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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Milland Stratford Waterfront masterplans and future development.
Future London Leaders Round 24 Mentors
Head of Area Regeneration Delivery, LB Waltham Forest
Mark has nearly 40 years’ experience of physical, economic and social regeneration in several London boroughs and communities, working with and for a diverse range of community organisations, a local law centre, housing associations and co-operatives, regeneration partnerships and local authorities. Currently he is regeneration programme manager at LB Waltham Forest and working on bringing forward major developments on council owned sites in the Leyton and Lea Bridge Growth Area, the mixed-use intensification of the Rigg Approach Strategic Industrial Location and supporting community-led housing initiatives. He is actively involved the Tottenham community project Living under One Sun. Mark is a strong advocate of a community based, inclusive approach to regeneration which tackles discrimination, promotes positive neighbourhoods and a more equal, truly affordable and liveable city.
National Head of Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young
Virginia’s particular interest is in getting involved from the start of a project through to delivery, ensuring site assembly is integrated with the commercial, planning and wider project process and team, and communication and engagement with the local community. She is a regular speaker for the Compulsory Purchase Association, Waterfront Conferences and Westminster Briefings. Recent projects include five garden communities, West Hendon Estate Regeneration, Vicarage Fields Barking, High Road West, Calverley Square Tunbridge Wells and advising a number of those affected by HS2 at Euston. She is a member of the RICS Working Group on Compulsory Purchaser, an experienced expert witness, and a Registered Valuer. Virginia has worked with Future of London Diversity Speaker Network and has experience of mentoring colleagues previously.
Director of Resident Services, Gateway Housing Association
With over 25 years’ experience in housing, Jackie has mentoring experience that ranges from short term ad-hoc meetings to longer term arrangements. She’s worked from small charities to some the largest registered providers/local authorities in the country. This has helped her not only to understand behaviours, challenges and frustrations but to use her experiences to support others. Just as important have been the experiences she has from her own mentors throughout her career, and the benefits they have brought on both personal and professional levels.
Senior Project Director, Hyde Housing
Jonathan is an experienced and commercially focused housing and regeneration professional. Within the business development directorate at Hyde, he provides advice and leadership in securing new business through joint ventures, partnerships and regeneration activity. He also supports furthering of the Group’s long-term investment and development strategy. Prior to joining Hyde, Jonathan spent six years working on the Mayor of London’s housing and regeneration programmes: leading investment relationships for affordable housing, managing development projects on public land, developing business cases for complex infrastructure funding bids, setting up new funding programmes, and contributing to the development of strategy and public policy.
Regeneration Director, Hadley Property Group
Steve joined Hadley as Director of Regeneration in 2015 after leading a number of major private/public partnership projects across the capital. Between 2008 and 2012 he served as Director of Land and Development at the London Development Agency, leading the team responsible for the 2000+ acre, £600m + land portfolio; this included the specialist team responsible for concluding the land purchase within Stratford’s Olympic Park. As part of the ‘Urban Communities Development’ team at Land Securities, Steve has also led urban extension projects across the south east. This included the Ebbsfleet International Eurostar Station, Harlow North and the White City masterplan. A vastly experienced and enthusiastic development, regeneration and design specialist, Steve has operated in client and consultant management, leading delivery teams on a wide variety of mixed-use urban regeneration schemes.
Head of Sustainability, LB Tower Hamlets
Abdul has a background in engineering, specialising in sustainability and energy management. His background is in the public sector and he started at LB Tower Hamlets in 2005 working on fuel poverty. Abdul has the strategic responsibility for the council’s environmental sustainability agenda managing an expanding portfolio of services including, fuel poverty, energy policy, climate change, carbon reduction, energy procurement, air quality, sustainability and biodiversity. Abdul provides sustainability advice on regeneration and redevelopment schemes and leads on the development of environmental policy for planning.
Head of Social & Economic Regeneration, Notting Hill Genesis
Sherine is from a social housing background and has specialised in community regeneration for the past 20 years. She is a qualified practitioner and is currently responsible for the development and delivery of social and economic programmes on two large regeneration schemes: Woodberry Down in Hackney and Grahame Park in Barnet. She has worked with a variety of communities across London and managed an array of cross-thematic programmes, including enterprise development, employability, older people, health & well-being, financial inclusion, children and young people.
