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.

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Future London Leaders Round 21 Mentors

Jon Abbott
Head of Regeneration, LB Southwark

Jon has worked in planning and regeneration for three local authorities for over 30 years. In 1993, after five years as a planner, he moved to Southwark’s regeneration team. In 1999 he moved to the council’s Elephant & Castle regeneration project, becoming project director in 2007. This involved consultation with residents of the estate and delivering a package of early homes to help rehouse them. He was also the council’s lead witness at the subsequent CPO public inquiry. In 2011 Jon started his current role, focusing on the ongoing regeneration of Elephant & Castle. From 2014 he has been leading the commercial negotiations with British Land to establish a JV to regenerate Canada Water.

Karen Barke
Head of Estate Regeneration, LB Hackney

Karen has worked in local authority urban regeneration and housing for more than 15 years. At LB Hackney, she is responsible for the delivery of the council’s high-profile estate regeneration programme, with aspirations to deliver more than 2,500 new high-quality homes with associated social and economic benefits. Karen started her career at LB Newham, where she worked on area-based regeneration initiatives including the West Ham and Plaistow New Deal for Communities Programme and the Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme. Karen is an FLL alumnus.

Richard Blakeway
Chair, BexleyCo Ltd.

Richard is a former adviser to the PM and Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Land and Property. At the GLA, Richard was responsible for a £3bn investment programme, building a record 100,000 affordable homes and regeneration of 630 hectares owned by the authority. This included major redevelopment at London’s Royal Docks, Greenwich Peninsula and Barking Riverside and the creation of thirty Housing Zones across the capital. Following City Hall, Richard was appointed to advise the PM and was instrumental in developing plans for the Government’s commitment to build 1 million homes. He now advises several organisations, including JLL, EcoWorld London and Policy Exchange. Richard is chair of LB Bexley’s property company, BexleyCo Ltd, and a board director of the HMG’s regeneration agency, Homes England.#

Linda Convery
Partner, TLT Solicitors

Linda is a solicitor and a partner in TLT’s Real Estate group with 30 years’ experience of advising the social housing sector. She specialises in the development of new affordable housing as standalone projects or as part of mixed-use schemes. She deals with a range of issues including the negotiation of complex development agreements, conditional contracts, the setting up of joint venture vehicles, planning agreements, shared ownership leases and service charges. Over the years Linda has also been involved in the development and management of Extracare housing and supported housing. Linda is independently recognised as an expert in the field of social housing by Chambers UK and Legal 500, independent guides to the legal profession and she has also supervised several trainee solicitors.

Sue Cooper
Director of Business Development, Catalyst

Working within the Property Directorate Sue manages a small team of business development managers, with their work being focused upon growth, ‘placemaking’, bidding for new opportunities and leading Catalyst’s external affairs function. Sue has a significant amount of experience in successfully bidding for and overseeing the initial stages of large-scale estate regeneration opportunities – and in the development and delivery of social, economic and community investment initiatives. Sue is also a qualified social-worker and spent several years in mental-health work, predominantly in a ‘therapeutic community’ setting. This was followed by managing a housing project for homeless teenagers and working as a community worker in a Neighbourhood Council in Hammersmith.

Jessica Crowe
Assistant Director, LB Sutton

Jessica and her team are responsible for delivering LB Sutton’s agenda of Outcomes Based Commissioning, transformation and public sector reform. Prior to joining Sutton, Jessica was executive director of an independent national charity, the Centre for Public Scrutiny. She is nationally recognised for her expertise in good governance, having been appointed by both the UK and Welsh governments to statutory intervention and improvement roles. She was previously an elected member in LB Hackney, where she was deputy to the elected Mayor. She has also worked in central government and for numerous local government related organisations, including the Local Government Association, GLA and the Local Government Information Unit.

Matt Dillon
Associate Director – City Economics Team, Arup

Matt is an associate director in Arup’s City Economics team, and specialises in cities, transport and infrastructure. A PRINCE2 qualified, experienced project manager with experience working with government ministers, and in transport information and marketing.

Helen Fisher
Interim Director of Housing, Regeneration & Planning, LB Haringey

Helen has over 25 years of experience working in urban regeneration in both the public and private sectors. She is the interim director of housing, planning and regeneration for Haringey with an ambitious housing and regeneration programme to deliver including the establishment of a new council house building company for the borough. Previous roles include Haringey’s director of regeneration, project director for Nine Elms on the South Bank Partnership and programme director for Canning Town in LB Newham.

