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 37 Mentors

John Bandler
Project Director, Turner & Townsend

John is an experienced Director with over 30 years of professional experience, delivering great projects and building high performing teams. Has led and managed the delivery of commercial and regeneration programmes, most recently large, complex office fit-out and co-location projects linked to organisational transformation. He is a Chartered Surveyor and has recent Contract Administrator experience on large projects. John also has experience in leading the development of master plans and business cases. As a regeneration professional, John has an appreciation of Strategic Planning, place-making and leveraging public assets to create place change. John re-joined Turner & Townsend in 2018.

Simon Bevan

Simon has recently retired from the position of Director of Planning at LB Southwark where he was at the centre of the borough’s ambitious regeneration plans for over 20 years, taking charge of the planning division in 2008. Simon led the preparation of the strategy framework that has delivered the most affordable housing of any London borough over the last four years and prepared the division of planners, transport planners, urban designers and building inspectors for the challenge of delivering 11,000 new council homes over the next 30 years.

Stephen Cruse
Associate, Assael Architecture

Stephen is an Associate Architect with over 15 years experience working across all RIBA workstages from the early planning stages through to onsite delivery. Stephen has experience within the housing sector across various living concepts and housing typologies in addition to working within the education, defence and commercial sectors.
Stephen co leads an in-house mentoring scheme which includes supporting students through their final academic year as part of Assael’s Part III study programme. Stephen is also a recently trained Mental Health First Aider.

Lilli Hoikka
Operations Manager, Public Practice

Lilli Hoikka is an all-rounder, with almost 20 years’ experience across the Built Environment industries, including all aspects of Human Resources (HR), Recruitment, Learning and Development (L&D), Payroll, Operations, Finance, Office Management, Health & Safety and Wellbeing (H&S), Facilities, Quality Management (ISO 9001, ISO 14001), Data Protection (GDPR) & Governance. Holding an Associate membership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Lilli is committed to advancing her expertise as an L&D and HR Practitioner, with a fervent dedication to continuous learning, equity, equality, diversity, inclusion, mentoring, and employment law. Furthermore, as an Affiliate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), she actively supports the role of public planning to play its fundamental role in creating a built environment that is spatially, socially and economically inclusive and sustainable. Lilli is adept at thriving in fast-paced, creative environments, collaborating closely with senior leadership and high-profile clients.

Laura Murray
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Countryside Partnerships

Guy Palmer
Director of Regeneration, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Guy is Director of Regeneration at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, Board Member for North London Muslim Housing and Member of the Institute of Leadership. Guy has two decades of experience in the public and private sector within property and development working on some of London’s largest estate regeneration programmes and high-volume property transactions. Guy prides himself on being a thoughtful and authentic leader, acting with humanity and purpose. He has provided mentoring and support to several colleagues as they navigate their own personal and professional growth in the property, development and housing sector.

Neil Parlett
Director- Planning Development and 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.

Monica Paul
Social Value Manager, Morgan Sindall

Monica joined Morgan Sindall Construction in May 2022 as Social Value Manager, having worked for various local authorities and housing associations for 10 plus years, she joined the construction industry 6 years ago. Monica went to university as a mature student studying BA Hons in Social Science whilst working full time. Her career has been focused on socio-economics – working with communities, creating opportunities and, investing in meaningful initiatives that leads to having a positive impact on people and places.

Clare Louise Reddy
Partner, Farrer & Co LLP

Clare has been a specialist (non-contentious) construction solicitor since qualifying in 1996. She has experience of many types of construction project from regeneration to office fit outs, for a range of public and private sector clients. She has spent several years as a FoL board member, and recently became a parish councillor. Clare recently moved to a new firm, Farrer & Co, after 27 years with Lewis Silkin, tackling her fear of change in the process. Clare enjoys problem solving, negotiation and drafting, developing teams including through career development frameworks and has experience both of recruitment and downsizing.

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.

