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 24 Mentors
See below for Future London Leaders Round 23 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 S106 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.
Future London Leaders Round 23 Mentors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.