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.

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.

Samantha Latouche
Voluntary and Community Sector Partnership Manager, London Borough of Newham

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.

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.

Future London Leaders Round 25 Mentors

Ruth Angel
Housing Regeneration Project Manager, London Borough of 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. For the last seven years, she has worked in development, initially in London Borough of Waltham Forest and then in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, so has experience of very contrasting places in London.

Sara Bailey
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.

Simon Bevan
Director of Planning, London Borough of Southwark

Simon is director of planning at London Borough of Southwark and has been at the centre of the borough’s ambitious regeneration plans for over 20 years, taking charge of the planning division in 2008. Simon has led the preparation of the strategy framework that has delivered the most affordable housing of any London borough over the last four years and is preparing his division, which includes planners, transport planners, urban designers and building inspectors, for the latest challenge to deliver 11,000 new council homes over the next 30 years.

Tom Cardis
Interim Director of Planning, OPDC

Tom is a qualified Town Planner with over 15 years of experience work across a number of public sector bodies on large-scale regeneration projects. Tom previously worked at the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where he worked on other large-scale regeneration projects such as White City and Earl’s Court. In 2014 Tom took on the role of establishing London’s second Development Corporation at Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC). Initially as Head of Planning Policy and now as Interim Director of Planning, Tom has been instrumental in positioning Old Oak Park Royal as one of the UK’s largest mixed-use development opportunities with the potential to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs.

Paul Dooley
Director of Estate Regeneration, Poplar HARCA

Paul started his career in construction, working for main contractors in a variety of roles starting as a management trainee and working up to director level. During this time, Paul worked in many sectors including education, retail, commercial and housing, with projects ranging in size from £1m to £200m. In 2010, Paul joined Poplar HARCA as Director of Estate Regeneration to lead the Housing Choice programme, a £145m programme to regenerate over 3,000 homes on six different estates across Poplar in East London.

Esther Everett
Head of Design, LLDC

Esther is a qualified architect with many years in the private sector. With experience in education and community architecture, urban design, regeneration and public realm, she joined the public sector in 2010 in Design for London’s Lower Lea Valley team. She has since worked for the London Legacy Development Corporation leading on major projects, masterplans and regeneration programmes in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Her current role involves coordinating programmes with partner organisations and providing design advice to planning colleagues on major live LLDC applications. Esther is also Creative Director for the 2015 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics conference, which sets up dialogue between small architecture practices and commissioning bodies across the public and private sectors.

Caroline Harper
Chief Planner, Be First

Caroline 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 LB 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.

Mike Kiely
Planning Consultant and Director, Planning & Regeneration Ltd.

Mike is a chartered town planner and MBA qualified manager with over 40 years’ experience in local government; 14 years at service head level and above and most of which in London. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, formerly president of the Planning Officers Society and now chair of its Board. Mike works closely with government and across the sector to shape planning in England. In 2015 he set up his own consultancy to specialise in assisting local authorities and his extensive experience in successfully delivering major planning and regeneration projects means he can add value beyond the chief planning officer role, constructively challenging accepted thinking and proposing innovative solutions.

Daniel Lindsay
Director, Hatch Regeneris

Daniel is an economist specialising in housing and local economic development. Daniel is a Director of Hatch’s Urban Solutions Team in London, which comprises around 20 professional consultants with backgrounds in economics, geography and planning. Over his career, he has worked primarily as a consultant, specialising in placemaking, economic appraisal and business case development –with a focus on developing business cases for infrastructure investment that unlocks wider development. Outside of consultancy, Daniel also worked as Shelter’s economist for around four years, specialising in housing supply and assessing the impact of government reform in the housing and house-building sectors.

Sean McLaughlin
Managing Director, Homes for Haringey

Sean has been Managing Director of Homes for Haringey since April 2018, providing housing, employment and other services for Haringey council. Sean was previously Islington Council’s Corporate Director of Housing and Adult Social Services for 10 years. Professional interests include delivering new homes directly and in partnership with other housing agencies, improving outcomes for vulnerable people, and maximising community resilience. Sean has extensive experience of partnership working with housing providers, emergency services, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, politicians and the voluntary sector.

Cordelia Osewa-Ediae
Senior Consultant, BT

Cordelia is a member of Harvard’s global Adaptive Leadership Network, she has designed and led the successful delivery of leadership development programmes for the National Grid, London Metropolitan Police Service and the University of Greenwich. A Clore Social Fellow, she has acted as an adviser to several social mobility initiatives and led a nationwide strategic review at the NSPCC. As operations director at a youth charity, she led a mentoring programme that involved cross sector volunteers and benefited over 80 graduates. Cordelia is an RSA Fellow, accredited Action Learning Facilitator and member of her local Patient Participatory Group. She also mentors young professionals in her spare time.

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 recently 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.

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. Maggie 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.

David Scourfield
Chief Planning Officer, London Borough of Ealing

David has enjoyed a career as a town planner with over 30 years’ experience in four local authorities in and around London. He is currently leading a team of 60 professionals, utilising his experience in managing a front-facing service, managing the risk that can come from complex and high volume decision making, understanding and responding to the changing needs of elected Councillors, planning strategies for service delivery and leading on budget setting, recruitment, retention and the range of issues that staff management presents. David enjoys working with all stakeholders and customers and has significant experience in working with a range of faith communities, both in professional and personal capacities.

Sharon Strutt
Head of Regeneration, London Borough of 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.

Carolyn Tobin
Head of Development, LLDC

Carolyn is a planning and development surveyor with 16 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 then for Berkeley Homes as Senior Development Manager leading on place making strategies and master plans, including securing permission for a 1,200 home masterplan at Watford Junction which will unlock the Councils wider masterplan ambitions. Six months ago she returned to the public sector as Head of Development at the London Legacy Development Corporation where she leads a team working on the Pudding Mill and Stratford Waterfront masterplans and future development.