Future London Leaders Round 16

The sixteenth round of Future London Leaders runs from April 2017 – September 2017. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Tom Buttrick
Team Leader – Planning and Transport Policy, LB Southwark

I currently work as a planning team leader for the London Borough of Southwark where I work across planning and transport policy and specialise in the intersection of urban design, place-making and transport. I currently lead work on a variety of projects and development plan documents for Old Kent Road, Peckham and Camberwell. I have a passion for high quality outcomes in the built environment and enjoy the challenge of place-making within a world city context while sustaining character and responding to innovation and new opportunities.

 Richard Cawser
Area Manager, Greater London Authority

I have worked in housing for over 11 years, including with English Partnerships and the Homes and Communities Agency, with the last 5 years at the Greater London Authority. I am an Area Manager, responsible for relationship management and allocation of funding to providers of social housing, as well as liaison with a number of North West London Boroughs. I also lead on the delivery of the Heart of Harrow Housing Zone, managing Borough and housing provider relationships and contracts for housing delivery.

Paul Conboy
Deputy Team leader Planning Applications Team, LB Islington

I have been working for the London Borough of Islington for nearly 9 years now. I have worked my way through the planning applications team to major’s team and now to my current position as deputy team leader of the minors team here. I manage a team of over 12 colleagues with my overall manager and other deputy. The team is fast paced dealing with a large number of variety of simple and often complex and political cases.


Gemma Delves
Senior Planning Officer, City of London

I have worked in development management for nine years, starting at Gloucester City Council before moving to the City of London in 2011.  As part of my current role, I manage a complex and varied range of applications relating to office, residential and hotel developments. I have enjoyed working on major development schemes including the Barts Square redevelopment (216 residential units and 31,759 sqm office use) and providing planning advice in respect of historic sites such as The Temples and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. More recently I have also become involved in the City’s Smart City project work.  

Matthew Donaldson
Operations and Resources Manager, LB Sutton

I began in Regeneration as a Finance Assistant progressing to Finance Manager and being involved in capital investment schemes. I moved to Sutton in 2009 as Resources Manager for the Safer Sutton Partnership, a unique partnership between the Council and Local Police. I have led commissioning exercises across a wide range of services including CCTV, Drug and Alcohol Services and partial outsourcing of Parking Services. I have also been the Operational Manager for Parking Services since April 2015.

Daisy Estrada
Senior Planning Officer (Design), City of London

I have worked in urban design and planning for the past 6 years.  I was a Masterplanner in Shanghai for three years followed by three years in design and conservation in London’s public sector. At Hammersmith and Fulham Council, my role spanned large-scale regeneration projects at both Old Oak and Earls Court. At present my role focuses on office redevelopment and heritage at the City of London.  


Katia Habra
Project Manager- Regeneration, LB Waltham Forest

Since joining LB Waltham Forest in 2015, I have been managing various strategic regeneration projects, developing a meanwhile creative-led workspace, coordinating the high street strategy to enhance Walthamstow’s retail centre and market, as well as delivering public realm, cultural and business support initiatives. Back in Montreal, Canada, I delivered a supported social housing refurbishment scheme for a third sector organisation and was active in municipal politics. I completed graduate studies in regional and urban planning at the LSE. 

Maja Luna Jorgensen
Area Manager, Greater London Authority

At the GLA I manage a portfolio of borough and housing association partners who receive affordable housing grant, and manage GLA Housing Zone investment in Hayes Town Centre Housing Zone. I lead on policy around community-led housing and offsite manufacturing of housing, which involves championing these innovative approaches with boroughs, developers, and other sectors, and engaging them with our new Innovation Fund to deliver tangible projects. I also have a formal role around design and managing compliance audit of our investment partners. Previously I worked for a built environment charity, developing, designing, and delivering intensive programmes of design collaboration and training for communities and professionals across the UK.

Ella McCarthy
Project Officer – Housing Policy and Strategy, LB Hackney

I have worked in housing for more than 10 years.  I currently work in the Housing Strategy and Policy team at London Borough of Hackney, where I have most recently developed a new local lettings policy for our regeneration estates and have led on engagement with registered providers to promote partnership working for key areas such as welfare reform and making best use of resources.  I have previously worked in the development team of a registered provider where I project managed a range of new build and regeneration schemes in Essex and east London.

Tom Oliver
Business Development Manager, Catalyst Housing

I joined Catalyst in September 2016 in the New Product Development team. I am responsible for the research and development of new intermediate forms of housing provision alongside exploring new business opportunities with Local Authorities and developers. Prior to joining Catalyst I worked for 9 years at the Homes and Communities Agency, most recently, managing the delivery of the affordable homes programme across Surrey and Sussex. I am looking forward to working with a wide range of professionals at FLL and developing my leadership skills through the mentoring programme. 

