National Planning Summit

Previous Speakers Include:

Keynote:  Brandon Lewis MP
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
Department For Communities and Local Government

Opening Address:  Lord Rogers of Riverside

Chair: Richard Garlick
Planning and PlacemakingResource

Mr Philip Graham
Chief Executive
National Infrastructure Commission

Henry Brooks
Managing Director
Tatton Estate Management

John Rhodes    
and Chair    
The Government Commissioned    
Local Plans Expert Group

Paula Hassall 
Head of CIL and S106 (Planning) – 
Economic and Social Policy 
Department for Communities and 
Local Government

Heather Cheesbrough
Director of Planning and Strategic,
London Borough of Croydon

Jeremy Castle
Deloitte Real Estate Planning Consultancy

Keith Holland 
Intelligent Plans and Examinations

Eamonn Boylan
Lead Chief Executive, Planning and Housing
Greater Manchester Combined Authority 

Amy Harhoff
Head of Transport Housing Infrastructure and Planning  
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership

David Waterhouse
Head of Strategic Development
Design Council Cabe

Simon Trueick
Partnership Planning Policy Manager 
Christchurch and East Dorset

Edward Clarke
Centre for Cities

Paul Burrell
Pegasus Group Ltd

John Adams 
Deloitte Real Estate Planning Consultancy

Lawrence Revill 
David Lock Associates Ltd 

Peter Andrew  
Deputy Chairman  
Home Builders Federation 

Richard de Cani
Managing Director – Planning
Transport for London

Iain Gilbey
Partner, Head of Planning and Environment  
Pinsent Masons LLP

Chas Ball

Mike Kiely
Planning Officers Society

Philip Barnes
Group Land and Planning Director
Barratt Developments PLC

Mike Derbyshire
Head of Planning 

Liz Peace
Adviser on Property, Politics
and the Built Environment

Mike Lambert
Planning Director
Countryside Properties

Ian Mackay
Neighbourhood Planning Manager
Leeds City Council

Daryl Phillips
Joint Chief Executive
Hart District Council
and Planning Advisor
District Councils Network

Alice Lester
Programme Manager
Planning Advisory Service

Sarah Cary
Head of Sustainable Places
British Land

Hugh Richards
No5 Chambers

Michael Thornton 
Merit Thornton Planning and Community Consultants Ltd

Angus Walker
Bircham Dyson Bell

Brandon Lewis MP

Brandon Lewis MP was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 15 July 2014. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in May 2010. 

Mr Lewis has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London. 

Political career 
Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012. 

Career outside politics 
Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies. Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as Leader. 

Personal life 
Brandon is married with 2 children. He enjoys a variety of sports as well as reading and going to the theatre and cinema. He has also completed the London Marathon twice.

Mr Philip Graham

Phil Graham joined the National Infrastructure Commission from the Department for Transport, where he worked on many of the UK's most important infrastructure projects. He led the development of the Government's high speed rail strategy from its inception and took it through one of the country's largest ever consultation and analysis processes, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies' Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics.

Previous roles include posts dealing with transport security, working on the Eddington study of transport and economic growth and as? Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. 

Lord Rogers of Riverside 

Richard Rogers is a founding partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. In a career spanning more than fifty years, he and his partners have designed many buildings including Centre Pompidou, Lloyd’s of London, the Bordeaux Law Courts, the Welsh Assembly, the Millennium Dome, the Leadenhall Building, and new terminals at Madrid Barajas and London Heathrow airports.

Richard Rogers has advised national and city leaders across Europe, including President Mitterrand, the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Barcelona. In 1997, he was asked by the Deputy Prime Minister to chair an Urban Task Force on the revival of English cities. The Task Force’s report, Towards an Urban Renaissance, was highly influential in the UK and beyond, and set the agenda for Rogers’ work for Mayor Ken Livingstone as head of London’s Architecture and Urbanism Unit.

Richard Rogers is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, and received the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985. He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1986, knighted in 1991 and made a member of the House of Lords (the upper house of the UK Parliament) in 1996, received the Praemium Imperiale Prize for Architecture in 2000, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (La Biennale di Venezia) in 2006 and made a Member of the Order of Companions of Honour in 2008.