Bhavini Shah
Partner, Montagu Evans

Bhavini has 12 years of experience in the property sector and specialises in advising NHS bodies and stakeholders on a variety of matters, including valuation, strategic estate matters, NHS business cases, land acquisition and disposal and development consultancy. Bhavini’s land agency disposal work involves working with clients to understand their objectives and to develop strategies that meet those objectives, which often requires working with a consultant team (architects, planning consultants for example) to de-risk those constraints and provide clarity to the market. Bhavini’s consultancy work draws on her past experiences, advising on anything from small infill sites in dense urban locations to urban extensions with significant infrastructure req

Amandeep Singh Kalra
Associate Director, Be First

Amandeep is an Architect and Urban designer. Currently, at Be First, he leads a team that is responsible for strategic visions, brief writing, research, design, and procurement, while actively engaging with residents, planners, policy makers, developers, and politicians to bring these ideas to the table. Recently he has led the DLUHC funded Becontree estate retrofit-led design code which aims to using planning levers to incentivise sustainable retrofitting of homes. Amandeep is a trustee at the charity London Neighbourhood Scholarship where he continues to champion equality by providing scholarships for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is a Design Council Expert, member of the Bromley, Harrow, Kingston (Vice-Chair), Croydon (Chair) and Hackney (Chair) Design Review Panels and was invited to join the Open City Accelerate advisory board. He has also joined the newly formed Retrofit & Heritage NLA Expert panel. He has served as a guest critic at Kingston, Westminster, UCL, LSA and Sheffield University and mentors with Future of London.

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.

Jonathan Wade
Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Jonathan is an RTPI accredited urban planner with over 30 years’ professional experience of working within the public sector in the UK. His experience covers the breadth of the planning field, with Head of Development Management and Head of Spatial Planning positions, predominantly within the London context. Jonathan is used to leading staff and managing projects across a variety of disciplines. In his current role he has driven forward several high-profile strategic and regeneration projects which are priorities on the corporate agenda. In addition, he has been Acting Head of Development Management in the borough as well as having previously being a DM team leader.

Tanusha Waters
Assistant Director: Planning and Environment, Harlow District Council

Tanusha, a planner by training has 20 years of industry experience both nationally and internationally. Tanusha has worked in both the public and private sectors across the capital. During the last 5 years, Tanusha has overseen the Planning and more recently the Environment Directorates at Harlow District Council. Recent projects include the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (circa 16000 new homes) and Harlow Town Centre Regeneration. Tanusha was listed as women of influence by the Planner in 2022 and is noted to be a principled, strategic thinker that is quick to intercede when assistance is required.

Eleanor Young
Director, Blackstock Partnership

Eleanor 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 36 Mentors

Karen Barke
Managing consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Karen is an experienced senior regeneration, housing and development professional with 25 years’ experience working for local authorities in London. Karen has led on a number of complex projects and programmes and has specialised in leading Council housing delivery and estate regeneration programmes in Lewisham, Hackney and Newham. Karen 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. Karen is an alumnus of FoL’s Future London Leaders (round four).

Meera Bedi
Head of New Build, Barnet Homes

Meera has worked in Development for over 30 years delivering rented and mixed tenure schemes with commercial success working in several housing associations. She is particularly keen on serving London’s women, working for Ekaya and Housing for Women for a number of years. Since 2016 she has been Head of New Build at Barnet Homes/Opendoor Homes. She is currently delivering a programme of over 500 new builds at Barnet Affordable Rent, 150 new build Extra Care Schemes and c300 mixed tenure new homes. She is an independent board member of Westway Housing Association, a small community-based, black-led organisation in West London and also serving on the inaugural board of Haringey Community Benefit Society. Meera has a wealth of business, planning, risk management, project delivery, change management, strategic development, and partnership experience. She has a deep understanding of working in London’s housing sector and responding to diverse and specialist groups.

Tom Cardis
Director of Planning (Interim), Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation

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.

Andrew Caruso
Director – Urban Solutions, Hatch

Andrew Caruso is an architect, economist, and international development executive, designing multi- disciplinary solutions for rapid urbanization across the world’s cities. He has nearly 15 years of global leadership experience in consulting, NGO management, mergers & acquisitions, organizational development, architecture, master planning, urban resilience, and international development, across five continents. He is currently Director of Strategy & Operations for Urban Solutions with Hatch, a global engineering, development and management consultancy.

