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 and podcast

Leading the way for cities

Leading the way for cities is an alumni-led series of events, podcasts and blog posts that engage with city-makers in their aspirations for the future of our cities, drawing on their collective experience, ideas, resilience and leadership as we emerge from the pandemic.

The series seeks to re-appraise the status quo, bring fresh thinking to tricky issues, and help us to challenge ourselves on ways to be more ambitious for our cities, through our work.

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.

Leading the way for cities

Watch this space for more episodes this summer.

Leading through crisis – alumni-led interviews on staying resilient and effective during the Covid-19 crisis.

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. 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.

21 October 2021, 6 pm onwards
#Alumni500 celebration – kindly supported by Argent, Coherent Cities, Lewis Silkin, London Communications Agency, Lovell, PRD, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Potter Raper
Join FoL to celebrate more than 500 leaders alumni and the first mentor awards 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.
Register here

Mentor awards, sponsored by Lovell. Nominations closes soon!
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, supported by Lovell. We’ll announce the winner – or winners – at the #Alumni500 celebration. 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.

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:

Sarah Birt
Senior Development Manager – Strategic Projects & Property, Greater London Authority
Future London Leaders 20

Laura Davy
Head of High Streets, LB Lambeth
Leaders Plus 4

Mandar Puranik
Head of Area Regeneration and Economic Growth, LB Ealing
Leaders Plus 5

Katie Randall
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 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

Related Posts

Mentee blog: Ryan Stevenson

Ryan Stevenson – Development Project Manager, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils – is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

Mentee blog: Philippa Bancroft

Philippa Bancroft – Senior Manager, Public Land at the Greater London Authority – is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

Leaders Plus 8: Proposals for London

On Wednesday 30 June, cross-sector Leaders Plus candidates presented their Proposals for London in webinar on the theme of recovery. Virtual audiences of sponsors, mentors, nominators, course contributors and alumni tuned in to take part in Q&A and cast their votes on their favourite presentations.

Albert island: revitalising industry

Albert Island: Revitalising industry

Guest post by Mandar Puranik, Area Renewal and Regeneration Programme Manager at LB Sutton and FoL Alumni Rep on how East London’s Albert Island could be a model for revitalising industry in urban brownfield sites across the UK.

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Mentee blog: Blossom Young

Poplar HARCA’s Head of Operations Blossom Young is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

Future London Leaders 27: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders 27 wrapped up in June 2021 with candidates presenting their Proposals for London on the theme of Green Recovery in webinar format. A virtual audience of colleagues, mentors, sponsors, alumni and course contributors tuned in to cast their votes from home.


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