Richard Garlick 

Richard is in his second spell as Editor of Planning. He rejoined the magazine in 2010, after ten years as editor of Regeneration & Renewal, which he launched as Editor in 2000. He was previously Editor of Planning from 1997-2000, and before that worked on a range of business and consumer magazines.

John Rhodes 
John takes responsibility for a number of the larger projects handled by Quod and enjoys tackling a wide range of diverse projects from regeneration schemes to major infrastructure. 

John is an experienced expert witness and has given evidence on more than 100 occasions at planning and similar inquiries but always believes that the benefits of good development should enable a consensus to be achieved. 

John is immensely proud of Quod and the remarkable people who have come together since the company was set up in 2010. Quod is its own kind of fun but outside work John likes to be sailing, walking, skiing, chatting or drinking – although not necessarily at the same time.                                                                                                            

Liz Peace

Liz is a well-known figure in the property industry, having served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement at the end of 2014. During that time, she managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs). 

Previously, she was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.

Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, Howard de Walden Estates, Holtby Turner, Arcadis, Peabody and the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Architectural Heritage Fund. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity. She is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham and has recently been appointed to chair the embryonic organisation that is being set up under the Government’s New Property Model initiative to asset-manage departmental property portfolios.

Keith Holland

Graduated as a planner in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1972. Has worked in the UK since 1975. From 1975 to 1982 in local government with Thurrock Borough Council and Wycombe District Council. From 1982 to 1995 in private practice as a planning consultant. Joined the Planning Inspectorate in 1995. Became an assistant Director of PINS with specific responsibility for Development Plans and CIL examinations. Responsibilities included providing PINS perspective to Government in relation to the National Planning Policy Framework and the Planning Policy Guidance work undertaken by the group led by Lord Taylor.

Retired from PINS in August 2015. Member of the Local Plans Expert Group set up by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning in September 2015. Now undertakes examinations independently including the inquiry into the Guernsey Island Development Plan and is currently involved in setting up a company that will provide planning advice and examination expertise.

David Waterhouse 

David is a chartered town planner and is Head of Strategic Development for Design Council Cabe. David leads on identifying new business, policy development and influencing government and cities across the urban design, planning and regeneration agendas.

Prior to joining Design Council Cabe, he was Associate Director and Head of Local Government at JBP PR & Parliamentary Affairs with specialist knowledge on local and national government, the localism agenda and Whitehall. 

He spent four years as Head of Planning and Renewal in the Housing and Growth Directorate at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) where he was responsible for the Housing Market Renewal and Growth Point programmes across England. He also advised on the Eco Town programme and authored the Government Planning Policy Statement on eco towns. 

He is a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning summer school; a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer to Planning Aid for London, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and on the Policy Council of the Town and Country Planning Association.

Peter Andrew 

Peter is Deputy Chairman of HBF and has a wealth of industry experience and an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting house builders.

Peter started life as a Company Trainee QS at George Wimpey and during a career spanning 40 years progressed to become the UK Land and Planning Director and a board member at national house builder Taylor Wimpey UK.

He was also one of the four practitioners who helped draft the National Planning Policy Framework for then Planning Minister Greg Clarke.

Edward Clarke

Edward joined the Centre for Cities in April 2013, Before this he worked in the UK government’s housing and regeneration body the Homes and Communities Agency across various research and strategy roles, supporting and evaluating the delivery of affordable housing across England with a particular interest in the economic impact of housing investment on local areas. He has also interned across public and private sector companies such as Space Syntax Ltd. and GVA Grimley and has worked in the Economic Development Office of Wandsworth Borough Council on an EU funded local business-to-business cluster. 

Edward holds a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds.

Paul Burrell

Paul started his career in the public sector working for both County and District planning authorities, principally dealing with development control and residential housing land matters. This experience has provided a sound base for understanding the public sector perspective and for negotiating with planning officers.

Prior to joining Pegasus Group, Paul was employed by the Strategic Rail Authority where he co-ordinated a review of rail land across London to establish its potential for future rail use or whether it was suitable for disposal through the planning process.

