Celebrating Future of London’s #Alumni500 milestone

21 October 2021 @ Royal Festival Hall’s Weston Roof Pavilion

Thanks to all who joined Future of London alumni, mentors, members, partners and friends from across our network in celebrating the impact and vitality of this influential, purpose-driven network – now 620 including Leaders Plus 9!

What a wonderful evening and what a great way to restore some faith in our ability to share ideas, challenges and an “IRL” laugh, and to reinforce Future of London’s role as the most diverse, supportive and effective of the UK’s cross-sector professional networks.

Starting from the first Future London Leaders graduates in 2010 to those on FLL Round 29 and Leaders Plus Round 9 (including two in Greater Manchester), our alumni are in leadership positions across the UK and the world, responsible for tens of thousands of homes, cities’ worth of regeneration schemes and billions in investment spend. That they are consistently recognised as effective and thoughtful people to work with matters even more.

The evening was one of sector’s biggest and most convivial events in two years, with more than 160 guests sharing alumni highlights, great conversations, lovely food & drink from Social Pantry and views of the London Eye and the Thames. FoL Chief Executive Nicola Mathers and FoL’s newest board director, Becky Utuka of Gateway Housing, welcomed everyone and shared impact and inspiration , followed by a five-minute video (under Proposal for London/GM limits!) from Exec Director Lisa Taylor and a cast of thousands.

The evening also featured FoL’s first Mentor Awards, sponsored by Lovell and celebrating the talented and thoughtful cross-sector leaders – now more than 250 across the UK who share insight and are a valuable sounding board for candidates. Huge thanks to all FoL mentors, including our nominees. On the night, Lovell Partnerships MD and mentor award nominee Stuart Gibbons made his emceeing debut – we do professional development for everyone! – as we celebrated:

Future of Greater Manchester: Jane Healey Brown (Arup)

Mentee-to-Mentor: Philippa Bancroft (GLA – another great impromptu speech!) and Karen Barke (LB Lewisham)

Overall contribution shortlist:

  • Mark Baigent (MBCL)
  • Ria Bailes (Bailes Partners Consulting)
  • John Lumley (L&Q)
  • David Lunts (OPDC)
  • Neil Parlett (Lambert Smith Hampton)

Overall contribution winner: Ken Baikie (Ken Baikie Consultants), nominated by Paul Augarde, Ciara Whelehan and Yemi Morgan-Raiwe, who presented the award with an eloquent call for more diversity and open-mindedness across the sector – and more mentors from under-represented groups.

Connections past and future: Looking ahead, FoL team and FLL alumna Amanda Robinson created and populated (with help from intern Eunice Leong) two amazing interactive maps that show the interconnection of this vital network and the reach of alumni projects. That ‘solar flare’ offshoot in the image capture is the growing network of Greater Manchester.

To see or search the interactive network map for your connections, click here.

For the alumni project map, which also spans the globe, click below.

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Finally, thanks to FoL’s dauntless Alumni Reps and to everyone who contributed stories or interviews (see the video credits for full list!) as well as to all the partners who got behind this six-month online and live celebration of goodwill and good work: Argent, Coherent Cities, Lewis Silkin, London Communications Agency, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Potter Raper, PRD and Mentor Award sponsor Lovell. You’re sustaining something special – and we hope you had fun too!

  • For info on the Alumni Network, to update your alumni info or add your projects or organisations to the interactive maps, email  fran@futureoflondon.org.uk.
  • To find out about membership, mentoring, diversity and more, get involved!
  • To find out about taking part in London or Greater Manchester courses, contact hazel@futureoflondon.org.uk

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