Panel

  • 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. <br /> 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. <br /> 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

  • Michèle Lavelle

    Michèle Lavelle

    Dip LA CMLI MA T&CP Dip UD

    4D Landscape Design

    Proactive and with a realistic, positive approach to Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design, Michèle’s expertise encompasses all aspects of these fields. She advises on the BUDF and Creating Excellence panels and is a founding member of Bristol Council’s Tree Forum and TDAG. Michèle advises and acts on behalf of Local Authorities and developers as an expert witness at planning appeals. Michèle lectures at UoG and UWE and is a Council Member of the Landscape Institute.

    Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Lucy Barron

    Lucy Barron

    BArch (Hons), BArch, PGCert, RIBA

    Donald Insall Associates

    Lucy is a conservation architect who specialises in the care, repair and adaptation of heritage buildings, including the design of new buildings within sensitive locations. Part of her work includes advising public clients, private clients, and design professionals on the impact of development, and she has also produced a number of design guides and planning policy documents. Lucy is a visiting lecturer at UWE and heads up the RIBA group within Bath.

    Heritage, Strategic Development