Panel

  • Nick James

    Nick James

    BSc.

    Futureground

    Nick is a sustainability professional with 20 years’ experience working in investor, developer, designer and contractor organisations. His expertise is in the development and regeneration of housing, mixed and merged-use schemes. Nick focuses on applying design thinking to the “software” of how buildings, places and supporting services are designed, delivered, governed, managed and curated. He’s founding director of Futureground, a strategy and change agency helping those organisations shaping our built environment to create triple-bottom-line value.

    Climate, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Neil Emery

    Neil Emery

    BA Hons Dip TP MAUD MRTPI

    Clifton Emery design

    Neil is a master planner, urban designer and town planner with over 30 years of experience promoting design excellence in the built environment. Neil has particular expertise in visioning, planning and strategic design, mixed-use housing and community regeneration. He is one of the founders and owners of Clifton Emery design – a multi-disciplinary design practice bringing together architecture, urban design, landscape design and graphic design in a collaborative design environment.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Michael Wells

    Michael Wells

    BA (Hons Cantab.), MA (Hons Cantab) PhD C.Biol CWEM CSci FCIEEM, MSB, MCIWEM

    Biodiversity by Design Ltd

    Mike is both a professional ecologist and an ecourbanist, with nearly 30 years of consultancy experience and 40 years in ecological science. He co-founded Biodiversity by Design Ltd in 2006 with the express aim of focusing on creative multifunctional ecology. Mike's key interests lie in exploring opportunities for biodiversity enhancement and ecological education in the creative gaps between Ecology and other disciplines including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil and Structural Engineering and Art. Mike has led the ecological design of several benchmark exemplars of ecourbanism including the Athletes' Village (now East Village) Stratford for the 2012 Olympic Games and the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula. Mike has practiced globally in over 20 countries and published widely in relation to the ecological aspects of urban regeneration, masterplanning and design. He is an expert in innovative habitat creation including multifunctional wetlands and vegetated architecture.

    Housing, Landscape, Strategic Development

  • Michael Cowdy

    Michael Cowdy

    MA [Distinction] Urban Planning Studies

    McGregor Coxall

    Michael’s passion rests in achieving healthy, smart, green and locally responsive places. With 15 years international experience, Michael adopts a systematic design approach that achieves restorative and engaging outcomes for places. As a Director and Urbanism Leader for McGregor Coxall, he has delivered award winning visions, strategic frameworks, masterplans and public realm projects in the UK, Australia and China.

    Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Matthew Coombe

    Matthew Coombe

    MA, PG Dip, BSc (Hons)

    Plymouth City Council

    Matthew Coombe is an Urban Design Group Recognised Practitioner. His twenty-five years' experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including as a BFL assessor and CABE Enabler, have given him a rounded perspective on regeneration and development. Matthew creates and advises on design guidance, policy, proposals from city-wide strategies and masterplans, site development briefs, and detailed public realm schemes. He acts as urban design input on major projects through the development management process.

    Density, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Matt Harrison

    Matt Harrison

    BA Hons DipArch MA RIBA

    One50studio

    Matt is passionate about the value and social necessity of architecture and place design. This is aligned with a commitment to progress neighbourhood scale transformation to achieve sustainable outcomes through integrated energy, transport, water, ecology and social infrastructure. Matt has been a panel member of the Bristol Urban design forum for more than 10 years and is a teaching fellow at Bath University. He works as a consultant with White Design, where he was a Director and employee of 16 years leading on urban design, neighbourhood planning and architectural projects as well as research into Zero Carbon communities, Retrofit, Design for Future Climate and Post Occupancy Evaluation.

    Climate, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Tanya Ross

    Tanya Ross

    MEng, MSt, MAPM

    Buro Happold Consulting Engineers

    With a background in building services design and cost engineering, Tanya found her metier in design management with the design and construction of the Millennium Dome from 1995-1999. Since then she has led the engineering design teams for several high profile projects including the O2 Arena, the London 2012 stadium and the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Tanya currently leads a 25-person Design Project Management team at Buro Happold whilst continuing to support large, complex multi-disciplinary projects.

    Inclusive Growth, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Sophie Camburn

    Sophie Camburn

    MA(Cantab) MSc RIBA FRSA

    Arup

    Sophie is an architect and masterplanner with over 20 years’ experience. She leads Arup’s Integrated City Planning and Placemaking services in the west of the UK, with a focus on complex, multi-disciplinary projects for government, private and public-sector clients. Sophie’s work involves creating outcomes that align with global agendas, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to deliver inclusive benefits for people and places. She is a passionate advocate of design excellence and collaborative working to tell simple and compelling stories that align with political agendas and infrastructure funding streams.

    Density, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Sarah Toy

    Sarah Toy

    BEng MSc MICE CEng FRSA FSI

    Sarah Toy Consulting

    Sarah has 30 years’ experience working on infrastructure projects around the world. Her expertise is focused on developing strategic approaches to healthy urban development. She has worked in diverse roles including Sustainability Advisor at consultancy Arup and Chief Resilience Officer at Bristol City Council. Since July 2018 she has been a freelance Urban Futures Consultant and Research Director at Bristol Futures Global, where she leads on digital placemaking and 5G research.

    Climate, People & Place, Strategic Development