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 23 Mentors

Ria Bailes
Group Director of People & Change, One Housing

Ria has worked in social housing for 12 years with experience of change programmes and organisational redesign.  She now leads the HR, corporate communications and resident engagement teams as well as the One Housing Foundation.  The Foundation provides employment, training and youth activities for One Housing’s residents.  Ria set up One Housing’s Academy which is focused on apprenticeships and bringing resident and staff training together. She is passionate about improving gender equality and supporting people to be their best and hopes that the experience she has in this area will help others wanting to progress their careers.

Sara Bailey
Partner – 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.

Philippa Bancroft
Senior Development Manager, Greater London Authority

Philippa is a chartered planning and development surveyor and has worked in housing and regeneration for over 10 years. She currently works with a range of partners delivering mayoral priorities on GLA owned land.  Philippa has residential and industrial sector experience in taking projects from inception through procurement, contracting and completion.  Her experience in land assembly has included implementing the Mayor’s first Compulsory Purchase Order in LB Ealing and she is currently working in collaboration with other GLA teams on land assembly powers. As a founding member of the Future of London Alumni Network and previous Steering Group member, Philippa has a strong connection to the Leaders programmes. She is also an APC Counsellor for RICS and a member of the RICS Matrics, supporting newly qualified surveyors.

Barbara Brownlee
Executive Director – Growth, Planning & Housing, City of Westminster

Barbara spent 15 years working at various London boroughs, 6 years in the private sector, and 3 years as director of housing for Thurrock Council. She has worked in housing regeneration, delivering major public and private-sector programmes and been responsible for mixed-tenure developments and major private-finance deals. At Thurrock, Barbara set up a council-owned company to build award-winning affordable housing which now delivers an income stream for the council. At Westminster she is currently responsible for Church Street regeneration; a £1bn scheme running from Edgware Road to Lisson Arches.

Christina Calderato
Head of Transport Strategy Planning, Transport for London

Christina has spent the last 12 years working across a range of policy areas at TfL and led the team that developed the current Mayor’s Transport Strategy. In her current role, Christina is responsible for developing strategic transport policy across the TfL network. This includes working closely with the Mayor of London, GLA and other senior TfL Managers to set the direction of the Mayor’s transport strategy, develop policies to deliver strategic objectives and ensure delivery across the TfL network for the next 30 years.

Dan Hawthorn
Director of Housing, Regeneration & Planning, LB Haringey

Dan leads Haringey’s work across housing, economic development, regeneration, planning, sustainability and property.  Before joining Haringey in 2014, Dan spent twelve years working for two Mayors of London, including as the Mayor’s senior adviser on planning and development, and as head of the Mayor’s Olympics team up to and through the Games in 2012, in which role he set up the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Elly Hoult
Programme Director, Notting Hill Genesis

Working alongside the executive team, Elly leads the integration (post-merger) of two large housing associations; Notting Hill and Genesis. Elly oversees the design, planning and implementation of the organisation’s new operating model. Elly is responsible for the bringing together of both successful heritage organisations to achieve £20m combined savings whilst creating a collaborative and empowered culture. Elly is passionate about the housing sector and particularly equality and diversity. She is a Governing Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and sits on the NHF Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Housing Group. With over 20 years’ experience in the sector, having previously worked at Orbit and A2Dominion, Elly has worked within range of disciplines such as operations, development, efficiency and change management.

Suzanne Johnson
Head of Economic Regeneration, LB Hackney

Suzanne is a regeneration professional and chartered town planner with experience in the development and delivery of social, economic and physical regeneration programmes in urban areas. Suzanne advises on regeneration, economic development and planning policy issues and practice, and has delivered a number of regeneration programmes and projects across London including leading on the regeneration of Tottenham High Road as part of the Tottenham Regeneration Programme.  Suzanne is responsible for delivering area regeneration in Hackney; by working across council departments and externally with partners and stakeholders, she ensures that economic growth and development benefits as many residents and businesses as possible.

Neil Kirby
Head of Regeneration – South, LB Southwark

Neil has worked at a senior level in regeneration and housing in London for over 20 years. He is currently responsible for co-ordinating the complex regeneration programmes on housing estates such as the Aylesbury Estate and town centres such as Peckham as well as taking forward development sites. In previous roles he led on the procurement of a joint venture partner and a development agreement for a major estate regeneration as well as delivery through a public/private regeneration agency.

