Alice Lester MBE (BScEcon, M. Phil, MRTPI) is one of the managers of the Planning Advisory Service, a grant funded programme within the Local Government Association. PAS works with local authority planning services to help them provide efficient and effective services, to drive improvement, to respond to and deliver changes in the planning system. Alice’s job is to make sure that PAS delivers the right programme for local government. Before joining PAS in 2005 she worked as a planner with three London local authorities, most latterly being Development Control Manager at Islington. She is also a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association. Alice was awarded an MBE for services to planning in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
Joe is a chartered surveyor and the team leader of the Development Viability Team for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He has been at the Council for five years, spending two years in the Council’s Asset Strategy Team before moving to the Infrastructure Planning team to lead on the implementation of the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy. His current work involves a range of activities including preparing viability and infrastructure planning evidence bases for the Council’s new Local Plan, reviewing the submission of viability assessments submitted in support of planning applications and providing training to local Councillors regarding viability matters.
He is a founding and active member of the London Borough Viability Group and has presented to the group on a number of items such as on the disclosure of viability assessments and the Mayor of London’s Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance.
Gilian Macinnes is a planning and placemaking advisor who has recently set up her own consultancy -Gilian Macinnes Associates. Gilian that has worked in local government planning services for 30 years, the last 8 of which with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) as the lead on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), s106 and viability work. Gilian was appointed to the Government’s CIL Review Panel in October 2015.
Before PAS, Gilian worked in planning policy and development management and was Head of Planning at Sevenoaks District Council.
Carol has worked in the planning arena for the last 14 years, promoting major short term and strategic planning projects for the development industry across a range of land sectors from residential, retail, commercial and leisure. Most recently Carol joined TEM as Head of Planning and Engagement, as the largest private landowner in east Cheshire, responsible for several thousand acres of land and around 500 residential and commercial properties. Carol provides planning and community engagement advice on estate matters and to clients to pro actively add value for the estate and property owners across urban and rural locations; contributing to the wide range of collaborative property services TEM offers.
Carol is also a past Vice-Chairman of Women in Property NW and an RTPI APC Assessor.
Ian has worked for Birmingham City Council for over 10 years having previously worked at West Sussex County Council and Havant Borough Council.
In his current role he has led the preparation of the Birmingham Development Plan which will deliver over 51,000 new homes, over 700,000 sq m of office development and over 300 hectares of industrial land in period up to 2031. This included leading work on the Green Belt review and associated evidence base which has resulted in the emerging allocations of 6,000 homes at the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension and 71 hectares at the Peddimore employment site. Alongside the BDP he has also led the work for the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy which has recently been adopted by the City Council and will become operational in January 2016.
He also leads work in relation to the Duty to Co-operate for the City Council. This involves Chairing the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Planning Sub-Group, leading work on the GBSLEP Spatial Plan and working with all authorities in the Birmingham Housing Market Area (HMA). The main focus of this work is to agree a solution to the housing shortfall of 38,000 homes arising from the City’s unmet housing need.
Ian also leads work on a number of key regeneration schemes including the Advanced Manufacturing Hub which has to date delivered over 600 jobs and £30million of private sector investment in one of the most deprived areas of the City.
Philip is the Group Land and Planning Director at Barratt Developments PLC. Barratt are the UKs largest housebuilder and a FTSE 100 business. He represents the group on land acquisition and the promotion of land through the planning process. He is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Prior to joining Barratt he was a Director (specialising in Housing) for the leading economics and planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.
The first 10 years of Glenn’s career were spent in a variety of Local Planning Authorities, principally as a development control officer, but also engagement in the development plan process. This provided a sound base for understanding the public sector perspective in negotiations.
Glenn joined Pegasus in October 2005 and became a director in February 2008. He had previously spent some 14 years as a Consultant and Director at RPS (formerly Chapman Warren). However, before joining Pegasus, he spent over 3 years as a senior in-house planner at Persimmon Homes, involved in planning management of the regional land portfolio and co-ordinating the various disciplines within the company. The experience developed an understanding of the commercial aspirations of a national house builder.
