• Warren Lever

    Warren Lever



    Warren is an urban designer and heritage professional with over 25 years experience in master planning, urban design advice, heritage consultation and the design of public realm schemes. He has worked for a number of local authorities where he has been involved in urban regeneration proposals, heritage projects and wider place shaping initiatives. Warren has also worked in private practice and previously led an urban design and conservation team at Balfour Beatty Living Places. Here he worked on a number of major city centre urban design, regeneration and streetscape projects. In addition to this he runs a small consultancy called ShapethePlace carrying out urban design work, research and heritage advice. Warren has advised on a number of neighbourhood plans and has expertise in community engagement workshops, community design charrettes, Building for Healthy Life assessments, design coding and public realm projects.

    Heritage, People & Place

  • Helen Newman

    Helen Newman

    BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Cambs) RIBA, RIBA (CA)

    Helen Newman Architects

    Helen is a RIBA award-winning architect and chartered conservation architect. Her extensive experience over the last 25 years designing and delivering projects spans many sectors from education, leisure, residential and blue light as well as extensive experience in the adaption, repair and restoration of listed buildings adopting sustainable construction strategies. Helen is currently Head of Profession for Architecture at SPACES which supports design excellence and best practice in the design and delivery of Public buildings.


  • Nick Porter

    Nick Porter

    Meng CEng MICE


    Nick has lived in Bristol for over 20 years and is a structural engineer for Ramboll. He has worked on projects far and wide, ranging from Hengrove Leisure Centre to an Iron Age roundhouse and a major new hospital for Stockholm. Nick enjoys contributing outside his discipline and believes that we reach better solutions when we’re willing to look outside our silos and understand the requirements of all team members.


  • Geoff Rich

    Geoff Rich

    BA(Hons) BArch(Hons) AABC RIBA-SCA

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

    Geoff is a Managing Partner at FCBStudios and an AABC-accredited conservation architect with a leading role in creative re-use and regeneration projects. He is currently working on the world’s oldest surviving iron-framed buildings at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, the Bath Abbey Footprint project, and masterplans for the National Museums of Liverpool and Liverpool University. Geoff is a member of the Historic England Historic Places Panel, lectures at several universities, and previously led award-winning projects at Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle.

    Climate, Heritage, People & Place

  • Mark Whitby

    Mark Whitby

    FREng, FICE

    Whitby Wood

    Mark is an engineer with wide-ranging experience of civil and structural engineering design, including bridges, roads, rail, and building projects. He has extensive experience of working on heritage projects as a designer, consultant to heritage organisations, and expert witness. Notable projects include millennium bridges in York, Lancaster and Peterborough, the extension to the Tate Modern, the new BBC headquarters, and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Current projects include the Edinburgh’s Dunard Centre (concert hall), the Design District in Greenwich and the conversion of a number of listed 1960’s office buildings.

    Heritage, People & Place, Transport

  • Charles Wilson

    Charles Wilson

    MA DA[Manc] Dip Arch Riba MRTPI

    Charles Wilson is an Architect & Town Planner who has practiced in both private & public sectors. He previously co-designed the listed bus station at BDP, was City Architect and Planning Director at Lancaster, past chair of the CABE / Historic England Urban Panel, and was the deputy chair of Places Matter, the North West Regional Design Review service. He is current chair of strategic project review for Design West.

    Heritage, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Alexander Wright

    Alexander Wright

    BSc(Hons) Dip Arch MDesS FHEA ARB

    University of Bath

    Professor Alex Wright is Head of Architecture at the University of Bath. He is a graduate of the University of Bath, Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where he studied as a Harkness Fellow.  He worked in private practice for 15 years before accepting a full-time academic position in 2005.  Alex is an expert adviser to the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Department for Communities (Northern Ireland) and is Chair of the Swindon Design Review Panel for Creating Excellence. 

    Heritage, People & Place, Strategic Development