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 28 Mentors

Ruth Angel
Housing Regeneration Project Manager, LB 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. Over the past eight years, she has worked in development, initially in LB Waltham Forest and then in RB Kensington & Chelsea and currently works for LB Hackney, so has experience of varied and contrasting places in London.

Virginia Blackman
Principal – National Head Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young

Virginia’s particular interest is in getting involved from the start of the 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, Kings Landing Maidenhead, Calverley Square Tunbridge Wells, growth plans at Bristol City Airport and advising a number of those affected by HS2 at Euston. Clients include LB Haringey, Metropolitan Housing Association, Barratt, London & Newcastle and Regus. She is a member of the RICS Working Group on Compulsory Purchase, an experienced expert witness, and a Registered Valuer. Virginia has worked with the Future of London Diversity Speaker Network and has experience of mentoring colleagues previously.

Christina Calderato
Head of Transport Strategy Planning, Transport for London

Christina has spent the last 12 years working across a diverse 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 over the next 30 years. 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 TfL.

Clare Chettle
Associate Partner, Airey Miller LLP

Clare has over 11 years’ experience of providing interim and consultancy development services to G15, national and specialist housing associations, London boroughs and local authorities as well as private sector consultancy. She has held a number of roles and led teams through restructures and transitions and specialises in troubleshooting tricky schemes. Clare is a CIHCM and undertook Planning and Development Surveying (RICS) at the University of Reading. Clare is keen to share her experience and help diversify the housing, construction and built environment sectors and to help develop female leaders and role models for upcoming generations of young women and men. In addition to her work Clare is also an Assistant Scout Leader and enjoys camping, leading walks and navigation. Clare has a female partner and 2 adopted children and lives in London.

Sara Hanrahan
Partner, Lewis Silkin

Sara is a planning partner at Lewis Silkin with over 20 years’ commercial experience. She advises on all aspects of planning and specialises in major re-development and urban regeneration projects. Sara acts for a wide range of clients including developers, housing associations, local authorities as well as high net worth individuals. She is a committee member of the City of London Law Society Planning and Environmental Committee and has been recognised as a leader in her field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers.

Chris Hartiss
Design Director, Modulous

Chris is an architect with over twenty years’ experience leading teams designing and delivering significant schemes across London. With previous roles at Canary Wharf Group and Squire & Partners, he has worked on large and complex projects including North Quay, Chelsea Barracks, Southbank Place and One Tower Bridge, each having many and varied challenges and interfaces. He is currently Design Director at Modulous, a start-up who are focusing on the delivery of residential projects using modular construction. He has taught and mentored students and young architects for several years and continues to deliver advice, mentoring and workshops providing support for further education, job applications and careers in architecture and construction.

Steve Kennard
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.

Chris Langdon
Development and Investment Director, Engie UK

Chris joined ENGIE in 2017 as Development and Investment Director to develop a programme of major regeneration projects based on low carbon and sustainable futures. As a Chartered Surveyor Chris has over 20 years’ experience in major mixed-use development, property and construction. Chris’ current focus is working on how place shaping and integrated solutions can deliver Zero Carbon outcomes. Prior to ENGIE, Chris was Development Director at Byrne Estates and the Ardmore Group. Previously Chris managed the development and disposal property division for Bexley Council and worked at St George Plc, part of Berkeley Homes. Chris believes that collaboration and partnership is the key to delivering new and innovative market solutions and currently has a pipeline of more than 3,500 thousand units including the 139-hectare former coal fired power station site at Rugeley in Staffordshire, West Midlands.

Sherine McFarlane
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, health & well-being, financial inclusion, children and young people, and older people.

Maggie Rafalowicz
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. She 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.

Kush Rawal
Director of Residential Investment, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing              

Kush has had various roles within Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing largely focused on the delivery of affordable housing development and specifically home ownership. His team is working to develop and deliver an extensive development pipeline, and his recent projects include the development of Shared Ownership Plus, a new way to help shared owners purchase more equity in their home. Kush also heads up Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing’s development collaboration initiative, which seeks to bring all internal parts of the development process together to help deliver a shared vision.

