Programme Mentors

Each Future London Leader is paired with a senior mentor from Future of London’s extensive cross-sector network. These mentors provide a ‘safe space’ sounding board for candidates, as well as invaluable experience and insights from their own careers.

2016 marks the creation of FoL’s Mentor Network, a growing group willing to be called on throughout the year. They are offered workshops, the option for the psychometric exercise FLL candidates undertake, and networking opportunities with candidates and alumni, other mentors, and Future of London’s steering group.

The six-month programmes start each January, April and September – if you’re interested in finding out more, contact Leaders Project Manager Sabrina Belle at


Future London Leaders Round 15 Mentors

Linda Convery
Partner, TLT Solicitors

Linda is a solicitor and a partner in TLT’s Real Estate group with 30 years’ experience of advising the social housing sector on a whole variety of property issues. She acts for a wide range of Registered Providers and has worked with local authorities. She specialises in the development of new affordable housing as stand- alone projects or as part of mixed use schemes. She deals with a range of issues including the negotiation of complex development agreements, conditional contracts, the setting up of joint venture vehicles, planning agreements, shared ownership leases and service charges. Over the years Linda has also been involved in the development and management of Extracare housing and supported housing, which often involves negotiating services agreements and funding arrangements as well as drafting bespoke retirement leases. Linda is well acquainted with the regulatory framework of the Homes and Communities Agency and how this impacts on the supply of affordable housing. She is also a board member of a housing association. Linda is independently recognised as an expert in the field of Social Housing by Chambers UK and Legal 500, independent guides to the legal profession and she has also supervised a number of trainee solicitors.

Sue Cooper
Head of Business Development, Catalyst

I joined Catalyst Housing as a Community Development Adviser, progressing to become a Business
Development Manager, which has led to my current role of Director of Business Development.
Working within the Property Directorate I manage a small team of Business Development and External Affairs managers, with our work being focused upon growth, ‘placemaking’, identifying and bidding for new opportunities and leading the company’s external affairs function. I have a significant amount of experience in successfully bidding for and overseeing the initial stages of large scale estate regeneration opportunities – and in the development and delivery of social, economic and community investment initiatives. I am a qualified social-worker and spent several years in mental-health work, predominantly in a ‘therapeutic community’ setting. This was followed by managing a housing project for homeless teenagers and working as a community worker in a Neighbourhood Council in Hammersmith.

Donald Farquharson

Donald is an experienced director with a track record in developing business, successfully starting and completing major projects. He has worked in health, education and regeneration in PFI and PPP with Central and Local Government and within the private sector. He is an original thinker who has written a number of articles and chaired conferences. Donald led the formation of GEN² Property a new company wholly owned by Kent County Council as well as being the Executive Head of the Capital Programme Delivery Team. He is responsible for the management and delivery of varying capital projects of around £270m a year on projects such as Basic Need school place provision, regeneration, new Schools and Academies, Waste Recycling Centres, Mortuaries, Libraries, Children Centres, car and lorry parks etc as well as the provision of a new main line new railway station.

Helen Fisher
Tottenham Programme Director, LB Haringey

Helen Fisher has over 20 years of experience working in urban regeneration in both the public and private sector. She is the Director for the Tottenham regeneration programme at Haringey Council, an area spanning 560 hectares across 8 wards with plans to deliver 10000 new homes, 5000 new jobs and a major improvement in the life chances of young people. Previous roles include Project Director for Nine Elms on the South Bank Partnership and Programme Director for Canning Town in the LB of Newham.

Karen Galey
Head of Placeshaping & Economic Development, LB Camden

I started my career in the housing directorate of the Department of the Environment. I have over 20 years’ experience working for a number of London local authorities delivering innovative regeneration and place shaping programmes. In my current role I am responsible for Placeshaping and Economic Development in Camden managing strategic planning and implementation, regeneration, place development, infrastructure and growth. This entails ensuring that teams work together to realise the ambition of the Camden Plan delivering jobs, homes and growth while protecting the unique character of the borough. Ensuring that major infrastructure projects like Tottenham Court Road, Crossrail, HS2 are well designed and integrated pieces of city. Supporting key strategic partnerships like the West End Partnership and the Knowledge Quarter to attract significant investment into the borough and make the case for economic growth whilst delivering positive outcomes for the people who live and work in the borough.

