Leaders Plus candidates

Leaders Plus 11

Leaders Plus round 11 runs from November 2023 to July 2024. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Polly Barker
Director, Prior + Partners

Polly is an experienced consultant with a background in planning and economic development. Her work area is at the intersection of economics and place, where she works with clients to shape visions, make the case for investment, and enable better placemaking outcomes. Polly has expertise in transport-led regeneration and has led case-making work for several projects in London including the Bakerloo Line Extension, Crossrail 2, Old Oak Common and Crossrail to Ebbsfleet. Polly utilises her experience and practise from London internationally and is currently supporting several high-profile development projects in the Middle East.

Graham Callam
Growth Team Manager, LB Hackney

Graham has over 15 years' experience at LB Hackney as a Town Planner. He has a background in development management, but has broadened his portfolio to include management of conservation, urban design, sustainability, and planning obligations functions. Graham has worked on a host of major developments, from estate regeneration to landmark commercial developments. He is involved in work on the designation and protection of heritage assets, ensuring that low carbon and biodiversity credentials of development proposals are expertly scrutinised, and works on infrastructure delivery, including as the strategic lead on community lead grant funding initiatives.

Sarah Considine
Good Growth by Design Programme Manager, GLA DEE

Quality and inclusion in the built environment are Sarah’s primary professional motivations. She is responsible for the Mayor of London’s Good Growth by Design programme, which promotes quality and inclusion through design research, design review and advocacy. She has a range of experience across regeneration, urban design and place-shaping including project delivery. Sarah has a background in architecture, where she has worked in professional practice, undertaken community engagement work, taught in various schools of architecture, and undertaken design research and self-initiated community projects.

Kevin Cressy
Digital Lead for Cities & Local Government, Arup

 As an Associate Director in Arup's London office, Kevin oversees the delivery of digital projects, managing multidisciplinary digital teams. His background is in geospatial information science and management of software and digital product design teams. Kevin is passionate about digital transformation in the public sector with interests in planning, placemaking and energy. He recently qualified as a Certified Data Ethics Professional. Kevin is most proud to have led the software and UX/UI team who helped deliver London’s ‘Infrastructure Mapping Application’ for the GLA, working across four version of the products development.

Hannah Gibbs
Deputy Chief Executive, Future of London

Hannah is responsible for business development, business operations and setting the strategy for network and leadership programmes at Future of London. Prior to joining Future of London, Hannah worked at the Canal & River Trust on public-sector partnerships. Here she was responsible for securing over £3m income and leading on towpath upgrades to make the canal safe and accessible for people walking and cycling.
With a background in urban regeneration, Hannah’s career started in delivery – running community engagement, training courses and research projects. Working for a variety of charities, Hannah has collaborated with housing associations, architects, local authorities, developers, transport authorities and communities working to make a difference to their area.

Ben Johnson
Head of Planning Policy & Strategy, LB Bromley

Ben has nearly 15 years' experience in planning policy, at both the local government and regional level. As the Head of Planning Policy and Strategy at the LB Bromley, Ben leads several teams with a range of responsibilities including the preparation and implementation of the Bromley Local Plan, managing the Borough CIL process and the provision of design and conservation advice. He is passionate about planning and ensuring that it is used as a force for good, to meet the needs of a range of people and organisations.

Lily Kwong
Senior Development Manager, LB Lambeth

Lily is a planning and development RICS chartered surveyor and qualified project manager with over 10 years' of experience in public sector regeneration and development field. She has led a wide range of development and partnership projects with a track record of delivering complex, high-profile regeneration developments in London. She also has expertise in governance and programme management and was part of the Housing delivery review working with Lord Kerslake. Lily is passionate about place-making and addressing climate change through practical action. She is outward looking on the industry’s latest development and is constantly seeking innovation.

Angela Latty
Regeneration & Development Manager, Brent Cross Cricklewood Scheme, LB Barnet

Angela has 18 years' experience in regeneration and housing delivery, and is currently responsible for the Whitefield Estate Relocation project and land assembly on the Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme. The scheme is one of the Council’s largest regeneration programmes, and in her role, she is managing several key deliverables which includes the implementation of the CPO and relocation of residents. Establishing strong partnerships with developers and residential housing providers is also key to her role. Angela is passionate about building sustainable and healthy places for people to live and work and creating opportunities for all stakeholders to participate in placemaking.

