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Meet the Speakers

Lucie Bailey, Associate Director, Lichfields

Lucie BaileyLucie is an Associate Director based in the Lichfields economics team. She is a highly experienced economist who advises on economic growth, strategy and appraisal. Her clients, from both private and public sectors, include commercial developers, house builders and local authorities. Lucie joined Lichfields in 2011 from a specialist economic development consultancy, having graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in Geography and MA in Local and Regional Development.

Gavin Barr MRTPI, Director of Development and Infrastructure, Orkney Council

Gavin Barr2Following completion of my undergraduate Geography degree from Glasgow University, and then Postgraduate masters in Town Planning from Heriot Watt, I have gained 16 years experience in both private and public sector employment. My professional experience lies in the planning, heritage and development industry firstly in private planning consultancy in Central Scotland and Northern England and then as Manager of Orkney Islands Council's Development Planning and Regeneration team covering development planning, conservation, listed buildings, access, archaeology, regeneration and environmental responsibilities. I was promoted to the role of Executive Director of the Council's new Development and Infrastructure Service in 2012. The Service is very diverse encompassing a wide range of statutory and non-statutory services including Economic Development, Planning, Building Standards, Trading Standards, European Liaison, Airfields, Engineering, Roads, Waste, Property, Marine Services, Orkney Ferries, Transportation and Strategic Projects.

Katy Barrett, Coastal Lead Adviser, Natural England

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Katy Barrett is a Coastal Lead Adviser at Natural England, working within the Northumbria Area Team. In her current role Katy is provides statutory and pre-application advice for various plans and projects in the marine environment; contributes to the writing of Natural England's Marine Conservation Advice Packages and is Responsible Officer for a number of SSSIs in Northumberland. She joined Natural England in 2016, having previously worked at Newcastle University as a Marine Education Officer. Katy studied Marine Biology at University and is a keen scuba diver.


Dr Colin Black, Transportation Business Director, Arcadis

Colin BlackColin is responsible for the Arcadis UK Transport Planning business. He is passionate about improving quality of life through the efficient and effective delivery of sustainable mobility. He is leading global future mobility and insight initiatives which are rapidly changing the way in which we plan, design, build and operate our urban areas.

Kieran Blaydes, Chair, North East Young Planner's Conference Committe

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Kieran is Chair of the North East Young Planner's Conference Committee. He has been an active committee member for two years alongside working at ELG Planning, Barton Willmore and now Hive Land and Planning as a Graduate Planner and Surveyor.

His planning experience is primarily as a consultant working on a wide range of projects spanning across the public and private sectors across the north east and north west; however more recently his experience has extended to conference planning!


Dale Bolland, Ouseburn Trust Volunteer, Ouseburn Trust

Former City Council Regeneration Officer for Ouseburn and Trustee with Ouseburn Trust.


Simon Britt MRTPI, Principal Built Heritage Consultant, Pegasus Group

Simon is a Built Heritage Consultant at the Pegasus Group, a national development consultancy.  Simon provides heritage planning advice to developers, businesses and householders on a wide range of heritage assets as well as advising on development that may affect their settings.  As part of his role he identifies and assesses the significance of heritage assets. 

Prior to joining the Pegasus Group Simon worked as a Conservation Officer in Council Planning Departments for 15 years where his roles involved determining heritage related applications, designating conservation areas and applying for and managing heritage grant schemes.  He has developed a working knowledge and understanding of planning polices and legislation relating to the historic environment.

Jules Brown MRTPI, Historic Paces Advisor, Historic England

Jules Brown Headshot V2An urban planner with over 25 years' historic environment experience, Jules developed an authoritative career in area and building conservation at leading sector charity North of England Civic Trust. He recently moved to Historic England as regional Historic Places Adviser, leading on area and place-based conservation. Jules is a regular lecturer and conference speaker. He is North Branch chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and a past member of the North East Historic Environment Forum and Design North East, amongst other positions. Together with John Pendlebury, Jules is currently co-authoring Conserving the Historic Environment for Lund Humphries.

