Future London Leaders 23: Proposals for London

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Adapting quickly to the government’s guidance, Future London Leaders 23 wrapped up on Friday 20 March with candidates submitting recorded versions of their Proposals for London. A virtual audience of colleagues, mentors, sponsors, alumni, course contributors and friends of Future of London viewed the clips and cast their votes from home.

Although we weren’t able to offer the usual theatre-style set up for an invited audience, Future of London is particularly proud of candidates for submitting such fantastic recordings at short notice. The theme for this round was high streets and markets and Proposals for London give candidates the chance to pitch their ideas using skills learnt and enhanced throughout the course.

Many pitches on this round were close to candidates’ hearts and a variety of presentation styles and diverse personal and professional experiences resulted in an interesting and varied range of ideas. Future of London will be rescheduling the celebratory part of this event for candidates and mentors as soon as it is safe to do so.

Our panel cast their votes on their favourite idea, the most feasible idea and best pitch in presentation terms and the results are as follows:

Favourite Idea

Hannah Adler, Senior Housing Strategy Officer, LB Haringey
The high street as a stage: using empty space for theatre

London’s high streets are continually changing. As businesses close, units are left empty. This is bad for residents, other businesses and landlords. London is also the world capital of theatre, and has a wealth of actors, directors, designers, and other talent, many of whom are looking for new projects at any one time. My proposal for London is to temporarily repurpose unused high street units as rehearsal and performance space. This will bring theatre to areas without permanent venues, encourage footfall and a different economy, and help high streets to continue serving local communities while also attracting new visitors.

Most feasible project

Esther Kilner, Senior Landscape Architect, Arup
OpenStreet – Connecting hosts, users and experiences on the high street

OpenStreet is a digital platform hosting blocks of indoor and outdoor space on the high street for booking – by anyone. All licences, rates and fees are built into the app, removing barriers to participation. A single space ‘block’ could be co-working space during a morning, a yoga studio during an afternoon, and a cocktail bar in the evening. The OpenStreet curator develops various experiential ‘sessions’ throughout the day, week or year, managing traffic movements, security, infrastructure, maintenance and space turnover. The community can view what’s on via the app or on the interactive screens located on the high street itself.

Best pitch

Violet Pugh, Digital Marketing Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley
African food will make Streatham Great Again

Consumer behaviour is shifting. Now more than ever, people place more importance on their eating habits, quality of their experiences when dining out and also what they consume. African food and ingredients are gaining momentum across the food sector. This awareness gives rise to commercially viable innovation, which will help reshape Streatham High Street. My proposal will enable existing African businesses in Streatham to evolve and adjust to this growing market. With a melting pot of cultural demographics in the borough of Lambeth, Streatham High Street has never been better placed to capitalise on this growing demand for healthy African cuisine.

See all candidates' Proposals in Brief


Congratulations to all graduating Future London Leaders 23 candidates!

  • Hannah Adler, Senior Housing Strategy Officer, LB Haringey
  • Luke Bonnici, Senior Consultant – Urban Solutions, Hatch Regeneris
  • Esther Kilner, Senior Landscape Architect, Arup
  • Angela Latty, Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet
  • Violet Pugh, Digital Marketing Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley
  • Nicola Rankin, Principal Planning Officer, LB Harrow
  • Mark Ratke, Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Ben Stephen, Development Manager, Places for People
  • Jonathan Sutherland, Development Manager – Land & Planning, A2 Dominion
  • Ed Williams, Account Director, London Communications Agency

Thanks also to all of the FLL23 mentors for their time, support and insight:

  • Ria Bailes, Group Director of People & Change, One Housing
  • Sara Bailey, Partner – Head of Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Philippa Bancroft, Senior Development Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Barbara Brownlee, Executive Director – Growth, Planning & Housing, City of Westminster
  • Christina Calderato, Head of Transport Strategy Planning, Transport for London
  • Dan Hawthorn, Director of Housing, Regeneration & Planning, LB Haringey
  • Elly Hoult, Deputy Group Director – Assets, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Suzanne Johnson, Head of Area Regeneration, LB Hackney
  • Neil Kirby, Head of Regeneration – South, LB Southwark
  • Samantha Latouche, Senior Manager, Volunteering-Business Engagement, Greater London Authority
  • Seema Manchanda, Director, Smart Urban Ltd
  • Stephen McDonald, Director of Growth, LB Barnet
  • Jackie Odunoye, Operational Director of Housing, LB Redbridge
  • Sharon Strutt, Head of Regeneration, LB Redbridge
  • Neil Parlett, Director – Real Estate Advisory, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds
  • Ed Watson, Director, Ed Watson & Associates

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Find out more here.