Ciron Edwards
Director, Kanda Consulting

Ciron has delivered community consultation and stakeholder engagement for some of London’s largest and most high- profile projects, including the world’s largest public art project, estate regeneration, brownfield redevelopment, a former prison, and schools and community facilities. Ciron has a unique blend of architectural knowledge and communication skills, and is passionate about creating lasting social value. A particular interest of Ciron’s is how the development industry can positively impact the lives of local people, through co-design, creative engagement, community capacity building, meanwhile uses, public art, and school-based activities for young people in key stages 1 to 4.

Robbie Erbmann
Assistant Director for Housing, LB Haringey

Robbie is currently the Assistant Director for Housing at Haringey Council, where amongst other things, he is accountable for their double award winning development programme. Before that, he was the Head of Housing Strategy at TfL, where he helped put together their 10,000 home, 50% affordable programme. In a former life, Robbie was a senior Labour adviser, both in Government and Opposition.

AnneMarie Fenlon
Managing Director – NW London , Peabody

Annemarie has worked in social housing for over 20 years. Having started her career as a trainee housing officer she has worked for a variety of different social housing landlords (small and large; regional and nationwide) and in a variety of roles (operational housing management; Homeowner services; Older Peoples housing; resident participation and involvement; policy and service Improvement and Development). Annemarie is currently Managing Director for North West London for Peabody. She is responsible for the operational delivery of services to residents in over 26k homes across 11 Boroughs. Annemarie is also currently a Board Member for CoOp Homes.

Michael Forrester
Head of Development Management, LB Lewisham

Michael has over 15 years of Local Authority experience, is a passionate town planner with significant experience in the built environment, leading on highly complex multi award winning schemes including Deptford Market Yard and PLACE/Ladywell. Michael is the Head of Development Management for Lewisham Council leading a busy, diverse team shaping the positive growth of Lewisham, meeting needs for community engagement, historic conservation and climate change. Michael is a collaborative leader, engaged and inspirational and can offer insight on project management, political and commercial awareness. Michael is also the Chair of Lewisham LGBTQ+ Staff Forum, leading on equality matters.

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.

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.

Katherine Hosea
Head of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation

Katherine is a chartered surveyor with over 18 years’ experience working in the regeneration sector. In Katherine’s current role as Head of Development at LLDC, she leads a series of complex projects on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, working with LLDC’s development partners to deliver the physical legacy of the Olympic Games. Katherine has particular expertise in structuring public-private partnerships and negotiating complex agreements which deliver commercial objectives as well as social value for the local area. Katherine is mum to a 4-year-old boy and enjoys exploring the local coastline in Kent where they live.

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.

Hamish Kilford-Brown
Architect – Masterplanning

Hamish 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.

Justin Laskin
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Justin is a passionate advocate of integrated design and delivery, with a raft of conceptually strong, technically sound, award-winning projects in his portfolio. He works across several sectors, designing, and seeing through to completion, large scale mixed-use urban developments, high street regeneration projects and listed building retrofits. Housing – both urban and suburban – is a key specialism. He ensures every project has a strong initial concept that can be traced throughout the life of the project, culminating in beautiful and deliverable buildings and places. He also works at the forefront of residential design innovation, with current projects for prefabricated modular homes and large scale custom-build communities. Justin leads the design review process for the practice, ensuring every project maintains a consistently high level of quality. Justin is an equity partner at PTE and is a member of the Essex Design Review Panel.

John Ryan
Chief Executive, Oxford House

John has 30 years+ experience of working in regeneration, community development, arts and heritage including setting up new organisations and helping turnaround existing ones. He recently completed large refurbishment project of Grade II listed building and fab arts centre plus kickstarting a cultural programme with strong participatory arts element. Conceived and developed Love Bethnal Green as a networking forum for those who, yes you guessed it, love Bethnal Green. His specialties are change management, governance, fundraising, arts, social business, volunteering, love a good building and CSR.

Liz Skelland
Head of Programme, Health and Care Space Newham

Liz is Head of Programme at an innovative joint venture between Newham Council and East London Foundation Trust to develop integrated health facilities and key worker housing for health and social care staff. Previously Head of Programme Management at Haringey Council for 8 years focusing on regeneration and economic development, before that Liz worked as programme lead at the London Legacy Development Corporation and Greater London Authority. Liz was a regeneration management consultant, worked in Germany on an MoD outsourcing procurement and completed a part-time Masters in Urban Regeneration. Outside of work, three young children keep her on her toes.