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 Network events & podcast

CityBites 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, CEO, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation

Catch up on all past episodes on the CityBites 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.

28 September 2021, 6.15 pm onwards
#Alumni500 celebration – kindly supported by Argent, Coherent Cities, Lewis Silkin, PRD, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Potter Raper
Join FoL to celebrate more than 500 leaders alumni and the first mentor awards on 28 Sep at Royal Festival Hall. Reconnect with the network, celebrate by the Thames and find out how this influential group is shaping places across the UK.
Find out more and save the date!

Ways to get involved now…

Mentor awards – nominations open!
To celebrate mentors’ valuable contribution to FoL Leaders courses and candidates, we invite you to nominate your favourite(s) for Future of London’s first annual mentor awards! We’ll announce the winner – or winners – at the 28 September #Alumni500 celebration at Royal Festival Hall. Please tell us who you’re nominating and why. If you want to nominate two or more people, please use one form for each person. Nomination form here.

Feature in the event – your career highlights
As part of our #Alumni500 celebration, we want to recognise the achievements of our alumni and showcase your impact to our cross-sector network. Please share your career highlights below for the chance to be featured in the event and to help demonstrate the incredible value of the alumni network. Google form 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

Sarah.Birt@london.gov.uk
Senior Development Manager – Strategic Projects & Property, Greater London Authority
Future London Leaders 20

2019-21:
Laura Davy

LDavy@lambeth.gov.uk
Head of High Streets, LB Lambeth
Leaders Plus 4

2020-22:
Mandar Puranik

mandar.puranik@sutton.gov.uk
Programme Manager – Area Renewal & Regeneration, LB Sutton
Leaders Plus 5

2020-22:
Katie Randall

krandall@innercircleconsulting.co.uk
Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting
Leaders Plus 7

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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