Socio-economic Development Manager, Lendlease
Vanessa leads the social impact delivery team at Lendlease Europe, overseeing a team of socio-economic development managers and community engagement staff. Vanessa has been overseeing the development of a social value framework for the business globally and manages the social innovation agenda which includes the Loneliness Lab. Prior to joining Lendlease in 2017, she had 20 years’ experience working in both the not for profit and public sectors in Australia and Malaysia across economic development.
Chris is Director of PRD, a small consultancy specialising in place, economy, property and delivery. For 9 years Chris developed and led the London office of Regeneris (now Hatch Regeneris). For the last 16 years he has specialised in place based economic development and latterly social value. In the last 2 years he has authored economic strategies in Brixton, Stratford, Royal Docks, Waltham Forest, Oxford and the Thames Estuary. He has undertaken major pieces of social value research in Kings Cross and Hackney, as well as supporting developers and investors (including Crown Estate, Argent and Hermes) to improve their social impact. Chris has worked extensively with GLA and has evaluated the majority of mayoral regeneration investment over the last decade.
Chief Planning Officer, LB Camden
Starting life in planning policy, Dan led the teams responsible for adopting the Havering and Barking and Dagenham Local Plans. Following this, Dan established and led a new integrated planning service in Barking and Dagenham bringing together planning policy, development management, land data and transport planning with a focus on delivery. He has worked across a number of London’s largest planning and regeneration projects including Barking Riverside, Beam Park and Barking Town Centre. More recently Dan helped set up Be First, Barking and Dagenham’s wholly owned regeneration and planning company.
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Kaye is an equity partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards and specialises in major residential and mixed-use projects, including large-scale estate regeneration. Kaye has long experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, having both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans to infill sites. She also has experience in commercial interiors, office buildings and business parks.
Partner, Red Loft
Danny established Red Loft 17 years ago overseeing the growth of the business to include a range of consultants and commissions for a diverse client group, including registered providers, local authorities and contractors, as well as small and medium sized developers. Danny now oversees a group of commissions and a team of consultants working on a range of projects from Section 106 financial viability assessments, closing deals, securing planning through to on-site delivery, policy and procedure work including OJEU frameworks, training on bid writing and a multitude of legacy projects. He has also set up the sales and marketing division which has seen the company provide agency service and consultancy advice on shared ownership, equity and private sale products.
Land, Acquisitions & Planning Director, L&Q
Elaine specialises in residential development and regeneration working in the not-for-profit sector in London and the South East. She started her housing career with L&Q delivering new build and refurbishment projects around 30 years ago. Following a succession of career progressions, both internally at L&Q and externally with other major housing associations, she now holds a senior management position and is responsible for leading the Land and Planning team in L&Q’s East Region, contributing towards the delivery of the Group’s growth ambition.
Growth and Masterplanning Manager, Transport for London
Martin has fourteen years’ experience of developing plans, strategies and policies for cities across the world. He is currently at TfL where he leads on economic and strategic planning issues, working with the GLA and the boroughs to integrate land use and transport policy and making the case for major investment to support growth. Before that, he spent eleven years as a consultant at Atkins where he led projects to improve infrastructure delivery and urban policy in India, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as working extensively with local authorities in the UK on their Local Plans.
Partner, Potter Raper
Nicola is a partner at a surveying consultancy and her team specialise in delivering housing and regeneration schemes for Registered Providers (housing associations and local authorities). Nicola started her career as a quantity and building surveyor and used that experience to become a highly accomplished project manager and employer’s agent. Nicola has previously worked as client PM for the Church Commissioners for England and the National Health Service, she has also worked for main contractors and sub-contractors. Nicola has experience in delivering schemes across a wide variety of sectors, with both public and private sector clients. She is also an APC assessor for the RICS and is an APC supervisor and counsellor for internal and client staff.
Anthony Van Hoffen
Partner, Lewis Silkin
Anthony has worked as a lawyer specialising in real estate development and regeneration in the UK for over 20 years. After 5 years at Slaughter and May, Anthony moved to Eversheds in 2003 to focus on real estate development and regeneration, where he was made a partner in 2008. He moved to Lewis Silkin LLP in 2018 to head up their real estate development practice. Anthony’s experience includes advising the London Development Agency on the site assembly and infrastructure provision for the London 2012 Olympic Games and TfL on the regeneration of Euston station. Anthony has acted for both the public and private sectors on joint venture arrangements to bring forward large scale regeneration.