Leaders Plus Mentors

Each Leaders Plus candidate is paired with a senior mentor from across the London regeneration, infrastructure or broader delivery network. These cross-sector 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 the Future of London Mentor Network, a growing network of mentors willing to be called on throughout the year. They will be offered workshops, the option to do the psychometric exercise Leaders Plus candidates do, and networking opportunities with candidates and alumni, other mentors, and Future of London’s steering group.

The nine-month Leaders Plus programme starts each October – if you’re interested in finding out more, contact Chief Executive  Lisa Taylor or Leaders Project Manager Sabrina Belle.


Mark Baigent
Head of Strategy, Regeneration, Sustainability & Housing Options, LB Tower Hamlets

I am working as an independent consultant, following 25 years in UK public housing and regeneration, over 15 years of which were at a senior level. I am currently working with local authority clients to deliver estate renewal, town centre regeneration and innovative council-led new-build delivery companies. My previous experience included leading on major housing investment strategies and programmes, including stock improvement and new supply. I have had a strong focus on resident involvement, promoting equality and diversity, piloting new delivery models and partnership working. My current interim role is as Head of Strategy, Regeneration, Sustainability & Housing Options at LB Tower Hamlets.


Ken Baikie
Director – Thamesmead Regeneration, Peabody

Ken has been Peabody’s Director of Regeneration in Thamesmead since September 2014, serving as interim director before that. He previously acted as a consultant on matters of property and regeneration to various organisations within the public sector, including Genesis HA and Basildon Borough Council, giving him a wide and varied outlook on the field.


Paul Beckett
Policy & Performance Director, City of London

Paul Beckett is a town planner based in London since the mid-1980s. He has worked for the City of London Corporation for over 25 years and is currently Policy & Performance Director in the Built Environment Dept. He was responsible for preparing the City of London Local Plan, setting out a strategy for growth up to 2026 that was adopted in January 2015. He has also worked extensively with officers at the GLA, and its forerunner LPAC, on diverse strategic planning matters including London’s Central Activities Zone, office policy, tall building and view protection policy, and Crossrail funding policy.


Greg Campbell
Partner, Campbell Tickell

Greg Campbell has been a consultant for the past 17 years, and has worked directly with well over 350 organisations, tackling a variety of strategic and operational matters. He has broad experience in such areas as governance, policy and strategy development, regulation, risk management, procurement and new business, communications and PR, regeneration and community development, and HR and recruitment. Organisations he has advised on new business development have included housing associations, ALMOs, care and support providers, solicitors firms, and maintenance contractors.


Richard Cook
Head of Residential, Lend Lease

In his current role, Richard oversees a portfolio of projects in London and across the UK and he has previously been responsible for design and build contracts at the Athletes’ Village, where his team oversaw the delivery of c£400m in projects across the residential, education and health care sectors as part of London 2012. Richard joined Lend Lease in 2010 after working as Projects Director for MACE International in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, responsible for major residential and retail projects, notably Dubai’s 96-storey Burj Al Fattan. Before that, he was MD and director of several George Wimpey plc businesses


Richard de Cani
Director and UKMEA Planning Leader, Arup

Richard joined Arup in May 2016 from Transport for London (TfL) where he was the Managing Director of Planning. In his time at TfL, Richard was instrumental in establishing a long-term strategic plan for transport in London that has influenced the development of the city and delivered major changes in patterns of movement. As a qualified town planner and transport planner, Richard brings over 23 years’ experience of all aspects of planning, particularly those relating to the management and development of transport and infrastructure in cities and urban areas. Richard started his career at Arup as a graduate.


Andrew Evans
Executive Director (Operations), A2Dominion

Neal has worked in construction and development for 30 years and has vast knowledge of the affordable housing sector. He manages a team of around 16 people working on urban regeneration in Poplar and providing more housing. Before joining us he worked in the private sector for Llewellyn Group where he was the director responsible for the London region. He was then promoted to Managing Director, working across the South East. Neal is also a Steering Group member of Future of London.


Robert Evans
Partner, Argent LLP

Robert joined Argent Group PLC in 2001 and became an Executive Director in 2004. In 2012 he became a founding partner of Argent (Property Development) Services LLP. Robert has overall responsibility for Argent’s residential projects, oversees communications and public affairs, and is one of the partners charged with securing development opportunities. Robert has led the planning work at King’s Cross since 2001 and sits on the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership Board. Robert has also been involved in Argent projects in Manchester and the Thames Valley. He is a Member of the King’s Cross Academy Trust, sponsor of the King’s Cross Academy, and Chair of Governors for the academy. Robert is a RICS Fellow, has been a committee member for Joint Planning Law Conference, BPF Development Committee and Tottenham Landowners’ and Major Businesses Group. Before joining Argent, Robert worked in planning and environmental consultancy on a public and private sector development and infrastructure projects in the UK, Canada and Norway.


Fiona Fletcher-Smith
Executive Director of Development, Enterprise & Environment, Greater London Authority

Fiona oversees delivery and implementation of key strategies in areas such as the London Plan, the Economic Development Strategy, the London Enterprise Panel, transport, environment and climate change, and the operation of the Mayor’s powers in relation to significant London planning applications. Prior to joining the GLA, Fiona worked with LB Hackney as Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods & Regeneration, part of a small senior team leading the authority from an Audit Commission ranking of 1 to 3 stars. She was responsible for services including regeneration and planning, economic development, transport and public realm, waste and recycling, community safety, environmental health and trading standards, and led all borough work associated with the 2012 Olympics and legacy planning.