Samantha Latouche
Senior Manager, Volunteering-Business Engagement, Greater London Authority

Samantha is a passionate advocate for personal development and enjoys meeting new people.  With 20 years’ experience managing teams and projects within the social housing sector she has gained great skills in providing support to colleagues and is an experienced business stakeholder manager. Samantha has had a varied career, having worked in media broadcasting, training and development, the criminal justice system, youth services and community regeneration.

Seema Manchanda
Director, Smart Urban Ltd

Seema set up Smart Urban Limited in 2014 delivering planning consultancy services to the private, public and community sectors. Prior to that, she was assistant director planning and environment at LB Wandsworth. She led on major planning schemes in Nine Elms and oversaw the Local Plan and new CIL regime.  She helped secure new infrastructure including the Northern Line Extension and represented LB Wandsworth throughout the Thames Tideway Tunnel Planning Inquiry. She has previously been assistant director at Islington and Newham; in which she led on planning, economic regeneration, transport and voluntary services. Key projects during these roles included City Road Basin, Stratford Westfield, London City Airport expansion, Excel and supporting development of the Olympics.

Stephen McDonald
Director of Growth, LB Barnet

Stephen has worked at executive level in four London councils and enhanced this experience with roles as a senior consultant for PA Consulting, PwC, Deloitte and KPMG. For the last seven years Stephen has been at LB Barnet, and has lead responsibility for property, economic development, housing, delivery of the council’s capital programme and one of the busiest planning authorities in the country. His responsibilities also includes a substantial regeneration portfolio of six estate regeneration schemes, three major town centre redevelopments and four mixed-use development projects. Notably, Stephen leads the redevelopment of Brent Cross – a mixed-use £5b scheme, including a £350m railway station – for which he was instrumental in securing funding. Stephen also helped set up the joint venture development company with Argent-Related – of which he is non-executive director.

Jackie Odunoye
Operational Director of Housing, LB Redbridge

Jackie is a qualified accountant and spent 16 years working in local authority finance before becoming a director and subsequently CEO of Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust which redeveloped three council housing estates. Returning to local government, she led major housing regeneration schemes and joint ventures with private sector partners, developed an ambitious housing strategy for an inner London authority and championed the development of closely aligned housing, planning and regeneration services. She also led on establishing the council’s ALMO and led the Homelessness and Lettings service. Since joining LB Redbridge she has been involved in their new housing strategy, ambitious plans to increase the number of Council Homes and a fundamental change programme that is being implemented in the Homeless Service.

Sharon Strutt
Head of Regeneration, LB 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 and major infrastructure developments, in addition to a number of town centre regeneration programmes. As head of regeneration for LB Redbridge, Sharon is developing 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.

Neil Parlett
Director – Real Estate Advisory, Lambert Smith Hampton

Neil began his development-based career advising on major mixed use schemes in West Bromwich, Birmingham and Tunbridge Wells. Neil was engaged by Peel Holdings to successfully secure Enterprise Zone status for the 198 hectare Mersey Waters development and was engaged by Land Securities to devise Tax Increment Finance arrangements between the developer, local authority and Scottish Government. These projects led to Neil’s involvement with the BCSC finance subcommittee, the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and an active dialogue with the Treasury. More recently, Neil is working on diverse projects such as securing a new town hall complex for LB Lambeth, substantially funded through residential development and undertaking a comprehensive regeneration of the 1000 unit Gascoigne Estate in Barking.

Hilary Satchwell
Director, Tibbalds

Hilary is a founding director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and an experienced architect and urbanist who brings strategic leadership to a range of housing and mixed-use intensification projects. Much of Hilary’s work is around leading and coordinating multidisciplinary public sector teams through making best use of their land, creating good places and delivering affordable homes. Hilary is fascinated by how projects come together and the influences, actions, decisions and behaviours that lead to successful project outcomes for all involved. Hilary was part of RIBA’s procurement reform group and is on a number of design panels including Southwark, Lewisham and Design South East. Hilary is also one of the Mayor of London’s recently appointed Design Advocates.

Ed Watson
Director, Ed Watson & Associates

Ed runs his own consultancy having previously been a senior leader at some of the country’s foremost councils. His main client is Arup where, as part of their Integrated City Planning team, he is leading thinking on the future of town centres, Innovation and Knowledge Districts and place-shaping. At Westminster City Council he led the West End Partnership (WEP) as well as being the executive director for growth, planning and housing. From 2009 to 2015 he was at LB Camden leading the Environment, Planning and Regeneration Directorates – there he led on Kings Cross and HS2. He has mentored people at all levels in both roles.