Nick Butterley, Design Manager, Beamish

Nick Butterley Remaking Beamish Project Co -ordinator (5)Nick Butterley, Design Manager, joined Beamish in 2014 having worked on major museum redevelopment projects at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Mary Rose, Portsmouth. As well as managing the in-house architectural team and external consultants, he manages the relationship with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, local planning office and Building Control and works with teams across the museum to deliver this unique project.

David Clouston, Managing Director, Clouston Group

3aDavid is a Chartered Surveyor and Valuer based the North East.  David is the Executive Chairman of Clouston Group and in 2000 received an OBE for services to Urban Regeneration. David's most notable roles include chair of North Tyneside City Challenge for 6 years. This was one of the most successful in UK, generating £1.37 billion pounds of private investment, 14,000 jobs and tacking major deprivation.

John Cornhill, Ouseburn Trust Volunteer, Ouseburn Trust

John Cornhill SquareJohn Cornhill, Ouseburn resident with a wealth of experience in housing and regeneration through local government and housing association sectors. He's also an Ouseburn Trust volunteer.





Etive Currie MRTPI, Senior Planner, Glasgow City Council

Etive Currie is a senior planner in Glasgow City Council based in the Spatial Development Plan team as Place Lead. Co-designer and co-creator of the award winning Place Standard Tool.  Place Adviser to WHO (World Health Organisation) Healthy Cities Place, Health, Inequalities & Wellbeing Working Group.  Specialist in Healthy Urban Planning.  Designer of the Healthy Sustainable Neighbourhoods Model and Co-creator of Healthy Sustainable Me a Course for Communities.  Lead Officer for the Equally Well Glasgow Test Site. 

Matthew Dale-Harris, Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Matthew Dale HarrisMatthew is a junior barrister, called 2012. He has a wide practice and regularly appears for developers, LPAs and others at s.78 and call-in inquiries. Recent highlights include acting:

  • for Bolton MBC (with Quod) on a call-in for 1,036 homes and a Ryder Cup standard golf course – all in the Green Belt.
  • for a parish council on a successful objection to a +100 home housing appeal.
  • for Reading BC on a successful defence of their refusal of a student accommodation scheme.


Esther Drabkin-Reiter, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Esther Drabkin -ReiterEsther'spractice includes planning and environmental law and rights of way and highways.  She recently acted for local residents and businesses, joined as a Rule 6 party in a nine day planning inquiry, called in by the Secretary of State, into an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for mixed use development including 499 residential units.


Michelle Duggan, Project and Partnership Organisation, Newcastle Helix

Michelle DugganMichelle has 20 years' experience of regional policy and strategy development and leads on strategic partnerships and engagement for Newcastle Helix in her role as the Newcastle City Partnership Officer. Prior to this role, Michelle was the strategic lead for Skills and Education at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and has held roles in City and regional bodies, managing regional programmes for regeneration and economic inclusion.

Phil Dyke, Coast and Marine Adviser, National Trust

Phil Dyke Water BackgroundI have worked for the National Trust for 37yrs on coastal and marine issues. In 2007 I was appointed as National Trust Coast and Marine Adviser working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, supporting colleagues dealing with coastal change issues and working with external partners and government to promote sustainable approaches to coastal and marine management. 

I maintain my academic interests through teaching coastal and marine management at a number of universities, and collaborating on research projects to further our understanding of climate change driven coastal change, and impacts upon the natural environment and culture heritage.  I am a Research Associate at the University of York.

Harvey Emms MTRPI, Senior Director, Lichfields

Harvery Emms SmallerHarvey has over 27 years experience in planning, of which the last 20 years has been working in the North East of England in both the public and private sectors. As Chief Planner at Newcastle he was responsible for overseeing the development at Stephenson Quarter including bringing forward the original detailed consents for the Hotel and wider mixed use development. More recently he has advised Clouston Group on the consented scheme for the UTC and Phoenix office block and Stephenson Square. Harvey is actively engaged in a number of other major applications in the north east including Gateshead Quays Arena, the Giants of the Quayside (Giant Observation Wheel), and the International Advanced Manufacturing Park at Sunderland.

