• Mike Harris

    Mike Harris

    BSc Geography, MA Town Country Planning

    Homes England

    Mike is a planner with over 15 years’ experience across strategic planning and placemaking including development delivery. He has experience of planning for nationally significant infrastructure, policy development, delivery and EIA coordination. Drawing on this experience, gained within both the public and private sector, Mike focuses on practical delivery whilst being a strong advocate for the creation of design-led, healthy places that work for everyone.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Matt Harrison

    Matt Harrison

    BA Hons DipArch MA RIBA


    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 Design West Design Review panel member 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

  • James Howard

    James Howard

    BSc (Hons), MRICS

    Studio HIVE

    James is Development Director at Studio HIVE, an innovative Bristol-based property developer. He previously worked as Associate Director of Urban Splash and at Gleeds, JLL, and Chesterton. A qualified Building Surveyor, James branched into Development and Project Management of mixed-use heritage and led projects including Lakeshore, Bristol and Royal William Yard, Plymouth. James has been involved with the redevelopment of Deepcut Barracks and Filton and regeneration projects in Bristol & Weston-super-Mare. James has served on the Torbay Design Review Panel for 10 years.

    Heritage, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Lisa Jackson

    Lisa Jackson

    MA Urban Design, BSc Town Planning, MRTPI

    Jackson Planning Ltd

    Lisa’s role is to navigate the evermore complex planning system to gain planning permission for clients. Her key driver is to raise her client’s design and substantiality ambitions and demonstrate that it leads to a smoother planning process; appropriate contextual design is key to that ambition. Her own lived experience of designing, procuring, building, and occupying a PassivHaus has taught her why we must all design better at the planning stage.

    Climate, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Nick James

    Nick James

    BSc MArch


    Nick is a sustainability professional with 20+ years’ experience working in investment, development, design and construction organisations. He’s an expert in the development and regeneration of housing, mixed and merged-use schemes. Nick applies design thinking to the “software” of how buildings, places and supporting services are designed, delivered, governed, managed and curated. He has a passion for the repurposing existing buildings and is a qualified retrofit coordinator. He’s founding director of sustainable place strategists, Futureground.

    Climate, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Phil Jones

    Phil Jones


    Phil Jones Associates

    Phil is an engineer with extensive experience in transport planning and street design, particularly in new developments. He aims to achieve synergy between street and urban design to create places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims. He is the Chairman of PJA, a 75-strong transport, engineering and placemaking consultancy. In recent years Phil has specialised in active travel and is a member of the Department for Transport’s Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Group.

    People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Anthony Jones

    Anthony Jones

    BSc Environmental Assessment

    Glanville Group

    Anthony is a transport planner with over 20 years experience in leading transport planning teams in providing highway and transportation planning advice for a wide variety of clients and development schemes in the residential, retail, education, leisure, industrial and office sectors. Anthony joined Glanville as a Technical Director in January 2023. Before that he was a Director at Pegasus Group primarily responsible for launching the new transport team offer in 2018.

    Highways & Transport, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Annabel Keegan

    Annabel Keegan

    BA (Hons) MA


    Annabel is a qualified transport planner and urban designer with a background in architecture. She has over 15 years of practical experience in multidisciplinary consultant teams, specialising in the delivery of design-led projects in both the public and private sectors. She has been involved in the promotion of many mixed-use urban design and masterplanning projects, and has developed knowledge and understanding of design, planning application and design review processes. Annabel has a keen interest in improving the quality of streets and public spaces and has been involved in a range of projects developing innovative street and public realm designs.

    Housing, Strategic Development

  • Martin Knight

    Martin Knight

    BA (Hons) MA CMLI

    Studio Knight Stokoe

    Martin is a chartered landscape architect, urbanist, and co-founding Director of Studio Knight Stokoe. He is passionate about working collaboratively to create regenerative, inspirational, and beautiful places that delight, and consider the needs of people, nature, and the environment. Over his career, he has developed a diverse portfolio across a variety of project scales and sectors. He is a mentor on the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership and an Expert Associate for the Design Council.

    Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development