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 31 Mentors

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 London Borough of 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.

Claire Callan
Smart Places Consultant, WSP

Claire is a consultant with experience in innovation, strategy and programme management. After 20 years in Financial Services Claire took a career break to study for an MSc in Cities at the London School of Economics before joining the WSP Smart Places team.   She has designed and delivered communications strategies and case studies to educate senior management on the transformational potential of emerging technologies.  Claire is interested in human behaviour and all the places where innovation and cities meet.

Jamie Carswell
Director of Housing & Safer Communities, RB Greenwich

Jamie was Director for Investment and then interim Chief Executive at Tower Hamlets Homes where he led a £187million major works programme and re-established the Council’s infill new build programme. Between 2002 and 2008, he was Cabinet Member for Housing and then Deputy Executive Mayor in LB Hackney where he started the regeneration of Woodberry Down estate and Dalston town centre, and established the Hackney Housing Partnership between the council and housing associations. He was also the Executive Lead for Housing at London Councils where he reached cross party agreement on their Housing Vision, as well as championing cross-borough working.

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.

Leanne Keltie
Principal New Homes Development Project Manager, LB Islington

Leanne has more than 15 years’ experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors focusing on housing and community development. She began her career in Canada in 1997 supporting social economic development projects in the charitable sector. After completing her MSc in Urban Regeneration at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning in 2006 Leanne worked for a leading planning and urban design consultancy promoting key sites for residential and commercial development across England. Leanne has also managed a capital grants programme at Sport England to support schools opening their sports facilities for community users. Prior to LB Islington, Leanne was responsible for managing the Mayor’s dedicated capital programmes for specialised and supported housing at the GLA which included overseeing programme delivery, brokering relationships, and encouraging bids from Registered Providers.

Hamish Kilford-Brown
Partner- Urban Design, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Hamish, partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, is a passionate architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience in the built environment, working with design teams to explore, imagine and deliver complex mixed-use schemes in the public and private sectors, and engaging wider audiences in change. Bringing expertise in placemaking, the creation of new neighbourhoods, working with existing communities to push boundaries, inspiring creativity while considerate of constraints and existing contexts. A generous leader with a collaborative approach, thoughtful about enabling others through stretch opportunities, co-creating innovation, and exchanging inspirational inputs to develop the next generation of professionals.

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.

Joe Richardson
Head of Housing Development, LB Wandsworth

Joe leads the Housing Development Team at Wandsworth Council, responsible for delivering over a thousand homes on infill sites throughout the borough. His background includes various senior roles in Housing Associations and private sector developers, delivering a range of mixed use, mixed tenure schemes with both public and private funding. Joe oversees the end-to-end development process, overseeing a team of project managers, appointing design teams and overseeing planning applications before commissioning main works contracts and handing over completed homes to customers. With a professional background in planning and urban design, Joe takes a great deal of pride in ensuring schemes are delivered with a well thought out public realm and quality landscaping.

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. She 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. She is also one of the Mayor of London’s recently appointed Design Advocates.

Juliet Seymour
Planning Policy Manager, LB Southwark

Juliet worked at LB Harrow for 5 years where she gained a perspective on consultation, working in an outer London borough and working in a complex and challenging political environment. She led on many London and European Projects. She then worked for LB Southwark in a similar role before moving to the Planning Policy Team. Juliet is one of the Planning Division management team leading on digital change, a Graduate Development Programme, a Planner Development Programme and the Development Plan. She has mentored staff for over a decade as part of LB Southwark’s mentoring programme.

Jonathan Wade
Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea

I am an RTPI accredited urban planner with over 25 years’ professional experience of working within the public sector in the UK. My experience covers the whole breadth of the planning field, with management positions both within Development Management and Planning Policy, most of which is within the London context. I am adaptable and flexible and used to working over a variety of disciplines from writing planning policy, to project management as well as assessing major planning applications with the accompanying negotiation skills. In my current role as Head of Forward Planning at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea I have driven forward a number of high profile strategic projects which were priorities on the corporate agenda.

Matthew Waters
Partner, Devonshires LLP

Matthew works with organisations across the housing sector – registered providers, funders / investors, local authorities and developers – on a broad range of commercial, corporate and regulatory matters. On the transactional side this includes corporate structuring, joint ventures, group reorganisations, estate regeneration, public / private partnerships for large scale housing & regeneration projects, structuring of development deals and investment / funding models. Advisory work includes regulatory compliance, new registrations, governance and HRA matters.

Lucy Webb
Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

As a consultant operating at a senior level across local authority, housing association, private and voluntary sectors. Lucy specialises in supporting sustainable growth plans that drives benefits to all delivered through a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector approach. Lucy has led on a number of complex projects and programmes including housing estate regeneration; high street renewal; social infrastructure planning; public realm schemes; and socio-economic regeneration initiatives. Lucy is currently in a leadership role at Inner Circle Consulting, a management consultancy firm working with a broad range of public and private sector clients.