Jane Gibson MRTPI, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, Durham World Heritage Site

Jane Gibson has been working in the heritage sector for over 35 years. Having read Archaeology at Durham University and starting out as a digging archaeologist, she moved into the field of collections management and worked in national museums in London for the first half of her career. Returning to the North East of England in the early 2000s she was Head of Historic Operations at Beamish Open Air Museum and then moved into the project management and coordination of major heritage programmes. Most recently, she was coordinator for the Cumbria Museums Consortium and Heritage Development Coordinator for Hexham Abbey's Visitor Centre. For the past five years, she has been World Heritage Site Coordinator, for Durham Castle and Cathedral WHS. She is also on the Board of Trustees of World Heritage UK.

Merrow Golden, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Merrow GoldenMerrow has a general planning, public and environmental law practice.  She has particular expertise of rights of way law and the Transport and Works Act procedure, having represented a principal objector at three long-running TWA Inquiries during 2017-2019.  More recently, Merrow acted for the local planning authority at a s. 78 inquiry regarding a scheme for over 300 dwellings.  She regularly advises private developers, local authorities and NGOs on planning issues.

Bryan Harris, Senior Conservation Officer, Durham County Council

Bryan Harris is a conservation planner with a varied background in the local government planning function.  He is currently Senior Conservation Officer with Durham County Council with specific responsibility for the provision of heritage and design advice across County Durham as well as wider strategic and project related roles, primarily in the heritage regeneration field.  Bryan has recently completed the preparation, consultation and adoption of a number of conservation area character appraisals which will support and influence the implementation of strategic physical regeneration and economic development priorities within a number of major centres.  In conjunction with the County Durham Environment Partnership Bryan also manages the delivery of the County Durham Environment Awards which celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2019.

Colin Haylock FRTPI, Ouseburn Trust Volunteer / Former RTPI President, Ouseburn Trust

New Colin HaylockOuseburn resident and business partner, architect-planner and RTPI Fellow, current Trustee and Past President.






Andrew Inch, Strategic Development Manager, Durham County Council

Andrew Inch is a town planner with an extensive planning background in local government.  He is currently Strategic Development Manager with Durham County Council with specific responsibility for the management of a team of experienced town planners dealing with major strategic development projects across County Durham, including, residential, commercial, renewable energy, and mineral and waste sectors. Andrew has led on a number of high-profile development schemes across the County, including the Hitachi Rail Manufacturing Facility in Newton Aycliffe. In Durham City, Andrew has been involved in a number of significant development projects within the city centre and its sensitive historic environment, including the recently completed Riverwalk development, the redevelopment of the Milburngate House site and the recently commenced development of Durham County Council's new riverside headquarters building. 


Martin Kerby, Senior Adviser, Natural England

Martin Kerby - MW ResizeMartin Kerby is a Senior Adviser at Natural England, working on coastal and marine issues in the North Sea, including offshore windfarms and designating sites for nature conservation. He joined Natural England in 2012, having previously worked for RSPB as a Conservation Officer. In his spare time he is the Secretary of the St. Mary's Island Wetland Conservation Group.



Professor David Kirk, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Head of Open Lab, Newcastle University

David KirkProf. David Kirk is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Head of Open Lab, in the School of Computing at Newcastle University. He is Principle Investigator for Newcastle's EPSRC funded Digital Economy Research Centre and Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics. He is particularly interested in 'Human-Building Interaction' and 'Digital Living', and has worked on a number of projects considering the role of digital tech in matters of public consultation and participatory planning.

Jenna Langford MRTPI, Regeneration Manager, Sandwell Council and RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2019

Jenna Langford - UsingChartered Town Planner, and project management practitioner delivering regeneration projects in the challenging industrial urban area of the Black Country.  Regeneration Manager of Sandwell Metropolitan Council, leading the Regeneration & Growth Team to deliver our ambitious Regeneration Programme whilst ensuring our communities and businesses benefit from Inclusive Growth.