Emily Read
Principal Urban Design Advisor, Transport for London

I have been working in planning and regeneration in London for the last nine years. Having started out in private practice I moved across to the public sector in 2014, first to a Local Authority and then to Transport for London. As part of the Urban Design Team at TfL I provide design advice to colleagues throughout the organisation, produce strategies and guidance to assist in planning for good growth in London and work on projects in our Healthy Streets programme to deliver attractive, safe and well-connected streets and places across the Capital.

Sushvinder Salan
After Sales Manager, Thames Valley Housing Association

I have worked in the affordable housing sector for over 10 years delivering affordable housing options such as shared ownership, equity loans, and Staircasing. I am currently managing the After Sales products within Sales & Marketing, and working on various projects including reviewing the service to the customer by improving the sales process and tailoring communications that are sent to the customer. Within the team, I aim to help customers to achieve 100% ownership of a home, and work with colleagues to promote products that help to achieve this.

Brandan Wilkinson
Principal Planning Officer, LB Richmond

I arrived in the UK in 2007 to begin my career in development management. Over the years, I have been responsible for the delivery and negotiation of planning outcomes and decisions on a full range of development management case work. I am currently responsible for coaching and supervising the junior planning staff within my team, with a focus on overseeing and approving delegated reports and ensuring performance targets are met.


Claire Wise
Project Manager, RB Kensington and Chelsea

I work in the Housing Regeneration Team delivering a programme for older people’s housing as well as other schemes. I have a special interest in older people’s and accessible housing having qualified as an occupational therapist and worked delivering housing adaptations for disabled people over a number of years. In 2010 I completed an MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design and subsequently managed the London Accessible Housing Register Project for the GLA. My current role seeks to deliver homes that are fit for the future to meet Housing and Adult Social Care demands.

Tom Wyld

Principle Planning Officer, Strategic Planning and Regeneration – Brent Cross, LB Barnet

I began my planning career in 2004 at London Borough of Barnet in Development Control. After a few years I transferred over to Major Developments where larger and more complex schemes introduced me to strategic Regeneration proposals and some three years ago to join the Brent Cross Regeneration Team on the Run up to the submission of initial Reserved matters applications. I’ve been the Council’s Planning Lead for Compulsory Purchase Order Public Enquiries for both West Hendon and Brent Cross.

Katherine Yentumi
Decant and Relocations Officer, City of Westminster

I’m a decant and relocations officer with 10 years’ housing experience at Westminster City Council. I have gained experience within the various departments in housing which has given me a strong foundation and understanding into the issues faced in London with regard to homelessness and supply. I have worked within regeneration for the last 4 years and enjoy being part of a large project and seeing the positive outcomes that estate renewal brings to local communities.


Future London Leaders Round 15

The Fifteenth Round of Future London Leaders runs from January – June 2017. Candidate profiles are below:

James Bolt
Principal Planner, Major Sites, LB Newham

“I am a Chartered Town Planner with 9 years’ experience at Newham. I spent my first 6 years in the Planning Enforcement Team and then moved to the Major Sites team. During this time I have gained experience working on infrastructure delivery for Crossrail, the London Olympics and the West Ham United FC stadium redevelopment. More recently I have focused on significant housing sites at Silvertown Way and Stephenson Street.”

Lisa Cheung
Assistant Head of Development Management & Conservation, RB Kensington & Chelsea

“I joined the planning profession in 2007, starting at LBB as a planning officer. In 2013 I joined the RBKC as a senior planner and over the last four years I have worked in both an area team and Strategic Developments before being promoted to Team Leader of an area team, managing 7 people and then as Assistant Head of Development Management & Conservation leading the three area teams.”

Gavin Chinniah
Planning Manager – Majors,LB Waltham Forest

“I have been working for London Borough of Waltham Forest for over a year. My role as a planning manager is to lead and manage projects within different strategic areas, specifically Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow Town Centre, Leyton and Lea Bridge, bringing forward mixed use developments, housing schemes, new employment space and improvements to local infrastructure, aiding in the economic growth for the borough. My main interest is the delivery of large regeneration projects; as a result I look forward to joining FLL to help develop my leadership skills, learn from others on how projects are delivered and meet other professionals from across the sector.”

Sarah Connelly
Enterprise Employment: Training Manager – Social & Economic Regeneration Assets & Investment, Genesis

“I have worked in housing for over 20 years. At Genesis, I am corporate lead on the development and delivery of our Employment Enterprise and Skills Offer to help resident’s upskill and gain employment while strengthening local communities. Within that, I am currently working on 3 large regeneration schemes in Grahame Park, Woodberry Down and Old Oak Common Lane.”

