Future leaders pitch ideas for making the most of urban assets

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From burial sites to net zero, and golf courses to shared outdoor spaces, our Future London Leaders (FLL35) delivered fresh ideas for making the most of our existing urban assets.

Leadership programme candidates presented their ideas to an audience of colleagues, mentors, alumni, course contributors, and friends of Future of London. After a quick round of Q&A, the audience were invited to vote for ‘Favourite idea’, ‘Most feasible idea’ and ‘Best pitch’.

The theme of the presentations was linked to our research programme, Making the Most of…What We’ve Got, with a series of events focusing on retrofit, public assets and nature.

Download summaries of all the Proposals for London.

Congratulations to all the candidates – we look forward to seeing your leadership journeys continue. Everyone’s a winner, but… the audience voted on their favourite pitches in three categories so well done to the winners: Amma Coleman-Green, Lauren Heath and Sarah Atkinson. 

Winners Amma Coleman-Green, Sarah Atkinson and Lauren Hearn smile and against a blue and white background
Winners: Amma Coleman-Green, Sarah Atkinson and Lauren Heath

Favourite idea 

To Infinity & Beyond
Amma Coleman-Green, Principal Policy Officer, GLA Good Growth

“The image of a London bus is iconic, but the experience of bus travel in the city is anything but. We can enhance user experience by providing digital information screens and customer help points at bus stops, giving people access to real time bus journey information and the opportunity to speak to a member of staff at the push of a button. Improving safety, making the transport network more accessible and creating a seamless digital experience.”

Most feasible idea

Healthy Hoarding
Lauren Heath, Construction and Project Manager, Hyde Housing

“With London being scrutinised for air pollution and creating a more biodiverse city, we need to seek innovative ways to bring both the world of Construction and nature together. What better way to do this by creating a living hoarding system that promote a healthy environment during Construction encouraging local communities and schools, to create the living hoarding and use this as a learning mechanism about biodiversity. This will promote an ecological environment, during Construction creating homes for insects such as bees, worms etc. An edible plant structure can also provide a food source such as herbs, or salad leaves.”

Best pitch 

Making the Most of Meanwhile
Sarah Atkinson, Community and Stakeholder Relations Manager, GLA Housing and Land

“London has a large amount of property and pre-development land lying vacant. Meanwhile use increasingly demonstrates benefits including vacant site cost savings and experiments generating longer term social, economic, and environmental value. However, it is still not widespread practice. Legislative complications span use-classes, planning and leasing; challenges for operators include site-matching and initial capital investment, while risk-averse landlords remain unconvinced of the benefits. So, how can we enable more Meanwhile use in London?”

Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 35 candidates and welcome to the Alumni Network! 

  • Sarah Atkinson, Community and Stakeholder Relations Manager, GLA Housing and Land
  • Dominique Barnett, Principal Policy Planner, LB Newham
  • Nicola Blake, Principal Planning Officer, LB Brent
  • Amma Coleman-Green, Principal Policy Officer, GLA Good Growth
  • Richard Crutchley, Senior Planner, LB Wandsworth
  • Harry Drimussis, Head of Technical, Places for People
  • Zoë Dunn, Team Leader Regeneration, LB Camden
  • Pearl Figueira, Planning Officer, City of London
  • Lauren Heath, Construction and Project Manager, Hyde Housing
  • Sarah Hutchison, Associate Director, Grounded Practice
  • Scott Mundy, Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey
  • Robert Sedgwick, Principal Project Manager, LB Islington
  • Hannah Smith, Sustainability Programme Manager, RB Kensington and Chelsea
  • Sharon Thandi, Solicitor, Devonshires
  • Rhianna Williams, Development and Delivery Manager, Home Group

Thank you to all the FLL35 mentors for their time, energy and insight: 

  • Jon Abbott
  • Jia Afsar, Designer & Sustainability Consultant, G4C – Constructing Excellence
  • Ruth Angel, Housing Regeneration Project Manager, LB Hackney
  • Neil Ashall, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Morgan Sindall
  • Colin Boxall, Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting
  • Claire Callan, Associate Director, WSP
  • Clare Chettle, SPM Regeneration New Build, LB Haringey
  • Graham Clements, Team Leader, Development Management, GLA Good Growth
  • Trevor Curson, Operations Executive, Greengage
  • Dan Hawthorn, Executive Director – Housing & Social Investment, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Carolina Lopez Faura, System Business Partner, NHS / Freelance
  • Neil Parlett, Director- Planning Development and Regeneration, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Maggie Rafalowicz, Director, Campbell Tickell
  • Fabrizio Stefanoni, Senior Development Manager, Lovell Partnerships
  • Lucy Webb, Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting
  • Liz Zacharias, Director, Campbell Tickell

Find out more about the Future London Leaders programme here. 

Thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver first-class leadership modules and to programme supporters SEC Newgate for hosting the event. Future London Leaders is sponsored by Devonshires.