Leaders Plus 7: Proposals for London

On Wednesday 1 July a handful of Leaders Plus Round 7 candidates presented their Proposals for London in webinar format. Attendees heard a short series of ambitious presentations on the theme of resilience in which candidates made a personal ‘pitch’ for London.

Having embarked on Leaders Plus in October last year, candidates made the switch to virtual format two thirds of the way through the course, adapting quickly to an online learning environment.

Candidates used their combined sector knowledge, leadership experience, passion and presentation skills to deliver a persuasive case for change and engaged in lively Q&A with an audience of sponsors, mentors, nominators, course contributors and alumni.

Although all Leaders Plus candidates have completed the executive-level leadership modules, not all candidates were in a position to present their Proposals for London at this time. The Future of London team look forward to scheduling a live event to hear the remaining Proposals for London and a well-earned graduation celebration once it is safe to do so.

Nominations for Leaders Plus Round 8 will open soon, please get in touch if you’re interested in nominating a candidate. Find out more about the course here.

Attendees cast their votes on Wednesday 1 July in three categories and the results were as follows:

Favourite Idea

Peter Watkins, Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
A roof plan for London

Airspace development has seen significant funding in recent years as part of the multi-headed approach to tackling the housing crisis. However, barriers of planning, funding and structural capacity have seen the promise of hundreds of thousands of homes unrealised. Meanwhile, we continue to face ecological, social and environmental challenges within the city as acres of empty roofspace sit idle. Roof Plan London is a desktop platform for assessing Local Authority roof space portfolios, giving development teams the tools to evaluate, prioritise and implement sustainable and community-based rooftop interventions.

Most Feasible

Anthony Were, Development Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
Better Connected Pledge 2025

Had a Zoom call? Joined a Joe Wicks get-fit video? Searched the Key Stage Digital Learning Library? Our homes have changed – they‘ve become schools and workspaces. COVID-19 has only accentuated this. Political will has supported the shift and incentivised the telecom sector to drive the installation of gigabit-capable broadband. As social landlords we are in a unique position. Our residents are often in most need to get online. We can support residents with the skills and access to affordable broadband. How? The Better Connected Pledge. A five stage framework for mobilising, assessing and negotiating the best deal for our residents.

Best Pitch

Alex Jeremy, Head of Partnerships – Accents, Poplar HARCA
New Kids on the Block: why empowering more young people in neighbourhood decision-making makes sense for London

When it comes to delivering change in our cities, the communication and cultural gaps between industry professionals and local communities are not always easy to bridge. Often, those affecting change are not that representative of those affected by it. Giving young Londoners more meaningful agency in place-based initiatives could make for more mutually cooperative and beneficial conversations amongst local stakeholders, as well as more informed decision-making. My Proposal for London is a university-led, action learning programme for young Londoners, who use their specialist knowledge and experience of local neighbourhoods to design and influence city strategies.


Congratulations to all Leaders Plus Round 7 candidates!

  • Morak Bayode, Head of Reinvestment – London, Optivo
  • Katrina Christoforou, Placeshaping Manager, LB Camden
  • Ben Edmonds, IT Programme & Change Manager, LLDC
  • Edward Ehiorobo, Head of Asset Management, Gateway
  • Mike Fawcett, Head of Delivery, Peabody
  • David Glover, Development Management Manager – Planning and Regeneration, LB Brent
  • Rachael Hickman, Head of Housing Delivery and Compliance, GLA
  • Sarah Hitchcock, Senior Regeneration Manager, LB Croydon
  • Alex Jeremy, Head of Partnerships – Accents, Poplar HARCA
  • Yemi Morgan-Raiwe, Strategic Programme Manager, LB Enfield
  • Katie Randall, Managing Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting
  • Sarah Scannell, Assistant Director Planning and Development, LB Hounslow
  • Jamie Smith, Senior Development Manager – Residential Lead, Argent
  • Peter Watkins, Associate, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Anthony Were, Development Manager, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
  • Liz Zacharias, Senior Consultant, Campbell Tickell

Thanks to all of the Leaders Plus Round 7 mentors for switching to virtual mentoring and for their time, energy and support:

  • Mark Baigent, Director, Mark Baigent Consulting Ltd
  • Ken Baikie, Interim Director of Regeneration, Peabody
  • Paul Beckett, Policy & Performance Director, City of London
  • Greg Campbell, Partner, Campbell Tickell
  • Sarah Cary, Executive Director – Place, LB Enfield
  • Linda Convery, Partner, TLT
  • Richard Cook, Group Director of Development, Clarion
  • Kate Dodsworth, CEO, Gateway Housing
  • Matthew Essex, Operational Director of Regeneration, Property & Planning, LB Redbridge
  • Robert Evans, Partner, Argent
  • Sue Foster, Executive Director of Planning & Borough Development, RB Kensington & Chelsea
  • Jeremy Grint, Chair of Barking Riverside Steering Group, Barking Riverside Ltd
  • David Joyce, Director of Housing, Regeneration and Planning, LB Haringey
  • John Lumley, Strategic Director – Assets & Regeneration, L&Q
  • Kim Vernau, Non-Executive Director, Women’s Pioneer Housing
  • Sara Waller, Co-Strategic Director Sustainable Growth & Opportunity, LB Lambeth

Leaders Plus is sponsored by Argent and hosted by Lewis Silkin. The senior-level programme provides candidates already in leadership roles with resources to manage increasing risk and responsibility. Key elements include: individually-matched mentors, insights from expert speakers and executive-level leadership workshops. Find out more here.