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Meet the Speakers


CoSean Ansteeuncillor Sean Anstee
Trafford Metropololitan Borough Council

Councillor Sean Anstee is the Leader of Trafford Council, Greater Manchester. In addition, he is the Trafford representative and a Vice Chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority holding the lead portfolio for Skills, Employment & Worklessness. Sean is a Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association, the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government. He is a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust and the Manchester Growth Company and Vice Chairman of the North West Regional Leaders Board. Sean holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management and in 2015 and 2016; Sean was recognised by the Local Government Chronicle as one of the top 100 most influential people in local government in the UK and is a keen marathon runner.


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Jan Bessell
c Planning Advisor, Pinsent Masons International Law Firm

Jan is a Strategic Planning Advisor and former Commissioner/Examiner at the IPC/Planning Inspectorate leading on a number of major development and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects under the Planning Act 2008, most notably the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Wider experience includes cross-sectoral infrastructure and major development projects including university, NHS Trust and estate/portfolio development work. Jan has been recognised for the last two years as one of 'the most influential women in UK planning'. She is a member and on the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association. She is a Fellow of the RTPI and sits on General Assembly and National Policy Practice and Research Committee. She is also on the Partnership Board for University of West of England and continues to be engaged with Planning Aid.


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Jessica Bowles
Director of Strategy, Bruntwood

Jessica joined Bruntwood as Director of Strategy in April 2016, anew role created to support the company's ambitions for long term growth. Jessica previously worked at Manchester City Council as the head of City Policy, where she developed the 10 year Manchester Strategy 'Our Manchester' with partners across the city, lead work on the Northern Powerhouse with Richard Leese and took a central role in the devolution agenda. Before coming to Manchester Jessica spent 15 years in Whitehall in a diverse range of roles related to transport and local government.

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Chair of the Planning Policy and Research Committee, RTPI

Susan is a Chartered Town Planner with nearly 30 years' experience as a planning practitioner in local government and 12 years in the development industry as Director of Planning and Development with one of the major housebuilders. She was Head of Planning for six years at Northampton Borough Council from 2008 to 2014 and successfully managed the department through a difficult period of change and transformation. Since 2014 Susan has worked as an independent planning consultant working with both public and private sector clients. As a planning practitioner she has experience of developing and implementing development and regeneration projects and a proven track record of working in partnership and in a multi-agency and disciplinary environment. Susan is currently the Chair of the RTPI's Planning Policy and Research Committee and is a Trustee of the RTPI and one of the judges of the Housing Design Awards 2017.


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Project Director, British Land Plc

Emma joined British Land Plc in June 2014 as a Project Director and has responsibility for the development of the Group's assets at Canada Water. The project, adjacent to the Canada Water & Surrey Quays stations, covers nearly 50 acres and will be one of the largest regeneration projects in London with the potential for up to 7m sq.ft of development covering workspace, retail, leisure, culture and residential alongside higher educational and community uses. Emma joins British Land from Land Securities Plc where she managed a number of mixed- use Central London developments including Wellington House, Kings Gate and the Zig Zag building in Victoria, as well as overseeing their strategic land portfolio. Prior to this, Emma held several development and land management roles at house builders Barratt and Crest Nicholson.


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Senior Planning Consultant, Mott MacDonald
RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2017

Luke is a motivated and versatile Town Planner with a commitment to supporting and developing Young Planners, and raising awareness of the positive contribution of the profession. He has secured approvals for clients across a range of sectors including, sports and recreation, infrastructure, education, health, housing, employment, mixed-use regeneration, and waste to energy schemes. He has contributed significantly to developing a Planning Team in the Birmingham Office at Mott MacDonald, and has developed new internal and external facing networks that have resulted in a greater level of independent working and managerial responsibility for junior staff within the practice. Luke has been an active member on the committee for the RTPI West Midlands' Young Planners Network for over 5 years. He also guest lectures at Birmingham City University.