Paul joined Pegasus Group in 2005. He is experienced in infrastructure planning, strategic planning, development control and Environmental Impact Statements and he has been a key project team member on a number of urban extension proposals throughout Southern England.

Iain Gilbey 

Iain is a specialist planning lawyer, advising on many significant development and regeneration projects in London and the UK. Iain is currently working on projects in 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. Iain regularly advises on complex infrastructure agreements, viability in the planning process, and the impact of the Community Infrastructure Levy regime on plan policy making and decision taking.

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).

Philip Barnes

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.

Mike Derbyshire

Mike is a commercially minded chartered town planner with over 26 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. He has a proven track record of delivering viable planning consents in challenging circumstances in London and nationwide and focuses on creative and practical solutions, not process.

Before joining Bidwells he jointly headed the Savills London planning team, a team of 50 fee earners based in the West End and City. Prior to moving to the private sector he was a Chief Planning Officer in Local Government and uses that experience in dealing with major projects. He is an experienced witness at public inquiries and other hearings.

Mike Kiely

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.

Mike Lambert

Prior to first joining Countryside, Mike spent ten years as Head of Development Control at Braintree District Council, where he was the Council’s lead on the planning and delivery of the award winning Great Notley Garden Village.
Mike also spent over 5 years as Chief Executive at Renaissance Southend Ltd, a NFP Urban Regeneration Company, established by the Government to support the Thames Gateway initiative, where he helped secure £250m investment in infrastructure, public realm and higher education.

Ian Mackay

Ian Mackay took up post as Neighbourhood Planning Manager for Leeds City Council in April 2012 and brings over 20 years of planning, regeneration and community development experience to the role. In Leeds Ian has been a Team Leader (Local Planning) and a Project Manager (Regeneration) and has lead on a wide range of initiatives including Beeston Hill and Holbeck Regeneration, Leeds Housing Growth Strategy, Town Centre strategies and the development of consultation and engagement good practice.

He is currently a DCLG ‘neighbourhood planning champion’ and has advised a number of communities on a voluntary basis outside of Leeds. Before moving to Leeds City Council, Ian worked as a planning officer at Craven District Council and Wakefield Metropolitan Council. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh College of Art.

John Adams 

John Adams leads the London planning team at Deloitte Real Estate. He joined Drivers Jonas as a graduate in Land Management from the University of Reading in 1985. John gained early experience of complex major projects working on Holborn Bars, the Prudential’s HQ, Reading station (now redeveloped for a second time!); and The Mall Cribbs Causeway. He then moved to the north to open DJ's Manchester office, and worked on Liverpool One, Spinningfields, Deansgate Tower, Manchester; Trinity Leeds; Meadowhall Sheffield; and Paradise Birmingham. Throughout his career he has advised on development in historic centres, such as Southgate, Bath and Grand Arcade, Cambridge. 

Having moved south to Winchester in 2010, he joined the Deloitte Real Estate team in London. His team is currently advising on the TfL portfolio, HS2 Euston, the Welborne new garden community, Fareham; the Aylesbury Estate Peckham; Aldgate Place, Tower Hamlets; Eden Walk Kingston; the estates of UCL in Bloomsbury & Stratford, the Mercers, Calthorpe, the Hyde Park Estate; and the Palaces of Westminster.

Simon Trueick

Simon’s planning career spans 26 years, having worked for several Local Authorities and in the private sector. In his current role he heads up a joint planning policy team for two authorities – Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council – who have formed a shared services partnership.

In 2014, the two Councils successfully adopted a sound joint Core Strategy – one of the first in the country, which included some 17 sites for new housing and employment released from Green Belt.

Previous roles in both Development Management and Policy included 11 years with New Forest District Council where Simon lead the Council’s successful case to resist a large container port proposal at Dibden Bay following a 56 week public inquiry.

Jeremy Castle

Jeremy Castle joined Deloitte’s London Planning team in 2012. He has spent half of his 25 year career as a planning consultant and the other half on the client-side at three major property companies.

Since joining Deloitte, Jeremy has led the planning of a wide range of projects including Here East on the Olympic Park, National Grid’s Fulham Gasworks site and the Tollgate Gardens estate regeneration project in Kilburn. He has spent the last two years working on a part-time secondment at Transport for London bringing forward sites for release to development partners and identifying housing opportunities across the TfL portfolio.

In his client-side roles, Jeremy worked for Chartwell Land, Legal & General and Treasury Holdings, leading the planning strategies for projects in Central London and the rest of the UK. His most notable projects are Central Saint Giles and Battersea Power Station.

Sarah Cary
As Head of Sustainable Places, Sarah is responsible for ensuring that sustainability is embedded into British Land’s corporate strategy and property management through activity on four strategic pillars: Wellbeing, Community, Futureproofing and Skills and Opportunity. These in turn are central to British Land’s mission to create Places People Prefer. Her responsibilities include corporate social and environmental reporting, public affairs and development standards.

Sarah has a PhD in town planning and 11 years’ experience delivering sustainable development across all scales of the built environment. She chair’s the British Property Federation Sustainability Committee and was named one of the 12 women influencing sustainable architecture by respected UK publication The Architect's Journal in 2013.

Heather Cheesbrough

Heather is a landscape architect and town planner with over 20 years’ experience of working in Local Government and consultancy. She has a particular specialism within design and place making ensuring the delivery of successful places through the preparation, coordination and implementation of masterplans, catalytic projects and collaborative working.  Starting her career as a designer she brings expertise in creating new landscapes, running contracts and understanding the management and maintenance of completed schemes. Heather then began working within regeneration and the incorporation of public art to make places. 

She was responsible for one of the UK’s largest successful public art lottery bids and ran Westminster City Council’s Public Art Advisory Panel which facilitated schemes with Artangel and Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth initiative. During her time in consultancy Heather specialised in masterplanning, regeneration and public realm, including Doncaster Renaissance which initiated the concept of the ‘Town Team’ to overcome significant community cynicism of public sector regeneration. She also led on the Paddington Public Art and Realm Strategies, and masterplans for Brighton, Stratford, Birmingham, Bristol and Mid Sussex. 

Since returning to Local Government Heather has brought leadership to planning teams to deliver competitively and effectively. Key outputs have been the delivery of a new leisure centre adjacent to a scheduled ancient monument in St Albans, a new Local Plan for Hounslow, masterplanning for the Golden Mile in Brentford that enabled it to be designated as a new draft Opportunity Area in the London Plan, visioning for New Heathrow Garden City and associated sub-regional working with all LPAs surrounding Heathrow, as well as the delivery of several complementary town centre schemes including a £200m mixed use leisure, residential and retail scheme in Hounslow town centre. 

She has recently taken up the role of Director of Planning and Strategic Transport at the London Borough of Croydon where she is responsible for all aspects of planning, building control and transport planning. She is a Built Environment Expert for CABE and writes for the industry press. 

Alice Lester

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.

Daryl Phillips

My background is in planning and I have been a Member of The Royal Town Planning Institute for nearly 30 years. I started my planning career at Wycombe District Council, moved to Rushmoor Borough Council in 1989 and left to become Head of Planning at East Hampshire District Council in 2005.  

I joined Hart District Council in 2009 and became Joint Chief Executive in 2014. In 2015 I became the Chief Executive Lead on Planning matters for the District Councils’ Network (DCN). The DCN is a cross-party member led network of 200 district councils. It is a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association (LGA), and provide a single voice for district councils within the LGA.

Henry Brooks

Henry Brooks established Tatton Estate Management in 2012 to add value for property owners including the Tatton Estate. Having been brought up on a diverse Estate, multi-generation strategic planning, stewardship and incremental delivery are a key part of TEM’s ethos. Property owners need a full range of property services from strategic advice to delivery and long term management, hence the bringing together of a wide range of skill sets and professionals under one roof at TEM. Henry Brooks leads a growing team that can understand a client’s need and achieve them.

