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BSc PGDip MSc PhD CEnv CGeol MRTPI MCIWEM
Simon is an urban geographer, strategic town planner, infrastructure designer, regeneration consultant and consenting specialist with 30 years’ experience of leading interdisciplinary planning and sustainability teams. He is experienced in complex schemes involving transport-oriented infrastructure, also in early-stage policy, strategy and feasibility studies. In 2022 he completed a place-based PhD in Geography and Planning. Previously his career covered highways, rail, energy and water projects as well as urban regeneration. He supports Design Commission for Wales in panel reviews and workshops and is a Member of Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change. Simon’s recent work includes major regeneration frameworks: Bristol Temple Quarter, Frome Gateway and Bristol City Centre.
BA Dip Arch RIBA
After studying construction technology at South Devon College, Alan studied Architecture at Plymouth and has practiced at director level for over 30 years. He has worked on projects in Retail, Commercial, Leisure, Hospitality and Housing. He has experience in master planning and urban design, and worked extensively on projects within conservation areas. Alan has successfully worked on numerous listed buildings throughout the Southwest. Alan has extensive experience working with multiple disciplines in construction projects both private and public. Alan is also a fine furniture maker, having studied at Bridgwater and studied Art History with the Open University. Alan has sat on and presented to review panels for a number of years.
BA (Arch) Dip Arch (Dist) FRSA RIBA
Design Engine Architects
Richard is a co-founder of Design Engine Architects and enjoys working in all sectors and at all scales: from masterplanning to interior design, with architecture at the centre. Before the creation of Design Engine in 2000, Richard was a director of Architecture PLB, senior architect with Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, and an associate of ORMS. He has been the recipient of numerous national and international design awards during 25 years of practice, and also received the Stephen Lawrence Prize for his own house in Winchester. Richard has a particular passion for teaching and has been a regular visiting critic or external examiner at the Bath, OBU, Brighton, UCL Bartlett, Portsmouth and Plymouth Schools. Previously a member of CABE, Richard has been involved with several Design Review Panels across the South of England and now focuses solely on Design West.
MSc Place Management and Leadership
Ben is a place development consultant with a particular interest in inclusive economic development, food, culture, and community engagement. He is a High Streets Task Force Expert and as a senior fellow, was on the development team at the lead delivery body the Institute of Place Management. Ben is Chief Executive of the Angel Islington Business Improvement District and has an MSc in Place Management and Leadership. He has authored national guidance for public bodies conducting reviews and similar work for the Greater London Authority’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.
BA (Hons) UPS, Dip UPI, MA/PG Dip UD
Agile Homes & Property
Pat’s experience includes Head of Planning, Transport and Design, Torbay Council; Head of Planning & Transport, South West RDA and Regional Development Planner, Environment Agency (SW). Pat has managed major planning applications and production of a new Local Plan for Torbay. He was also responsible for the town centres regeneration programme in Torbay, securing significant investment. He is now Head of Opportunity for Agile Homes - designing, manufacturing and delivering low carbon, affordable, modular homes.
BSc (Hons) MRICS FPTS
Dan is a Chartered Building Surveyor specialising in the field of Neighbourly Matters, which includes Rights to Light, Daylight & Sunlight Amenity, Party Walls and Access Arrangements. Dan is behind multiple developments on our local and national skyline. He founded 'Light Knights' a group raising standards in the Rights to Light & Daylight & Sunlight industry. He is the secretary of the Severnside P&T Society for Party Wall practitioners. He has published numerous articles, and regularly gives seminars on the subject of Neighbourly Matters.
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.
BEng (Hons), CIHT
Jonathan is a Director at Phil Jones Associates (PJA) and focuses on combining transport, engineering and place-making advice to a range of clients. He is highly regarded within the transport planning profession and brings over 25 years’ commercial experience, focusing on master planning, development planning and street design. He is a highly capable projects director, used to leading, project managing and working with large inter-disciplinary design teams, mainly in Southern England.
BSc (Hons) Agriculture Engineer, MA Urban Design
Maria works with a range of public and private sector clients on a variety of urban design, regeneration and masterplanning projects. She has experience of working on high-calibre, creative and technically challenging commissions. Maria has worked on sites across the country. She has the ability to combine vision, delivery, and creative design-led approach. She has experience of working on urban extensions, town regeneration and mixed use developments. This includes managing large multidisciplinary teams and inputs from stakeholder engagement. Throughout her career, she has developed design and analysis skills to produce successful strategic development.