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Town Planner in the Planning Policy and Economics Team, Arup

Kim is a Town Planner in the Planning, Policy and Economics Team at Arup's Liverpool Office, having previously worked in the Chief Executive's team at Liverpool City Council for 3 years. Kim is the Junior-Vice Chair of the RTPI in the North West, Head of Education and Careers for the RTPI North West and a member of the national RTPI General Assembly.  She is also responsible for delivering this year's Young Planners Conference. Kim is passionate about consultation and community engagement and as Jane's Walk Coordinator for Liverpool, she organises annual walking tours of the city for local residents, tourist and town planners.


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Director of Global Urban Research Unit at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University

Professor Simin Davoudi is Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University. She is past President of the Association of the European Schools of Planning (AESOP); Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. She led the UK Office of Deputy Prime Minister's Planning Research Network; served on expert panels for three UK government departments, two EU Directorate Generals, UK Research Council's Grant Assessment Panel, Research Excellence Framework, and several European research councils; held visiting professorships at universities of: Amsterdam, Nijmegen, BTH, Tampere, Virginia Tech and RMIT; and served on several internal advisory boards. Her research on urban planning, environmental governance, climate change and resilience is published widely.


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Director, Barton Willmore

Greg recently joined Barton Willmore as a Director in the Manchester Office.

He has varied private sector experience including promotion of major housing development as well as strategic town centre, mixed-use and commercial development. He has managed a range of transport related development projects, including the preparation of airport master plans, promotion of a Development Consent Order and logistics development requiring environmental impact assessment. As well as handling a variety of detailed and complex planning applications, Greg has advised both public and private sector clients in relation Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO). He is commercially aware and has a proven track record in delivering successful results. Greg also plays an active role on the Committee of the Compulsory Purchase Association and is also a member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA).

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Heritage Planner, Turley

Claire Easton was a Senior Planner before retraining in Heritage where she now provides strategic advice on development proposals affecting heritage assets, backed up with substantial experience as a private sector planning consultant. She is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has a sound understanding of the principles of conservation and the issues associated with development in the historic environment.

Jo GregoryJo Gregory MTCP (Hons), MRTPI
Senior Planner and Urban Designer, Urban Imprint

As a experienced chartered town planner, Jo forms excellent working partnerships with members of the public, developers, community groups, students and charities. Her many successes include permissions affecting listed and heritage assets, and numerous commercial and residential schemes in and around Cheshire; one favourite being a micro-brewery in a former post office sorting building in the Peak District. Jo joined Urban Imprint in 2012, having graduated with a Masters' degree in Town and Country Planning, specialising in Urban Design, from the University of Manchester. Jo was chair of the RTPI North West Young Planners for two consecutive years from January 2014 and is the NW representative on the General Assembly and a member of the RTPI Regional Management Board.

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Senior Heritage Planner, Turley

Jack is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and works as a Senior Heritage Planner at Turley. He has a clear understanding of the conservation principles applied in assessing the significance of heritage assets. Jack has gained considerable experience within both the public and private sectors, providing specialist heritage advice on wide-ranging projects across the UK.

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Associate Director, Arup

Jane Healey Brown leads the Planning, Policy and Economics team in Arup's Manchester office. She is an Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Commissioner for Planning and Housing, and was recently elected to Fellowship of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). In her role at Arup, Jane has experience of leading projects in collaboration with a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including extensive experience assisting local authorities in preparing Local Plans.


Marianne HeaslipMarianne Heaslip
Architect (URBED Ltd)

Marianne is an Architect at URBED with interests in urban design, sustainable architecture, and participative design. Marianne heads URBED's sustainability arm with expertise in retrofit and Building Performance Evaluation. Marianne is a founding member of the Terrace 21 housing cooperative working together to refurbish the empty homes in the 'four-streets area' of Granby.


Tim JagoTim Jago
Housing Team Leader, Liverppol City Council

Currently the Housing Team Leader at Liverpool City Council, Tim has responsibility for strategic housing issues in the city. Prior to this he worked as Policy Manager at NewHeartlands, the Merseyside housing market renewal pathfinder. A chartered member of the RTPI for over 25 years, Tim previously worked as a policy Planner at the City Council helping to produce the current development plan for Liverpool and worked on major projects, including Liverpool One.


