Alumni Network


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

Our network of candidates and alumni includes more than 250 talented professionals, and provides a platform for continued learning, socialising and contact with movers and shakers from across the Capital’s urban sector. We’ve watched successive waves of Leaders graduates move up through the ranks – four promotions in one of the 2016 rounds alone! – These people are delivering the housing, town centre, regeneration and infrastructure projects that make the capital truly liveable.

We’re delighted to have contributed to the professional development of these high-calibre professionals, and to have so many continue to be actively engaged with Future of London. Opportunities for programme alumni 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)
  • Designing, speaking at or attending quarterly Alumni Network events
  • Engaging with 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 with the Network or to update your profile, please contact Sabrina Belle at

Steering Group representation

Leaders alumni are represented on Future of London’s Steering Group. Each year, we seek two volunteers, via statement of interest and Alumni vote, to organise events, curate the LinkedIn group and serve as a voice and connector for alumni and candidates. They have guaranteed spaces at the bimonthly Steering Group forums, and are available to forward any concerns or wish-list items. The 2016-17 representatives are:

Naomi PomfretNaomi Pomfret,
Planning Policy Manager, LB Barking & Dagenham
Leaders Plus Round 4

A trained town planner, Naomi graduated from the Spatial Planning MSc at 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,
Principal Policy Adviser, Transport for London
Future London Leaders Round 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.”

Past representatives: 2015-16

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

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

Past representatives: 2014-15

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

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

Past representatives: 2013-14 inaugural year

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

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

Alumni Network events

These bespoke events are designed by members of the Alumni Network, with support from Future of London, and generous ongoing hosting from Lovell, supporters of our Leaders programmes from the start. Events are open to alumni (no matter where they work now) and their guests. If you’re an alumnus and are not receiving emails or invitations from the Alumni Steering Group Reps, contact

Upcoming events

23rd February @ 6:15pm – The Foundry, Vauxhall
Future of London/Mayor of London Diversity Network – An update on our joint #DiversityPledgeLDN initiative with Deputy Mayor James Murray. This will be an enjoyable evening of networking with a purpose: to help bring fresh voices to urban debate! This is also part of the programme for FLL Rounds 14 & 15 and Leaders Plus Round 4, so come meet your newest alumni peers. We expect the event to hit capacity; email soon to register interest!

Past events

6th December @ 6:15pm
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 @ 6:15pm
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 @ 6:15pm – atop City Hall
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 @ 6:15pm
Innovating in times of austerity – see article on LinkedIn here: Innovating in times of austerity

3rd March @ 6:15pm
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. This was the first Alumni evening to use Eventbrite – let us know what you think.

9th December, 2015 @ 6:15pm
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 @ 6:15pm.
A closer look at estate regeneration: Confirmed speakers include Richard Schunemann, a resident working on the community-led Andover Estate Development Plan, and LB Lewisham’s Rachel George, who’s keen to share some interesting ideas about how estate regeneration can be delivered, while ensuring buy-in from local communities.

18th June 2015
Community involvement and challenge in planning: The Future of London Alumni Network welcomed two fascinating speakers t this event. The topic for the evening was community involvement and challenge in the planning process, and the aim was to consider how we can find the common language between planners, developers, politicians and communities to achieve the best outcomes for our city. See the full article at (or by joining) the 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