Future London Leaders 22: Proposals for London and Graduation

Future London Leaders 22 wrapped up on Wednesday 18 September with the group presenting their Proposals for London on the theme of community benefit. A fantastic range of ideas were presented to an audience of colleagues, mentors, sponsors, alumni, course contributors and friends of Future of London. The event was kindly hosted by Montagu Evans.

During the six-month course the candidates explored the theme of community benefit. The graduation was an opportunity to pitch their idea to maximise positive impacts of built environment projects on citizens, whilst incorporating their learning from the leadership elements of the course. These factors combined with their own personal and professional experience resulted in a fascinating and varied array of ideas.

Audience members cast their votes for their favourite idea, most feasible idea and best pitch in presentation terms. The results were as follows:

Favourite Idea

Máire Grogan, Principal Regeneration Officer, LB Brent
Climate crisis and the built environment

100 of the planet’s leading climate scientists have warned that urgent and unprecedented changes must be implemented within 12 years in an attempt to keep global warming to no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Given the failures of government and businesses to meet legally binding commitments and targets, and with 80% of the UK population either very or fairly concerned about the climate crisis, how can the built environment and those who work within the sector empower communities to take action? My proposal is to allocate a proportion of the Community Infrastructure Levy solely for community-led projects to help address the climate emergency.

Most feasible project

Gillian King, Senior Planner – Archaeology, LB Southwark
Engaging with the past

For Londoners on the dementia spectrum, community engagement may be a lost concept; the incidence of dementia rapidly rises, often bringing loneliness and depression as cognitive abilities decline. Studies show positive benefits from ‘Reminiscence Therapy’, restoring some personal identity with past events, people and places and London’s heritage-led regeneration projects could make a dynamic contribution. Working with Southwark Council, Southwark Pensioners and heritage specialists, I propose to install a Southwark Reminiscence Project managed through the planning process, using heritage resources to design memory packs of archaeological artefacts and sensory materials to restore moments of engagement and quality of life for dementia patients and carers. 

Best pitch

Peter van der Zwan, Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Social value match

Architects are keen to deliver social value as it allows us to engage better with the communities within which we build. At the pre-planning stage we offer things like career advice, work placements and project funding but delivery within this tight timeframe is challenging and opportunities are often missed. My proposal is simple; an app to match community stakeholders with architects. Profiles are created by local users so at bid stage architects can propose a locally tailored offer, speeding up the process, reducing client management and facilitating access to more stakeholders. Spark a connection today with Social Value Match! 

See all candidates’ Proposals in Brief here.


Congratulations to all of the Future London Leaders 22 candidates!

  • Asiyah Ally, Regeneration Project Manager, LB Redbridge
  • Lawrence Archer, Development Manager, Lovell
  • Hannah Edlmann, Senior Development Manager, Peabody
  • Máire Grogan, Principal Regeneration Officer, LB Brent
  • Evie Hodgkin, Development Manager, City of Westminster
  • Joanna Jedrasiak, Senior Consultant, Arup
  • Anisha Jogani, Deputy Team Leader Placemaking, LB Croydon
  • Gillian King, Senior Planner – Archaeology, LB Southwark
  • Lauren Laviniere, Senior Planning Policy Officer, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Nelupa Malik, Principal Development Management Officer, Be First
  • Charlotte Morphet, Principal Policy Planner, LB Waltham Forest
  • David Orton, Senior Project Officer (Rough Sleeping), Greater London Authority
  • Isobel Pierce, Project Manager, LB Hackney
  • Jacob Tong, Senior Policy Officer, LB Hounslow
  • Peter van der Zwan, Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Alison White, Regeneration Officer, One Housing

Thanks also to all of the FLL22 mentors for their time, support and insight:

  • Virginia Blackman, Principal – National Head Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young
  • Anne Byrne, Head of Regeneration, LB Hackney
  • Tom Cardis, Director of Planning (Interim), Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Esther Everett, Design Principal, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Jenna Goldberg, Director, London Communications Agency
  • Abdul Khan, Head of Sustainability, LB Tower Hamlets
  • David Leeves, Director of Operations – Social Mobility, One Housing
  • Sean McLaughlin, Managing Director, Homes for Haringey
  • Eleanor Purser, Director of Regeneration, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Juliet Seymour, Planning Policy Manager, LB Southwark
  • Allison Sofekun, Director, SC Consultants/BCL
  • Sharon Strutt, Head of Regeneration, LB Redbridge
  • Karen Swift, Head of Supply, Initiatives & Partnerships, LB Camden
  • Elaine Taylor, Land, Acquisitions & Planning Director, L&Q
  • Jonathan Wade, Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Angela Wood, Development Director, Peabody

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell and hosted by Lewis Silkin. The programme provides candidates already in leadership roles with resources to manage increasing risk and responsibility. Key elements of the programme include: mentoring and leadership. Find out more here.