Sarah LonglandsSarah Longlands
Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North

Sarah is a Senior Research Fellow overseeing IPPR North's work on people, place and power. Before coming to IPPR North, Sarah worked for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), overseeing their policy research work on place resilience, welfare reform and future cities. She has also worked for local government in the North East, delivering economic development and regeneration projects. In 2016, Sarah completed a PhD in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, in which she examined the relationship between planning and economic growth in Cambridge and Middlesbrough. This research examined the privileging of economic growth within planning policy and the opportunities that a human development perspective on place-based challenges might provide to the work of planners. 


Ian LowsonIan Lowson
Head of Build to Rent, Whittam Cox Architects

Ian Lowson leads a number residential teams at Whittam Cox Architects and is Head of Build to Rent for the practice. He is currently overseeing a number of the practice's residential teams, working on over 6000 homes at various stages of development. The experiences and connections Ian has developed in the Build to Rent sector, have enabled him to engage in design leadership, and gain a critical understanding of the key considerations, for this new and rapidly emerging residential typology. Since joining Whittam Cox Architects in 2012, Ian has been instrumental in winning and designing a number of substantial commissions nationwide for the business and developing/ expanding in particular, their residential offer. More recently, Ian has played a pivotal role in securing and designing the £1 billion Middlewood Locks Development in Salford for the Scarborough Group.

Emma LukeEmma Luke BSc MSc MRTPI
Principal Consultant, LUC

Emma is an Associate at LUC, and specialises in green infrastructure and climate adaptation.  She undertakes research to inform local plans for authorities across England.   Emma recently qualified as a Chartered Planner, and lives in Bristol where she is also a Trustee of Windmill Hill City Farm. 


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Director, Prosocial Place

Graham is Director of Prosocial Place, an urban design practice that puts the mental wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities at the forefront of our thinking to develop an integrated evidence base and practice that informs urban planning, design, development and place stewardship.


Phil MayallPhil Mayall
Development Director, Muse

Phil joined Muse Developments in 2006 to assist with the delivery of the company's mixed use regeneration portfolio and was promoted to the role of Development Director in 2011. Since joining Muse he has delivered, or currently has on site, over 300,000 sq ft of offices, 360 new homes, a 143 bedroom hotel and a 615 space multi storey car park. He has also successfully led two CPOs and gained consent for the largest ever planning application submitted to Salford City Council.

Bob PhillipsBob Phillips MCTP (Hons), MA (Urban Design), MRTPI
Director, Planner and Urban Designer, Urban Imprint

Bob is a chartered town planner and urban designer, creating high quality, carefully considered planning and design solutions. He has over 10 years' experience in delivering planning and design projects for a broad range of clients and companies. Bob strategically directs all Urban Imprint projects as well as providing advanced urban design skills. Bob is a lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at the University of Manchester and a member of the RTPI Regional Management Board. His diverse experience ranges from providing support for large housing and mixed-use developments to supporting successful planning applications for specialist employment uses.


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Associate, TLT – LLB (Hons)

Debbie joined TLT in 2016, having previously worked at DWF and Cobbetts, to enhance TLT's North West planning provision. She has over 10 years' experience of advising both public and private sector clients on a range of planning related issues. Debbie specialises in compulsory purchase matters, particularly for major town centre regeneration, housing and highway infrastructure schemes. She is adept at project managing these schemes, providing both technical and strategic advice whilst bringing a practical and commercial approach to the management of projects, ensuring excellent service and cost efficiency for clients. Debbie is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and regularly provides training to acquiring authorities and developer partners on the key risks associated with compulsory purchase.


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Dr Pauleen Lane, CBE, FICE, MBA, PhD, BSc.
Group Manager (National Infrastructure), Planning Inspectorate.

Pauleen has a degree in Civil Engineering and a doctorate in computational modelling from Manchester and has worked on major infrastructure projects around the UK. She was Chair of Infrastructure for the North West Development Agency, Deputy Chair of English Partnerships and a board member of the Coal Authority dealing with regeneration and environmental projects from former coal fields to the creation of the O2 and the Echo arenas. She has also served on the boards of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the Theatres Trust and Liverpool Women's Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was awarded a CBE for services to public bodies. She was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission to implement the Planning Act 2008 and then became Group Manager (NI) at the Planning Inspectorate. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust, a school Governor and mum to two lively boys.


