Meet the team

Are you interested in development opportunities in Waltham Forest?

Connect with the senior team at the Council through the Invest Waltham Forest website.

For broader information about investment opportunities in the borough, please contact

Stewart Murray

Strategic Director for Economic Growth

T 020 8496 4660

Stewart is Strategic Director of Economic Growth and Housing Delivery. With a 30-year career in the public sector, he leads on property, asset management, regeneration, planning and development.

Jonathan Martin

Director of Inward Investment

T 020 8496 6749

Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor and his current role focuses on securing Inward Investment across the borough, within the Economic Growth team, including, regeneration, business, property, and housing.

Ian Rae

Commercial Director – Regeneration, Planning & Delivery

Ian is a Chartered Town Planner with almost 20 years of public sector experience. He is responsible for leading teams to deliver the Council’s Growth Strategy, including Planning, Culture, Regeneration, and Employment, Business & Skills.

Aiden McManus

Commercial Director - Property and Delivery

T 0208 496 8060

Aiden is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of public sector experience, including on major regeneration projects such as Canary Wharf and Bluewater. He leads on Capital Delivery and Strategy, Commercial Investment and Asset Management.

Will Teasdale

Director of Area Regeneration Delivery

T 020 8496 4207

Will leads a team focused on securing economic growth, mixed-use development, regeneration, transport and sustainable infrastructure projects across the borough’s growth areas and town centres.

Sarah Parsons

Assistant Director - Place and Design

T 07570167985

Sarah leads the Place and Design Team, focused on strategic planning across the borough. With almost 20 years’ experience across the public and private sectors, she leads on planning policy, area based planning and master planning, infrastructure planning, raising design quality, and ensuring the preservation and enhancement of our built and natural assets.

Lorna Lee

Assistant Director of Culture and Heritage

T 07958 312371

Lorna is based in within the Place directorate, developing a range of inclusive cultural destinations, and working closely with the regeneration team to drive the borough’s growth and creative jobs. Lorna directed the hugely successful London Borough of Culture celebrations in 2019.

Rebecca Davey

Assistant Director, Employment Business and Skills

T 020 8496 6619

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience in economic development and regeneration. Currently she is working on strategies to ‘Keep, Seed and Grow’ Waltham Forest’s business base.