Since joining Pegasus, Glenn has worked with a range of commercial clients. Projects in which he is involved on a daily basis range from private developments to the promotion and implementation of strategic mixed use developments on behalf of national housebuilders. Recent large scale urban extensions include Swindon, Salisbury and Trowbridge.
He has also been involved in urban regeneration schemes including the preparation of an outline planning application for a major project at Coventry through the Government’s New Deal for Communities programme with a significant community engagement programme.
He has recent experience of involvement with a Neighbourhood Plan examination at Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Iain is a specialist planning lawyer, advising on many significant development and regeneration projects in London and the UK.
Iain advises a range of private and public sector organisations on all aspects of planning law, including: strategy setting, policy promotion, environmental impact and strategic environmental impact assessment, major projects, infrastructure agreements and planning obligations, judicial review and statutory challenges, enforcement proceedings and project managing major public inquiries.
Recent projects include working on a number of London’s Opportunity Areas and Housing Zones, on a variety of garden village and suburb projects and large scale residential, sporting and leisure schemes throughout the UK.
Pinsent Masons’ planning, environment, energy and infrastructure team is the largest in the UK. It advises landowners, developers, government departments, and local authorities on the full range of consenting matters, across all sectors, including: residential, retail, commercial and leisure, all energy types (nuclear, conventional and renewables), and all infrastructure types (road, rail, ports and air).
Iain is recognised as a leader in the field of Planning Law by the Legal 500, the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Planning Magazine's Annual Legal Survey.
Richard’s expertise includes major infrastructure projects, town and country planning, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), highways, and judicial reviews. Building on his many years of advising on infrastructure projects and compulsory purchase, Richard advises on Development Consent Orders (DCO), including representation at hearings.
Major projects promoted include offshore wind farms, onshore generating stations and linear infrastructure projects. Richard has drafted petitions to Select Committee for major private companies and public corporations affected by Crossrail and HS2.
He is currently the chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association and heads the reform group of that Association. As part of his activities he frequently meets HM Treasury, Department for Communities and Local Government and other statutory or parties promoting land assembly. He regularly lectures on infrastructure and compulsory purchase law.
Anna holds a first degree and masters in Town and Country Planning and has been an RTPI member since 2003. She started her planning career advising NFU members on planning law before moving to Rugby Borough Council to bring forward the local development framework.
Anna became Head of Planning and Culture at Rugby in 2007 taking on responsibility for economic development, sports and arts as well as planning. Anna lead the planning team through the first successful systems thinking review of a planning service and became well known for driving economic growth through planning.
In November 2014 Anna became the Service Director for Planning and Transport at Milton Keynes Council. Alongside an ambitious programme of service improvement, Anna is currently leading the authority in producing the next 50 year spatial vision for the area.
Anna is active in SEMLEP and previously the Chair of the Planning Business Group for CWLEP. She has a focus on working collaboratively and creating the environment for making things happen.
Anna is the President of the Planning Officers Society; an active peer reviewer for PAS and a regular speaker on strategic planning issues, growth focussed planning and improving performance.
Mike is a chartered town planner with over 40 years’ experience in local government, most of that in London and nearly 14 years at senior officer level. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, formerly president of the Planning Officers Society and now chair of its Board. Mike works closely with government and across the sector to shape planning in England.
During his local government career he successfully delivered major redevelopment and regeneration projects, including the largest housing delivery programme of any council whilst at Tower Hamlets (nearly 4,000 homes per year) and at Croydon the largest outer London growth agenda (over 7,000 homes in the town centre along with the UK’s largest retail centre redevelopment). His work has been recognised in a series of national awards as exemplars of best practice, including Croydon’s planning service being cited in the Farrell Review (May 2014) “as a case study for what can be achieved and what the conditions are for proactive planning”. In 2014 Croydon won Planning Authority of the Year at mipimUK and Planning Policy Team of the Year at the Planning Awards.
In 2015 he set up his consultancy, Mike Kiely planning + regeneration, to specialise in assisting local authorities to perform better and be more effective.
Louise leads the Garden Villages, Towns and Cities programme at the HCA, focused on delivering well-designed new Garden Communities across England. Louise was previously an Executive Director of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, responsible for the Corporation’s Strategic Planning, Communications and Development programme.
Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Landscape Architect. She is an Ambassador for Harvard University, supporting the exchange of design and development innovation between academia and industry. Louise is a co-author of ‘ The Harvard Guide to Shopping ’. She is a Board Director of OPUN; a Built Environment Expert for Design Council Cabe and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.
Keith House has been Liberal Democrat Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire since 1994. He is Leader of the Opposition at Hampshire County Council. On the regional stage, Keith was the Chair of the South East England Regional Assembly and a Board Member at SEEDA and is now a Board member of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) nationally. He has chaired various Local Government Association bodies and is now a Deputy Chair of the Economy, Environment, Housing & Transport Board, and is a passionate advocate of localism and devolution.
In 2014, Keith co-led a national review on local authorities’ role in increasing housing supply announced in the 2013 Autumn Statement for Treasury and CLG and published in January 2015. He has subsequently jointly set up the Housing & Finance Institute, a key review recommendation, and is its Senior Independent Director.
Keith is also a Town Councillor, a Board Member of Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has extensive experience supporting emerging democracies in eastern Europe and the Caribbean and as an election observer in the republics of the former Soviet Union and central Asia.
Mark Parkinson, Economic Development & Planning Policy Manager, Staffordshire County Council
Mark is the Economic Development and Planning Policy Manager at Staffordshire County Council, with a masters in Town and Country Planning and is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. In his current role, he leads on infrastructure planning to support the Local Planning Authorities, Neighbourhood Plan forums and overseeing a number of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
Staffordshire is a large shire county, located within the West Midlands and the County Council in its role as the strategic tier of local government administration is actively engaged in supporting a number of emerging pan-regional and sub-national arrangements including Midlands Engine, Midlands Rail, and Midlands Connect.
Mark is also leading the authority in producing a HS2 Growth Strategy through a ground-breaking collaboration of seven local authorities and the Cheshire and Warrington and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnerships. It aims to unlock major new growth and investment opportunities which could deliver more than 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040 by creating a new Growth Zone at the connecting gateway to the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.
Ellie Smith, Planning Manager, Orbit Homes
Ellie Smith joined Orbit Homes in November 2014 to head up the Planning Department and utilise her skills and experience of the UK Planning System to aid the delivery of growth towards the 2020 Vision. She has experience of both the private and public sector, obtained during time as an Associate Director and Senior Planner respectively at a multi-disciplinary private consultancy, a National Privately Owned Retirement House builder and various Local Planning Authorities. She has consistently demonstrated a commercial acumen to secure planning permission in a timely and cost efficient manner, with full control of the strategy and instructions conveyed to the diverse multi-disciplinary project team.
Ellie is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is progressing towards Chartered membership of the RICS. She has over 10 years’ experience in the industry dealing with a combination of large strategic sites, including mixed use regeneration and residential led greenfield schemes. Ellie studied as a mature student, after coming to planning from an admin background, following the undergraduate route of a BSc in Geography from the University of Manchester, leading a few years later to the Spatial Planning MSc at University College London.
Ellie has previously specialised in the delivery of private sheltered housing for the elderly across the Midlands/North, Eastern and South Eastern Regions, including within the London Boroughs. In addition, she has worked on a range of projects for various clients across the commercial, residential and energy sectors.
Gavin Barwell was appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minsister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Croydon Central in May 2010.
Gavin previously served as Government Whip, Comptroller of HM Household from May 2015 until July 2016, Lord Commissioner, Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Assistant Whip from October 2013 until July 2014. Gavin was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, from 2012 to 2013 and PPS to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy, Greg Clark, from 2011 to 2012.
Bob joined Barton Willmore in 2004 and became Director in 2013, having previously worked for NHS Estates and in local authority. Today he leads a team of planners within Barton Willmore’s London Office. Bob has significant experience working throughout the city and the wider South East region, from the provision of town planning services on large redevelopment projects, estate regeneration schemes and urban mixed-use proposals to the promotion of new developments, by way of applications and through the development plan process.
Bob brings an in-depth knowledge of town planning legislation and a strong track record of delivering considered and timely advice and dealing with complex applications. His broad understanding of the full development process enables him to provide all clients across the public and private sector with practical and commercially sound planning advice.