• Ben Stephenson

    Ben Stephenson

    MSc Place Management and Leadership

    BAS Consultancy

    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.

    Inclusive Design, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Pat Steward

    Pat Steward

    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.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Tom Sykes

    Tom Sykes

    BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MArch, DipArch

    Extended Studio

    Tom is an experienced and passionate architect, and a co-founder of Extended Studio, architects for communities. His work is about making great design accessible to everyone - from co-design and community engagement, to the development of places where people thrive together. Alongside his architectural background, Tom has also worked in public sector leadership positions as a client, giving him a valuable and unusual perspective on architecture, urban design and community projects.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Dan Tapscott

    Dan Tapscott

    BSc (Hons) MRICS FPTS

    Rapleys LLP

    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.

    Density, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Amanda Taylor

    Amanda Taylor

    BA Hons Dip Arch

    Urban Design Director, Nash Partnership

    Amanda has over thirty years’ experience in planning, design and the built environment. Amanda’s areas of expertise include mixed-use masterplanning for LPA and private clients, extending existing communities and creating new neighbourhoods; through strategic allocation, outline and reserve matters stages, producing design codes. Amanda is a qualified Building with Nature assessor which she imparts into her approach to placemaking and urban design. Previous projects have won Housing Design and RTPI Awards. Amanda has also managed estate regeneration project for Council and RSL clients, and resident and stakeholder engagement projects, including strategies for failing highstreets.

    Density, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Rebecca Thurgood

    Rebecca Thurgood

    BA(Hons), DipArch(Dist), RIBA, ARB

    LHC Design

    Rebecca is Associate Director at LHC Design with over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering noteworthy residential, mixed use and community projects in London, the South East and the South West. Her professional practice is focussed on working collaboratively with public and private sector stakeholders to unlock the full potential of challenging sites, and driving up standards in the quality of housing design.

    Density, Housing, Inclusive Growth, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Sarah Toy

    Sarah Toy


    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

  • Jon Tricker

    Jon Tricker

    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.

    People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Chris Turner

    Chris Turner

    BA(Hons), MArch, PdDip, ARB, RIBA

    Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects

    Chris is a Director at Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects and the current Chair of RIBA Cornwall. Chris has led the delivery of major mixed-use public and private sector regeneration schemes in both the UK and abroad. With a passion for environmentally and socially responsible architecture, Chris has worked with many of the UK's well-known developers and institutions and is adept at taking their projects through complex planning processes and supporting them to create truly transformative places.

    Climate, Housing, Strategic Development