Future London Leaders Mentors

Each Future London Leader is paired with a senior mentor from Future of London’s extensive cross-sector network. These mentors provide a ‘safe space’ sounding board for candidates, as well as invaluable experience and insights from their own careers. See here for more about mentoring.

Future London Leaders Round 25 Mentors

Ruth Angel
Housing Regeneration Project Manager, London Borough of Hackney

Ruth has worked in social housing for more than 30 years, and during this time has been involved in a variety of aspects of social housing. Ruth spent some years working as an Independent Tenant and Leaseholder Adviser on a number of large regeneration schemes,and therefore has extensive experience of community consultation. For the last seven years, she has worked in development, initially in London Borough of Waltham Forest and then in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, so has experience of very contrasting places in London.

Sara Bailey
Head of Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins

Sara is Head of Real Estate at Trowers & Hamlins, specialising in development, regeneration, PPP projects, partnerships, joint ventures and regeneration. Sara has over 20 years’ experience working with a range of local authorities, private providers and central government developers to develop public and private projects. She is an expert in providing innovative structuring advice in relation to property projects and regeneration transactions. Sara is acknowledged as a leader in the field of social housing in the Chambers & Partners’ Guide to the Legal Profession 2017. She is also acknowledged as a leading individual in the field of social housing in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.

Simon Bevan
Director of Planning, London Borough of Southwark

Simon is director of planning at London Borough of Southwark and has been at the centre of the borough’s ambitious regeneration plans for over 20 years, taking charge of the planning division in 2008. Simon has led the preparation of the strategy framework that has delivered the most affordable housing of any London borough over the last four years and is preparing his division, which includes planners, transport planners, urban designers and building inspectors, for the latest challenge to deliver 11,000 new council homes over the next 30 years.

Tom Cardis
Interim Director of Planning, OPDC

Tom is a qualified Town Planner with over 15 years of experience work across a number of public sector bodies on large-scale regeneration projects. Tom previously worked at the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where he worked on other large-scale regeneration projects such as White City and Earl’s Court. In 2014 Tom took on the role of establishing London’s second Development Corporation at Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC). Initially as Head of Planning Policy and now as Interim Director of Planning, Tom has been instrumental in positioning Old Oak Park Royal as one of the UK’s largest mixed-use development opportunities with the potential to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs.

Paul Dooley
Director of Estate Regeneration, Poplar HARCA

Paul started his career in construction, working for main contractors in a variety of roles starting as a management trainee and working up to director level. During this time, Paul worked in many sectors including education, retail, commercial and housing, with projects ranging in size from £1m to £200m. In 2010, Paul joined Poplar HARCA as Director of Estate Regeneration to lead the Housing Choice programme, a £145m programme to regenerate over 3,000 homes on six different estates across Poplar in East London.

Esther Everett
Head of Design, LLDC

Esther is a qualified architect with many years in the private sector. With experience in education and community architecture, urban design, regeneration and public realm, she joined the public sector in 2010 in Design for London’s Lower Lea Valley team. She has since worked for the London Legacy Development Corporation leading on major projects, masterplans and regeneration programmes in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Her current role involves coordinating programmes with partner organisations and providing design advice to planning colleagues on major live LLDC applications. Esther is also Creative Director for the 2015 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics conference, which sets up dialogue between small architecture practices and commissioning bodies across the public and private sectors.

Caroline Harper
Chief Planner, Be First

Caroline previously worked as JLL’s first female Planning Director and prior to that at CBRE. She is a strategic thinker who pays attention to detail, has a great love for cities and the built environment and enjoys working with good people who like to get things done. She has experience working with public and private sector clients on a wide range of projects including residential-led planning applications, planning strategy and risk advice and utilising planning to optimise site value. At Be First, the urban regeneration vehicle for the LB Barking & Dagenham, she is growing a planning super service combining public and private to include the core services that you would expect of a local planning authority (Development Management, Policy, Building Control etc.), and planning consultancy. Outside work she is a triathlete for the GB Age-group team.

Mike Kiely
Planning Consultant and Director, Planning & Regeneration Ltd.

Mike is a chartered town planner and MBA qualified manager with over 40 years’ experience in local government; 14 years at service head level and above and most of which in London. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, formerly president of the Planning Officers Society and now chair of its Board. Mike works closely with government and across the sector to shape planning in England. In 2015 he set up his own consultancy to specialise in assisting local authorities and his extensive experience in successfully delivering major planning and regeneration projects means he can add value beyond the chief planning officer role, constructively challenging accepted thinking and proposing innovative solutions.

