Leaders Plus candidates

Leaders Plus Round 6 runs from October 2018 to July 2019. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Leigh Bullimore
Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Leigh has over 14 years’ postqualification experience of residential and mixed-use projects. Since joining Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) he has helped deliver a series of major estate regeneration projects and other large urban regeneration schemes. Leigh focuses on the planning and concept stages, ranging across smaller infill sites and large masterplanning commissions, contributing to the transformation of entire neighbourhoods. His analytical and strategic approach, combined with strong graphic and verbal presentation skills, help PTEs clients win competitions and planning permissions.

Fiona Crehan
High Streets & Town Centres Team Manager, LB Tower Hamlets

Fiona Crehan is an Economic Development Programme Manager with 15+ years’ experience developing projects, securing funding and working with public, private and voluntary sector partners to achieve benefits for businesses, individuals and places. Fiona worked in several London boroughs and other local authorities, managing up to 5 staff, 12 external suppliers and budgets of up to £6million. Fiona joined LB Tower Hamlets as High Streets & Town Centres Team Manager in 2016 to set-up a new team and develop town centre focused regeneration projects e.g. Brick Lane and the City of London for Middlesex Street.

Matt Derry
Senior Regeneration Manager, LB Southwark

With 15 years’ experience in urban regeneration planning, policy and practice, Matt has worked in central, regional and local government, from establishing Thames Gateway policy at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster (now MHCLG) to the delivery of projects in Stratford and Canning Town for LB Newham, notably the Rathbone Market development and associated CPO. In 2015, Matt joined LB Southwark and leads a small team responsible for regeneration in the south of the Borough. This includes projects such as adapting Peckham car park into a cultural hub and enabling the renewal of Walworth’s Aylesbury Estate.

Andy Higham
Head of Development Management, LB Enfield

In his current role Andy has responsibility for Planning Decisions, Building Control, Planning Enforcement & Commercial Nuisance and Street Naming and Numbering. His primary management focus is on general performance and the delivery of housing, affordable housing, economic growth and infrastructure. Andy also has experience co-ordinating service delivery across teams. He is currently leading on various commercialisation opportunities to move towards a cost neutral position. He also has experience of leading key regeneration projects and contributing to policy formation and Local Plan reviews.

Kate Hogarth
Project Manager (Planner), Argent LLP

Kate joined Argent in 2016. Since then she has worked primarily on King’s Cross, a 67-acre mixed-use regeneration scheme which has transformed an industrial wasteland into a thriving new neighbourhood, with respect for the site’s unique heritage. Kate currently leads planning applications within King’s Cross and Brent Cross South, a joint venture with LB Barnet to deliver a new town centre, including up to 6,700 new homes and significant employment, leisure, retail, education, health and green space. She holds a BSc (Honours) in Property Studies, a MSc in City and Regional Planning and is a member of the RTPI.

Deanne Isaac
Hub Manager, South Kilburn Trust

Deanne has over 15 years’ experience working in social housing, including managing temporary accommodation and supported housing for vulnerable people, and managing a pan-London domestic abuse service. Deanne joined SKT in August 2017 and worked with LB Brent and the refurbishment team to successfully open The Granville in May 2018. She provided support to successfully transition tenants moving across from South Kilburn Studios, and now supports all Granville members. The newly refurbished building provides workspace, offices, venue hire, community space, a public garden, and a café.

Bethan James
Senior Development Manager, GLA Housing and Land

Bethan is passionate about delivering high quality liveable places in London and is experienced in development management, strategic planning and high street regeneration. Having read Architecture at Cambridge, followed by an MA in Planning and Urban Design, she has skills in masterplanning, design review and unlocking strategic infrastructure projects. Bethan has procured several high value schemes and is currently leading the masterplanning process for a 18Hectare site in East London and strategic development projects in the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone.

Miles Lewis
Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability – Euston and Silvertown, Lendlease

Miles is responsible for setting the sustainability strategies for Lendlease’s two largest urban regeneration projects in London; the over-station development at Euston and the development of Silvertown Quays in the Royal Docks. Previously, Miles was responsible for setting the sustainability strategy across Lendlease’s European residential business. And whilst managing Lendlease’s residential development portfolio, Miles undertook the role of Sustainability Manager on ‘KGX1’, the Google European HQ project at King’s Cross.

Lidia Lewis
Associate Landscape Architect, Arup

Lidia is a chartered landscape architect with significant experience in the design and procurement of landscape projects. These projects include small-scale public realm improvements for parks, streetscapes and historic landscapes in the UK, as well as large-scale landscape planning projects in the UK and overseas. Combining her skills in landscape design and project management Lidia has been central to the successful delivery of the landscape design, assessment and strategy documents across the HS2 project. She recently received a Landscape Institute award for the HS2 Landscape Design Approach, a document that guides design consistency across the project.