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For the past twelve years I have served as Dean of Manchester. I have learnt much about how a city and diocese operates and the importance of networks and partnership working to achieve the purposes of God in mission, ministry and outreach to the community. I have also learnt much about project development and fundraising. Moreover, I have also been able to apply faith and realism to vision building and delivery of our plans to develop the Cathedral for the 21st century. My current work also enables me to live out my faith convictions as I work with peoples of all faiths or none, and seek to make the Cathedral a hospitable place for all people. I am very comfortable working within my own faith tradition and also in multi-faith or inter-faith contexts. As dean of a Cathedral I am well placed to apply my skills in networking with business, community groups, civic and political organisations, local and central government and other agencies in our society. I am convinced that partnership working is crucial if we are to serve well and develop both Church and society for the common good. In these ways I have worked hard to raise the profile of my Cathedral and am pleased that this is much appreciated by significant leaders and organisations in the city of Manchester and beyond.


David RudlinDavid Rudlin
Director, URBED

David Rudlin is Director of URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design) and also a Director of the URBED Trust. He is a planner by training and started his career with Manchester City Council with responsibility for the early stages of the redevelopment of Hulme. 


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Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Rosie Scott has a particular interest in administrative and public law, planning, environmental and regulatory law. Rosie makes regular court appearances, undertakes pleading and advisory work and has a broad experience of drafting pleadings, witness statements and other core documents. Recently she was instructed as a junior on a successful defence to an application for permission to judicially review a grant of planning permission.


Graham StallwoodGraham Stallwood FRTPI
Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees

Having built his reputation by improving services and bringing innovative business and management concepts to planning departments, Graham is currently Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. His work there includes the Council's ambitious estate regeneration programme, the new Design Museum, significant investment in the Borough's other international museums, and the development of the Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area including delivering a Crossrail 1 station at the site. He also Chairs RTPI's Board of Trustees, those elected by members to be accountable and responsible for the overall running and strategic direction of RTPI.


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Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Daniel Stedman Jones specialises in planning and environmental law and regularly acts in public inquiries, High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings. He is regularly instructed by developers, companies, central and local government authorities, landowners and local residents. Daniel is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.


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Senior Lecturer in Civic Design at the University of Liverpool

Dr John Sturzaker MRTPI started his career as a planning practitioner, working mainly in planning policy in North East England. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Civic Design at the University of Liverpool. He has recently co-authored a book published by Routledge entitled Green Belts: Past; Present; Future?, which considers whether green belts remain fit for purpose in the 21st Century.


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Dan Tapscott
Partner, Rapleys

Dan Tapscott heads up Rapleys Neighbourly Matters service covering Rights to Light, Daylight & Sunlight Amenity, Party Walls and Access Arrangement Licences. He has many years of experience dealing with projects of varying sizes across different sectors ranging from contact values of £100k - £450M. As well as acting for developers he also has experience working 'the other side of the fence' representing neighbours to development. He regularly publishes articles and gives seminars on these subject areas. His advice aims to help construction teams maximise development potential on their sites or conversely, protects the value of assets next door to development. His talks often generate some interesting discussion and are not to be missed!

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Senior Membership Advisor, RTPI

Jenny Tyler is a Senior Membership Advisor at the Royal Town Planning Institute. She advises on all aspects of the membership application process and how to achieve Chartered Town Planner status. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Bath and has previously worked for a number of other membership institutes.


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RTPI President

Stephen is a Chartered Town Planner with considerable experience in planning and regeneration. He has worked for four London Boroughs and for the Audit Commission where he advised planning authorities on their management arrangements. He currently works for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and sits on several regeneration boards.



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Visiting Professor in Planning at the University of Liverpool

Ian Wray is the author of 'Great British Plans: Who Made Them and How They Worked'. He has been observing the unfurling of Liverpool's new waterfront for over 30 years, as a planner with Merseyside County Council, Liverpool City Council and the Northwest Development Agency (where he was Chief Planner) and as a writer for the AJ in the 1980s. He is currently a visiting professor in planning at the University of Liverpool, a fellow in the Heseltine Institute, a trustee of the TCPA, vice chair of World Heritage UK, and chair of the Liverpool Waters Conservation Management Board.

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