Public Practice names the 37 planners and urban designers taking up its 2019-20 council placements

Social enterprise Public Practice has announced a second wave of planners and urban designers starting one-year placements in local authorities, more than doubling the number of associates involved in the public sector skills programme.

The second cohort of Public Practice associates. Image: Timothy Chase
The second cohort of Public Practice associates. Image: Timothy Chase

According to a statement from the organisation, a total of 37 associates have been allocated planning-related roles at local authorities, largely in London and the South East, up from the 17 who were allocated places last year

The previous 17 one-year placements ran from April 2018 to April 2019. There are now 37 one-year placements running from April 2019 to April 2020. The placements officially begin today.

The organisation said it is also doubling the frequency of its placement programme and will be recruiting a third cohort of associates to commence placements in October this year, in addition to its existing placements programme which begins in April each year.

Public Practice was founded in 2017 in a bid to build local authority capacity to engage in "proactive planning". The organisation recruits planning, architecture and urban design professionals for one-year placements within public sector organisations.

Funding is provided by participating authorities and from organisations including developer British Land, government-backed think-tank Connected Places Catapult, heritage watchdog Historic England, Karakusevic Carson Architects, housing associations L&Q and Peabody, umbrella body the Local Government Association, the mayor of London, and the housebuilder Berkeley Group.

This year’s associates will work on projects including the production of sustainable action plans in Ashford and Epping Forest; supporting high streets in the London boroughs of Barnet and Enfield; and co-designing new housing and regeneration with communities in the London Borough of Newham and Old Oak & Park Royal.

Twenty-four authorities are participating in this year’s programme. Public Practice said 94 per cent of authorities who took part in the first programme applied to host further associates. Nine authorities, including Ashford, Enfield, Kensington & Chelsea and Thurrock are taking place for the first time this year.

Public Practice said sixteen of the 17 associates from its first cohort are continuing to work within the public sector.

Chief executive Finn Williams said: "Public Practice was founded at a time when the capacity and status of public planning appeared to be at an all-time low. But there are already signs that this landscape is starting to shift.

"In just over a year we have seen more than 400 practitioners apply to join the programme. The quality of these candidates is inspiring authorities to create exciting new cross-cutting roles. In turn, these opportunities to work strategically, in the public interest, are attracting a whole new pool of talent to local government. Over two thirds of our applicants haven’t applied for public sector jobs before."

The 37 associates who make up the second cohort of Public Practice are:

  • Alpa Depani, placemaking lead, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Amanda Gregor, urban design officer, Sevenoaks District Council
  • Amanda Rashid, principal urban design officer, London Borough of Hounslow
  • Amy Linford, senior design officer, Thurrock Council
  • Andrew Catcheside, town centre development manager, London Borough of Enfield
  • Anna Rowell, urban design officer, Epping Forest District Council
  • Anna-Lisa Pollock, regeneration and development architect, London Borough of Enfield
  • Ashleigh Watkins, town centres investment manager, London Borough of Barnet
  • Belinda Greenwell, housing and planning advisor, London Borough of Sutton
  • Ben Smith, landscape officer, Epping Forest District Council
  • Blazej Czuba, principal urban designer, St Albans City and District Council
  • Carmel Keren, urban designer, Greater London Authority
  • Ciara Hanson, urban design officer, London Borough of Havering
  • Clarissa Yee, housing design and development officer, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Dan Daley, masterplanning and delivery coordinator, Ashford Borough Council
  • Helen Evans, development and design manager, London Borough of Newham
  • Huw Trevorrow, urban design officer, London Borough of Havering
  • Joanne Preston, principal urban design officer, Greater Cambridge Planning Service
  • John Stiles, quality and design advisor, Transport for London
  • Jonathan Broderick, town centre investment manager, London Borough of Barnet
  • Joshua Doyle, urban design and heritage growth officer, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Kavita Tailor, early activation project manager, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Laetitia Pancraz, environmental advisor, Ashford Borough Council
  • Laura Hart, senior urban designer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Laurence Neal, urban design officer, London Borough of Havering
  • Martha Dallyn, project manager - small projects, London Borough of Enfield
  • Matthew Brown, project manager - placemaking, London Borough of Croydon
  • Michael Kennedy, principal planning officer - urban design, London Borough of Enfield
  • Oliver Reinhold, senior urban designer, London Borough of Haringey
  • Olivia Halper, urban design officer, Dacorum Borough Council
  • Ramiro Levy, placemaking officer, Westminster City Council
  • Sharon Giffen, quality and design manager, Transport for London
  • Sophie Beagles, planning and design advisor, GLA Royal Docks
  • Tara Gbolade, sustainability officer, Epping Forest District Council
  • Tom Fox, principal urban design and project manager, London Borough of Bexley
  • Umi Baden Powell, housing engagement manager, London Borough of Newham
  • Yiorgos Papamanousakis, strategic research coordinator, London Borough of Bexley


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