Chris Lyons
Head of Land & Partnerships Peabody

Chris has 10 years' experience in a Land & Partnership Registered Provider setting, leading on the acquisition of a number of key development projects and managing the design and planning journey of new affordable homes. Initially joining Family Mosaic, Chris has progressed to lead a team responsible for securing the new supply of homes for Peabody’s London South region, crystallising both off and on market opportunities, from identification, acquisition and through to design and planning. He is commercially-minded and uses his experience of how strong partnerships are made and maintained across both the public and private sector.

Sam Margolis
Head of Transport Strategy and Projects, LB Camden

Sam is a transport planner with over 18 years' experience across both the private and public sector. His background includes management of transport operations in the bus industry through to strategically delivering sustainable transport and Healthy Street improvements in inner and outer London. Sam is passionate about addressing multiple challenges – the climate crisis, physical inactivity, cost of living, air quality – through delivering healthier, sustainable transport. His current roles, both within Camden leading a team of over 30 transport professionals, and as chair of the London Technical Advisers Group Strategic Transport Forum, afford him opportunities to make those changes a reality.

Claire O'Brien
Head of Planning - Development Management, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation

Claire is a Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years' experience, the majority of which has been spent working in the public sector on strategic planning projects in London.  In her current role at Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation, she leads a team of planning officers working primarily on large-scale mixed-use development projects and is dedicated to delivering a high quality, proactive planning service. In her previous role at the Greater London Authority, she worked on major projects across London, including Brent Cross Cricklewood and Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea. Claire has a passion for creating sustainable new places that are fit for the future.

Petronila Osodo
Head of Building Safety - Remediation, Notting Hill Genesis

Petronila is a project professional with over 10 years' of key international experience in the implementation and delivery of large and complex projects and programmes, some of which worth over  £300M. This entailed covering the full building lifecycle from, development, construction, and capital works to remediation and disposal. Petronila has worked across strategic advisory, mixed use, residential, commercial, retail, education, manufacturing and public sectors. Currently, Petronila leads the building safety remediation team at Notting Hill Genesis, who are responsible for external wall remediation works to comply with the newly enacted Building Safety Act.

Robyn Prince
Senior Planning Manager, Countryside

Robyn joined Countryside Partnerships (formally Vistry Partnerships) in August 2021 as a Senior Planning Manager in the London Team. She joined Countryside to gain developer experience following 13 years' in a planning consultancy. Robyn’s consultancy experience included most recently, being a Director in Boyer’s London Planning Team and, prior to that, Robyn worked at CBRE for 8 years. For the last two years at Countryside Partnerships, Robyn has been involved in a wide variety of mixed-tenure schemes for the business across London and the South East, from land acquisition stage through to delivery. Most recently, Robyn has been responsible for the first two phases of the Meridian Water masterplan.

Jen Shillingford
Development Manager, Argent

Jen is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor with 15 years' experience in the development industry. Since joining Argent in 2013, she has overseen a variety of public realm, commercial and retail projects as part of the King’s Cross regeneration project. She has a passion for repurposing existing buildings and this has been her particular focus of hers over the last 10 years. Jen strongly believes in the power of a positive, collaborative approach to deliver best results, and to generate wider social benefits through development.

Yoana Tulumbadzhieva
Head of Area Regeneration, LB Waltham Forest

Yoana has a background in urbanism and urban design, with over 10 years' experience working in regeneration and delivery. Since joining LB Waltham Forest’s Area Regeneration team in 2018, she has led on projects across all geographies of the borough, managing an array of initiatives from programmes supporting high streets and local economy, to capital delivery projects on council-owned land, through to area-based growth strategies underpinned by inclusive public and stakeholder engagement, and industrial-led masterplans to unlock positive transformation in the borough’s employment areas. She applies her holistic approach, practicality and determination to shape projects and implement initiatives that deliver unique significance locally.

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