Simon Moss
Service Group Manager for Highways & Transport, LB Lewisham

Simon currently leads LB Lewisham’s Highways & Transport Service. Over the past 14 years he has gained particular experience in the development of strategies, programmes and partnerships that attract investment and create changes in services and places. Since arriving at LB Lewisham in 2011 Simon has been involved in the ongoing transformation of the boroughs’ key town centre’s. His goal throughout has been to make better places for current and future residents. Simon is currently planning for the Bakerloo Line Extension and is also involved in developing plans to remodel Lewisham Station.

Ian Plowright
Head of Transport, LB Croydon

For 30 years Ian has worked to help people access the people, places, goods and services they need, whilst minimising the impacts arising from doing so. He leads LB Croydon’s Strategic Transport Service with the aim of ensuring that healthy and sustainable transport infrastructure is put in place to make a better Croydon. Previous roles include Strategic Transport Manager at LB Lewisham, Senior Research Fellow at University of Westminster Transport Studies Group, (Acting) Head of Strategic Transport at LB Lambeth. In a voluntary capacity he worked to establish Lewisham Community Transport, becoming a director of the charity.

Jonathan Qureshi
Project Manager (Rough Sleeping), Greater London Authority

Jonathan has worked at the GLA for four years delivering key Mayoral programmes, projects and services including No Second Night Out, London Street Rescue, and grant funded programmes. He led on the Mayor’s Rough Sleeping Plan of Action, detailing the Mayor’s five-year plan to ensure a route off the streets for everyone in London. Before this Jonathan worked at the City of London developing and implementing The City’s strategy to address rough sleeper’s needs including projects and initiatives such as personalised budgets where he developed the 2014 Homelessness Strategy.

Sripriya Sudhakar
Place Shaping Team Leader, LB Tower Hamlets

Sripriya is an architect, urban designer and urban planning professional with over 17 years’ experience in the built environment ranging from public realm projects, regeneration, town centre development frameworks and master plans both in the private and public sector. She currently heads the Place Shaping Team at LB Tower Hamlets, responsible for the delivery of design and conservation service in the borough. Sripriya has an undergraduate degree in Architecture, a Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Design. MSc. in City Design and Social Science from LSE and MA in Urban and Regional Planning from Westminster University.

Emily Thomson
Regional Head of Housing, Permanent Rented Housing, Notting Hill Genesis

Emily has worked at Notting Hill Genesis for 8 years, starting as a Housing Officer in 2010, becoming Housing Operations Manager in 2014 and Regional Head of Housing in 2018. She is extremely hard working and driven to complete tasks. Emily enjoys working with people on a one to one basis to find out their strengths and weaknesses and harness these to help a team work together. Emily provides an informal environment for her managers to discuss the challenges that they face and use a coaching approach to help them work through these.

Becky Utuka
Director of Development (Acting), Gateway Housing Association

Becky joined Gateway Housing in January 2017 as the Head of Development and was promoted to her current position in August 2018. She is responsible for the Development programme at Gateway which involves overseeing the acquisition of sites, the design of schemes to secure positive planning consent, contract negotiations and contract delivery. Becky’s role also includes overseeing the sales and marketing of the new build programme and other sales transactions such as lease extensions and stair-casing. She has also worked with a number of London based Housing Associations, including G15 members.

Luke Ward
Head of Growth, Employment & Skills, West London Alliance

Luke is a strategy professional and economist with experience leading economic growth and infrastructure programmes. In his current role with the West London Alliance (WLA) Luke is working with WLAs member boroughs to deliver a programme covering an area of two million residents and 100,000 businesses in a political environment. Specific areas Luke has responsibility for include: delivery of the West London Orbital railway scheme, inward investment and trade promotion through the Capital West London Programme, a joint planning programme, and coordinating the WLAs approach to local government finance devolution.

Blossom Young
Head of Operations, Poplar HARCA

Blossom leads social, economic and cultural regeneration strategies in East London and further afield, with the award-winning Accents team at Poplar HARCA. Accents seeks to ensure that all the elements of placemaking are core considerations alongside Poplar’s £2.5bn regeneration programme. With a keen interest in re-imagining the role of local assets in area growth, her projects lever underused resources to generate new opportunities and to empower communities to thrive. Currently developing Poplar Works, a £5.5m fashion hub generating local enterprise and employment; a new economic strategy for Poplar Riverside; and making new use of physical assets through Open Poplar.

To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.