Future London Leaders 26: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders 26 candidates presented their Proposals for London on Wednesday 24 March, marking the end of their leadership course. All 16 candidates gave PechaKucha-style presentations on the theme of technology, pitching solutions for the city using apps, big data, mixed media and much more.

Their proposals were presented across two webinars, with virtual audiences of colleagues, mentors, sponsors, alumni, course contributors and friends of Future of London. The audiences engaged candidates in lively Q&A sessions and cast their votes in the categories of ‘Favourite idea’, ‘Most feasible idea’ and ‘Best pitch’ – winners are announced below!

It was a pleasure to work with this group as they enhanced their knowledge of what it means to be a leader in this new world. The group were excellent at engaging in the learning process in online format. Huge thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver top-notch leadership modules and to the cohort for their thoughts and feedback, which will enable us to continue to improve the programme.

The Future of London team look forward to meeting and celebrating with the cohort in person as soon as it is safe to do so. Watch this space for details of our #Alumni500 celebration in September. Congratulations once again to Future London Leaders 26 on becoming our newest alumni!

See all candidates' proposals in 100-word summaries.

The results of the audience votes in three categories are as follows:

Group 1 – Morning session

Favourite Idea

Betti Lamelo Viña, Senior Urban Designer, Arup
Co-meet: a platform for the adaptative re-use of office and retail space in Central London

The impacts of this pandemic and the increased uptake of homeworking practices have raised questions about the future of central London and traditional office and retail space. Emerging studies suggest that offices environments will need to reinvent themselves as social and collaborative places that are more engaged with local communities, and retail is expected to diversify and mix to stay relevant and economically viable. My proposal is to create a platform to support the adaptative reuse of office and retail space in central London. ‘Co-Meet’ will evaluate spatial requirements and identify spaces to be repurposed to fulfil local need while contributing to economic recovery.

Most Feasible

Nicola Hudson, Project Manager – Woodberry Down, LB Hackney
WoodberryDownMyPlace.com: a celebration of identity, home and belonging

In the current Covid-19 digital era it is alarming that over half of those over 75 do not use the internet regularly and only one quarter use social networking, compared to 96% of internet users aged 16-24. Surely there is a way of harnessing the expertise of the younger generation to assist with reducing this digital divide? To this end I propose an intergenerational arts project working with older and younger residents on the Woodberry Down estate to share their stories and memories. Using a virtual platform the information gathered will be used to create an interactive display which celebrates the richness and vibrancy of the community.

Best Pitch

James Price, Senior Land Manager, Southern Housing Group
Electrical Vehicle Charging Points: a proposal for meeting the future needs of London

London is one of the largest electric vehicle markets in the world and is a global leader in electric vehicle infrastructure. However, with the introduction of the UK Government’s target of all new vehicles being zero-emission by 2030, London will need significantly more charging infrastructure of all kinds to meet this target and to sustain its electric vehicle leadership. My proposal examines ways in which we can meet London’s electric vehicle charging needs and decarbonise the transportation sector to make London a more liveable city.

Group 2 – Afternoon session

Favourite Idea

Naima Ihsan, Transport Planner, LB Southwark
“MOVE IT” – inclusive movement

Everyone in a city should have the right to mobility, however this is not always the case. Different user groups can face multiple and overlapping barriers when moving around outside and in the public realm. Smart phone journey planning apps and beacon technology have the potential to transform the way we move around and make our environment more equitable.

Most Feasible

Beth Havelock, Principal City Planner, Transport for London
Your Route: walking and cycling app

Walking and cycling in London has increased and over the last year several new cyclists have started to use this mode to travel around the city. With everyone spending more time at home, people have had the opportunity to explore their area and find new and alternative walking and cycling routes. Whilst cycle ways are in place and continue to be delivered, there are still some parts of the city that can be hard to cross. The Your Route app wil allow people to input, store and share knowledge; build their own preferred route avoiding certain sections or busy junctions; and develop a personalised network.

Best Pitch

Dan Massey, Growth and Delivery Team Leader, RB Kensington & Chelsea
User Friendly Planning: How data and digitisation can help create a more accessible planning system

The planning policy and decision-making system is very rigid and unresponsive. The Local Plan review process is slow, with the evidence used to shape policy often years out of date when the plan is adopted and decades old when some decisions are made. Data production, sharing and analysis means that this does not need to be the case. My proposal is for the intelligent use of rolling data which is centralised and shared between agencies and the digitisation of policy documents and the engagement process. This much more flexible and responsive system will result in policies that can rapidly respond to changing dynamics and less reliance on developers and applicants to provide evidence for decision making.


Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 26 candidates!

  • Claire Brew, Principal Planner, LB Bromley
  • Jamie Folliard, Development Manager, Places for People
  • Mo Goudah, Regeneration Project Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Beth Havelock, Principal City Planner, TfL
  • Nicola Hudson, Project Manager (Woodberry Down), LB Hackney
  • Naima Ihsan, Transport Planner, LB Southwark
  • Bettisabel Lamelo Viña, Senior Urban Designer, Arup
  • David Lee, Programme Manager – Regeneration & Economic Development, LB Haringey
  • Ana Lopez, Senior Project Manager – Regeneration and Sustainability, LB Waltham Forest
  • Dan Massey, Growth and Delivery Team Leader, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Joanne Maunders, Head of Development Delivery – London & Midlands, Optivo
  • Pauline Niesseron, Programme Manager – Building Safety Fund, GLA Housing & Land
  • Toyin Omodara, Principal Strategic Planner, GLA DEE
  • James Price, Senior Land Manager, Southern Housing Group

Thank you to all of the FLL26 mentors for their time, energy and insight to the programme:

  • Jon Abbott, Head of Regeneration, LB Southwark
  • Karen Barke, Head of Strategic Development, LB Lewisham
  • Neill Campbell, Partner, BPTW
  • Graham Clements, Team Leader – Development Management, GLA
  • Linda Convery, Partner, TLT
  • Patrick Duffy, Director of New Business, Southern Housing Group
  • Jackie Fearon, Director of Customer Operations, Gateway Housing
  • Ben Johnson, Head of Planning Policy and Strategy, LB Bromley
  • Nii Klotey Quaye, Director, Quaye Services Ltd
  • Matt Lally, Associate Director, Arup
  • Andreas Markides, Managing Director, Markides Associates
  • Thomasin Renshaw, Director of Development, Grosvenor
  • Janet Townsend, Director of Development (South), London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Eleanor Young, Director, Blackstock Partnership

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell and Lewis Silkin. Find out more about the course here.