Future leaders pitch proposals to “design in diversity” to London’s communities

Future London Leaders 31 candidates presented their proposals for “designing in diversity”, marking their graduation and the end of their six-month leadership journey.

Their Pecha Kucha-style presentations suggested ways to embed diversity into the places and ways of living that shape London. Ideas included:

  • building wifi directly into new social homes
  • housing programme to support care-leavers
  • business support scheme for design practices led by people from under-represented groups
  • framework designed by and with neuro-divergent populations in mind
  • multi-generational social housing units.

They presented their proposals to an audience of 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 to SEC_Newgate for hosting.


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

Favourite Idea

Lucy Large, Urban Designer, Tibbalds
The Autism in the City Toolkit

The Mayor of London’s ‘All-Inclusive Growth Strategy’ strives for an accessible city where all Londoners can live prosperously.

A primary driver is to acknowledge diversity, putting people at the heart of the design, ensuring convenient and enjoyable environments. However, it is focused on neurotypical populations, failing to provide for neurodivergent population.

The Autism in the City Toolkit contributes to improving cities for people with autism. The toolkit could help to increase awareness of neurodiversity in our industry and unlock our cities for people with autism. Change does not need to be significant, but it does need to happen.

Most Feasible

Donna Guy, Development Officer, LB Richmond & Wandsworth
Building for digital inclusion

The Covid lockdowns showed that wifi at home has evolved from useful to an essential utility for accessing education, jobs, healthcare and financial assistance. Builders of social homes can play a pivotal part in improving digital inclusion for residents on low incomes. They can design reliable and secure connections to new social homes.

We have begun building in infrastructure, however. Now we need to go a step further by entering into contracts with providers on behalf of our residents so they can advantage of the cheaper business packages on offer.

Best Pitch

Michelle Pearce, Senior Development Officer, LB Hackney
All Under one Roof: Building for the multi-generational household

Over recent years we have seen the typical nuclear family evolve, with a more multigenerational households – grandparents, parents, and children all living under one roof.

But we are still designing and building homes with the traditional household in mind. My proposal calls for changes to planning policy to require developers to include multigenerational homes within their developments.

Government should enable rent levels for this kind of living so that we can let them as an affordable product. Finally, by championing the work of practitioners building multi-generational homes, the sector can benefit from best practice and lessons learnt.


Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 31 candidates and welcome to the Alumni Network!

  • Hassan Ahmed, Principal Strategic Planner, GLA DEE
  • Shehnaz Begum, Property Manager, LB Haringey
  • Liam Caulfield, Senior Project Manager, LLDC
  • Shinel Crichlow, Sales & Marketing Manager, Gateway Housing
  • Susan Du Toit, Project Manager, LB Southwark
  • Donna Guy, Development Officer, LB Richmond & Wandsworth
  • Frankie Lack, Development Manager, Swan
  • Lucy Large, Urban Designer, Tibbalds
  • Ating Liu, Major Schemes Programme Manager, LB Sutton
  • Natalie Magri, Head of Contracts & Facilities, One Housing
  • Arslan Majid, Principal Engineer- Highways and Traffic Service, LB Islington
  • Paul Murphy, Safer Communities Operations Manager, LB Ealing
  • Michelle Pearce, Senior Development Officer, LB Hackney
  • Pratima Sood, Partnerships Manager, LB Hounslow
  • Dan Taylor, Development Trainee, Poplar HARCA

And thank you to all of the FLL31 mentors for their time, energy and insight:

  • Simon Bevan
  • Virginia Blackman, Principal, National Head Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young
  • Claire Callan, Smart Places Consultant, WSP
  • Jamie Carswell, Director of Housing & Safer Communities, RB Greenwich
  • Clare Chettle, Associate Partner, Airey Miller LLP
  • Sara Hanrahan, Partner, Lewis Silkin
  • Leanne Keltie, Principal New Homes- Development Project Manager, LB Islington
  • Hamish Kilford-Brown, Partner- Urban Design, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Neil Parlett, Director- Planning Development & Regeneration, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Joe Richardson, Head of Housing Development, LB Richmond & Wandsworth
  • Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds
  • Juliet Seymour, Planning Policy Manager, LB Southwark
  • Jonathan Wade, Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Matthew Waters, Partner, Devonshires
  • Lucy Webb, Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

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