Future of London announces three new board members

We’re very pleased to welcome our three newest board members: Rachel Bagenal, Head of the Housing Supply Programme at LB Hackney, Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development Europe at Lendlease, and Anthony Were, Development Manager at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH).

Rachel, Bek and Anthony bring a wealth of experience from different sectors and career backgrounds, further diversifying FoL’s leadership. Supporting our commitment to the next generation of talent, Rachel and Anthony are both Alumni, and bring their vital early career insights.

‘Currently, the built environment and construction sector – specifically the areas of planning and design – are not wholly representative of the communities we serve. I believe this can be improved by having greater representation at the most senior positions, and I believe Future of London has already forged a key role in championing this shift,’ said Anthony Were, explaining his motivations for joining the board.

Bek Seeley also shared her reasons for joining the board, ‘I’m delighted to be joining the board of Future of London, because I am driven by creating high quality places that are inclusive and sustainable from an environmental, social and economic perspective.’

‘Having participated in the Future of London Leaders Programme and other events and work streams, I have a great deal of respect for the ethos and aims of Future of London. FoL has grown into an organisation with a powerful network of leaders and significant role in shaping the capital’s future leadership, and I look forward to contributing to its direction’ said Rachel Bagenal.

The three new directors are filling the roles of departing board members Robert Evans, Argent, Nazeya Hussain, RB Kingston and Nnenna Urum-Eke, LB Enfield. They have all made a fantastic contribution to the future direction of the organisation, especially helping steer FoL through the first stages of the pandemic. We’re grateful for their support and dedicated involvement during their terms.

The new appointees will share responsibility for the effective governance and development of Future of London alongside the other existing board members, working closely with Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive, to inform the organisation’s strategic direction. They will each begin their terms in April 2022.


Rachel Bagenal, Head of Housing Supply Programme, LB Hackney

Rachel works for LB Hackney and is currently leading the Council’s inhouse housing delivery programme on small sites. She also worked as the design manager for the regeneration programme overseeing design quality at the strategic and project scale. Rachel is co-founder of Naked House, a not-for-profit housing developer, pioneering a new model of affordable shell housing for London. She is one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates, is an Urban Design London Wise Friend, and a Public Practice mentor.


Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development Europe, Lendlease

Bek Seeley is the European Managing Director for Development at Lendlease. In her current role Bek is responsible for leading the Development business to successfully deliver Lendlease’s European pipeline including the Over-Station Development at Euston, Thamesmead Waterfront, Smithfield Birmingham, Elephant Park, Silvertown Quays, IQL Stratford, Deptford Landings and High Road West.

Most recently she held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Development and was instrumental in winning a number of major projects for Lendlease, as well as overseeing operations and driving overall growth of the business.

Anthony Were, Development Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Anthony currently leads the planning and design of new affordable homes across London and the East Midlands. He previously led the housing, regeneration and social & economic activities for Notting Hill Genesis’ flagship regeneration Woodberry Down. Anthony has over 10 years’ experience working in housing and social policy, having previously worked as a paralegal. He is passionate about placemaking and providing residents with a voice in the development process. Anthony also sits on the Community-Led Housing London Hub and is Vice-Chair of UNIFY (the race cross-housing staff network group).