A director of Monckton Properties Ltd, Henry Brooks graduated from the European Business School London and is a CIMA management accountant. He worked on the industrial side of Pirelli Tyres in Milan and Burton-upon-Trent before joining Macquarie Securities helping manage the Asian infrastructure platform and assets including two Singapore based shipping businesses. He is a member of Cheshire Business Leasers, the Cheshire branch committee of the Country Land & Business Association and has recently been invited to join the Cheshire & Warrington LEP Rural Board.

At TEM, Henry Brooks has been responsible for the identification and delivery of a wide range of projects including regeneration such as the new Hayhurst Arms in Bostock Green; promoting sustainable development for a variety of uses such as 200 new homes in Knutsford; let and in-hand rural business such as contract farming and forestry; community and communications work supporting of a huge range of organisations such as Knutsford’s Heritage Centre and its Football Club; and an eclectic mix of diversification activities such as minerals, water and energy.

Michael Thornton

Michael has over 30years experience working with different planning systems and political flavours, but always seeking to achieve plan led change and development.

He started out with the former Greater London Council on strategic monitoring of the London Docklands Development Corporation; then as ‘outreach’ community planner. He went onto work for London boroughs preparing UDPs, and then district councils preparing 2nd tier Local Plans, LDFs and now Local Plans again! He’s implemented planning policies working in Regeneration, DM and conservation and design roles. As Head of Spatial Planning in Maidstone BC he led the production of the first two adopted LDFs – by focussing first on whole specific priority topics rather than a Core Strategy like everyone else. He recently led the preparation of the LB Hounslow Local Plan from Issues stage to Submission in rapid time, by taking reasoned and assessed ‘risks’.

Michael established as an independent planning consultant five years ago and spends around 50-60% of his professional time as an interim manager and/or advisory consultant to LPA clients. He is currently leading two area specific reviews of the Hounslow Local Plan, and convenes a sub-regional planning group for the area around Heathrow Airport.

Hugh Richards

Hugh Richards was called to the Bar having spent 12 years in the Army and read International Politics at the Universities of Wales (Aberystwyth) and California (Santa Barbara). His practice includes planning, environment and rights of way matters at inquiry and in the courts for developers, landowners, local authorities and government agencies. He has particular experience and expertise in energy, waste, development plan making, gypsy and travellers and ‘EIA Regulations’ issues. He also has a wider public law practice involving judicial review challenges to decisions of government and regulatory bodies. 

He talks regularly at seminars on variety of topics including ‘legal updates’, localism, energy and housing planning policy, development plan making, giving evidence at planning inquiries and gypsy and traveller issues.

He is a school governor, military museum trustee and a keen amateur actor and singer. He obtained planning permission to build his own house in the Green Belt.

Angus Walker

Angus Walker has been a lawyer at Bircham Dyson Bell since 2000, a partner since 2007 and has headed the planning and infrastructure team since 2014.  He was listed as one of the top 5 planning lawyers in Planning magazine’s annual survey in 2016. He specialises in infrastructure planning, particularly large projects requiring a hybrid bill or development consent under the Planning Act 2008.  

He is currently working on highway, harbour, airport, waste water and electricity generation projects that are using that regime, either for the project promoters or for objectors (on different projects!). He is a member of the Law Society's Planning and Environment Committee and the Department for Communities and Local Government's National Infrastructure Planning Sounding Board, and was elected board chair of the National Infrastructure Planning Association in 2015.

Since 2009 he has been maintaining a blog on the Planning Act 2008 regime that now has more than 1000 subscribers across the industry.

Lawrence Revill

Lawrence has been with David Lock Associates more than two decades, most of that time as a Partner.  He is experienced in the direction of large-scale projects and project teams in the promotion of both regeneration and greenfield development from strategies to planning applications, and has appeared as an expert witness in a number of high profile Inquiries and Examinations.  

Lawrence is skilled at focusing on the key issues in delivering high quality development that smoothes the planning process and gives everyone involved – developers, politicians, their officers and members of the public – confidence in the quality of the thinking and the execution.  Lawrence also led DLA’s recent projects in China.  

Prior to joining DLA Lawrence was Associate Director of Urban Planning at DEGW where he led regeneration and master planning projects in the UK and across Europe, including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic and Denmark.

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