Alumni Network

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 board director, 2021-24 vacancy

FoL is seeking a new Alumni board director to start in April 2021 for a three-year term. Alumni board directors contribute to, support and actively promote FoL’s programmes, and help to safeguard the organisation’s values, governance and brand. This is an amazing career opportunity open to all FoL Alumni and is a chance to participate in an endeavour you care about, learn new skills and make valuable senior connections.

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Please email your completed application form and CV by Monday 15 February, 5 pm to Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive. Successful candidates will be notified by 15 March. FoL strives to embed equality in all its activities and is aiming for a board that reflects the diversity of London, in terms of demographics, experience, sector and relevant skill sets.

Find out more about joining boards in FoL’s guide.

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 started with a series 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.

8 July 2020
Ria Bailes, Group Director for People & Change, One Housing

24 June 2020
Nazeya Hussain, Executive Director of Place, RB Kingston

3 June 2020
Alex Russell, Joint CEO, Westway Trust

27 May 2020
Bek Seeley, Managing Director – Development Europe, Lendlease

5 May 2020
David Lunts, Executive Director, GLA Housing & Land / Interim CEO, OPDC

Catch up on all past episodes on the City Bites page.

Upcoming events

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.

27 January 2021, 10 to 11.15 am
City Makers’ Forum: Levelling Up London
Covid has challenged assumptions about inner and outer London – where people live and work, where they socialise and shop, and how they move around, which has serious implications for the city’s economy and communities as we transition to a new normal and try to rebalance long-term inequalities. Join a cross-sector panel to explore these challenges and how we can level up London.
Register here

Alumni representatives

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:

2019-21:
Sarah Birt

Senior Development Manager – Strategic Projects & Property, Greater London Authority

2019-21:
Laura Davy

Head of High Streets, LB Lambeth

2020-22:
Mandar Puranik

Programme Manager – Area Renewal & Regeneration, LB Sutton

2020-22:
Kathryn Randall

Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Sarah.Birt@london.gov.uk
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LDavy@lambeth.gov.uk
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Stay involved

Join the Leaders Alumni LinkedIn Group
Follow @FoL_Alumni on Twitter
Subscribe to the Alumni Bulletin (email oli@futureoflondon.org.uk to join)

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 2021)
  • Co-designing, speaking at or attending 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 oli@futureoflondon.org.uk.

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