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 27 Mentors

Phillipa Bancroft
Senior Development Manager, GLA

Philippa is a chartered planning and development surveyor and has worked in housing and regeneration for over 10 years with residential and industrial sector experience in taking projects from inception through procurement, contracting and completion.  She currently manages the Public Land team at the GLA, supporting public landowners release land for housing.  As a founding member of the Future of London Alumni Network and previous Steering Group member, Philippa has a strong connection to the Leaders programmes. She is also an APC Counsellor for RICS and a member of the RICS Matrics, supporting newly qualified surveyors.

Paul Beckett
Policy & Performance Director, City of London

Paul has worked for the City of London Corporation for over 25 years and is currently Policy and Performance Director in the built environment department. He was responsible for preparing the City of London Local Plan and setting out a strategy for growth until 2026, which was adopted in January 2015. He has also worked extensively with officers at the GLA and its forerunner, the LPAC, on diverse strategic planning matters including London’s Central Activities Zone, office policy, tall building and view protection policy as well as Crossrail funding policy.

Colin Boxall
Senior Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Colin is an experienced senior regeneration and development professional with over 18 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.

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.

Dan Hill
Director, Real Urbanism Ltd.

Dan is an independent consultant working with community groups, residents, businesses, partners and colleagues on a range of projects seeking to make fairer and more resilient communities and neighbourhoods. He has led regeneration teams at a senior level within Local Government and Housing Associations. His work focuses on delivery of new and better homes, more resilient high streets, community hubs and parks, squares and gardens. He has a particular passion for local food and is trying to start up a new farm for London. In his spare time he likes running and exploring new places.

Rob Krzyszowski
Assistant Director – Planning, Building Standards & Sustainability, LB Haringey

Rob is an Interim Assistant Director at LB Haringey covering planning, transport, infrastructure, land charges, building control and carbon management. Rob has previously worked at Brent, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Birmingham City Councils. Rob co-founded Planning Out, a professional network for LGBT+ planners, is the Chair of the RTPI’s England Policy Panel and has previously chaired the London Planning Summit and the national Young Planners Conference. Rob was listed as one of Property Week’s RESI Trailblazers in 2018.

John Lumley
Strategic Director – Assets and Regeneration, L&Q

John is responsible for asset management and regeneration across the L&Q group. Prior to joining L&Q he was Director of Regeneration at LB Hackney, responsible for creating and leading one of the largest direct delivery programmes of council housebuilding in the country, as well as housing strategy & policy, economic regeneration, and private sector housing. Before that he worked at L&Q for 10 years in a variety of development and regeneration roles. He is a board member of Future of London, a trustee of the New Cross Gate Trust, and a school governor.

Jonathan Martin
Director of Inward Investment, LB Waltham Forest

Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor and his current role focuses on securing Inward Investment across the borough of Waltham Forest. He is working effectively with both existing and new investors/funders, developers, landowners and their advisors – both within the public and private sector. This is to promote investment opportunities including helping to create new homes and jobs, regeneration schemes, business and employment growth, as well as work closely with London wide and regional agencies.

Abbas Naqvi
Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates

Abbas is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience in construction and project management.  He has delivered some of the UK largest Infrastructure projects including Tideway, DLR, and Clackmannanshire Bridge. Although Abbas’ background is technical, delivering such projects has led to his developing project management skills including communication, commercial, time management, leadership and operational management. Currently, Abbas is the Programme Lead for Mechanical & Electrical and Building Fabric programmes on the Palace of Westminster for UK Parliament, an iconic building recognised globally.

Dominique Oliver
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Dominique has over 20 years’ experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans to infill sites. She has a special expertise in education projects, including the co-location of schools with commercial, community and residential uses to generate mixed-funding solutions and create thriving neighbourhoods. She is skilled at encouraging contributions from all parties to unlock complex briefs and sites. Dominique joined Pollard Thomas Edwards in 2004 becoming a partner in 2014. She heads up one of the practice’s design workshops, leading and motivating teams as well as heading up the practice’s premises and operations group and supporting the HR team. Dominique taught a diploma module at The Bartlett School of Architecture for eight years, and is currently a member of the Lewisham Design Review Panel.

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.

Clare Reddy
Partner, Lewis Silkin

Clare Reddy is head of Lewis Silkin’s construction team, focusing on non-contentious construction. She provides advice on all aspects of a construction or engineering project, from the construction aspects of funding and sale and purchase documents, through to strategic advice on procurement routes and drafting and negotiating building contracts and consultants’ appointments. Clare also provides procurement advice, particularly on public procurement issues.

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

Allison Sofekun
Director, BCL

Allison is a Senior level executive with a strong track record in strategic leadership of people, change, financial and operational management, over 30 years. As an experienced Interim Consultant, Allison harnesses her significant experience from various senior roles and sectors. Allison led the Corporate Services at Gateway Housing, including HR & Organisation development and Communications, and has extensive experience developing potential including mentoring and coaching. As Group Director for Corporate Services at Genesis Housing, she led the strategies and delivery of HR, IT, Communications, Diversity, Business Excellence, and other enabling services. Trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, with extensive audit and consulting experience, Allison has further expanded her areas of expertise, now a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Allison’s experience encompasses the private and third sectors as well as UK and international experience. Allison led the achievement of the ‘Times Top 50 Employers for Women’ at Genesis and is an individual national award winner (Excellence in Practice – BITC), championing balanced leadership teams for superior business performance.

Karen Swift
Director of Housing and Regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets

Karen has worked in local government for over 25 years with secondments to the Home Office and Metropolitan Police. Her local government career started in LB Camden, with a stint at LB Enfield and a return to LB Camden. She is currently Divisional Director of Housing and Regeneration at LB Tower Hamlets. During her career she has overseen initiatives and services related to homelessness, housing options, temporary accommodation, private sector conditions, commissioning, asset management as well as being Head of Housing Strategy at LB Camden for 10 years. In her current role she oversees a new build council homes programme, a housing options service undergoing transformation, sustainability and fire safety. Karen has a MSc in International Housing.

Joe Williams
Head of Housing Operations, Poplar HARCA

On his first day in housing Joe was told it was ‘more than just a job.’ How true those words were; the incredible opportunity he’s had to change lives and develop people since has been more rewarding than he could’ve imagined. Being bold, creative and focusing on social purpose is always at the heart of what Joe does – aiming to constantly improve resident experience. In his spare time, Joe is a Dad to two young children (a different type of mentoring!), has a love for football and with any remaining time enjoys a night out with his wife or mates.

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.