Future leaders pitch proposals for overcoming the affordable housing crisis

Our newest Future London Leaders (FLL32) presented their pitches for overcoming the affordable housing crisis through better collaboration, marking their graduation from the professional development programme.

The event offered quick-fire Pecha Kucha-style presentations, with ideas including:

  • new models of co-living
  • use of carbon offsetting payments
  • larger home extension levy
  • community improvement districts

Download summaries of all the Proposals for London here.

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 cast their votes under the categories of ‘Favourite idea’, ‘Most feasible idea’ and ‘Best pitch’.

As part of the event, Anna Odedun, our Head of Knowledge, previewed findings from the forthcoming report, Affordable Housing: Overcoming crisis through collaboration, which is launched in April.

We also had guest speakers Councillor Diarmaid Ward, deputy leader of LB Islington; Tricia Patel, Pollard Thomas Edwards; Lorri Holding, Centrepoint, and Anna Pick, Positive Money, who shared their thoughts before networking drinks.

Huge thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver first-class leadership modules and to LB Islington for hosting the event.

Congratulations to all of the candidates – we look forward to seeing your leadership journeys continue. The audience voted on their favourite pitches in three categories so well done to the winners: Harriet Shone, David Robinson and Clodagh McCallig.

Favourite Idea


An Eco System for Affordable Communities

Clodagh McCallig, Team Leader – Regeneration, LB Camden

“My proposal reviews what makes housing and living ‘affordable’, reflecting on the housing crises not just being embedded in a supply and demand issue. Focusing on the pressures on family household budgets and on the impact of a quality ‘care’ system on affordability and quality of life, I look to unpack the impact of childcare in average family households.

“The availability of affordable childcare impacts on employment opportunities, family budgets, equity within households and wider economic impact. The resolution is to build a toolkit identifying the key mechanisms to aid quick and long-term resolution. ‘Community Anchors’ are identified for immediate direct care investment, and policy and design changes create greater ‘soft benefits’ in new housing models, recognising the care system as community infrastructure.”

Most Feasible

The Carbon Offset Hub

David Robinson, Major and Strategic Projects Manager, LB Lewisham

“Planning policy in London requires developers to pay carbon offsetting payments to Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) when developing new homes, if the homes are not “zero-carbon”. These payments are ring-fenced by LPAs to implement projects that deliver carbon reductions – given this is a recent policy requirement (2021), many LPAs struggle to make best use of these funds.

“My Proposal for London is to make these payments, made by private developers, available to housing associations and councils’ Arm’s Length Management Organisations to increase sustainability credentials of new homes, or retrofit existing affordable homes for the benefit of existing and future affordable housing occupants.”

Best Pitch

Hey, wait a minute Mr. Taxman

Harriet Shone, Director, London Communications Agency

“Londoners pay c. 40% of their salary on rent – the lower your pay, the higher this percentage gets. No one feels this more than single-income households. Single earners carry an unfair financial burden – especially when it comes to housing and spiralling living costs.

“To transform their lives, we should cut them a (tax) break. If we taxed individuals on £40k a year the same way we do a couple on £20k each, we would put money into the pockets of working people and help them pay for safe, quality housing, moving people off housing lists and into the private rental sector.”


Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 32 candidates and welcome to the Alumni Network!

  • Stephen Boateng, Senior Development Manager, Places for People
  • Victoria Coelho, Principal Planning Officer – Development management, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Ravinder Dhanjal, Town Centre Investment Manager, LB Barnet
  • Natasha Graham, Senior Policy Officer, Diversity in the Creative Workforce, GLA Good Growth
  • Katie Hurrell, Team Leader- Development Management, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Gwenaël Jerrett, Design Principal, LLDC
  • Reda Khelladi, Community and Resident Engagement Manager, LB Haringey
  • Hannah Martin, Deputy Team Leader, LB Croydon
  • Clodagh McCallig, Team Leader – Regeneration, LB Camden
  • Lauren McHugh, Principal Planner, Arup
  • Bruna Menegace Varante, Principal Regeneration Officer, LB Brent
  • Laurel Nyberg, Senior Planning Consultant, Be First
  • Brian Patterson, Senior Regeneration Development and Delivery Manager
  • Selina Raj Divakar, Deputy Team Leader, Guildford Council
  • David Robinson, Major and Strategic Projects Manager, LB Lewisham
  • Matthew Sims, Placemaking Manager, Barking Riverside
  • Harriet Shone, Director, London Communications Agency

And thank you to all of the FLL32 mentors for their time, energy and insight:

  • Philippa Bancroft, Senior Manager, Public Land – Strategic Projects & Property, GLA Housing & Land
  • Meera Bedi, Head of New Build, Barnet Homes
  • Gemma Bourne, Managing Director, Big Society Capital
  • Chris Cheeseman, Partner, Red Loft
  • Trevor Curson, Group Director- Environment, Buro Happold
  • Esther Everett, Head of Design, LLDC
  • Claudette Forbes, Director, CAF Consulting and FoL board member
  • Michael Forrester, Head of Development Management, LB Lewisham
  • Amit Malhotra, Planning Director, Telford Homes
  • Lizzie Pillinger, Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins
  • John Reid, Managing Director, Herts Living Ltd
  • Allison Sofekun, Deputy CEO, Director of Finance & Resources, EHA Ltd
  • Sammie Steele, Managing Director, Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People
  • Fabrizio Stefanoni, Senior Development Manager, Lovell Partnerships
  • Sharon Strutt, Head of Regeneration, LB Redbridge
  • Rajiv Sudan, Business Development Director, Hydrock
  • John Walker, Managing Director, CT Group

Find out more about the Future London Leaders programme here.

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell.