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 450 talented professionals (from January 2020) 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 & podcasts

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.

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

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

3 June 2020
Alex Russell, Joint CEO, Westway Trust
Listen here

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

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

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.

13 August 2020, 4 to 5 pm
Communities of Practice forum: Maker spaces
Maker space provider SPACE Studios CEO Anna Harding shares her insight and experience of supporting artists and the creative sector, the challenges it faces in lockdown and how it can recover.
Register here

3 September 2020, 5 to 6 pm
Communities of Practice forum: New localism
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:

Sarah Birt

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

Scott Bryant2018-20:
Scott Bryant

Private Rented Sector Manager, Greater London Authority

Laura Davy

Neighbourhood Regeneration Manager, LB Lambeth

Chris Keys2018-20:
Chris Keys

Development Manager, L&Q
Future London Leaders 20
Future London Leaders 18
Leaders Plus 4
Future London Leaders 6

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 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

Related Posts

Ria Bailes, One Housing City Bites podcast

City Bites: Podcast with Ria Bailes, One Housing

Rounding off our series of alumni interviews with sector leaders on Covid resilience, Peter O’Brien talks to One Housing’s Ria Bailes about the need for empathy and other ‘soft’ skills for really effective crisis leadership.

Leaders Plus 7: Proposals for London

On Wednesday 1 July Leaders Plus candidates presented their Proposals for London in webinar format on the theme of resilience. A virtual audience of sponsors, mentors, nominators, course contributors and alumni tuned in to cast their votes from home and engaged in lively Q&A.

Alumni Communities of Practice: home space standards

With working from home now the norm, how should policymakers respond? Longer term, will this boost the appeal of suburban living as priorities shift from a manageable commute to more space at home or nearby? Explore with our forum…

Future London Leaders 24: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders 24 wrapped up in mid-June with candidates presenting their Proposals for London in interactive 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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