Nazeya Hussain
Director of Growth, RB Kingston

Nazeya has over 20 years’ experience in local government and is currently executive director of growth at RB Kingston. She has responsibility for planning, corporate assets, regeneration, commercialism, housing and estate renewal. With a significant focus on reshaping Kingston town centre and delivering several key sites as well as securing a commercial approach to our asset base, her work is focused on ensuring the council can deliver sustainable growth with communities at the heart of our ambitions.  She is currently leading a large estate regeneration scheme for the borough which will deliver 2,000 new homes, with one of the first significant resident ballot expected next year.

Félicie Krikler
Director, Assael Architecture

Félicie is an experienced architect with both French and British qualifications. Félicie’s main areas of expertise lie in residentially-led urban regeneration. Félicie has been instrumental in many of Assael’s high profile mixed-use projects over the years. Most recently she has become one of Assael’s Build to Rent leaders, designing new homes specifically for rent across the UK. Felicie and her team recently gained planning consent for Pontoon Dock, a mixed-use Build to Rent scheme for Linkcity.

Matt Lally
Associate Director, Arup

Matt is an associate director of Arup’s Integrated City Planning team, and an urban planner/urban designer by background. Over the last 25 years Matt has been involved in a wide-ranging portfolio of major projects throughout the UK, Australasia, Asia, Middle East and Africa. He has co-authored several best practice research and guidance publications in the UK and Australia on urban design, masterplanning and urban regeneration.

Tiffany Lynch
Infrastructure Strategy Manager, LB Bexley

Tiffany is a transport planner/strategist with 35 years’ wide-ranging experience in both the private and public sectors, particularly in planning, development and regeneration. Starting her career at Kent County Council, followed by the LDDC in 1991, Tiffany then worked on major development proposals in Kent Thameside at Dartford Borough Council. In 2006, she joined Peter Brett Associates as an associate, leading on a variety of transport planning and development projects. She joined Bexley in 2012, where she now seeks to secure the infrastructure to support the council’s ambitious Growth Strategy. She has coordinated the council’s work to maximise benefits from Crossrail at Abbey Wood. Tiffany is a board member of the Transport Planning Society.

Kush Rawal
Residential Investment Director, Metropolitan Thames Valley

Kush has worked in the housing and development industry for over 13 years, in roles focused on developing affordable intermediate products as well as market sale and rental housing. He has collaborated with a range of partners to help deliver local housing solutions in the challenging London and South East housing markets. As part of his brief he is responsible for growing partnerships with public sector employers to create affordable housing solutions for their staff, with particular focus on the NHS. In addition, he is currently working with a range of equity investors to help widen the supply of intermediate and affordable housing.

Hilary Satchwell
Director, Tibbalds

Hilary is an experienced architect and urbanist who brings strategic leadership to a range of housing and mixed-use intensification projects that prioritise placemaking, people and ‘good growth’. Much of Hilary’s work is in helping the public sector make the best use of its land and delivering affordable homes and good places. She coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams, and is fascinated by the influences, actions and behaviours that lead to good project outcomes. Hilary was involved in the RIBA’s procurement reform group and works to ensure that public sector procurement is focused on good outcomes. Hilary is on several design panels including Southwark, Lewisham and Design South East, and is one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates.

Guy Slocombe
Director of Property, City of Westminster

Guy has 28 years’ experience across various property-industry disciplines. He spent 20 years in City consultancy, including as a Drivers Jonas Partner, responsible for establishing and running the firm’s international investment team. Guy was CEO of Clarenco, a property and venture-capital business which he helped grow from a start-up, and ran his own consultancy providing advice to new property enterprises. He was approached by City of Westminster to fulfil a similar role and is now director of property, responsible for corporate property, investment and development teams. Guy is a member of the Investment Property Forum, a Professional Member of the RICS.

Carolyn Tobin
Senior Development Manager, Berkeley Capital

Carolyn is a planning and development surveyor with 14 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 strategies and identifying land opportunities. She currently works for Berkeley Capital as Senior Development Manager leading on place making strategies, master plans and planning submissions.

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 practise.  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.

Future London Leaders Round 22 Mentors (coming soon)