Shannon Maclaughlan, Development Manager, Urban Splash

SMA graduate of Architecture from Newcastle University, Shannon is currently the Development Manager for Smiths Dock on behalf of Urban Splash, in conjunction with Places for People. She has worked in several project management roles across creative and property industries; from helping to gain planning for a number of developments nationwide to leading as acting producer for concept art on AAA games. Varied is certainly an adjective to describe Shannon's background.


Stephen Mattin, Membership Manager, RTPI

Steve MattinStephen has been the RTPI Membership Manager for two years, having previously worked at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Stephen oversees the RTPI's Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) routes to Chartered membership, helping to guide candidates towards making a strong APC submission. He also works closely with the APC assessors. Stephen was involved in the recent revision of APC guidance, so is ideally placed to advise candidates in the changes that have taken place.

Alistair Mills, Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Alistair Mills Main ColourAlistair specialises in planning and environmental law, and public law. He is the author of the book Interpreting the NPPF: The New National Planning Policy Framework, published by Bath Publishing in 2018. He has appeared in a number of important court cases in the field of planning, and appears in appeals before the Inspectorate. He is External College Lecturer in Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Keith Mitchell, Director, Community Development & Infrastructure, PBA, now part of Stantec

Keith MitchellHe joined Peter Brett Associates in 1984, was invited into partnership in 1994, and was elected chairman of PBA in 2010, with responsibility for the strategic development of the Practice. PBA joined forces with Stantec in 2018, and Keith now leads the strategic development and delivery of PBA's Community Development & Infrastructure services to clients.



Daisy Noble, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Daisy _NobleDaisy's practice spans general planning, public and environmental law, as well as compulsory purchase and compensation.  She is currently involved in a number of compensation claims arising out of Thameslink and HS2.  Recently, Daisy has appeared on both sides at public inquiries, relating to planning enforcement, footpath diversions and s.78 appeals.  Daisy regularly advises local authorities and private developers on a range of planning issues.

Suzanne Orbsby QC, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Suzanne OrnsbySuzanne Ornsby QC is a highly proficient public, planning and environmental barrister with wide experience of acting for utilities, multinationals, planning authorities, action groups and individuals. She is regularly involved in statutory challenges and judicial reviews as well as promoting or opposing major proposals relating to water and electricity supply, minerals and waste, together with commercial and residential schemes including those affecting the built heritage.

Mark Osborne, Director, OS Ecology

Mark has more than 15 years' experience in ecology, working for the RPSB, as well as E3 Ecology Ltd and Groundwork.  He specialises in surveys of bats, birds and habitats and completed numerous assessments in relation to biodiversity net gain across Northern England.  He has worked on projects impacting on the coastal designated sites of Northumberland and County Durham producing Habitat Regulations Assessments for these schemes including residential and bespoke developments.

Laura O'Toole - Senior Transport Planner, Arup

Laura O TooleLaura is a Senior Transport Planner in the Arup Newcastle office, she has fourteen years' experience working in the transport industry and has completed a Masters degree in Civil Engineering at Newcastle University. She gained chartered status as a Transport Planner in 2012 and has become an experienced microsimulation modeller. Her recent projects include HS2, Eurasia Tunnel, Belfast Transport Hub, Manchester Metrolink tram line extensions, several Microsimulation traffic models for Local Authorities, and a multitude of road safety audits in the UK and abroad. Laura Chairs the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) NE Transport Panel and is Secretary for the ICE NE Regional Advisory Board.

Natalya Palit MRTPI, Senior Planner, HTA Design LLP and RTPI George Pepler 2018 winner

Natalya Palit - UsingChartered Town Planner, and project management practitioner delivering regeneration projects in the challenging industrial urban area of the Black Country.  Regeneration Manager of Sandwell Metropolitan Council, leading the Regeneration & Growth Team to deliver our ambitious Regeneration Programme whilst ensuring our communities and businesses benefit from Inclusive Growth.

