Leaders Plus candidates

Leaders Plus Round 7 runs from October 2019 to July 2020. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Morak Bayode
Head of Reinvestment – London, Optivo

Morak is responsible for the delivery of a £22m annual programme of reinvestment and compliance works. Previous roles have included commercial services asset manager at Viridian, asset manager at ASRA and as an architect who designed and project managed various developments across Nigeria. Morak has a track record of delivering programmes, effectively managing change and implementing systems, procedures and policies. Morak is also a graduate of architecture, APMP qualified and a Prince2 practitioner.

Katrina Christoforou
Placeshaping Manager, LB Camden

Katrina is an urban planning, regeneration and project management professional with 14+ years’ experience in a broad range of disciplines, including major infrastructure, economic development, strategic planning and development management. As placeshaping manager at LB Camden, she manages a team of planners, urban designers, architects and project managers to develop strategies for the borough’s growth areas as well as providing a consultancy service. Katrina has an interest in seeing strategy through to delivery that creates the highest quality of place and delivers genuine benefits to communities.

Ben Edmonds
IT Programme & Change Manager, LLDC

With more than two decades in the IT and digital world in both the public and private sectors, Ben has spent the last eight years with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), developing strategies and service management frameworks and delivering many successful corporate and public facing projects. Projects range from individual business application projects to the full procurement and transition of LLDC’s IT services and infrastructure, managing a budget of more than 1 million. Ben leads on the Smart Cities programme for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and has helped release a wide range of Smart demonstrator projects 'into the wild'.

Edward Ehiorobo
Head of Asset Management, Gateway Housing Association

Edward is a chartered building surveyor (MRICS) with an MSc in construction management. He has worked for a number of London’s local authorities and housing associations including two members of the G15 for over 22 years. Edward is currently responsible for delivering the asset management service at Gateway including stock investment works, compliance and stock condition surveys. Edward has extensive experience in working closely with residents and staff to deliver excellent customer focused service and has managed multi-disciplinary teams to deliver regeneration projects from inception to completion with high levels of resident satisfaction.

Mike Fawcett
Head of Delivery, Peabody

Mike manages a team of talented and committed development managers, overseeing a programme of over 2000 homes ranging from small infill sites to large, multi-phased regeneration projects. These schemes include homes for rent, affordable and market sale, as well as supported housing and commercial and community premises. His involvement begins with early stage transition of projects from Peabody’s new business team and his portfolio includes design and specification review; financial appraisals; development committee and board reports; build contract negotiation and management through to completion and sales/occupation of homes.

David Glover
Development Management Manager - Planning & Regeneration, LB Brent

David has over 15 years of experience within London planning authorities. He has worked on a number of projects in areas such as Wembley, Alperton and Stonebridge, with permission granted for over 8000 homes and a large number of commercial developments. David leads the Development Management Planning Service at LB Brent where he is responsible for 36 development management and technical support staff. His service handles 5000 planning applications each year and has recently won the 2019 RTPI award for Local Authority Planning Team of the Year.

Rachael Hickman
Head of Housing Delivery & Compliance - Housing and Land, GLA

Rachael started her career working on domestic sustainable energy projects, but her focus shifted to delivering affordable housing. Recently she has overseen the delivery of major housing and regeneration programmes including managing the GLA’s investment in Barking Riverside, developing a business case and strategic vision for a complex infrastructure investment funding bid of £212m. She has also led on the Affordable Housing Programme for the North East Team including achieving annual housing targets of c.6,000 homes. In her current role she is part of the senior management team responsible for delivering land investment programmes and overseeing new approaches to housing delivery.

Sarah Hitchcock
Senior Regeneration Manager, LB Croydon

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience delivering projects in a local authority context, securing funding and working with public, private and voluntary sector partners. Sarah joined LB Croydon in 2016 and leads a team of regeneration managers and officers responsible for the regeneration of some of the most deprived areas of the borough. Sarah has worked in two London boroughs overseeing town centre programmes including the facilitation of business partnerships, organisation of major events with 20,000 footfall, supporting LB Islington’s response to TfL’s removal of the Archway Gyratory, working with developers such as Peabody on new housing development proposals and facilitating community engagement and consultation. 