Sarah Beth Riley
Associate Architect, Be First

Sarah is responsible for enhancing and protecting design quality across new build projects from inception to completion. Prior to Be First Sarah was the Design & Technical Manager for Lewisham Homes following time spent in private practice at Ash Sakula Architects, HTA Design and Studio Egret West. Sarah sits on Hackney Regeneration Design Advice Group, is a mentor for Public Practice and is a regular guest critic at the University of Westminster. She studied at The Glasgow School of Art and Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Stockholm.

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 positively. Luke has also 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 Pollard Thomas Edwards’ Design Delivery group, which provides detailed design and construction stage services to PTE’s contractor clients and also offers technical advice and auditing to PTE’s 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.

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, 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.

Elaine Taylor
Director of Development – Cambridge Road Estate, RB Kingston

Elaine is a specialist in residential development and regeneration in the not-for-profit sector. She started her housing career with L&Q delivering new build and refurbishment projects some 30 years ago. A succession of career progressions, both internally at L&Q and externally with other major Housing Associations including Hyde Housing and Clarion, enabled her to build development and regeneration experience.  She held Senior Management positions at L&Q with responsibility for leading the Land and Planning team in L&Q’s East Region. She is now Development Director at RB Kingston, responsible for delivering the ambitious Cambridge Road Estate regeneration scheme.

Future London Leaders Round 27 Mentors

Phillipa Bancroft
Senior Development Manager, GLA

Philippa is a chartered planning and development surveyor and has worked in housing and regeneration for over 10 years with residential and industrial sector experience in taking projects from inception through procurement, contracting and completion.  She currently manages the Public Land team at the GLA, supporting public landowners release land for housing.  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.

Paul Beckett
Policy & Performance Director, City of London

Paul has worked for the City of London Corporation for over 25 years and is currently Policy and Performance Director in the built environment department. He was responsible for preparing the City of London Local Plan and setting out a strategy for growth until 2026, which was adopted in January 2015. He has also worked extensively with officers at the GLA and its forerunner, the LPAC, on diverse strategic planning matters including London’s Central Activities Zone, office policy, tall building and view protection policy as well as Crossrail funding policy.

Colin Boxall
Project Director, Notting Hill Genesis

Colin is an experienced senior regeneration and development professional with over 18 years’ experience, working with both local authorities and housing associations. Colin has led on the development and implementation of a range of complex regeneration projects, from estate regeneration, area-based regeneration strategies, masterplans, joint ventures, engagement strategies, land assembly strategies and public realm schemes. He applies a positive approach to delivering effective change and has a proven track record of delivery across a wide range of sectors.

Jonathan Goldstraw
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.

Dan Hill
Director, Real Urbanism Ltd.

Dan is an independent consultant working with community groups, residents, businesses, partners and colleagues on a range of projects seeking to make fairer and more resilient communities and neighbourhoods. He has led regeneration teams at a senior level within Local Government and Housing Associations. His work focuses on delivery of new and better homes, more resilient high streets, community hubs and parks, squares and gardens. He has a particular passion for local food and is trying to start up a new farm for London. In his spare time he likes running and exploring new places.

Rob Krzyszowski
Assistant Director – Planning, Building Standards & Sustainability, LB Haringey

Rob is an Interim Assistant Director at LB Haringey covering planning, transport, infrastructure, land charges, building control and carbon management. Rob has previously worked at Brent, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Birmingham City Councils. Rob co-founded Planning Out, a professional network for LGBT+ planners, is the Chair of the RTPI’s England Policy Panel and has previously chaired the London Planning Summit and the national Young Planners Conference. Rob was listed as one of Property Week’s RESI Trailblazers in 2018.

John Lumley
Strategic Director – Assets and Regeneration, L&Q

John is responsible for asset management and regeneration across the L&Q group. Prior to joining L&Q he was Director of Regeneration at LB Hackney, responsible for creating and leading one of the largest direct delivery programmes of council housebuilding in the country, as well as housing strategy & policy, economic regeneration, and private sector housing. Before that he worked at L&Q for 10 years in a variety of development and regeneration roles. He is a board member of Future of London, a trustee of the New Cross Gate Trust, and a school governor.

