GM Future Leaders

GM Future Leaders 1: February – July 2024

Gail Aspinall
Capital Programme & Special Projects Manager, Oldham Council

Gail has worked in the public sector for 19 years, 14 of them at Oldham Council. She's a qualified CMI Chartered Manager and has worked on the Building Schools for the Future and Academies programmes and a wide range of regeneration projects. In her current role, Gail is responsible for the co-ordination and strategic management of the Creating a Better Place Transformational Programme and Project Management Office for Oldham Council.

Neil Bird
Service Improvement Manager, Guinness Partnership

Neil is a motivated and passionate leader with 10+ years of management experience across  the private and non-profit sectors. Working in the social housing industry, Neil has gained valuable experience in leading  customer service and repairs teams. Neil's current role involves shifting between strategic and operational responsibility, identifying and addressing business-wide problems through project management and lean six sigma methods to enhance value for customers and the business.

Hannah Brankin
Project Manager, Rider Levett Bucknall

Hannah is a chartered Associate Project Manager with 15+ years’ experience, having joined the industry as a trainee. She has spent her whole career in Manchester, primarily in the public sector delivering housing, schools and public and civic spaces. As her experience has grown, she has taken an increasing role in training, mentoring and team building. Working for RLB over the past four years, she started by helping coordinate the national public sector service offer, and more recently, has taken an active role in building a strong regional project management team.

Samiya Butt
Prevent & Community Cohesion Coordinator, Manchester City Council

Samiya has 20+ years’ experience in local government, including extensive experience in delivering large-scale projects, building partnerships & working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders. Samiya has been at the heart of Manchester’s approach to delivering the Prevent strategy, including co-creating a campaign designed with local communities called RADEQUAL. Most recently Samiya led development of the Council’s first social cohesion strategy, Building Stronger Communities Together.

Emma Cecil
Senior Civil Engineer, Arup

Emma is a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in regeneration and the development of constrained brownfield sites. She has worked on a variety of projects, from early inception and masterplans through to construction design. In addition to undertaking design work and acting as Civil Lead on multi-disciplinary projects, Emma has acted as an advisor to local authorities on flood risk, sustainable drainage, utilities and energy

Davina Consoli
Communications Manager, Manchester City Council

Future Leaders 2023 pilot

Davina is a proactive and enthusiastic communications manager with over eight years' experience in public relations, social media and communications. In her  role with Manchester City Council, Davina leads on and oversees the social media strategy for the corporate channels.

Miriam Ferrari
Senior Economist, Homes England

Miriam has 20 years as an economist working in economic development and regeneration. She worked in the private sector delivering economic research across housing, transport, regeneration and the environment before joining Homes England in 2021. Miriam works with delivery teams, partners, and other parts of government on major projects to secure funding, develop bespoke tools and support wider research to assess and monitor the economic impact of housing interventions. A Manchester graduate and resident, Miriam is keen to connect with peers across the sector. 

Shelley Fryer
Development Manager - Capital Projects, Wigan Council

Shelley has 25 years’ experience in public sector development and thrives on the challenges of this fast-paced environment. Her flair for communication, attention to detail and technical ability have led to successfully managing projects and leading teams in Housing, Facilities, Commercial, Corporate and Educational settings. Shelley is passionate about continuing her learning journey, developing her team, improving services through transformational change, and making a positive impact for Wigan residents and service users.

Matthew Grant
Senior Estate Surveyor, Stockport Council

Matthew recently gained his RICS Chartered Surveyor accreditation, following a decade of diverse international experience in public- and private-sector commercial property. Matthew has also taken on the responsibility of guiding and mentoring graduate surveyors. A conscientious communicator, he excels in fostering long-term relationships and effective negotiation. Matthew's aim is to contribute positively to the field.

Sean Leach
Principal Consultant, Hatch

(On joining GM Future Leaders: Senior Consultant, Hatch)

Sean is a senior economic development consultant in Hatch's urban solutions team . Sean has 5+ years’ experience with Hatch. Sean regularly provides socio-economic development insights for clients in the land and property sector. Sean’s main specialist interest areas are economic impact, sustainable development and urban regeneration. Sean's role involves project management of research teams across a variety of projects including economic impact studies, business cases and evaluations.

Neelam Mehmood
Senior Economist, Homes England

Neelam is a Mancunian economist with 10 years’ experience specialising in housing, infrastructure and regeneration. She has worked at Homes England since 2020 where she currently leads economic analysis across eight major (£50m+) regeneration schemes and oversees the economics inputs for ongoing delivery of the £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund. Before this, she worked in private sector consultancy across planning, transport, and local economic development.

Sarah Mulligan
Architect, Stockport Council

Future Leaders 2023 pilot

After qualifying as an architect, Sarah spent five years in London delivering refurbishment schemes for NHS Trusts. In 2015, she moved to Manchester, progressing to a senior role in a large practice, working across sectors and leading internal design teams. In 2020 she joined Stockport Council as an architect and project manager in a multidisciplinary team. She leads a small team and is responsible for projects from design through delivery across masterplan proposals, refurbishments and new build projects.

Hannah Rodger
Senior Planning Manager, Guinness Partnership

Hannah has been in the development industry for eight years, completing her Masters and becoming a chartered town planner during her time working for a strategic land promoter. Since then, Hannah has worked for a major homebuilder and now works in social housing. Hannah has worked on range of developments, from garden villages to high-rise apartments schemes.

Kelly-Marie Rodgers
Strategic Lead - Healthy Active Places, GM Moving

Kelly-Marie is a dedicated and experienced architect who embraces collaborative working to find creative and robust solutions. Her leadership skills help inspire thoughtful designs underpinned by pragmatic understanding of built environment challenges. In 2022 Kelly-Marie started her current role with GM Moving as a Public Practice Associate. Using change models and system thinking, she is responsible for strategic priorities to support sustainable, healthier and equitable design across the city region.

Ryan Tracey
Work and Skills Specialist, Manchester City Council

Ryan started in local government in 2005 as a Regeneration Apprentice on the redevelopment of East Manchester. Here he worked on high-profile projects such as the Manchester City FC complex while gaining his degree in Regeneration & Neighbourhood Renewal. For the past decade he has worked in economic development, first in North Manchester and more recently leading service delivery across South Manchester and Airport City. Ryan is a proud Mancunian, passionate about creating positive outcomes for residents and seeing the impact of his team's work in the city.

James Shaw
Assistant Service Manager, Community-Led Initiatives

James has been working with CLI for over two years and is responsible for the team's work on the Changing Futures, Housing First and Liverpool recovery project, all of which are in partnership with different agencies. James has also worked as a support worker and volunteer coordinator in the criminal justice sector, and has worked with looked-after children who experienced trauma, in residential and education settings.