Sherine McFarlane
Head of Social & Economic Regeneration, Genesis

Sherine is from a social housing background and has specialised in community regeneration for the past 20 years. She is a qualified practitioner and is currently responsible for the development and delivery of social and economic programmes on two large regeneration schemes: Woodberry Down in Hackney and Grahame Park in Barnet. She has worked with a variety of communities across London and managed an array of cross-thematic programmes, including enterprise development, employability, health & well-being, financial inclusion, children and young people, and older people.

Nigel Minto
Head of Housing Policy & Strategy, LB Hackney

Nigel has over 25 years’ housing experience at senior local authority, national, regional and RP Board level. Having served as a Board member at Habinteg and previously worked for the NHF, ODPM, the Government Office for London, as well as London Councils and five other local authorities, he now leads on housing strategy and policy at Hackney. He has extensive experience of working with senior leading politicians in the areas of housing management, regeneration, policy development, public affairs, media and lobbying as well managing the direct delivery of a range of housing services. Most recently providing expert technical advice to the DCLG on a number of technical working groups including pay to stay and the forced sales of higher value Council homes. He has successfully taken forward a number of lobbying campaigns including the localisation of local authority HRAs, ALMO funding, LHA caps, stock transfer gap funding, pay to stay and more recently Hackney Council’s ‘10 Steps to a better private rented sector’, securing a number of changes in Government PRS policy. Nigel’s approach incorporates a strong focus on community involvement and he is focused on increasing housing supply in Hackney and on what steps can be taken locally and nationally to improve the affordability and conditions in the private rented sector in Hackney.

Paul Nichols
Divisional Director, Regeneration Enterprise & Planning, LB Harrow

Paul is with the London Borough of Harrow as the Divisional Director for Regeneration Enterprise and Planning. Harrow town centre is one of London’s newest Opportunity Areas and Paul’s remit is to implement their new Area Action Plan, to deliver some 5,000 new homes, and to accelerate delivery as one of the GLA’s new Housing Zones. Prior to this, Paul was Head of Planning, Transport and Sustainability at Southampton City Council for over ten years. In this role Paul worked on city centre masterplanning, delivery of the city centre Area Action Plan and sub-regional strategic planning with the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH). Paul also led on the development of the city’s transport planning and sustainable travel capability, management of the city centre CHP contract (with Cofely), development of additional district heating schemes and creating a comprehensive approach to flood risk management in the city. Paul’s earlier career was in planning consultancy, largely with Halcrow (now CH2M Hill). Paul worked on a wide range of UK and international planning projects, including sustainable development masterplanning in the Caribbean, major developments in the middle- east and a long period in the Maltese islands, working with a consultancy team to create and implement their national planning system ahead of European accession.

Claire O’Shaughnessy
Director, Deloitte (mentoring in an individual Capacity)

Claire currently works for Deloitte Real Estate as a Director in Real Estate Consulting, focusing on the public sector, including the NHS. Her role includes developing estate strategies, public sector land release and disposal, business case delivery, and programme development and management. She is also a non-Exec on the Board of Sovereign Housing Association. Before Deloitte, Claire led the development of the estates strategy at the Ministry of Defence. Prior to that she was a senior executive at the Homes and Communities Agency working on public sector land disposal, investment in housing projects and wider public: private partnerships. Claire has previously worked for the London Development Agency and at LB Barking and Dagenham.

Eleanor Purser
Director of Regeneration, Notting Hill Housing

Eleanor Purser is Director of Regeneration for Notting Hill Housing Association. Her key role is leading the Aylesbury Estate Regeneration in partnership with LB Southwark. This 20 year project will deliver 3500 homes of which 50% will be affordable. Prior to this role, Eleanor lead the economic development, planning and sustainability services for LB Sutton leading on projects as varied as “Opportunity Sutton” the development strategy which levered £300m investment into the borough, the new Local Plan and the development of a life- sciences cluster jointly with the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research. She has a background in public sector development and housing, having worked for the GLA/HCA as Head of Housing for South London, where she oversaw an investment portfolio of £150m+ and led on commercial negotiations for major regeneration sites of up to £1bn.