Sean Peacock, PHD Researcher in Digital Civics and Urban Planning, Open Lab

Sean PeacockSean is a PhD researcher based at Open Lab, Newcastle University. Working in a research group investigating digital forms of participatory citizenship, he is researching how digital technologies can support young people to make better cities for the future. His professional background is as a planner, working for Transport for London and Northumberland County Council before returning to university. Through his research, he has developed expertise in designing methods and tools to amplify youth voices in placemaking and urban design processes.

Daveid Phillips, Events Curator, Boiler Shop

Daveid (1)Daveid is possibly the only person you may know who has toasted the future with Kurt Cobain, accidently got Bob Dylan wrapped up in a stage curtain and nearly knock Madonna over on the stairs! His previous roles include being head promotor at Mean Fiddler, which included organising acts for Reading Festival's main stage. He has also been Head of Music at KoKo. He is currently the Creative Director for Stephenson Works/ Boiler Shop, promoting in house shows.


Henry Primarolo, Senior Planning Officer (Design Quality Team), MHCLG

Henry PrimaroloHenry Primarolo is a Senior Planning Officer in the Design Team at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).

During his time at MHCLG he has played an active role in the production of the forthcoming Planning Practice Guidance on Design: Process and Tools and the Design Guide. Prior to joining MHCLG, Henry spent five years Worcester City Council as a Planning Policy Officer, gaining chartered town planner status in 2016.


Steve Quartermain MRTPI, Chief Planner, MHCLG

Steve QuartermainI began my career as a trainee planner having studied geography at Durham. I took a postgraduate qualification and became an RTPI member in 1982. My early career was mostly in Development management in Epping Forest and Dartford. I moved to Yorkshire to be Head of Development Control. In 1988 I was made Head of Planning covering DM, Local Plans and economic development and tourism.In 1996 I was appointed as Director of Planning and Environmental services, which included all front line services except for housing benefits. This put me in a good position to place planning at the heart of "making the district better" and the council was awarded Beacon Council status for the work we did in linking planning and communities together. We adopted "neighbourhood planning" before it was invented and even had a version of CIL before it was thought of. We were also one of the first to get a sound plan in place following the 2004 Act. It was a great job delivering planning objectives on the ground and seeing the positive changes happen. The opportunity to take up the role as Chief Planner at DCLG proved to be one I could not resist and I have manned the defence of planning ever since. In this role I am Head of Profession and we have done significant work to promote and champion the role of planning in the civil service.


Joanne Robert - Transport Strategy & Road Safety Manager, Stockton Council

Work Image 1Joanne is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years highway and transport experience.  Leading Stockton Borough Council's Road Safety Team, ensuring that the statutory duty to investigate accidents is carried out along with managing education campaigns.
Also leading Transport Strategy including managing traffic models that are used to support development control and also used to support the development of the Council's Local Plan as well as identifying highway infrastructure that can be delivered through various funding opportunities.


Cathy Russell, Associate Designer, Ryder Architecture

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After graduating from Newcastle University with an MA Urban Design, Cathy joined Ryder Architecture where she now leads placemaking projects. Her research focuses on how placemaking affects health and wellbeing, and how this can be integrated into neighbourhood, town centre, and city centre masterplans to create healthy places for people. Cathy is a Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design, RTPI Assoc., member of Urbanistas North East, and has contributed to Northern Architecture's Young Urbanists programme and Planning Aid projects, as well as human centred design and research for AzuKo, an architectural charity.


Nissa Shahid MRTPI, Urbanist, Connected Cities Catapult

Nissa ShahidNissa is an Urbanist at Connected Places Catapult having specialised in Planning, Technology, Data and Cities. She has most recently been using her wide-ranging expertise in engaging with the planning process to develop concepts and prototype new tools and innovations that work to disrupt the wider industry as part of the trailblazing Future of Planning Programme. Her previous experience has been as a planning consultant for the private sector.