Jonathan Martin
Director of Inward Investment, LB Waltham Forest

Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor and his current role focuses on securing Inward Investment across the borough of Waltham Forest. He is working effectively with both existing and new investors/funders, developers, landowners and their advisors – both within the public and private sector. This is to promote investment opportunities including helping to create new homes and jobs, regeneration schemes, business and employment growth, as well as work closely with London wide and regional agencies.

Abbas Naqvi
Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates

Abbas is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience in construction and project management.  He has delivered some of the UK largest Infrastructure projects including Tideway, DLR, and Clackmannanshire Bridge. Although Abbas’ background is technical, delivering such projects has led to his developing project management skills including communication, commercial, time management, leadership and operational management. Currently, Abbas is the Programme Lead for Mechanical & Electrical and Building Fabric programmes on the Palace of Westminster for UK Parliament, an iconic building recognised globally.

Dominique Oliver
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Dominique has over 20 years’ 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 to infill sites. She has a special expertise in education projects, including the co-location of schools with commercial, community and residential uses to generate mixed-funding solutions and create thriving neighbourhoods. She is skilled at encouraging contributions from all parties to unlock complex briefs and sites. Dominique joined Pollard Thomas Edwards in 2004 becoming a partner in 2014. She heads up one of the practice’s design workshops, leading and motivating teams as well as heading up the practice’s premises and operations group and supporting the HR team. Dominique taught a diploma module at The Bartlett School of Architecture for eight years, and is currently a member of the Lewisham Design Review Panel.

Neil Parlett
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 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.

Clare Reddy
Partner, Lewis Silkin

Clare Reddy is head of Lewis Silkin’s construction team, focusing on non-contentious construction. She provides advice on all aspects of a construction or engineering project, from the construction aspects of funding and sale and purchase documents, through to strategic advice on procurement routes and drafting and negotiating building contracts and consultants’ appointments. Clare also provides procurement advice, particularly on public procurement issues.

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 involved in 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.

Allison Sofekun
Director, BCL

Allison is a Senior level executive with a strong track record in strategic leadership of people, change, financial and operational management, over 30 years. As an experienced Interim Consultant, Allison harnesses her significant experience from various senior roles and sectors. Allison led the Corporate Services at Gateway Housing, including HR & Organisation development and Communications, and has extensive experience developing potential including mentoring and coaching. As Group Director for Corporate Services at Genesis Housing, she led the strategies and delivery of HR, IT, Communications, Diversity, Business Excellence, and other enabling services. Trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, with extensive audit and consulting experience, Allison has further expanded her areas of expertise, now a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Allison’s experience encompasses the private and third sectors as well as UK and international experience. Allison led the achievement of the ‘Times Top 50 Employers for Women’ at Genesis and is an individual national award winner (Excellence in Practice – BITC), championing balanced leadership teams for superior business performance.

Karen Swift
Director of Housing and Regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets

Karen has worked in local government for over 25 years with secondments to the Home Office and Metropolitan Police. Her local government career started in LB Camden, with a stint at LB Enfield and a return to LB Camden. She is currently Divisional Director of Housing and Regeneration at LB Tower Hamlets. During her career she has overseen initiatives and services related to homelessness, housing options, temporary accommodation, private sector conditions, commissioning, asset management as well as being Head of Housing Strategy at LB Camden for 10 years. In her current role she oversees a new build council homes programme, a housing options service undergoing transformation, sustainability and fire safety. Karen has a MSc in International Housing.

Joe Williams
Head of Housing Operations, Poplar HARCA

On his first day in housing Joe was told it was ‘more than just a job.’ How true those words were; the incredible opportunity he’s had to change lives and develop people since has been more rewarding than he could’ve imagined. Being bold, creative and focusing on social purpose is always at the heart of what Joe does – aiming to constantly improve resident experience. In his spare time, Joe is a Dad to two young children (a different type of mentoring!), has a love for football and with any remaining time enjoys a night out with his wife or mates.