Maggie Rafalowicz
Associate Director, Campbell Tickell

As an Associate Director at Campbell Tickell, Maggie is a dynamic senior executive with successful track record in housing, development and regeneration sectors. She has led and managed complex programmes and has in-depth knowledge and experience of public, voluntary and commercial sectors. Maggie led on affordable housing supply and housing regeneration at Brent Council including Wembley and estate based schemes. She has experience of leading complex teams in a matrix environment and is a successful programme manager with knowledge of industry standards. She has developed strong communication skills while working with national network of contracts and has particular strengths in leadership, influencing, problem solving, negotiating and partnership working.

Joe Richardson
Head of Delivery South, Home Group

Joe joined Home Group in June 2015 and heads up the Delivery (i.e. construction) function in their Southern development team. His background prior to joining Home included similar roles at other commercially-focussed Housing Associations and private sector developers, delivering a range of mixed use, mixed tenure schemes with both public and private funding. In his role at Home Group, Joe’s input begins pre-contract, overseeing a team of project managers covering the technical due diligence process prior to build contracts being negotiated and on through the construction phase until handover and conclusion of defect periods. With a professional background in planning and Urban Design, Joe takes a great deal of pride in ensuring schemes are delivered with a well thought out public realm & quality landscaping.

Visakha Sri Chandrasekera
Director, Urbancube

Visakha is an experienced housing professional, with particular expertise in strategic housing policy, the
affordable housing sector and the delivery of residential led regeneration. Her career started in Local
Authorities, firstly at LB Newham and later at LB Islington, where she led partnership working and investment delivery. This included co-writing with planners one of London’s first SPG’s on Affordable Housing. She then went on to work for the Housing Corporation as an Area Manager and later as Deputy Director of Investment for London, where she led the team through the merger with English Partnerships to create the Homes and Communities Agency. In 2010 she joined the private sector working for Lovell Partnerships on London business development and created a regular forum for the public sector to debate emerging housing policy. Most recently she has set up her own consultancy and having worked for Future of London on the Housing Zones Network is now working principally in development for Rydon Construction.

Oliver Steele
Economic Policy Manager, Mott MacDonald

Oliver is a trained economist and accountant with expertise spanning the strategic planning and development of major infrastructure projects, including business case support, economic evaluation and funding and financing advisory, with a focus on transport and regeneration. He joined Mott MacDonald from Infrastructure NSW in Australia, where he was Executive Director of Economics and Planning. Oliver led the New South Wales state infrastructure strategy, which generated high-profile transport projects including the WestConnex toll road scheme and Sydney Metro. Prior to that, Oliver spent six years with HM Treasury in London, working on infrastructure financing and funding arrangements for Crossrail and the restructure of the London Underground public–private partnership.

Jonathan Wade
Head of Forward Planning, RB Kensington & Chelsea

I am a RTPI accredited urban planner with over 25 years’ professional experience of working within the public sector in the UK. My experience covers the whole breadth of the planning field, with Management positions both within Development Management and Planning Policy, most of which is within the London context. I am adaptable and flexible and used to working over a variety of disciplines from writing planning policy, to project management as well as assessing major planning applications with the accompanying negotiation skills. In my current role as Head of Forward Planning at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea I have driven forward a number of high profile strategic projects which were priorities on the corporate agenda.


Future London Leaders Round 14 Mentors


Fiona Duncan
Head of Area, Greater London Authority

Fiona is a Chartered Surveyor, specialising in regeneration. Her background is in the public sector and she started at LB Southwark, carrying out a range of surveying duties before specialising in acquisitions, sales and development. In 1998 she joined English Partnerships and became involved in regeneration in the Thames Gateway. She moved into the LDA in 2000, and continued to work in the Gateway and on the successful 2012 Olympic bid. She has led and delivered major projects including industrial, office and residential-led mixed use developments. Fiona has been Head of Area in the HCA/GLA since 2009 and manages the team to deliver the Affordable Housing Programme, as well as leading the work on the eleven North East London Housing Zones. She is also a board director of Barking Riverside Ltd, one of the largest regeneration projects in London and is on the London Regional Board of the RICS.