Ruth Shepherd, Director, Results Communications

Ruth Shepherd 6Ruth Shepherd is a Communications Consultant who brings clients over 20 years' experience of communicating, engaging and consulting with communities. Having trained as a journalist, Ruth transitioned into delivering stakeholder engagement and communication services to public and private sector clients. She has worked in the infrastructure sector since 2006, and in 2008 launched her consultancy, providing Strategy Development, Project Delivery, and Advice and Guidance services.

She formerly worked in corporate communications for one of the North East's largest housing associations and one of the South's largest contractors.

Katherine Simpson, Planner, Lichfields

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Katherine is a Planner at Lichfields in Newcastle and joined as a graduate in 2016. She has experience in a series of sectors including retail, infrastructure and housing amongst others. Katherine studied at Newcastle University and obtained a first class Master of Planning (MPlan) degree. At University she also completed a placement year at Transport for London. She became an RTPI chartered member of the in 2018 and is the Committee Secretary on the North East Young Planners steering group.


Ann Skippers MRTPI, Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

Ann Skippers NewAnn has over thirty years experience in a career spanning the public, private and academic sectors.  Focusing on neighbourhood planning, Ann has examined over 70 plans and advised on many others.

Arguably best known for her role as RTPI President in 2010, Ann is a strong advocate for the profession.  She is currently a Trustee for the Theatres Trust and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.


Ros Southern, Director, Southern Green Ltd

Ros Southern is a founding director of Southern Green Landscape Architects which has been established for over 20 years. She is a Built Environment Expert (BEE) for Design Council CABE, a Professional Practice Examiner and Examinations Monitor for the Landscape Institute, has acted as a university external examiner at Edinburgh University and guest lecturer at Newcastle University. Ros specialises in urban regeneration design projects particularly in sensitive landscape and heritage locations. Ros' portfolio includes numerous high profile urban public realm projects including the public realm masterplanning and design at Stephenson Quarter Newcastle and the recently completed Bigg Market Newcastle. Other projects include Hull Maritime Museum and Queens Gardens, Kynren Nightshow Spectacular in Bishop Auckland, and ongoing work at Belsay Gardens, and Temple Newsam in Leeds.  She also has experience in landscape and visual assessment and is an expert witness with public inquiry experience. Ros has a good understanding of working in a sensitive heritage context and has experience of working with the National Trust and Historic England including their National Panel.

John Sparkes MRTPI, Head of Regeneration, North Tyneside Council

John SparkesFor over 25 years, John has been working in Planning and Regeneration. Until 2011, he tackled housing market failure as the Head of Development at Bridging NewcastleGateshead, one of nine pathfinders set up across the North and Midlands.

Subsequently, John spent the last 8 years at South Tyneside Council where he led the successful regeneration of South Shields town centre as the Head of Regeneration.

John is now working for North Tyneside Council as the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development, managing a broad portfolio of projects.

James Stevens MRTPI, Director for Cities, Home Builders Federation

James StevensJames Stevens is the Home Builders Federation's Director for Cities. James is responsible within the Federation for all matters relating to devolution in England where this relates to housebuilding. This includes skills, spatial plans, questions of housing quality, design and construction standards. James is a town planner by profession and over the last year he has been involved in commenting on the published or emerging spatial development strategies for Greater London, Greater Manchester, the West of England, Liverpool City Region and Oxfordshire. He has also participated in the work associated with the proposals for a Plan for the North, as well as Transport for the North's strategic investment plan, and the current work of the Affordable Housing Commission.

Gail Stoten, Senior Director, Heritage, Pegasus Group

Gail is the Senior Director for Heritage at Pegasus Group, a national development consultancy. Gail has over 15 years experience of providing advice and producing assessments to support planning applications for diverse developments involving historic buildings, historic townscapes, historic landscapes and archaeology.

Gail has led many projects assessing the impact upon designated heritage assets through changes to setting, including Listed buildings, Conservation Areas, Parks and Gardens and Registered Battlefields.

