Future London Leaders 30: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders 30 concluded on 14 June with the group presenting their proposals for London on the theme of community engagement. The candidates gave Pecha Kucha-style presentations, suggesting novel ways to engage and include our communities in the planning and development processes. Ideas included using gamification to reach young people and other harder to reach demographics, tax-free trusts to plug the construction industry’s labour shortage and help people onto the property ladder, and co-designed community engagement handbooks and design codes.

The proposals were presented to an audience that included colleagues, mentors, alumni, course contributors, and friends of Future of London. The audience 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!

Congratulations to all the candidates, we have every confidence in their ongoing journeys as leaders! Huge thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver first-class leadership modules throughout this hybrid programme and to the cohort for their enthusiastic engagement. And a huge thanks for Trowers & Hamlins for hosting us for the graduation event.

Summaries of each of the candidates’ proposals are available here. The results of the audience votes were as follows:

Favourite Idea

Kara Tomes-Meek, Head of Sustainability, Optivo
Introducing Y.E.W.I (Your External Wall Insulation)

There is a community out there that doesn’t even know it exists. It is the 2050 retrofit community. 4.5 million social homes need to be retrofitted in the next 28 years to meet the national net zero carbon target. But how can we achieve this when the power lies with the individuals in allowing us to carry out such intrusive works? Introducing Y.E.W.I, (Your External Wall Insulation) an interactive platform where residents get to design what the outside of their house looks like. In addition to this, the platform provides educational topics and recruitment campaigns to fully engage with the community that will be most affected.

Most Feasible

Temi Awolaja, Head of Housing Services, CDS Cooperatives
Greening, Growing, Connecting – Community garden project at Phoenix Place

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered how people view the world, from how we see ourselves, families, and homes, to our communities. Green and open spaces played an important role during the pandemic. Cramped and overcrowded conditions are a source of severe strain on people’s mental health and wellbeing, especially children, who need the freedom to play and thrive. Co-creation with residents to help them shape the things that matter to them most is vital. I propose a co-creation project for Phoenix Place estate to design biodiverse spaces where food can be grown sustainably and residents can come together to share their stories, celebrate diversity, and enjoy a vibrant sense of community spirit.

Best Pitch

Caroline Murray, Project Manager, Poplar HARCA
Mapping London – Transforming access to information

London is rapidly changing. Keeping track of this is mind boggling. For communities to meaningfully inform this process of change, understanding of development proposals is key. Technically this information is all publicly available – but in reality, is it accessible? Imagine if there was one easily navigable database, open to all, mapping developments and applications across London, detailing everything from affordable housing commitments to sustainability credentials. Drawing on open data principles, I will propose how we can bring this information together in one place, on a London-wide scale, to open up citizen engagement in placemaking like never before.

Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 30 candidates and welcome to the Alumni Network!

  • Imran Ahmed, Site Manager, L&Q
  • Temi Awolaja, Head of Housing Services, CDS Cooperatives
  • Cheryl Bannerman, Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting
  • Karl Brierley, Principal Transport Planner, LB Camden
  • Valeria Carrizo, Community Hubs Programme Manager, LB Redbridge
  • Peter Geene, Sales Market Intelligence & Reporting Manager, Catalyst
  • Augusta Grey, Urban Designer, Tibbalds
  • Kerim Kemal, Commercial Manager, Lovell
  • Caroline Murray, Project Manager, Poplar HARCA
  • Sam Phelps, Senior Development Consultant, Redloft
  • Yanni Pitsillides, Senior Regeneration Manager, LB Newham
  • James Renwick, Infrastructure Delivery Team Leader, LB Bromley
  • Ruth Smithson, Principal Planner, LB Lambeth
  • Rob Timmer, Regeneration Delivery Manager – High Streets Heritage Action Zone, RB Greenwich
  • Kara Tomes-Meek, Head of Sustainability, Optivo
  • Sandy Walker, Property Development Manager, Transport for London
  • Laura White, Senior Planner, OPDC

And thank you to all of the FLL30 mentors for their time, energy and insight:

  • Jon Abbott, Head of Regeneration North, LB Southwark
  • Paul Augarde, Director, Augarde Consulting
  • Karen Barke, Head of Strategic Development, LB Lewisham
  • Steve Beard, Partner, Beacon Partnership LLP
  • Christina Calderato, Head of Transport Strategy Planning, TfL
  • Patrick Duffy, Director of New Business, Southern Housing Group
  • Jackie Fearon, Director of Resident & Community Services, Housing Solutions
  • Dan Hill, Director, Real Urbanism Ltd
  • Suzanne Johnson, Head of Area Regeneration, LB Hackney
  • Bevan Jones, Sustainable Places Team Lead, WSP
  • Tricia Patel, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Lizzie Pillinger, Real Estate Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Sandeep Sankoli, Head of London Land and Partnerships, Hill Group UK
  • Allison Sofekun, Deputy CEO, Director of Finance & Resources, EHA Ltd
  • Karen Swift, Director of Housing and Regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Janet Townsend, Director of Development (South), London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Dritan Uka, Director of Asset Management, Optivo

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