Jeff Endean
Housing Strategy Manager, LB Lewisham

Jeff leads housing strategy & programme delivery. LB Lewisham is taking forward housing development and regeneration using a range of mechanisms, including innovative new approaches to construction and community-led development, as well as three large-scale estate regeneration schemes to deliver more than 2,000 new homes over a decade. Jeff created the business and operational cases for Lewisham entering the Build-to-Rent market, which it is now doing through a public/private investment partnership company. With his team he also led concept to delivery of the award-winning PLACE/Ladywell development of re-usable homes for homeless people, and is proud to have made Lewisham the only local authority in the country to work alongside two community land trusts to develop new homes. Jeff has been at Lewisham for eight years, originally as a policy advisor in the Chief Executive’s office before moving into housing. Before Lewisham, he had a range of policy advisor and analyst roles across local and central government.

Angela Epps
Development Director, Peabody

Angela is a qualified architect with over 25 years’ experience in the housing sector, delivering programmes of development and regeneration. She joined Peabody in November 2014 and leads the team delivering Peabody’s development programme including Thamesmead Housing Zones.

Donald Farquharson
Executive Head – Capital Programmes, Kent County Council

Donald is an experienced director with a track record in developing business, successfully starting and completing major projects. He has worked in health, education and regeneration in PFI and PPP with central and local government and within the private sector. He is an original thinker who has written a number of articles and chaired conferences. Donald led the formation of GEN² Property, a new company wholly owned by Kent County Council, as well as being the Executive Head of the Capital Programme Delivery Team. He is responsible for the management and delivery of varying capital projects of around £270m a year on projects such as Basic Need school place provision, regeneration, new Schools and Academies, Waste Recycling Centres, Mortuaries, Libraries, Children’s Centres, car and lorry parks etc. as well as the provision of a new mainline railway station.

Jenna Goldberg
Director, London Communications Agency

As well as advising clients on PR and communications, Jenna heads LCA’s dedicated research team, helping to ensure the specialist agency and its clients are one step ahead when it comes to local, regional and national politics and London news and issues. Since joining LCA in 2008, she has worked on major NHS reconfigurations as well as some of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe, helping clients to communicate change and engage with the public. Jenna also edits LCA’s award-winning monthly news magazine LDN–London in short.

Mark Hunter
Head of Strategic Development, LB Wandsworth

Mark has worked in planning since 1984, at the City of Birmingham and the London boroughs of Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth, Camden and Wandsworth. He has been with Wandsworth for 12 years (although Wandsworth and Richmond are merging soon). Over the last eight years, he has been responsible for the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, including Battersea Power Station, US Embassy Northern Line Extension etc, and the approval of around 12,000 homes and 5m sqft of commercial space within a coordinated masterplan; significant delivery is underway.Mark is also responsible for the planning of the borough’s two Housing Zone regeneration areas at York Road/Winstanley and Alton Roehampton.

Zoe Jankel
Associate Director, City Economics, Arup

Zoe specialises in developing economic and policy strategies and appraisals; business cases and feasibility studies; business plans; and funding and financing structures for a wide range of infrastructure and urban development projects. She has particular expertise in strategic and business planning for the arts, culture and entertainment sectors gained from international experience on major greenfield projects. Prior to joining Arup, Zoe was an Economist at the Greater London Authority.

Bevan Jones
Managing Director, Sustainable Homes

Bevan has more than 10 years in sustainability in public and private sectors, during which he has contributed to a number of key studies and reports such as the UK’s first Climate Risk Assessment, The Economics of Climate Resilience for DEFRA and the Future of London’s Stresses and Shocks study. Before joining Sustainable Homes Bevan spent three years at Catalyst Housing delivering its holistic sustainability strategy and embedding sustainable approaches to business and development in new-build schemes. He has also worked for Dutch consultancy Ecofys, where he delivered work for the UK Government and contributed to EU projects. Bevan began his career in local government working on a range of climate and sustainability projects in the built environment.

Heather Juman
Senior Area Manager South, Greater London Authority

Heather has two jobs: one as a Senior Manager, job-shared with Inez Hough, and the other as Head of Area, sharing with Lucy Owen. They have responsibility for projects and programmes across all South London boroughs, including delivering affordable housing and Housing Zones. This includes leading on the development of the GLA site at Newington Butts and the Aylesbury Redevelopment project in Southwark, plus the Housing Zones in Bexley, Greenwich, Merton, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Sutton, Southwark (2) and Lewisham (2). The teams also lead for Housing & Land on equalities issues, including championing flexible working. In the Senior Manager role, Heater is programme lead for the South Team, coordinating delivery across the team and with specific responsibility for a portfolio of partners including Affinity Sutton, L&Q, Wandle, Thames Valley, Orbit, ASRA, Viridian and Family Mosaic.