Miranda Ferrier
Project Manager, Regeneration Neighbourhoods & Housing Directorate, LB Hackney

“I have a number of years’ experience working in housing development and estate regeneration. I took on my latest role within Hackney’s Estate Regeneration Team approximately 6 months ago. I started out working in community development, then moved to housing advice and soon afterwards to regeneration with a housing association working in partnership on the redevelopment of a large 60s built estate. I am passionate about delivering genuinely sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods through regeneration. I look forward to participating in the FLL programme, sharing and trying out ideas with others working in regeneration, and improving my leadership skills”

Jonathan Finch
Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority

“I have been part of the GLA Planning Unit for eight years, assisting the current and former Mayor in delivering their statutory planning duties. I work across London, managing a wide-ranging portfolio of strategic planning application referrals such as the 2016 Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan and Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, proactively engaging with local planning authorities and developers to deliver the Mayor’s spatial planning priorities. I am looking forward to the programme and excited at the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and further build my professional network.”

Paul Gardner
Principal Regeneration Manager, LB Enfield

“Before joining Enfield, I worked for The Prince’s Regeneration Trust for 8 years. In this charity I led regeneration projects in Stoke-on-Trent, Grimsby and Northamptonshire, specialising in project management, business planning and historic conservation. As Development Manager, I was responsible for fundraising and managing all capital grant-funding for the Trust. Since joining Enfield’s Regeneration Team in April 2016, I have taken on a key role in land acquisition for Meridian Water and in Ponders End. FLL is an opportunity for me to develop leadership skills and learn more about areas of interest including transport planning and strategic regeneration.”


Helen IIes
Interim employment Strategy & Development Manager,  LB Camden

“I have worked at Camden for the past year, focusing on employment support, particularly in relation to integrating health and employment support and developing work around in-work progression. Prior to this, I worked in housing policy, managing s.106 negotiations and the delivery of employment and training obligations on large-scale regeneration projects in central London.”

Abul Kalam
Team Principal, Housing Management Team, LB Tower Hamlets

“I have worked in the public sector for more than 16 years. I manage a team of officers who are responsible for the temporary accommodation portfolio. We are responsible for ensuring that our clients are offered suitable and affordable temporary accommodation and provide a full housing management service for them until such time that they have moved into a permanent home taking into account the current housing crisis and welfare reforms. A recent achievement was having the lowest number of families in bed & breakfast over Christmas.”

Emily Mountford
Housing Investment Officer, LB Waltham Forest

“I’ve worked at LB Waltham Forest for the last 2 years, responsible for helping deliver homes as part of the Council’s new-build housing programme. I have recently taken on a role with the Council’s regeneration team where I am responsible for reviewing and potentially redeveloping the Council’s portfolio of sheltered housing to address the shortage of suitable housing for older people.”

Fergal O’Donnell
Regeneration Planning Manager, LB Harrow

“I joined the Harrow Planning Team in 2008 and have spent most of that time as a Development Management planner, working on a range of mixed-use, estate regeneration and industrial projects, as well as managing an area team for a time. Since May 2016, I’ve been planning lead on the council’s Corporate Regeneration Programme, developing the planning strategy for the council’s investment in its own land, principally concentrated around the Harrow and Wealdstone Opportunity Area.”

Tom Ruse
Assistant Development Manager, Home Group

“I’ve been in post since spring 2016, following two years at Berkeley Homes. My role includes sourcing development opportunities for the delivery of new homes; due diligence for land acquisitions; and helping manage projects as they go through planning. This year I qualified as a Chartered Planning & Development Surveyor.”

Crissi Russo
Head of Sales and Marketing, PA Housing

“I have been in property sales and marketing for over 15 years, having started with a leading international estate agency, before moving to the RP sector. asra’s 2015/19 development programme consists of 738 homes including SO and private sale. My role includes understanding demographics; facing the economic and social challenges in our competitive environment; and managing strategies within a political context. I am passionate about exploring innovative construction methods and ensuring applicants are offered affordable living choices”

Bree Sims
Head of Marketing and Communications, Poplar HARCA

“I moved into housing in 2012 after 18 years running placemaking and corporate campaigns ranging from reputation management for South African Tourism during the World Cup through crisis comms for a failing insurance company to brand work for Harry Potter. At Poplar HARCA, I lead on marketing and comms, working closely with the senior team. I’m also project manager in the Accents team, using assets including our spaces, community, businesses, the place and its people to support social, economic and cultural regeneration.”

Joanna Ashby
Trainee Assistant Project Manager, Gen2

“I began working for Gen² Property last year, as part of a team delivering large building projects and capital works. We offer our services to public sector organisations across London and the South East. I have been given the opportunity to become involved in a variety of different projects. I am looking forward to improving my industry knowledge and leadership skills through this programme”



To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.