We’re once again under national lockdown restrictions and mostly living, working and playing within our local areas. This behaviour could be a short-term reaction to the new measures except there is now growing evidence of longer-term trends and an emerging form of localism. An alumni-led discussion, chaired by FoL board member Lucy Webb, explored how city makers should respond.
On joining one of our Leaders programmes, candidates are automatically part of the Future of London Alumni Network.
A network of more than 500 talented professionals is a platform for learning, socialising, connecting and career progression. FoL’s alumni are delivering the housing, town centre, regeneration and infrastructure projects that make the capital more liveable, and they’re rising fast – four promotions in one recent round alone! We’re delighted to contribute to the development of these high-calibre professionals, and to have so many continue to actively engage with Future of London.
Alumni Network events & podcast
FoL City Bites Podcast
FoL’s peer-driven podcast invite guests from different sectors and roles to share stories, insights and ideas. The main aim is to support and inspire the next wave of city leaders. The podcast starts with a special run of interviews – led by FoL alumni – on staying resilient and effective during the Covid-19 crisis. This series ties to FoL’s multi-media Learning from Crisis programme.
3 June 2020
Alex Russell, Joint CEO, Westway Trust
Catch up on all past episodes on the City Bites page.
These bespoke events can explore more edgy territory than mainstream FoL events due to the closed forum. They’re designed and coordinated by alumni reps with support from Lovell and Ing media. Events are open to alumni (no matter where they work now) and their guests. While the Covid crisis has forced us to pause face to face events, we’re moving ahead with new online formats including podcasts and a communities of practice forum. Find out more and get involved in FoL’s response and recovery programme: Learning from Crisis.
8 December, 5 to 7 pm
Fizz ‘n’ Quiz: FoL’s Festive Quiz
FoL is seeking two new Alumni Reps for 2020-22, replacing our outgoing 2018-20 pair. Committing half-a-day-a-month, this is an opportunity for graduates from either Future London Leaders or Leaders Plus to enhance their industry knowledge, make valuable connections and welcome new alumni into the network. If you have fresh ideas to share and want to help shape the Alumni Network, then email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can apply as an individual or as a pair. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 September, 5 pm. Download the application form and job description.
Alumni are represented on FoL’s Steering Group. As of 2017, we have two pairs of two-year reps who overlap, to share the load and help build knowledge. These volunteers organise events, coordinate e-bulletins with news and vacancies, curate the LinkedIn group and serve as a voice for alumni and candidates. They have guaranteed spaces at Steering Group dinners and regular contact with FoL’s team, to forward ideas and concerns. This is a great experience, confidence- and CV-builder; to learn more, contact your reps. Current reps are:
Senior Development Manager – Strategic Projects & Property, Greater London Authority
Head of High Streets, LB Lambeth
Programme Manager – Area Renewal & Regeneration, LB Sutton
Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting
Future London Leaders 20
Leaders Plus 4
Leaders Plus 5
Leaders Plus 7
Other opportunities to stay involved include:
- Acting as one of four Alumni representatives on FoL’s Steering Group (two-year term, Nov start)
- Serving as one of two Alumni directors on Future of London’s board (three-year term – next up in 2019)
- Co-designing, speaking at or attending quarterly Alumni Network events
- Getting involved in the wider FoL programme, to gain exposure, learn and share ideas
- Posting vacancies to your peers – or finding jobs – via Alumni Network e-bulletins.
For more info, to get involved or to update your profile with promotions, moves or other news, contact email@example.com.
The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.