Gail has extensive experience of giving evidence at planning inquiry as an expert witness with regards to heritage issues, specifically evidence on impacts upon the significance of Listed buildings and Conservation Areas through changes to setting.

James Streets, Director, OS Ecology

James has more than 12 years' experience in ecological consultancy working on projects ranging from small scale house extensions to large scale residential and mineral extractions.  He has led large scale mitigation projects for great crested newts and bats and specialises in freshwater ecology.  He has just started a new company, OS Ecology Ltd this year working for an array of clients on a wide range of projects in England and Scotland.


Daniel Sydes, Principal, North East Futures UTC
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The North East Futures UTC is a state of the art technical school, open to all 14-19 students in the North East region. It has a strong focus on filling the skills gap in the Digital Technology and Healthcare Science sectors. Dan is the Principal of North East Futures UTC. His former role was that of Vice-Principal at UTC Reading in Berkshire - an oversubscribed UTC with an Ofsted rating of 'outstanding'. Daniel's teaching specialism subject is Computer Science.


Ian Tant MRTPI, President, Royal Town Planning Institute
Ian _tant _v 2_250x 281Ian Tant is a freelance consultant, offering strategic advice to land promotion and development companies and to Local Enterprise Partnerships.  First qualified in Environmental Sciences, Ian trained in Town and Country Planning at the University of Manchester, starting work in local government with district councils in Hertfordshire and Berkshire.  He worked for Barton Willmore, one of the UK's leading planning consultancies, from 1986 – 2016 where he was an Equity Partner 1990 - 2016 and Senior Partner 2004 – 2015. He was elected to the RTPI General Assembly for 2014-15 and to the Board from 2016.

Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trust
Jennifer WallaceJennifer Wallace is Head of Policy at the Carnegie UK Trust, where she leads the Wellbeing and Towns team. An experienced manager and public policy researcher and analyst, her work in the public and voluntary sector has led to positive change in legislation, policy and practice. A prolific writer she has authored more than 40 reports and 3 books and is a recognised expert on wellbeing, public sector reform and community empowerment.



Horatio Waller, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Horatio WallerHoratio is a junior barrister (2014 Call) who specialises in planning law. He has experience advising and representing clients on a range of planning matters. Over the course of 2019 Horatio has appeared in several notable High Court cases and inquiries. These include Crondall Parish Council v Secretary of State (the latest case on habitats/appropriate assessment) and a 4 week inquiry relating to a proposed Agri-tech park in South Cambridgeshire.


Justin Webber, Senior Building Conservation Officer, Leicester City Council

Justin WJustin Webber is Senior Building Conservation Officer at Leicester City Council and Chair of the RTPI Urban Design Network. He studied History at the University of York, Town Planning at the University of Sheffield and Urban Design at Westminster University. He has previously worked for several local authorities with roles in planning and urban design. He has written papers for a range of publications, such as The Planner, TCPA Journal, Arboricultural Journal and Plan Canada. He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Urban History in Leicester and chaired the most recent IHBC Annual School. 

John Wilkinson, Neighbourhood Planning Officer, Locality

ThumbnailJohn Wilkinson has been a Neighbourhood Planning Programme Officer at Locality since March 2017. He works directly with groups across the country providing advice on planning policy, finance and project management.

Prior to working at Locality John worked at Shared Intelligence where he was one of the researchers who wrote the evaluation of the Our Place programme for Locality. He holds an MSc in Spatial Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.

Nick Wright MRTPI, Founder, Nick Wright Planning

Nick Wright Colour (002)Nick Wright is a chartered town planner and former Convenor of the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland. He has worked independently around Scotland for the last 15 years, following earlier experience in Scottish local authorities and with VSO in Indonesia.  Nick specialises in community-led planning, producing community action plans, town centre strategies and action plans and masterplans for a range of mainly public and community sector clients. He is also an accredited mediator, an Improvement Service Associate, and External Examiner for the University of Strathclyde's postgraduate Urban Design course.

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