Frank Klepping
Head of Regeneration and Development, Swan

Frank has worked in housing development in east London and Essex since 2007. During this time he has led on a broad array of site acquisitions, delivering mixed-use, multi-tenure schemes and structuring partnering arrangements with local authorities and fellow developers. At Swan, he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the housing association’s existing development pipeline and securing business development opportunities. Frank moved to Swan in 2014 from East Thames HA, initially as Head of Land & Planning. In 2015 he led on the production of Swan’s five-year Regeneration & Development Strategy, and moved across to head up the delivery of the development and new business objectives of the group. With extensive knowledge and experience of the southeast region housing market, Frank continues to build on established relationships to help deliver the strategic aims of Swan and its partners.

Dominique Oliver
Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

Dominique has more than 15 years’ experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has designed and delivered successful and award-winning projects ranging from large-scale masterplans to infill sites. She has a special expertise in education projects, including the co-location of schools with commercial, community and residential uses to generate mixed-funding solutions and create thriving neighbourhoods. She is skilled at encouraging contributions from all parties to unlock complex briefs and sites. Dominique taught a diploma module at The Bartlett School of Architecture for eight years, and is a member of the Lewisham Design Review Panel.

Ted Rayment
Assistant Director of Development, City of London

Ted started his career at Basildon District Council as a planning trainee before moving to the City of London in 1978 as a planning officer. He became team leader in 1982 and has managed teams of planners and design officers ever since. He now manages a team of 13 planners who process and determine more than 1,000 applications a year for planning permission and listed-building consent. He and his team have dealt with many major projects and redevelopments including the Gherkin, Cheese-grater, Paternoster Square and the Millennium Bridge, and he has been closely involved with Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Dealing with these issues requires considerable organisational, negotiation and interpersonal skills, and has allowed Ted to deal with a considerable range of partners. Ted has a degree in geography and a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Planning. A member of the RTPI and Planning Officers’ Society, he was also a member of the British Olympic Wresting Squad in the 1970s-80s.

Clare Reddy
Partner, Lewis Silkin

Clare is joint head of Lewis Silkin’s construction team, focusing on non-contentious construction. She provides advice on all aspects of a construction or engineering project, from the construction aspects of funding and sale and purchase documents, through to strategic advice on procurement routes and drafting and negotiating building contracts and consultants’ appointments. Clare also provides procurement advice, particularly on public procurement issues.

Guy Slocombe
Director of Property, City of Westminster

Guy has 28 years’ experience across various property disciplines. He spent 20 years in consultancy in the City, latterly with Drivers Jonas (now Deloitte) where he was Partner responsible for establishing and running the firm’s international investment team. Guy was CEO of Clarenco, a Thames Valley-based property and venture capital business, which he helped grow from a start-up and which was the Thames Valley’s fastest growing business in 2010. Guy also ran his own consultancy providing advice to new property enterprises and troubleshooting for businesses and portfolios in difficulty. He was approached by Westminster City Council to fulfil a similar role, and moved on to become Director of Property. He is responsible for Corporate Property, Investment and Development teams managing almost £1bn of commercial real estate and a development programme of £2.6bn GDV. Guy is a member of the Investment Property Forum, a Professional Member of the RICS and has an MSc in Property Investment from Cass Business School.

Simon Vevers
Regeneration and Strategic Partnerships Director, Hyde Housing

Simon joined Hyde in 2000, when housing associations were very different types of organisations. Through his time at Hyde, he has led on the Bermondsey Spa Regeneration in Southwark, Hyde’s first real move into market sale; driven operational efficiency by divesting non-core activities such as student and health accommodation; developed a joint venture approach to working with local authorities which is now being rolled out; and most recently taken a hard look across Hyde’s own estates to understand the regeneration opportunities within them to increase the number of new homes the HA can build. Before he joined Hyde, Simon worked in the private sector, running his own restaurant and bar and with a building contractor and estate agency. The overriding theme of his diverse career has been working with people to make sure that whichever aspect of the business transaction they’re involved in, everyone succeeds.