About Us

Future of Greater Manchester helps shape better places through knowledge, leadership and connection – across disciplines, levels and sectors.

We are the region’s independent network for housing, regeneration, infrastructure, economic and social impact, with 5,000+ practitioners across FoGM and sister non-profit Future of London. We support the next wave of urban leaders, including better access to opportunity.
  • Our growing network includes local, regional and central government, housing associations, development and consultancy firms, small businesses and charities. If you work on place-related issues in any way, you’re welcome.
  • Our partners and sponsors are leaders in the built environment and policy arenas across the region and the UK.
  • Our content is practical and includes helpful materials, engaging events and acclaimed cross-sector leadership programmes.
  • Our approach is to involve people from all levels directly in events, field trips and web content. If you have something to say, we can be a platform for you – including presentation coaching!
  • Our structure – an independent not-for-profit with an engaged board, steering group and associate base – means we can respond nimbly to regional issues and to partner ideas or suggestions.
  • Our core funding comes from sponsorship, course and event fees.



See our people and bios here.

Steering Group

Future of GM’s Steering Group is a vital guide and sounding board for our programme, and members help us connect effectively with the sector. The group includes programme partners and nominators, alumni – who act as alternates for their organisations – and a current candidate to keep things fresh! If you work with us and are interested in getting more closely involved, we’re happy to have a chat! Contact lisa@futureofgreatermanchester.com.

Suzanne Benson

Partner & Head of Manchester Office, Trowers & Hamlins (mentor, partner)

Eamonn Boylan

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (mentor, partner)

Steph Everett

Director, Partnerships & Business Development, Homes England (alumni)

Ricardo Gomez

Director, Hatch (mentor, partner)

Jane Healey Brown

Town Planning Director, Arup (mentor, partner)

Becca Heron

Strategic Director – Development, Manchester City Council (mentor)

Dave Kelly

Assistant Director – Reform, GMCA (Leaders Plus 4)

Paul Richards

CEO, Stockport Mayoral Development Corp. (mentor)

Caroline Simpson

Chief Executive, Stockport Council (mentor)

Marc Watterson

Town Planning Associate Director, Arup (alumni)

Board of Directors

Suzanne Benson

Partner & Head of Manchester Office, Trowers & Hamlins (mentor, partner)

Shefali Kapoor

Director of Communities, Manchester City Council (alumni)

John Lumley

Strategic Sales Director, L&Q (Future of London board treasurer, mentor, nominator)

Nicola Mathers

Chief Executive, Future of London

Kamil Sheikh

Business Manager, Future of London

Paul Richards

Chief Executive, Stockport Mayoral Development Corp. (mentor)


Lisa Taylor

Executive Director, Future of GM / Future of London (chair)

Core Sponsors