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 20 Mentors

Mark Adams
Regeneration Programme Manager, 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, including Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Brent; Havering and Croydon. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and RTPI. 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 in regeneration in his home borough of Haringey, especially with Tottenham community project Living under One Sun.

Caroline Harper
Chief Planner, Be First

Caroline is Be First’s Chief Planner, having 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 London Borough of 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.

Richard Hill
Group Chief Executive, One Housing

Richard joined One Housing as Group Chief Executive in September 2017. He has a passion for housing and is hugely experienced having held numerous senior leadership positions in the sector. Before joining One Housing he led Spectrum Housing for three years as chief executive, taking the organisation into a merger with Sovereign Housing. Before Spectrum he held a number of senior roles at the housing regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency. These included Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Programmes, where he had responsibility for a range of high-profile housing and research programmes and an annual investment fund of £5 billion.

Suzanne Johnson
Head of Economic Regeneration, LB Hackney

Suzanne leads the Economic Regeneration team at Hackney Council. She is a chartered town planner and has 14 years-experience in regeneration, economic development and planning. In her role at Hackney she is responsible for delivering area regeneration and inclusive economic growth. Prior to this Suzanne led the development and implementation of Tottenham High Road regeneration at the London Borough of Haringey which included delivering economic development and bushiness growth initiatives, implementation of a major public realm capital programme, preparation of town centre strategies, and bringing forward major redevelopment sites. Prior to this Suzanne was responsible for town centre regeneration and economic development at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham overseeing the delivery of strategic sites and projects in Barking Town Centre and working with partners on the Barking Riverside redevelopment.

Steve Kennard
Director of Regeneration, Hadley Property Group

A highly experienced and enthusiastic specialist in development and regeneration, Steve has operated in client and consultant management, and led delivery teams on a wide variety of mixed-use regeneration schemes. He joined Hadley in 2015 after leading a number of major private/public partnership projects across the capital. From 2008 – 2012 Steve served as Director of Land & Development at the London Development Agency, leading the team responsible for the 2,000-acre, £600m land portfolio; this included the specialist team responsible for concluding the land purchase in Stratford’s Olympic Park. As part of the ‘Urban Communities Development’ team at Land Securities, Steve also led urban extension projects across the south east. This included the Ebbsfleet International Eurostar station, Harlow North and the White City masterplan.

Debra Levison
Senior Manager, Housing Programmes and Services, Greater London Authority

Debra is responsible for the GLA’s rough-sleeping programme and Private Rented Sector initiatives, the supply of new supported and specialist housing, and the delivery of housing mobility schemes. She was previously GLA’s Housing Policy Manager, focusing on the development and delivery of the London Housing Strategy. Since starting her career in local government in 1985, her work has included developing and delivering buildings energy efficiency programmes, the development and delivery of housing programmes and services, strategy and policy development, research, analysis and evaluation. She has also worked at the London Research Centre, the National Housing Federation and the Greater London Council.

Andreas Markides
Managing Director, Markides Associates

Andreas Markides BSc (Hons) MSc CEng AoU FCIHT FICE, is experienced in the planning, design and management of major development projects, urban extensions and town centre regeneration schemes; he has also been involved in the design and supervision of infrastructure works. His specialist traffic expertise includes traffic impact studies for new development proposals, highway design, development of transport strategies and is an expert witness at planning inquiries. He set up Markides Associates in October 2016 which currently employs more than 20 transport planners and engineers. For 3 years, he served on the Committee of the Thames Valley branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers and he was chairman of that Association (AMG&S) for the period 1989/90. He is a Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). He is also a founding member of the Academy of Urbanism. In 2014 he acted as Planning Commissioner for the island of Cyprus.

Lynne Miles
Associate Director – Integrated City Planning, Arup

Lynne is a spatial economist and local growth policy specialist. She has experience in a wide range of areas, including economic analysis, impact appraisal and evaluation (economic, socio-economic and equalities), cost benefit analysis, and national, regional and local growth policy development. Now working in Arup’s Integrated City Planning team with a broad ranging economic portfolio she started life at Arup as a transport economist. Lynne’s specialism is at the interface between economic, transport and planning policy: understanding what drives economic growth and regional economic disparities. She has a wide experience in appraisal and evaluation as well as an excellent understanding of the wider policy context and key political drivers. She has an advanced degree in public economic policy awarded jointly by the London School of Economics and Columbia University in New York.

Neil Parlett
Director – Real Estate Advisory, Lambeth Smith Partners Consultants

Neil began his career advising on the development of Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in Tunbridge Wells and major retail led mixed use schemes in West Bromwich, Birmingham and Leamington Spa. 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 and secure Tax Increment Finance arrangements between the developer, local authority and Scottish Government to deliver a substantial extension to Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow, as well as improved public realm and an upgraded public transport interchange. Those projects led to Neil’s involvement with the BCSC finance subcommittee, the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and an active dialogue with the Treasury on the then emerging TIF regulations. More recently, Neil worked on projects securing a new town hall complex for Lambeth Council , delivering enabling development for a new Theatre complex in Aylesbury and undertaking a comprehensive regeneration of the 1,000 unit Gascoigne Estate in Barking.

Maggie Rafalowicz
Director, Campbell Tickell

Maggie has operated at senior levels in local government, central government, the housing association sector and the commercial sector. She served as Assistant Director of Housing & Community Care at Brent Council for 10 years. Prior to that, she was an Area Manager at The Housing Corporation, covering one-third of London and leading on supported housing for the London Region. She has been a consultant for over seven years, and is an Associate Director with Campbell Tickell, leading for the consultancy on local government, development and regeneration. She has extensive national networks, in particular in local and central government, housing associations, care providers, developers and housebuilders. She has strong project management, communication and facilitation skills, and has led multi-disciplinary teams.

Luke Riley
Projects Director, Swan Housing

Luke has over 25 years of experience in housing, leading Craylands Estate regeneration (c.1,000 new homes) and the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre in Basildon.  Luke has also led one of the largest housing-led mixed tenure regeneration projects in the country for Genesis Housing Association (3,000 new homes, new social and community infrastructure, £550m over 15-18 years). Luke shaped the transformation of Grahame Park in Colindale, ensuring the reality and reputation of the area changed. Worked in partnership with Berkeley Homes on the transformation of Woodberry Down in Hackney.

Kaye Stout
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Kaye Stout is the equity partner in charge of PTEs Design Delivery group, which provides detailed design and construction stage services to PTEs contractor clients, and also offers technical advice and auditing to PTEs project teams at the planning stage. She takes pride in building good working relationships with clients and the wider design and construction teams. “I like the way that successful buildings and places are not conceived in ivory towers, but emerge from a complex process of engagement with lots of different people with a wide variety of views. Some projects evolve over many years, and I work hard to maintain everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment.” Kaye has long experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans for estate regeneration to infill sites. She also has experience in commercial interiors, office buildings and business parks.

Danny Sutcliffe
Partner, Redloft

Danny is a founding partner of RedLoft, growing the business from a start-up to a 45 strong team today. During the last 25 years, he has worked for a range of housing associations and local authorities managing regeneration projects and securing and delivering large and small developments. As well as project management, his work has involved managing teams and effecting change management. He combines this with the management of a team of consultants at RedLoft ensuring that clients’ requirements are satisfied in an efficient, co-operative but unobtrusive manner.

Leanne Tritton
Managing Director, Ing-Media

Founder and managing director of ING, Leanne has worked in Australia, the USA and the UK. Over the last 18 years, she, along with her team has built ING into the recognised leader in PR and Communications for the built environment. The agency’s work covers architecture, design, regeneration and property. ING’s clients are based all over the world and the team currently speaks 16 languages. She is a regular speaker and writer on communications and how it can impact business. Leanne was the Chair of Governors at Hoxton Garden Primary, Orchard Primary School and sat on the Interim Executive Board at Daubeney Primary School. All three schools are in Hackney where she lives. She was previously a Trustee of the Bishopsgate Institute and Article 25.

Mike Ward
Executive Director, Mojo Advisory Services

Mike has specialised in housing development and business growth in the social housing sector for more than 20 years. Mike’s executive roles were initially as Executive Director of Property and then as Executive Director of New Business. Both roles had responsibility for the development and regeneration programmes for the Group, with the latter role focusing especially on innovation and growth through mergers and acquisitions. Before joining the Group Executive team Mike’s experience with Circle included successful delivery of a number of stock transfers. He took the lead for the bidding, consultation and post ballot completion programmes and acquisitions which saw Birmingham based Mercian Housing Association join the Group. Until leaving Circle when its merger with Affinity Sutton was successfully concluded Mike served as vice-Chair of European Federation for Living which is an international network of social housing providers, supply chain companies and academic institutions.

Eleanor Young
Director, Blackstock Partners

Eleanor Young started her career as a project and policy officer for Leeds City Council and at the Association of London Government (now London Councils). For eight years (2000 – 2008) she worked for London Mayor Ken Livingstone as his Senior Adviser on Planning and Development, where she was responsible for producing the first London Plan and advising on major planning applications. In addition, Eleanor led the GLA group’s approach to supporting boroughs in key opportunity areas. After undertaking a range of consultancy projects from 2008 – 2013, Eleanor has been advising Ealing Council on Southall Opportunity Area and housing zone, as well as providing programme direction for the Southall Big Plan, a £40m programme of public investment to support regeneration around the Crossrail station there. She is also managing a range of other projects for Blackstock Partnership, focused on supporting growth around key infrastructure.