How Can London Deliver More Homes ?
'Navigating the Politics & Policies of Planning in London'
Executive Director of Housing & Land
David Lunts is Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA where he leads the work to establish the housing functions that devolved from the HCA and LDA to the Mayor of London in April 2012. From 2008 until May 2011 he was the Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency. He was previously Executive Director for Policy & Partnerships at the GLA, with responsibility for planning, regeneration, environmental and social policy. Before moving to the GLA in 2005, he was Director of Urban Policy at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He began his housing and regeneration career in Manchester which included the leadership of the City Challenge renewal of Hulme in the early 1990's. David moved to London in 1996 to run the Urban Villages Forum, a widely supported membership not-for-profit group, and became the founding chief executive of the Prince's Foundation in 1998. He was also a member of Lord Rogers' Urban Task Force.
Alice Lester MBE
Head of Planning Transport and Licensing
Alice Lester MBE (MRTPI) has been Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing at Brent since October 2016. Before that she was the head of the Planning Advisory Service, a grant funded programme within the Local Government Association. Over the 11 years that Alice was at PAS, she worked on a variety of projects with local authorities in England to support ongoing improvement in delivering planning services, and in implementing the government’s planning reform agenda. Alice started her planning career in Development Management at Westminster Council, before moving to Camden for ten years, and then Islington Council for five years as Development Management Manager. Alice contributes to the planning sector in other ways; she has been a Trustee of the TCPA, an external examiner for planning courses at Newcastle and Oxford Brookes Universities, and is a Local Government Association Planning Peer. Alice was included in Planning Resource list of the most influential women in Planning for 2017 and 2018 and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Planning.
Weston Homes plc
Dawn joined Weston Homes in 2006 as part of the the Company's Management Trainee scheme after completing her A-Levels, and she achieved a First-Class Honours degree in Real Estate Management in 2012. She was promoted to Senior Land Manager in January 2015 and held responsibility for all the Company’s land acquisitions from April 2015.
Dawn was appointed a Director of Weston Homes Plc in June 2016 at the age of 29. Notably since that time she has recently agreed terms to purchase the Abbey Retail Park in Barking, on which the company are seeking to deliver a mixed use regeneration scheme which will bring over 1000 new homes and new commercial spaces around a central plaza on the riverside, as well as securing a deal with Tesco that will involve the construction of a new superstore and the provision of around 1300 new homes on the site of their current Goodmayes superstore. She is also actively involved in the recruitment of young people into the Company's apprenticeship schemes, and the promotion of careers in the construction and property industry within schools and youth groups. She is particularly keen to attract women into the housebuilding sector.
Deputy Chief Executive
Greg joined Hill in 2014 and has a strong financial and strategic background, helping to design and deliver innovative projects. In addition to his role as Deputy Chief Executive, Greg is the Regional Managing Director of the Special, Western and Southern regions. He is an expert in strategic development and execution, risk and project management.
Cllr Darren Rodwell
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Darren is a passionate community champion. Prior to becoming a councillor, he led a tenant & resident’s association and was at the forefront of the Labour Party campaign which led to the defeat of the British National Party in Barking in 2010. He has also worked in welfare rights and has set up a food bank as well as serving as a non-executive director in the NHS and a school governor. Darren was first elected to Barking & Dagenham Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of the Council which includes Barking & Dagenham being London’s growth opportunity. He was also responsible for a series of successful festivals which marked the borough’s 50th anniversary in 2015 which included a visit by Her Majesty the Queen. Since 2014 he has led Barking & Dagenham Council through a transformation programme to secure £63m of savings over the next four years at the same time as delivering real time improvements in services.
Partner and Head of Planning`
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Claire is a partner and Head of Planning at Hogan Lovells International LLP. She has been described in the Legal Directories as "amongst the top planning lawyers in the country", She specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning law. She has advised on a number of complex and high profile planning projects including Bishopsgate Goodsyard and key sites within Nine Elms and in the London Docklands. Claire also has experience of advising on infrastructure projects and on energy and waste projects in particular.
Claire is listed as a "Leading Individual" in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK and has been described in the latter as "calm yet keen, an excellent negotiator and a lawyer who really fights her client's corner".
She recently featured in The Planner's 2018 poll of the most influential women in the UK planning system and also in Planning Magazine's 2016 poll. She was also one of only 6 solicitors listed in Planning Magazine's "Power 100", a poll of the most influential people in the planning industry.
She is also a member of the BPF's Planning Committee and the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference Committee.