Meet Colin Lovell, Programme Management Officer
Colin Lovell has been Programme Management Officer in the Strategic Development Team since 2015. Here he talks about how his role affects the work of the Diocese of London, and what it is like to work for the LDF.
The best thing about working at the London Diocesan Fund (LDF) is that it gives me the opportunity to use my professional experience and qualifications and be involved doing something positive and forward-looking.
I’m a town planner by background and have worked for a number of local authorities and Transport for London in the past. I’m excited by working in London for the LDF; even at the latter end of my career, I still enjoy planning!
The Strategic Development Team is responsible for engagement in a small number of very large developments in London, where we want to see the Church represented, continuing its historic role in serving the people in those areas. I am currently working on the Old Oak Common project in Park Royal where the new H2S station will interchange with Crossrail. A development of 25,500 homes and several thousand jobs is being built here over the next 20 to 30 years. Other exciting projects we’re involved in include Kings Cross, Canary Wharf, Earls Court, Colindale, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Our team has expanded so that we can meet the needs of London and its growing population.
As part of my normal day I get involved in reviewing the facilities the Church has now in these areas and planning what we’ll need in the future in terms of churches, schools and community infrastructure. Responding to planning proposals and policies is an important part of my job.
I had a very good idea about what the role involved before I joined as there was great opportunity to ask questions and the Diocese of London has a very good website.
I have caring commitments so it was important for me to work flexibly and as an employer the LDF is very good. I can come in two days per week for 9.30 and work until 5.30, and one day I work from home and this works well with my other commitments. I have evening meetings quite regularly, meeting with the local community in west London and I can take time off in lieu for these. The working environment is relaxed but hardworking; people are committed and we are a very supportive office. Colleagues have a lot of enthusiasm, experience and good ideas.
We are beginning to make progress on responding to proposals that the Development Corporation for Old Oak Common is coming forward with and firm up the plans of what we can provide there. One of the biggest challenges for this new development is the time period it will happen over, so the church will have to be flexible about the facilities provided, which will change over time, expanding and moving to different locations.
The Diocese is supportive of my professional development allowing me to attend conferences and seminars and funding my professional membership.
I like working here very much and I like this part of London, which is centrally located close to Pimlico tube station, close to the Tate Britain, the river Thames and Victoria Station.
Colin Lovell is a Programme Management Officer in the Strategic Development Team. Find out about some of the strategic programmes Colin works on.