Yesterday, Design Council Cabe announced that it had recruited 150 additional BEEs, creating a network of 400 design experts which it said is the "largest and most skilled group of its kind in the country".
BEEs include planners, landscape architects, architects, urban designers, engineers, public health professionals, community engagement and data specialists and, according to Design Council Cabe, "provide multi-disciplinary support to local authorities, developers and communities. They advocate and champion the importance of good design in creating spaces and places that improve everyone’s quality of life."
The latest appointments include Janet Askew, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute; Finn Williams, founder of public sector planning think-tank NOVUS; and Gideon Amos, former chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association.
A spokesman for Design Council Cabe said that 83 of the newly-appointed BEEs listed their main profession as planning.
He added that, of the total 400 BEEs, 156 listed their first or second main professions as planning.
Clare Devine, director of Design Council Cabe, said: "This network has an unprecedented breadth of expertise, with specialists in public health, inclusion, SMART and culture, joining experts in planning and built environment.
"We will harness our collective independent expert advice to instigate and foster innovative thinking, providing advice and support to effect transformational change across all aspects of the built environment."