Act Local: Empowering London’s neighbourhoods


Tony Burton CBE
Tony works free range on community, design and environmental projects. He is volunteer convener of Neighbourhood Planners.London and Vice Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund. He advises the National Infrastructure Commission on design. Tony chairs CPRE London and Wandle Valley Forum and is a Director of Greenspace Information for Greater London. Tony founded Civic Voice in 2010.

Ruth Duston OBE, OC
During a 25 year career in regeneration, Ruth has established several BIDs and
business partnerships. She has leveraged over £30 million of private sector funding, becoming the catalyst for generating more than £6 billion of further investment for redevelopment across major parts of central London. Driving value, delivering good growth and enhancing socioeconomic outcomes through partnership is at the heart of Ruth’s approach to urban renewal.

Casey Howard
Casey works part-time as a Community Organiser for PEACH, which aims to support and empower local residents to drive change in their neighbourhood. Casey is the third generation of her family to live in the area and is now raising her own family there.

Indy Johar
Indy is an architect, Co-Founder of, Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. Indy is also Fellow of the RSA and Respublica, and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.

Ben Rogers
Ben is an urbanist, researcher, writer and speaker, with a particular interest in urban life, citizenship, public service reform and the built environment. He founded Centre for London in 2011. Previously Ben was an Associate Director of IPPR for five years and subsequently led strategy teams at Haringey Council, the Department for Local Government and Communities and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Tony Travers
Tony Travers is Director of LSE London and a professor in the LSE’s School of Public Policy. He recently published the book, London’s Boroughs at 50. He chaired the London Finance Commission (2013 and 2017) and the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance in Wales (2016).

Pat Turnbull
Pat Turnbull is a housing association, formerly council, tenant, the chair of the tenants’ and residents’ association on the Hackney estate where she lives and a delegate from Hackney to London Tenants Federation, where she is a regional delegate.

Joe Wills
Joe is Senior Researcher at Centre for London. Joe’s background is in London local government, covering a range of areas related to housing, regeneration and local economic development.

Karin Woodley
Recipient of the Excellence in Diversity 2016 Lifetime Achiever Award, Karin is CEO of Cambridge House, an Office of the Public Guardian non-executive director, Vice Chair of Community Southwark and Locality and a member of the Power to Change Community Business Panel.