Robert Gordon Clark
Board Executive Chair, London Communications Agency

Robert founded London Communications Agency in 1999 with Jonny Popper. He focuses on clients, promotes the company, comments regularly on London issues and is LBC and ITV London’s political pundit. His background is in commercial marketing in the 1980s and then public affairs, media relations and issues management in the 1990s for London Arts Board and London First.


Gerry Hughes
Chief Executive, GVA

Gerry was named Chief Executive in February 2016. Prior to that, he was head of Bilfinger GVA’s Planning, Development and Regeneration Division, with 170 staff in the UK and Ireland. He has 27 years’ experience as a town planner in the private sector. Gerry’s specialism is advising on the planning and delivery of large mixed-use developments, regeneration and urban extension/new developments. The London regeneration projects he currently leads on include Thamesmead, Clapham Junction and Haringey. He is also an expert witness on town planning, property development and compulsory purchase matters.


Annelies Look
Major Projects Advisory, KPMG

Annelies is a Senior Civil Servant currently on secondment to KPMG Major Projects Advisory. She has had a broad career in the Ministry of Defence and highlights have included providing secretariat advice in support of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, working closely with Lord Drayson in delivering the Defence Industrial Strategy White Paper (2005) and providing policy advice to British Forces both in Bosnia (2004) and Iraq (2006). Over the last 10 years, Annelies has specialised in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management and led a number of capital projects as well as fulfilling key roles in complex transformation programmes. Annelies is a student of the Government Major Projects Leadership Academy delivered by Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where she joins an alumni of over 250 Senior Civil Servants across Government.


David Lunts
Executive Director, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

David leads the Mayor of London’s housing, land and development functions. He was previously Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency and before that, was GLA Executive Director with responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing and environmental policy. David’s earlier career included a leading role in housing and regeneration in Manchester in the 1980s and early ’90s and three years as director of Urban Policy for John Prescott at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.


Angela McConville
Chief Executive Officer, Westway Trust

Angela joined the Trust in 2013 and has reinvigorated the Trust’s strategy – creating a ‘Destination Westway 2030’ strategy to establish Westway as one of London’s premier destinations for culture, enterprise, sport, fitness and artisan retail. Angela has committed her professional life to innovative work that tackles poverty and disadvantage. Prior to joining Westway, Angela was founding Chief Executive of Vital Regeneration – a Westminster-based charity that helps transform communities and the lives of people in need by breaking the cycle of deprivation. Under Angela’s leadership, Vital Regeneration won two national awards for innovation, was short-listed for the Charity Times Awards 2010 and won the Prime Minister’s UK Catalyst Award for Social Innovation. She enabled the charity to build a prestigious network of corporate and cultural partnerships, supporting 25,000 people each year. Angela is currently a trustee of the London Transport Museum, with the remit to champion the museum’s work in education and apprenticeship


Anita Mitchell
Head of Sustainability – Europe, Lend Lease

Anita has 22 years’ experience in sustainability and environmental management spanning energy, water, waste, property and construction, and leads the environmental and social sustainability strategy for Lendlease Europe. Prior to relocating, Anita led the sustainability strategy for Lendlease’s $6bn Barangaroo South waterfront development, the largest project in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, with contractual commitments to become Australia’s first carbon-neutral, water positive and zero waste precinct. Part of the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development program, the project was also nominated by Arup as the world’s most sustainable project. Prior to that, Anita led energy, sustainability and environmental business lines and strategy for JLL and Bovis Lend Lease in Australia and across the Asia Pacific, she has also led sustainability strategies for one of Australia’s largest energy distributors, Australia’s largest water authority and the operator of Australia’s largest waste management network. Having worked on six Global Reporting Initiative compliant sustainability reports within three organisations, Anita is also a recognised expert in sustainability reporting.


Iain Painting
Senior Planning Partner, Barton Willmore

Iain joined Barton Willmore in 1996 and became a Partner in 2002, having previously worked for the City of Westminster. Today he leads Barton Willmore’s London office, guiding a team of 24 planners working across London and the South East. Iain provides Town Planning advice to clients including developers, housebuilders, housing associations, commercial agents and public sector agencies. He has delivered an array of residential, mixed-use, education, health and commercial projects and has worked closely with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and numerous local authorities. Iain currently leads on a number of significant schemes including Barking Riverside, a 10,800 dwelling mixed-use community for London & Quadrant and North West Bicester, a Garden City being delivered by A2Dominion with the local authority. Iain brings in-depth knowledge of national and regional legislation, a broad understanding of the full development process and a clear understanding of the pressures and opportunities for developers and landowners nationwide.


Lucy Taylor
Director – Regeneration & Planning, LB Ealing

Lucy has more than 20 years’ experience in regeneration, planning and development, in local authorities and with the London Development Agency. She has delivered a range of programmes for the regeneration of town centres, multi-million pound transport and infrastructure projects, redevelopment of council buildings and using council planning and CPO powers to enable development and economic growth. At Ealing Council she manages a busy department with more than 110 people working on planning applications and policy, regeneration and development projects and a range of initiatives to support local people find jobs and local businesses to grow. Her department is also involved in shaping the different places and town centres in Ealing, attracting new retail, leisure and cultural uses and making Ealing a more vibrant and fun place to be. A lot of Lucy’s time is spent working with developers, landowners and other stakeholders who are critical in place-making.