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 26 Mentors

Jon Abbott
Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Southwark

Jon has worked in planning and regeneration for three Local Authorities for over 30 years, 25 of which have been at Southwark Council. He is a member of the RTPI, this increased his experience in partnership working and project delivery. Jon started work as a planner but moved across to the council’s regeneration team in 1993. Initially he was part of a small team preparing what became the council’s successful Single Regeneration Budget Bid for £60m to regenerate the North Peckham estates and revitalise Peckham Town Centre. He worked until 1999, helping to deliver the first three phases of redevelopment, employment, town centre and public realm improvement projects. In 1999 Jon moved to the council’s Elephant & Castle regeneration project first as assistant project director and subsequently from 2007 as Project Director. During this period, he led on the preparation of development framework for the area and partner selection processes which resulted in Lendlease becoming the council’s development partner to redevelop the council’s Heygate estate. He was involved in consultation with residents of the estate and delivering a package of early homes to help rehouse them and was 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 including the shopping centre. From 2014 he has been leading the commercial negotiations with British Land to establish a JV to regenerate Canada Water.

Karen Barke
Head of Strategic Development, London Borough of Lewisham

Karen has worked in local authority urban regeneration and housing for over 18 years. Her current role is at Lewisham council where she is responsible for the delivery of the council’s housing development programme with aspirations to deliver new high-quality homes alongside associated social and economic benefits. Prior to this Karen worked at Hackney Council where she was responsible for the delivery of the council’s high-profile Estate Regeneration Programme. This was a council-led housing programme with aspirations to deliver over 2,500 new high-quality homes. Karen started her career at Newham council where she worked on a range of 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 alumnus of FoL’s Future London Leaders (round four).

Neill Campbell
Partner, BPTW

Neill joined BPTW in 2002 and became the youngest partner in 2013. His role involves managing two teams with multiple projects of varying scale. Over this time, he has developed a wide network of contacts in relevant disciplines, gaining experience through them which he has brought to bear in his project work. Neill has delivered numerous successful new build residential schemes and masterplanning projects, as well as leading large-scale regeneration and mixed-use developments. He is a specialist in residential design and public consultation. He has a keen interest in researching and developing housing typologies to suit changing market conditions, and expertise in the application of current and emerging housing standards. Neill regularly presents on the development potential of small sites across London and the South East.

Graham Clements
Team Leader, Development Management, GLA

Working under three Mayoral administrations Graham is well accustomed to navigating changing political priorities and evolving policy and legislative landscapes. Having begun a career in office management Graham requalified as a Town Planner with the ambition to effect positive change in the city he grew up in. Now, having worked across various strands of strategic planning, Graham leads a team to provide high quality planning advice to the development industry and sound recommendations to the Mayor of London on a wide variety of major housing, commercial and mixed use projects across the Greater London area.

Linda Convery
Partner, TLT

Linda has 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. She has also supervised several trainee solicitors.

Patrick Duffy
Director of New Business, Southern Housing Group

Based in Clerkenwell, but covering a large area stretching across London, the Home Counties and down to the Isle of White, Patrick leads Southern Housing Group’s diverse land and planning function to deliver a pipeline of opportunities for new development. He also oversees strategic asset management including the Group’s stock acquisition and rationalisation activity. Patrick was previously Assistant Development Director at Peabody, responsible for a £2.25 billion development programme. He was part of the team that grew the organisation’s development activity from a standing start to the largest in London, including a Stirling Prize nomination along the way.

Jackie Fearon
Director of Customer Operations, Gateway Housing Association

With over 25 years of experience in housing, a deep love of sport, music and new found desire to keep busy, Jackie has mentoring experience that ranges from short term ad hoc meetings to longer term arrangements. She’s worked in small charities, to some the largest housing associations and local authorities in the country. This has helped not only to understand behaviours, challenges and frustrations but to use her experiences to support others. Just as important have been the experience she has had of her own mentors throughout her career, and the benefits that they have brought her on a personal and professional level.

Ben Johnson
Head of Planning Policy and Strategy, London Borough of Bromley

Ben is an experienced planning professional and has worked in planning policy roles at regional and local authority level in London and the North East. This includes work in the planning policy team at the LB Islington, where he progressed to Planning Policy Team Leader, with a primary responsibility for managing a review of the Local Plan. Since early 2020, Ben has held the position of Head of Service for Planning Policy and Strategy at the London Borough of Bromley and is responsible for a range of workstreams including the Bromley Local Plan, developer contributions and conservation.

Nii Klotey Quaye
Director, Quaye Services Ltd

With over 14 years in industry as a Quantity Surveyor, Nii has accumulated an advantageous blend of experience as both a Contractor and Consultant QS, cultivating a well rounded understanding of construction from both the client’s and builder’s perspective. Nii is a full Member of the RICS, and is an active APC assessor. With a passion for coaching and mentoring future leaders, Nii has also obtained a Level 5 Coaching Diploma with the Institute of Leadership and Management. His key areas of expertise lie in Value Management, Tendering Practice, and project level Dispute Resolution.

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.

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.

Thomasin Renshaw
Director of Development, Grosvenor

Thomasin currently leads Grosvenor’s South Molton Triangle project, a major two-acre mixed-use scheme in Mayfair. She has a strong track record of delivering large, complex regeneration projects at Muse Developments and London & Regional. Thomasin also mentors via Women in Property and the 30% Club. Thomasin graduated from UCL with a BSc in Astrophysics and the University of Reading with an MSc in Surveying. She is a Fellow of RICS (Planning and Development).

Janet Townsend
Director of Development (South), LLDC

Janet is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years property development and regeneration experience. Working previously for public bodies such as London Transport Property, English Partnerships and the London Development Agency, she has been involved in large scale regeneration and development projects around London including the Royal Docks, Greenwich Peninsula, and Lewisham Town Centre. She is currently Director of Development at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where she is responsible for their Housing Delivery Programme, delivering of over 5,000 new homes across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding communities.

Eleanor Young
Director, Blackstock Partnership

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.