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 & 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.

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.

3 November 2020, 10 to 11 am
Communities of Practice forum: New Localism
Register here

Alumni representatives

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 oli@futureoflondon.org.uk. 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:

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 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 oli@futureoflondon.org.uk.

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