Alumni Network

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On joining one of our Leaders programmes, candidates are automatically part of the Future of London Alumni Network. See below for upcoming events and write-ups on past events.

The network includes 285 talented professionals as of April 2017, and is a platform for learning, socialising and connection. Our alumni are delivering the housing, town centre, regen and infrastructure projects that make the capital more liveable, and they’re rising fast – four promotions in one 2016 round alone! We’re delighted to have contributed to the development of these high-calibre professionals, and to have so many continue to actively engage with Future of London. Opportunities to stay involved include:

  • Acting as a Leaders representative on FoL’s Steering Group (one-year term, Nov start)
  • Joining Future of London’s Board of Directors (three-year term – next up in 2019)
  • Co-designing, speaking at or attending quarterly Alumni Network events
  • Using the Leaders Alumni LinkedIn Group, an online platform for networking and sharing experience, ideas and opportunities
  • Using the @FoL_Alumni Twitter account to share opportunities and opinions
  • Getting involved in the wider FoL programme, to build profile, learn and share ideas

For more info, to get involved or to update your profile with promotions, moves or other news, contact Sabrina Belle at sabrina@futureoflondon.org.uk.


Steering Group representation

Alumni are represented on FoL’s Steering Group. Each year, two volunteers organise events, curate the LinkedIn group and serve as a voice for alumni and candidates. They have guaranteed spaces at Steering Group dinners and regular contact with FoL’s team, to forward ideas and concerns. This is a great experience, confidence- and CV-builder; to learn more, contact your reps. The 2016-17 representatives are:


Naomi PomfretNaomi Pomfret, 
naomi.pomfret@lbbd.gov.uk
Planning Policy Manager, LB Barking & Dagenham
Leaders Plus 3

A trained town planner, Naomi gained her Spatial Planning MSc from the Bartlett, UCL in 2008. She has a passion for urban design and the creation of healthy places through planning and community engagement. Prior to entering the world of planning, she worked in marketing and events for the publishing house which produces the architectural periodical Blueprint. The focus of her current role is delivering the borough’s emerging Local Plan, the key spatial strategy for the next 15 years.


Josephine Vos,
Josephine.Vos@tfl.gov.uk
Principal Policy Adviser, Transport for London
Future London Leaders 13

“I work in the Strategy and Policy team, developing policies for both the London Plan and Mayor’s Transport Strategy; I also work closely with the GLA on developing Supplementary Planning Guidance. Key aspects of my work include promoting increased integration between transport and land use planning and ensuring that finite space in London is used more efficiently. Prior to this role, I worked in TfL Planning Projects, helping to make the case for the Northern line extension to Battersea to unlock housing and major commercial development.”

2015-16 representatives

Rachel George, was Regeneration & New Supply Manager, LB Lewisham; now Head of Development & Regeneration at Newport City Homes (FLL 8)

Jo Mortensen, Sustainability Programme Manager, LB Ealing (FLL 8)

2014-15 representatives

Anna Bolsin, New Business Manager, Swan Housing Association (FLL 7)

Karen Montgomerie, Deputy Team Leader in Spatial Planning, LB Islington (FLL 6; FoL Board Member 2016-19)

2013-14 representatives (inaugural year)

Philippa (Bloomfield) Bancroft, Senior Development Manager, GLA Housing & Land (FLL 5, Leaders Plus 1, Mentor)

Holly Mann, was Project Manager, Regeneration Delivery, LB Bexley; now Project Manager, Housing Supply Programme, LB Hackney (FLL 4, Leaders Plus 1, Mentor)


Alumni Network events

These bespoke events can explore more edgy territory than mainstream FoL events due to the closed forum. They’re designed and coordinated by alumni reps with support from the FoL team and hosting from Lovell, who’ve supported our Leaders programmes from the start. Events are open to alumni (no matter where they work now) and their guests.

Upcoming events

15th June @ 3:00 – 5:00pm – Alan Baxter, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ
Leadership skills workshop
– Next-level session led by Urbancanda’s Miffa Salter, followed by networking at a nearby pub. Details to follow, but this will fill very quickly; watch your emails!

28th June – all day – Hilton Tower Bridge, Tooley Street
FoL Summer Conference: Placemaking – *Five FLL14 candidates will repeat their insightful Proposals for London, alumni are speaking, and co-designed the  content – should be a great day! Programme updates here; registration in early May. 

11th July @ 6:00pm – Pollard Thomas Edwards, Diespeker Wharf, 38 Graham Street, N1 8JX
Alumni-mentor summer social, hosted by core sponsors Pollard Thomas Edwards at their lovely canalside compound. Minimal speeches, just a chance to catch up with fellow alumni and mentors. Invitation to follow.

Past events

6th April – kindly hosted by Arup
Placemaking: Can we create a healthier London? 
Can better health be built in as an integral element of the design of a new community, does it cost extra to build a healthy place, and who really benefits? Read the summary here.

23rd February – The Foundry, Vauxhall
Future of London/Mayor of London Diversity Network – An event which provided an update on our joint #DiversityPledgeLDN initiative with Deputy Mayor James Murray. It was an enjoyable evening of networking with a purpose: helping to bring fresh voices to urban debate! Write-up here.

6th December – kindly hosted by Lewis Silkin
Fizz ‘n’ Chips Christmas party – Future of London’s all-network holiday celebration was bigger and better than ever, with excellent alumni representation and a great mix of new and old connections. Thanks as always to Lewis Silkin for the generous hosting!

27th October – kindly hosted by Lovell
Displacement & gentrification – Implications for growth, questions of ethics, and voices from both the front lines of E15 and the Pacific Northwest. See LinkedIn post here.

24th August – atop City Hall, kindly hosted by GLA Housing
FoL All-Network Meet-up & Diversity Pledge launch – Future of London and Alumni Network updates, the launch of our London-wide speaker diversity pledge, and the hottest (literally!) party in SE1. See the write-up and pledge online here.

12th May – kindly hosted by Lovell
Innovating in times of austerity – Challenging discussion with full write-up on LinkedIn: Innovating in times of austerity

3rd March – kindly hosted by Lovell
What to expect post-election… Different perspectives from Labour, Conservative and Green Party representatives, chaired by Alumni reps Jo Mortensen and Rachel George, and preceded and followed by networking over drinks and snacks.

9th December, 2015 – kindly hosted by Lewis Silkin
Future of London Fizz ‘n’ Chips Christmas party – alumni were given pride of place at this popular kick-off-the-night event, with unlimited guest spaces and a celebratory photo montage from recent years. We can’t speak for the after-parties.

17th September, 2015 – kindly hosted by Lovell
A closer look at estate regeneration: Speakers included Richard Schunemann, a resident working on the community-led Andover Estate Development Plan, and LB Lewisham’s Rachel George, who shared interesting ideas about how estate regeneration can be delivered, while ensuring buy-in from local communities.

18th June 2015 – kindly hosted by Lovell
Community involvement and challenge in planning: Provocative speakers helped consider how to find common language between planners, developers, politicians and communities to achieve the best outcomes for our city. Read the summary on Alumni LinkedIn Group.

19th March, 2015
Who are we building for? Visit link for details, and join the members-only Alumni LinkedIn Group to see the full write-up.

17th September 2014
Do Local Authorities still have what it takes to deliver for London? 

18th June 2014
Southall: Working together