, research, design and procurement and helps bring all these ideas to the table in conversations with residents, planners, policy makers, developers and politicians. Amandeep is a co-chair of the Young Trustees at the Architecture Foundation where he continues to champion equality by platforming underrepresented voices. He is a Design Council expert, member of the Southwark, Harrow and Hackney Design Review Panels and has been invited to join the Open City Accelerate advisory board. He has served as a guest critic at Kingston and Westminster universities and mentors architecture students through the RIBA.

Ashleigh Watkins
Town Centres Investment Manager, LB Barnet

Ashleigh's current role is within the Regeneration and Economic Development team at LB Barnet and has responsibility for the delivery of the borough’s Town Centres Capital programme. In this role he works across the council, local businesses and communities, developers and other levels of government to develop and deliver place-based economic, social and physical interventions across town centres. Ashleigh is an architect by training and has previously worked for the GLA Regeneration team. Prior to that he worked for Erect Architecture delivering public realm, architecture and landscape projects.

Future London Leaders Round 28

Future London Leaders Round 28 runs from April to October 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Vicki Baker
Senior Design & Technical Manager, Catalyst
Vicki has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and her career has covered various positions within Land & Planning and preconstruction teams within leading housing developers and design and build contractors. Vicki joined Catalyst Housing Group in 2018 to bring her wealth of knowledge in design and technical solutions and processes to support the development opportunities for the housing association. Vicki has a keen interest in designing new homes and creating a sense of place for new residents and has a particular strength in the due diligence process of land acquisitions.
Lizzie Bird
Acting Deputy Manager, Strategic Planning, LB Hackney
Lizzie is an urban planner currently working in the Strategic Planning Team at LB Hackney. Lizzie has over 12 years of experience working in urban planning, regeneration and engagement. Before Lizzie joined LB Hackney in 2018, she developed and delivered extensive stakeholder and community engagement, working with public and private sector clients on masterplan proposals, mixed-use developments and area planning guidance across London. Lizzie’s current role is focused on preparing area-based plans, planning guidance and design briefs across the borough.
Bhavna Brooker
Principal City Planner, Transport for London

Bhavna is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with nine years’ experience in the development sector ranging across local authority, private sector and local government. Her work focuses on making the case for investment in transport schemes to unlock land for development opportunities, and ranges from large scale projects such as the metroisation of south London, to smaller scale local schemes across London. She is also Spatial Planning Programme Lead for the GLA Collaboration Programme where she leads on identifying opportunities for greater collaboration between the TfL Spatial Planning and GLA Planning teams. Bhavna has worked in different teams across TfL, including the Transport Strategy and Development Management, as well as the GLA where she developed policies for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and London Plan.

Sarah Butler
Sharing Cities Programme Manager, RB Greenwich
After starting her career working on climate change at the United Nations, Sarah has been delivering sustainability and energy projects in local government for over 5 years and is currently part of a dedicated Digital Greenwich team in RB Greenwich’s Housing and Safer Communities department. Sarah leads the department’s response to climate change and is delivering several smart tech and renewable energy projects as part of a €25 million EU funded research and innovation programme called Sharing Cities. Sarah is passionate about how local government can innovate and use low carbon technologies and digital approaches to both tackle climate change and improve local services and lives.
Ayanda Collins
Interim Head of Transport Projects and People-friendly Streets, LB Islington

Ayanda is an urbanist with a passion for creating just cities. She has six years’ experience in smart cities technology, urban planning and transport programme delivery. She is currently the people-friendly streets programme manager at London Borough of Islington working on a programme of low traffic neighbourhoods, school streets and cycle lanes and delivering an ambitious transport strategy. She has a Master’s degree in in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics.

previously: Programme Manager (Transport Programme Delivery), LB Islington

Tiffany Hepher
Consultant, Hatch
Tiffany is an economic development and regeneration consultant specialising in placemaking, masterplanning and urban research. In recent years she has led a range of studies for numerous clients including the GLA, Private Developers, major shareholding companies and numerous local authorities. Examples include Business Case Appraisals, Major Funding Bids, Employment Delivery Strategies and Covid/Brexit Impact Studies. Tiffany has experience working on the public sector side, previously having worked for RB Greenwich as a Regeneration Officer prior to joining Hatch.
James Hughes
Team Leader, LB Lewisham
James is a Charted Town Planner with nine years’ public sector experience. He manages an area team of planning and support officers responsible for the south of the borough and works with his colleagues to deliver high quality outcomes for stakeholders and positive customer service. Prior to joining LB Lewisham, he worked for LB Haringey as a Principal Planning Officer leading on strategic applications, including Argent-Related’s mixed-use regeneration scheme in Tottenham Hale, the Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club stadium redevelopment and the refurbishment of the Hornsey Town Hall. His career has also focused on complex appeals and public inquires, including the Abbey Mills Riverine Mosque appeal in Newham.
Carol Jones
Customer Service Manager, Gateway Housing
With over 16 years’ experience in housing, including a BA (Hons) in Housing Management and Development, Carol has gained her experience in housing by managing a variety of contracts on behalf of local authorities, housing associations and private developers, and has acquired specialist knowledge in the mobilisation and management of Housing Private Finance Initiative contracts. Carol is currently head of customer service at Gateway Housing Association, managing a large team who deal with a wide range of customer needs. She is passionate about making a difference and understands the importance of a quality service and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives and wellbeing.
Halima Kanyike
Care & Support Team Leader, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
Halima joined Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing in 2006 and has over 15 years’ experience in supported housing. Providing solutions across a number of London boroughs, she leads a team that supports some of the city’s most vulnerable – from working with those that are currently battling homelessness to women with complex learning needs. Halima says that the most rewarding part of her role is that despite its challenges, she is inspired daily to consistently deliver a high-quality service, that making a difference to one individual’s quality of life will enable her to make a difference to society one person at a time.
Julietta Kene
Senior Development Manager, Swan Housing

Julietta has over 15 years’ experience within the housing sector of which over seven years is specifically related to project management. Julietta’s wealth of experience was developed through working in a variety of roles in development, mainly project management and this has resulted in Julietta having a well-rounded and confident approach to scheme delivery. This has also mean that she has personal experience delivering a range of mixed tenure development’s as well as stakeholder engagement.

Edwina Koffie
Relief Weighbridge Officer, City of London
Edwina is a customer-focused individual with estates, facilities and housing management background and community development experience gained within the private and public sector. She is proficient in operational procedures, people management and maintaining service delivery. Edwina works well under pressure, utilising negotiation and coordinating skills to achieve aims, objectives and targets. She is also a flexible facilitator, problem solver and enthusiastic team player. Edwina has the ability to initiate, prioritise and manage effectively, is passionate, committed and diligent, and excited to be part of the Future London Leaders programme.
Adrian Moore
Senior Delivery Manager, Home Group
Adrian joined Home Group 13 years ago as an Assistant Housing Manager and spent six years within Housing Management, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, before moving to the Development team. Adrian is currently a Senior Project Manager leading a team of three project managers, which includes mentorship of a graduate. He’s accountable for the team’s delivery of affordable and private sale developments in London and Southern England and has successfully delivered Joint Venture, Extra Care, Section 106 and Land Led packages. Adrian is passionate about providing high quality affordable homes that are the product of collaborative working.
Tom Mukherjee-Neale
Senior Project Manager, Places for People
Tom is a senior project manager with over 15 years’ experience in development across several sectors, including mixed use regeneration, higher education, commercial, residential and leisure. Tom has worked at senior management level on a variety of partnerships and was previously Head of Development for a sports National Governing Body, leading a consultancy on the design of sports facilities, working with national agencies on strategic development and technical design guidance. This role often meant working on broader regeneration agendas with commercial partners to piece together funding packages and mixed use development and co-location strategies. Tom joined Places for People in 2018 and is leading on a £200m regeneration partnership acting as development partner.
Stephanie Robson
Senior Consultant, Arup

Stephanie is a Climate Change Consultant, with nine years’ experience working in the public and private sector on environmental and climate change issues. She has worked on and managed a diverse range of projects from local authority climate action planning, research on city consumption-based emissions, to evaluating the resilience of a number of water companies, and developing a sustainability implementation plan for a major transport infrastructure provider. She enjoys working with multi-disciplinary teams and developing high quality analysis and insight, to help clients reduce emissions and build resilience.

Ben Tomlinson
Strategic Programme Manager, LB Hounslow

Ben is a programme and project manager in the Housing, Planning and Communities directorate at the London Borough of Hounslow. His background is in housing policy, performance and risk management. He has contributed to the council’s Housing Strategy, its implementation of the Homeless Reduction Act, and the authority’s response to ensure the safety of high-rise buildings, post-Grenfell. Currently, he is supporting the borough’s economic recovery plan, to address the issues of deprivation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. He is passionate about having an impact for the common good, while demonstrating accountability and value for money.