Alex Jeremy
Head of Partnerships, Poplar HARCA

Alex joined the Accents team at Poplar HARCA in September 2017. He is responsible for managing socio-economic and sustainability projects, as well as building local and strategic relationships which deliver sustainable growth and opportunity to Poplar and its community. Alex previously spent five years at LB Barking and Dagenham, firstly delivering the London 2012 programme, before going on to lead high street and estate renewal schemes, as well as coordinating the council’s role in Barking Riverside. He is an alumni of the National Graduate Development Programme for local government.

Yemi Morgan-Raiwe
Strategic Programme Manager, LB Enfield

Yemi is strategic programme manager for Meridian Water, Enfield’s £6bn, 25-year project. She is responsible for resource planning, restructure, recruitment and selection, and programme governance. Yemi also manages the programme office, responsible for reporting on financial compliance, contracts and risk. In addition, the borough has a comprehensive training and development programme which seeks to enable staff to deliver a 25-year project as master developer on behalf of LB Enfield.

Katie Randall
Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Katie is passionate about making places work for people. As a managing consultant for Inner Circle Consulting, she works with local authorities within and outside of London, assisting them in turning strategy into delivery. Katie is currently focussing on Town Centres (and their post-Covid recovery) across the south of England. She has previously worked on multiple Town Hall Campus projects as the Programme Director for LB Hammersmith and Fulham and Programme Manager for LB Waltham Forest; transformational transport projects for the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; and as the Head of Business, Employment and Skills at the London Borough of Barnet. 

Sarah Scannell
Assistant Director Planning & Development, LB Hounslow

Sarah has over 13 years’ experience in planning, which includes having worked on strategic sites in RB Kensington and Chelsea and as a senior strategic planner at the GLA. Sarah currently has responsibility for planning at LB Hounslow which comprises development management, planning enforcement, planning policy and infrastructure, as well as the growth and opportunities team. Sarah is currently focusing on delivering Hounslow’s ambitious growth agenda through the planning system, creating capacity for strategic pre-application processes that meet the needs of developers and facilitates early development discussions to secure benefits for existing and future communities.

Jamie Smith
Senior Development Manager - Residential Lead, Argent

Jamie has over 15 years’ of private sector residential development experience, predominantly focussed on large scale regeneration projects in London. Jamie joined Argent in 2017 to deliver residential projects at Kings Cross. Since then he has also taken responsibility for market residential projects at Argent’s related Brent Cross South scheme as well as working on new business opportunities and partnerships. Prior to joining Argent, Jamie worked on the Earls Court Masterplan for five years as development lead for Capco. Jamie is also a chartered member of the RICS.

Peter Watkins
Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Peter is responsible for the concept and planning stages of a portfolio of residential and mixed-use projects and has experience in the commercial, leisure and heritage sectors. With experience from brief development through to managing the delivery of large, mixed-use projects with multiple stakeholders, Peter combines a creative design sense with a practical approach to project management. His approachable and responsive manner enable him to work with clients to produce intelligent, sustainable and joyful solutions. Peter is also responsible for co-ordinating Pollard Thomas Edward’s CPD schedule, including a popular series of weekly talks from every member of the practice.

Anthony Were
Development Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Before joining Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, Anthony had responsibility for leading housing, regeneration and social & economic activities for Notting Hill Genesis. He has 9 years’ experience working in housing and social policy, having previously worked as a paralegal. Anthony is passionate about placemaking and providing residents with a voice in the development process. Combining his skills in project management, service improvement and stakeholder relations, Anthony has led the transformation of services delivered locally to residents. He is also part of the management committee of a small, not for profit organisation, providing temporary accommodation to those young, single and homeless in London.

Liz Zacharias
Senior Consultant, Campbell Tickell

Liz is a supported housing and care specialist with over 15 years’ experience at senior level. She is passionate about using innovative approaches to tackle homelessness and housing inequalities and has a strong commitment to bringing housing, care and health together so that people receive a seamless response to their often complex needs. This commitment underpins Liz's approach to her work as a senior consultant at Campbell Tickell, where she is responsible for delivering consultancy and research projects for housing associations, local authorities, health trusts and charities, principally on a range of supported housing health and care issues.

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