Future London Leaders 19: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 19 wrapped up on 12 September with ‘Proposals for London’ based on the course theme of “Growth and Transport.” The event was kindly hosted at GVA offices.

The final task before graduation was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience.

In addition to leadership skills sessions, the FLL19 programme included field trips to RB Kingston to hear about the council’s growth agenda, a visit to Meridian Water to hear about the regeneration programme, and a final trip to Transport for London offices.

For the proposals, candidates focused on topics ranging from the impact of disruptive technologies on cycling and travel applications to maximising growth opportunities in outer boroughs, and an alternative transport mode – Bus Rapid Transit.

The audience included mentors, course presenters, FoL board members, sponsors and friends of Future of London. All voted on the proposals, with the following results:

Favourite idea

Rumi Bose

Rumi Bose – Project Manager – Regeneration, LB Southwark
Moving London – Fostering Tech, Innovation and Open-Source Culture in the City

Frictionless, automated, personalised travel on-demand – this is the dream for future mobility. Disruptors in the transport ecosystem are working to realise this dream sooner than expected, which means that incumbent operators must move at top speed to get on board! MaaS, short for Mobility-as-a-Service, is a recent concept which means bringing travel together, combining all options into a single digital application. My proposal for London is a call to authorities and city makers to foster more innovation, to be bold with regulation, to embrace an open-source culture and use data in ways which can optimise mobility for all. 

Most feasible

Anna Guelzow

Anna Guelzow – Senior Capital Projects Manager, LB Harrow
Cut the Cars

London is facing toxic air and ever-increasing numbers of daily commutes. While the modal share of cycling, walking and public transport in central boroughs is growing, outer London remains dominated by the personal car. In many European cities, car sharing models have helped to alleviate dependence on the private vehicle. While investment in cycle infrastructure, public realm and transport are necessary long-term measures, car clubs can play a more immediate role in changing behavioral patterns. My proposal investigates why car sharing has not gained traction in outer London and recommends measures to accelerate the process. 

 Best pitch

Andre Thomas

André Thomas – Head of Environmental Services, One Housing
Population growth in Tower Hamlets and ensuring social infrastructure will cope

Tower Hamlets’ population will grow significantly over the next decades. In Tower Hamlets, a borough that illustrates London’s diverse nature, we are duty bound to tackle the challenges that come along with a population that is projected to increase at a rate of 16% more than the capital average between now and 2031. Tackling the challenge is not enough; we must rise to the task by demonstrating our respect for cultural differences. Appropriate solutions exist to ensure Tower Hamlets’ infrastructure not only copes, but thrives. 

The presentations were followed by a short graduation ceremony, where candidates received certificates and were welcomed to the Alumni Network.

Looking ahead, Future London Leaders Round 20 is now in full swing and will graduate on 6 March, with Round 21 starting on 16 January, 2019. To find out more about our bespoke professional development courses, visit our Leaders course pages.

For now, best of luck to all our FLL19 graduates and mentors, and keep in touch!

  • Katarzyna Bendowska, Senior Planner – Planning Projects, LB Islington
  • Rumi Bose, Project Manager – Regeneration, LB Southwark
  • Joanne Capper, Principle Planner, LB Wandsworth-Richmond
  • Susan Curran, Commissioning Lead – Regeneration and Development, LB Barnet
  • Rajesh Gami, Area Planner, Transport for London
  • Anna Guelzow, Senior Capital Project Manager, LB Harrow
  • Neil Hawkins, Senior Planner, LB Bexley
  • Ben Johnson, Planning Policy Team Leader, LB Islington
  • Barry John Lomax, Group Manager Development Management, RB Kingston
  • Leanne Keltie, Senior Projects Officer (Specialist Housing), Greater London Authority
  • Matthew Maple, Head of Relationships Management, LB Haringey
  • Molly Perman, Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey
  • Alex Tabram, Head of Land & Acquisitions – South Region, L&Q
  • André Thomas, Head of Environmental Services, One Housing
  • Ben Whitehead, Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards

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A big thanks also to Future London Leaders Round 19 Mentors:

  • Jon Abbott, Head of Regeneration, LB Southwark
  • Ruth Angel, Housing and Regeneration Project Manager, LB Hackney
  • Jeff Endean, Housing Strategy Manager, LB Lewisham
  • Penny Fitzpatrick, Director, MDR Associates
  • Dan Hawthorn, Director of Housing and Growth, LB Haringey
  • Neil Kirby, Head of Regeneration (South), LB Southwark
  • Tiffany Lynch, Infrastructure Strategy Manager, LB Bexley
  • Claire O’Shaughnessy, Director, Deloitte
  • Neil Parlett, Director -Real Estate Advisory, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Sue Rowlands, Director, Tibbalds
  • Iain Shaw, Head of Older People’s Services, Peabody
  • Allison Sofekun, Head of Corporate Services, Gateway Housing Association
  • Elaine Taylor, Land, Acquisitions & Planning Director, L&Q
  • Martin Tedder, Strategy Spatial Planning Manager , Transport for London
  • Nicola Tilbury, Partner, Potter Raper Partnership

Future London Leaders is hosted by Lewis Silkin and sponsored in part by Lovell. The programme is known across London as the top leadership programme for the public sector, and has more than 370 graduates in its Alumni Network.