Leaders Plus candidates

Leaders Plus 8

Leaders Plus round 8 runs from October 2020 to July 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Paul Buckenham
Development Manager, LB Tower Hamlets

Paul is a planning professional with 20+ years of experience, starting in Birmingham and joining Tower Hamlets in 2006. His experience includes dealing with major planning applications for housing, retail and commercial development, managing front-line planning teams, working with councillors, the community and private sector. Paul has led delivery of a masterplan for Aldgate, several development briefs and an area action plan in the Olympic Legacy Area. In his current role, Paul leads 44 staff, issuing around 3,000 decisions a year to deliver the Council’s local plan and strategic objectives.

Kate Cornwall-Jones
Head of CIP Development, LB Camden

Kate leads a team of talented and committed development managers, overseeing delivery of projects within the council’s Community Investment Programme. Projects range from small infill sites to large, multi-phased regeneration projects. Schemes include homes for rent, affordable and market sale, as well as supported housing, new schools and commercial and community premises. Kate’s interest is developing the local authority’s strength and reputation as a client, delivering high design quality, good value buildings that people will enjoy living and working in for many years.

Natalie Daniels
Senior Area Manager, GLA Housing & Land

Natalie is passionate about sustainable placemaking to ensure more equitable cities, and has worked in 15 countries across 4 continents as a development practitioner. Two years ago Natalie returned to working in the UK, to focus her energy on creating high quality affordable housing in London, using lessons learnt from around the world and her training in architecture and landscape architecture. As a Senior Area Manager at the Greater London Authority Natalie works on major projects across North West London, driving best practice in regeneration. She is currently overseeing a core portfolio of circa £368 million capital to deliver 7,670 homes.

Ben Green
Senior Development Manager, Be First

Ben has 10 years of cross-sector experience on large-scale mixed-use developments, across residential, hotel and industrial schemes in London. Prior to joining Be First in 2018, Ben led the development team at Rockwell Property, with projects including hotel applications in Canary Wharf and Kensington and strategic planning promotions for c2,500 homes in Greenwich. At Be First, Ben has led projects including the borough’s first co-location scheme, an exemplar 100% affordable project and acquisition of 20+ acres of industrial land.

Duncan Hepburn
Director, London Communications Agency

Since joining LCA in 2011, Duncan has led communications, community engagement and public affairs for complex schemes in the capital including King’s Cross and the redevelopment of Camden Town’s famous markets. He has worked on projects through the development lifecycle – planning, construction and placemaking – and engaged with local communities, identifying proactive media opportunities and providing a 24/7 reactive press office function. Prior to joining LCA Duncan worked as a local journalist writing stories on major developments and infrastructure projects.

Chris Horton
Area Programme Manager - Stratford and Leaside Programme, LB Newham

With nearly 15 years in regeneration, economic development and town planning, Chris works in the fastest-developing area of the UK, with specific responsibility for Stratford and the Leaway regeneration programmes. He has expertise in commissioning, drafting and project managing area masterplans, bid/ business case development, leading on town centre regeneration initiatives and ‘place branding’, as well as programme management of high-value capital and revenue schemes, including strategic transport planning projects.

David Hughes
Planning Policy Manager, LB Harrow

David has more than 20 years’ experience in planning policy, development management, regeneration and the environment / sustainability, and has worked in the public and private sectors. Originally from Australia, he has worked in London for 14 years. Prior to his role at LB Harrow, he worked at LB Redbridge in roles including Planning Policy Manager and Environment Team Leader. In Australia, he worked for Urban Renewal Brisbane (Brisbane City Council) and an international multi-disciplinary company (GHD).

Jessica Laryea
Director of Operations, YMCA St Paul's

Jessica is an experienced senior manager at the YMCA, a registered provider and charity delivering supported housing and care as well as children, youth and health & wellbeing services. She has risen through the ranks in her 19-year career and has managed multi-functional teams and projects. Jessica is embarking on a new challenge as Group Director of Operations, overseeing the operational service delivery of YMCA St Paul’s Group. She is passionate about delivering quality homeless services and creating YMCA centres where young people thrive and communities flourish.

Dawn Matthews
Senior Consultant - HR & Recruitment, Campbell Tickell

Dawn is a HR & OD professional with 15 years’ experience at senior level. As a Senior Consultant at Campbell Tickell, Dawn supports a range of clients in the housing and not-for-profit sectors with executive and non-executive recruitment, using her HR expertise to help influence the composition of executive teams and Boards. Having started her career in local government, Dawn is passionate about making a real difference to peoples’ lives, and genuinely appreciates that having a decent home is the lynchpin of achieving a fulfilled life.

Adriana Moreno Pelayo
Associate - City Economics & Planning, Arup

Adriana has been with Arup for three years and has a background in urban and transport economics with nearly nine years of experience in three consultancy firms, Jacobs, KPMG and now Arup, where she has managed a variety of projects and delivered different types of economic analysis and business cases for public and private sector clients. Adriana is particularly interested in the wider economic and social impacts of infrastructure investments and urban policies.

Tom Reynolds
Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Tom has experience in large-scale regeneration projects; developing designs in consultation with end users; achieving planning; in formulating prize-winning competition entries; and contributing to award winning schemes. At Pollard Thomas Edwards Tom has also developed expertise in Third Age housing and bespoke housing projects, like New Ground Co-housing. As associate, Tom has an overview of the development of several projects at all stages. His responsibilities include leading the development of planning applications, managing teams and liaising with clients. Tom is also a seminar tutor at London Metropolitan University, has been a visiting critic at the Bartlett and Greenwich University, and exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibition and the Copenhagen Spring Exhibition.

Jamie Robinson
Head of Economic Development, LB Barnet

Jamie is a committed city-builder with over 15 years’ experience delivering physical, social and economic renewal in communities across the UK and North America. With a passion for creativity and innovation, he has worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors to develop and deliver regeneration initiatives, conduct research, improve services and advance systems change. At LB Barnet, Jamie leads a range of activities to support businesses, improve town centres and promote employment and skills.

Liz Sullivan
Development Management Team Leader, LB Redbridge

Liz has 13 years’ experience across inner and outer London authorities and has been involved in major regeneration projects including South Kilburn and Stonebridge. In her current role, she leads a team of 14 officers who process 5,000 applications a year. She is focussed on the strategic aim of delivering housing, growth and regeneration in Ilford and the Crossrail corridor. She and her team were recognised as ‘Local Authority Planning Team of the Year 2020’.

Mark Swinburne
Senior Development Manager & Tottenham Hale Design Lead, Argent

Mark joined Argent in 2013 as a Development Manager on Google's new European HQ. Since then, he has worked across commercial developments at King’s Cross, and as design lead across the 1,000-home Tottenham Hale development. Mark studied architecture at the University of Sheffield before qualifying as an architect in 2008. Mark’s work was nominated for the 2005 RIBA Silver Medal Award. His work has been exhibited at The RIBA, Somerset House and London Architecture Biennale.

Emma Thorpe
Associate Planner, Be First

Emma is a planning and regeneration professional with experience delivering planning permissions for clients across the residential, commercial, and social infrastructure sectors. She is responsible for the delivery of Barking & Dagenham's development programme by leading the preparation of planning strategies and applications, with a focus on holistic estate renewal. Emma plays a key role in interpreting and evaluating the key factors and principles for the sustainable management and future resilience of the built environment.

Emma Turay
Head of Rents & Service Charges, Notting Hill Genesis

Emma works in the Business Improvement Directorate at NHG, ensuring that the organisation is robust in terms of regulatory and legislative requirements. She is also responsible for rents, service charges and the development of automated bespoke databases to increase efficiencies and manage compliance risks. With over 10 years' experience in the housing sector, Emma has qualifications in law and project management methodologies. She has mentored through the Housing Diversity Network, is passionate about the advancement of women in the housing sector and sits on the Chartered Institute of Housing London Region Board.

Jake Whiterod
Senior Development Manager, Argent

Jake has nearly 10 years' private sector development experience focussed on large-scale regeneration in London. He has led projects from inception through completion at both the 67-acre King’s Cross regeneration and Tottenham Hale development. He is also procurement lead for Tottenham Hale, leading on devising and implementing procurement strategy for delivering over 1.2m sqft of development.

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