Public Practice reveals 30 new professionals to take up council planning placements

Social enterprise Public Practice has announced a third wave of planners, architects and urban designers starting one-year placements in local authority planning teams.

The Public Practice third cohort. Pic: Public Practice
The Public Practice third cohort. Pic: Public Practice

In a statement, Public Practice announced its third cohort of associates, who commence year-long placements this month in 20 public sector organisations, including councils across London and the wider south east, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Transport for London.

The new cohort of 30 built environment experts "includes highly experienced practitioners who are stepping away from director-level positions at prominent private sector architecture and urbanism practices to take on new challenges in the public sector," the body said.

It added that 100 per cent of placements in the third cohort "are brand new roles, enabling public organisations to build their in house capacity and plan more proactively."

Exactly one third of the latest cohort come from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background, Public Practice said.

The body went on to say that new organisations added to the list of Public Practice employers include Brighton & Hove and Oxford city councils, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the London Borough of Camden.

In April, Public Practice’s second cohort saw a total of 37 associates allocated planning-related roles at local authorities, largely in London and the South East, up from the 17 who were allocated places in 2018.

Public Practice said that recruitment for the next cohort commencing in April 2020 has already begun.

The 30 associates who make up the third cohort of Public Practice are

  • Alastair Crockett, senior urban designer, Regents Park Estate - London Borough of Camden
  • Andrew Humpherson, regeneration manager, estate regeneration - Oxford City Council
  • Aman Nouri, regeneration engagement manager - London Borough of Enfield
  • Baldeep Heer, urban design architect - London Borough of Haringey
  • Catherine Mollett, growth manager - London Borough of Lewisham
  • Eleni Katrini, lead urban designer, Town Centre Strategy - London Borough of Newham
  • Elizabeth Rapoport, strategic development manager (Meridian Water) - London Borough of Enfield
  • Fraser McQuade, principal planning officer, Urban Design - Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Ibrahim Buhari, senior urban designer - London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Jorge Roman Rodriguez, principal regeneration officer - London Borough of Enfield
  • Karoline Soisalo de Mendonca, conservation and urban design specialist - London Borough of Richmond & Wandsworth
  • Kendra Inman, urban design advisor, Transport for London
  • Kwame Lowe, community Engagement Officer, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Laura Hawker, Hemel Garden Communities lead planner - St Albans City and District Council
  • Maddy Gunn, landscape architect, major projects - St Albans City and District Council
  • Magali Thomson, project lead for place making, Children's Cancer Centre Project - Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Mariana Schiller, central area design guidance project manager - London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Mark Warren, urban design and development officer - London Borough of Merton
  • Matt Weston, project manager - Becontree Estate Strategy - London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Megan Charnley, masterplanner, Beckton and North Woolwich - London Borough of Newham
  • Rafe Bertram, sustainability lead (Meridian Water), London Borough of Enfield
  • Rosie Evered, senior project officer (Small Sites Programme) - Greater London Authority
  • Selasi Setufe, project manager, Small Sites Housing - London Borough of Barking & Dagenham/BeFirst
  • Ted Maxwell, regeneration manager - Oxford City Council
  • Thomas Smethurst, Greater Cambridge, programme manager
  • Tom Atkinson, growth manager - London Borough of Lewisham
  • Yanni Pitsillides, regeneration manager - London Borough of Newham
  • Zeljka Abramovic, principal design officer, site allocations - London Borough of Lambeth. 

A Planning feature examining whether Public Practice is helping to address the planning skills shortage can be read here. 


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