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 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.

Future London Leaders Round 35 Mentors

Jon Abbott

Jon has worked in planning and regeneration for three local authorities for over 30 years, 25 of which have been at LB Southwark. He is a member of the RTPI and started work as a planner but moved across to the council’s regeneration team in 1993. Initially Jon 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. In 1999 Jon moved to the council’s Elephant & Castle regeneration project as assistant project director and subsequently from 2007 as Project Director. Jon led the preparation of development framework for the area and partner selection processes which resulted in Lend Lease becoming the council’s development partner for the Heygate estate. He I was involved in consultation with residents 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.

Jia Afsar
Designer & Sustainability Consultant, G4C – Counstructing Excellence

With a background in Architecture, Inclusive Business Development and UX Design, Wajiha (Jia) is an award winning, socially conscious leader within the urban and tech sector. She has more than a decade of professional industry experience, across a range of private and public sector clients. In all her endeavours, Jia applies a cross-discipline, transparent, systems thinking approach ensuring the needs and requirements of the end users, clients and wider team are well-considered. This ties into her holistic sustainability ethos and vision for the future.

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.

Neil Ashall
Senior Quantity Surveyor, Morgan Sindall

Colin Boxall
Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Colin is an experienced senior regeneration and development professional with over twenty 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.

Claire Callan
Associate Director, WSP

Claire has 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.

Clare Chettle
SPM Regeneration New Build, LB Haringey

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.

Graham Clements
Team Leader, Development Management, GLA Good Growth

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.

Trevor Curson
Operations Executive, Greengage

Until the end of April 2022 Trevor was Head of Environmental Consultancy at Buro Happold. He started his career in local government in London 40 years’ ago and worked for two local authorities in environmental health before becoming an environmental consultant. He has worked on many of London’s main development projects including the Millennium Dome (as the client’s environmental advisor), the Emirates Stadium (as the contractor’s environmental advisor) and Thameside West (one of London’s largest regeneration opportunities, in Silvertown, as the developer’s environmental advisor). At Buro Happold his job was to coordinate the delivery of environmental consultancy across a wide range of disciplines, often when Buro Happold was also involved in an engineering capacity on the development proposals.

Dan Hawthorn
Executive Director – Housing & Social Investment, RB Kensington & Chelsea

Dan is currently the Executive Director for Housing & Social Investment at RB Kensington & Chelsea. Before that he led on housing, economic development, carbon management and property at LB Hainrgey. While there he led the work to establish a major new joint venture with a private sector partner to drive growth in homes and jobs on council land. Before joining Haringey, Dan spent twelve years working for two Mayors of London, including as the Mayor’s senior adviser on planning and development, and as head of the Mayor’s Olympics team up to and through the Games in 2012, in which role he set up the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Carolina Lopez Faura
System Business Partner, NHS / Freelance

Carolina Lopez Faura is a project manager and Organisational psychology expert in the public and private sectors. She has knowledge in change management and organisational strategy, enabling senior managers, executives, and boards to innovate and lead the workforce, with a primary focus on improving productivity and business capability. This work includes building relationships with challenging stakeholders, influencing and encouraging change programmes, and developing strategies for transformational plans. Ultimately, she utilises a deep understanding of the organisation and work with very senior management to ensure that the actions, strategies and campaigns are solving barriers to sustainable performance.

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.

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.

Fabrizio Stefanoni
Senior Development Manager, Lovell Partnerships

Fabrizio is a construction design and development professional with 22 years’ experience working in multiple roles in Italy, Wales and England. After an initial stint designing residential projects in award-winning architectural practices, he moved to residential development in aftercare then newbuild, taking technical and development management roles for clients and contractors. Fabrizio has managed complex mixed-use projects in various capacities on 10,000+ homes. A keen advocate of sustainable living and resource conservation, he has contributed to several studies on technical change for greener living.

Lucy Webb
Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

An urban regeneration 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.

Liz Zacharias
Director, Campbell Tickell

Liz has over 30 years experience in the homelessness, supported housing and care field, having carried out a variety of operational and strategic roles, and managing various sized teams. Liz has considerable business development experience including writing successful funding bids. At Campbell Tickell Liz leads the work on the above areas, and recent projects include evaluating national Housing First services, working with Integrated Commissioning Bodies (ICBs) on housing needs assessments and housing programme development. Liz is herself a graduate of the FoL Leaders Plus course. When not working Liz enjoys reading, walking, and loves Spain.