Leaders Plus 6: Proposals for London and Graduation

Leaders Plus Round 6 wrapped up on 25 June 2019 with their Proposals for London, a series of ambitious presentations in which candidates made a personal ‘pitch’ for London. Candidates used their combined knowledge, experience, passion and presentation skills to deliver a persuasive case for change under the theme of resilience.

The audience included mentors, FoL board members, sponsors and friends of Future of London. The event was held at The Westworks, White City Place and was kindly hosted by Stanhope PLC. Guests were invited to vote on the Proposals for London under the following categories, with results as below:

Favourite Idea

Leigh Bullimore, Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Developing the Thames without losing its authenticity

My experience of London is strongly linked to its waterways, both living along the Thames and working along the Regent’s Canal. Both are distinctive locations, which have given me an authentic sense of living in London. I recognise the city’s waterways are an intrinsic part of London’s identity, however, also recognise that we need to think carefully about their future role as the city expands and changes. My proposals focus on a specific intervention on the Thames in East London – a new mini-district of houseboats, one of a series of interventions which aim to integrate the river and instil a sense of place.

Most feasible project

Emily Thomson, Regional Head of Housing, Permanent Rented Housing, Notting Hill Genesis
Creating homes

Housing association and council budgets have a huge impact on the residents they house. This process starts from the moment a resident is granted a tenancy and handed an empty shell of a property. Many of the residents eligible for social housing are in financial poverty or fleeing from difficult situations yet are expected to move into homes with very little notice. These homes are not decorated or carpeted, and there are limited resources to help them purchase such items. Let’s do more to help create homes that people can actually live in, a place where they can feel safe, happy and proud.

Best pitch

Simon Moss, Service Group Manager for Highways & Transport, LB Lewisham
The future of streets, autonomous vehicles, mobility as a service and guilt free car travel

What is the future for London’s streets? The age of the driverless vehicle signals a global transformation as impactful as when the car replaced the horse and cart. Autonomous vehicles have great potential to make car travel safer, cleaner and cheaper, but present challenges akin to the first explosion of motorised vehicles. As a global leader, London must embrace new technologies to harness the huge benefits for society whilst limiting their impact on the streets where people live, walk, cycle and play. My proposal examines how these vital spaces must adapt and sets out a strategy fit for the future.


Congratulations to all of the Leaders Plus Round 6 candidates!

  • Leigh Bullimore, Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Fiona Crehan, High Streets & Town Centres Team Manager, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Matt Derry, Senior Regeneration Manager, LB Southwark
  • Andy Higham, Head of Development Management, LB Enfield
  • Kate Hogarth, Area Regeneration Manager, LB Lambeth
  • Bethan James, Senior Development Manager, GLA Housing
  • Miles Lewis, Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability – Euston and Silvertown, Lendlease
  • Lidia Lewis, Associate Landscape Architect, Arup
  • Simon Moss, Service Group Manager for Highways & Transport, LB Lewisham
  • Ian Plowright, Head of Transport, LB Croydon
  • Jonathan Qureshi, Project Manager (Rough Sleeping), Greater London Authority
  • Sripriya Sudhakar, Place Shaping Team Leader, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Emily Thomson, Regional Head of Housing, Permanent Rented Housing, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Becky Utuka, Director of Development and Sales, Gateway Housing Association
  • Luke Ward, Head of Growth, Employment & Skills, West London Alliance
  • Blossom Young, Head of Operations, Poplar HARCA

Thanks also to all of the LP6 mentors for their time, support and insight:

  • Morenike Ajayi, Head of Finance & Founder of Career Nuggets, Tower Hamlets Community Housing
  • Mark Baigent, Interim Divisional Director – Housing & Regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Andrea Baker, Director of Housing, Poplar HARCA
  • Greg Campbell, Partner, Campbell Tickell
  • Heather Cheesbrough, Director of Planning and Strategic Transport, LB Croydon
  • Patrick Devlin, Partner, PTE
  • Claudette Forbes, Director, CAF Consulting
  • Elly Hoult, Business Improvement Director, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Alexander Jan, Chief Economist and Director – Integrated City Planning, Arup
  • Mark Lebihan, Chief Operations Officer, Hadley Property Group
  • David Lunts, Executive Director, GLA Housing & Land
  • Iain Painting, Senior Planning Partner, Barton Willmore
  • Lucy Taylor, Director – Regeneration and Planning, LB Ealing
  • Robert Van-Loo, Strategic Management Consultant, Edlex Limited
  • Kim Vernau, Chief Executive Officer, BLP Insurance
  • Tony Westbrook, Head of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Joanna Woodward, Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer, LB Hammersmith and Fulham

Leaders Plus is sponsored by Argent and hosted by Lewis Silkin. The programme provides candidates already in leadership roles with resources to manage increasing risk and responsibility. Key elements of the programme include: mentoring and leadership. Find out more here.