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 6,000+ 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.


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)




Lisa Taylor
Executive Director, Future of GM & Future of London

With an extensive background in project management, comms and stakeholder relations, Lisa focuses on strategy, programme design and connection. Through Future of London, Future of GM and her own company, Coherent Cities, she is a sought-after chair, speaker and cross-sector strategist, and is a certified facilitator and coach. With the support of GMCA, Regeneris (now Hatch) and others, Lisa spearheaded the Future of GM initiative; launched GM Leaders Plus and GM Future Leaders; and led the search for a GM-based partner and the creation of a distinct company in 2022-23.

From 2013-2019, Lisa was CEO of Future of London, quadrupling membership, revenue and team, diversifying the board and driving continuous improvement. She led governance, partnerships and strategic projects, launched Leaders Plus and the Speaker Diversity Network, and guided a healthy 2-year leadership transition. She was twice named one of The Planner magazine’s Women of Influence.

Judi Greenwood
Head of Networks

Judi joined Future of GM in January 2023 as connector-in-chief, leading on networks and cross-sector context. She brings a wealth of experience, energy and networks and is a keen advocate for giving future leaders a voice through collaboration, connection and celebration. Until December 2023, she also served as Strategy Director at the award-winning Regeneration Brainery, where she linked young people in need of guidance, work experience and jobs with sector experts who can inspire and connect. 

Judi is also specialist project manager with 15+ years working on Heritage Lottery, EU and Government funded programmes, with focused on social value. As an expert in local authority regeneration and high street renewal, she believes in the power of locality and projects that place the community at their heart.

Collette Hayton
Programme & Event Coordinator

Collette joined the Future of GM team in August 2023, bringing her experience as an events manager in various settings where she navigated client needs, live and online logistics and delivering successful outcomes in sometimes challenging circumstances. Collette also managed a range of programmes and teams as a PA in the Financial sector, and has managed multiple projects in the software industry.

Collette achieved her BA in Events Management from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019, where she developed a passion for the city's built environment and for the diverse range of industries and people that make Greater Manchester thrive.

Laurence Knott PCC
Leaders facilitator - Associate
Miffa Salter
Leaders facilitator - Associate
Aidan Kearney
Leaders facilitator - Associate


Core Sponsors