Daniel Lindsay
Director, Hatch Regeneris

Daniel is an economist specialising in housing and local economic development. Daniel is a Director of Hatch’s Urban Solutions Team in London, which comprises around 20 professional consultants with backgrounds in economics, geography and planning. Over his career, he has worked primarily as a consultant, specialising in placemaking, economic appraisal and business case development –with a focus on developing business cases for infrastructure investment that unlocks wider development. Outside of consultancy, Daniel also worked as Shelter’s economist for around four years, specialising in housing supply and assessing the impact of government reform in the housing and house-building sectors.

Sean McLaughlin
Managing Director, Homes for Haringey

Sean has been Managing Director of Homes for Haringey since April 2018, providing housing, employment and other services for Haringey council. Sean was previously Islington Council’s Corporate Director of Housing and Adult Social Services for 10 years. Professional interests include delivering new homes directly and in partnership with other housing agencies, improving outcomes for vulnerable people, and maximising community resilience. Sean has extensive experience of partnership working with housing providers, emergency services, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, politicians and the voluntary sector.

Cordelia Osewa-Ediae
Senior Consultant, BT

Cordelia is a member of Harvard’s global Adaptive Leadership Network, she has designed and led the successful delivery of leadership development programmes for the National Grid, London Metropolitan Police Service and the University of Greenwich. A Clore Social Fellow, she has acted as an adviser to several social mobility initiatives and led a nationwide strategic review at the NSPCC. As operations director at a youth charity, she led a mentoring programme that involved cross sector volunteers and benefited over 80 graduates. Cordelia is an RSA Fellow, accredited Action Learning Facilitator and member of her local Patient Participatory Group. She also mentors young professionals in her spare time.

Neil Parlett
Director, Planning Development & Regeneration, Lambert Smith Hampton

Neil enjoys advising on major development projects where the success of the scheme is best measured by the quality of the design solution, integration of public and community requirements into commercial solutions and good public/private sector partnerships. Neil has recently worked on diverse projects such as securing a new town hall complex for Lambeth Council and delivering mixed-use development solutions in towns such as West Bromwich, Aylesbury and Woolwich. Neil is a Chairman on the RICS APC programme and a member of the Education Committee of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, with responsibility for supporting St Saviour’s and St Olave’s students gain access to employability skills, apprenticeships/placements and mentoring. Neil also sits on the Property and Development Committee of the RMBI Care Home Company, concerned with the successful management, operation and investment of 19 care homes across England and Wales.

Maggie Rafalowicz
Director, Campbell Tickell

As Director at Campbell Tickell, Maggie is a dynamic senior executive with successful track record in housing, development and regeneration sectors. She has led and managed complex programmes and has in-depth knowledge and experience of public, voluntary and commercial sectors. Maggie also has experience of leading complex teams in a matrix environment and is a successful programme manager with knowledge of industry standards. She has developed strong communication skills while working with national network of contracts and has particular strengths in leadership, influencing, problem solving, negotiating and partnership working.

David Scourfield
Chief Planning Officer, London Borough of Ealing

David has enjoyed a career as a town planner with over 30 years’ experience in four local authorities in and around London. He is currently leading a team of 60 professionals, utilising his experience in managing a front-facing service, managing the risk that can come from complex and high volume decision making, understanding and responding to the changing needs of elected Councillors, planning strategies for service delivery and leading on budget setting, recruitment, retention and the range of issues that staff management presents. David enjoys working with all stakeholders and customers and has significant experience in working with a range of faith communities, both in professional and personal capacities.

Sharon Strutt
Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Redbridge

Sharon has a wealth of experience in regeneration, having worked as a Head of Service in two London authorities with responsibilities for developing and delivering major regeneration initiatives. These have included large scale brownfield regeneration, major infrastructure development in addition to a number of town centre regeneration programmes. As Head of Regeneration for LB Redbridge, Sharon led production of the borough’s regeneration strategy, which will encourage enterprise, strengthen the borough’s town centres and employment hubs, and improve pathways into employment for the borough’s residents. She is leading the regeneration of Ilford, working alongside the GLA to deliver its Housing Zone programme, and establishing partnerships with landowners, developers, businesses and residents to shape future regeneration activity.

Carolyn Tobin
Head of Development, LLDC

Carolyn is a planning and development surveyor with 16 years’ experience in the public and private sectors where she has developed and led large and complex regeneration and housing schemes. In 2013 Carolyn became a chartered surveyor and worked at the GLA, leading the disposal strategies and procurement of development partners for Beam Park and Albert Island. She moved into the private sector in 2016 working first for Barratt London on their Meridian Water master plan and then for Berkeley Homes as Senior Development Manager leading on place making strategies and master plans, including securing permission for a 1,200 home masterplan at Watford Junction which will unlock the Councils wider masterplan ambitions. Six months ago she returned to the public sector as Head of Development at the London Legacy Development Corporation where she leads a team working on the Pudding Mill and Stratford Waterfront masterplans and future development.