Following a degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, the Most Reverend Justin Welby spent 11 years – both in Paris and London – working in the oil industry. In 1989, Archbishop Justin felt called to ordination, after which he spent the next 20 years serving across Coventry, Liverpool and Durham dioceses before becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2012.
Sir Edward Lister is Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. Sir Edward advises the Mayor on strategic planning applications and has oversight of the London Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy. He delivers the Mayor’s jobs and growth agenda in this area. Prior to coming to City Hall, Sir Edward served as leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011.
Having been appointed to direct the regeneration of Battersea Power Station Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer, Battersea Power Station Development Company, and his team obtained the largest planning consent ever granted in Central London, with work now underway on the construction of Phase 1, the restoration of the historic Power Station itself and the extension of the London Underground tube network through a pioneering public private partnership.
Sue Foster is the Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth for the London Borough of Lambeth where she is responsible for housing, regeneration, planning, environmental services, community safeguarding, employment and enterprise, and financial resilience. Sue has worked extensively in the voluntary and public sector in London, including Enfield and Hackney. Sue was awarded an OBE in recognition for her services to planning.
Dr Noha Nasser is an urban designer, consultant and social entrepreneur. She has over 20 years of experience delivering community-led projects, teaching and writing about cultural diversity and the city. Noha is Director of MELA Social Enterprise, a collective of Associates from the arts, urban design, and social sciences, finding socially innovative solutions to bringing people together.
Leader of Southwark since 2010, Cllr Peter John has taken particular interest in housing and regeneration; overseeing the council’s £326m Warm, Dry and Safe programme and other major regeneration projects. He has led work to improve the health of the borough, delivering free healthy school meals and now working towards free swim and gym use for every resident.
Andrew Davey is a parish priest and theologian based in Tooting. He has been an honorary lecturer and research fellow at Birmingham, Manchester and Rikkyo universities, writing and lecturing on theology and the urban future. From 1996 to 2012 he was national adviser on community and urban affairs for the Church of England.
Bob Allies is a partner of Southwark architectural practice Allies and Morrison whose work in London includes the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall, the Kings Cross Central masterplan and the Olympic and Legacy masterplan. They are currently architects for Olympicopolis, the cultural quarter in the Olympic Park.
Mike Hayes CBE is a reader in the Southwark Diocese, a consultant town planner and a former Director of Regeneration in Lambeth and president of the Royal Town Planning Institute. His wide experience includes urban planning, urban design, regeneration and development at regional, city and neighbourhood levels.
Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of Southbank Centre. She founded Solent People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, and was the founding director of West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, Jude was awarded an OBE for services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts. In 2002 Jude founded Metal, where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts.