Panel Members

The Panel consists of over 60 members with a Chair, Irena Bauman, and two Vice Chairs, Tom Lonsdale and Tony Wyatt. It includes architects, town planners, landscape architects, urban designers, surveyors, engineers, sustainability consultants and artists.Our Panel Members are listed below:
Irena Bauman (Chair)

Irena Bauman funded Bauman Lyons in 1992, and has been involved in developing wide range of projects. The practice is especially interested in mixed use, urban regeneration projects which tap into cultural creativity and aim to achieve new standards of sustainable development. The practice has been concerned with the mitigation and adoption to Climate Change since its conception in 1992. 

She is also a CABE commissioner, CABE Champion for Yorkshire and Humber, past chair of CABE Regions Committee, current chair of Research Group, Chair of Regional Design Review Services for Yorkshire and Humber, design review panel member in Hull and in Sheffield, and she is past external examiner for Sheffield and Newcastle schools of architecture and current external examiner at Cardiff School Of Architecture. She has also taken up the post of studio tutor at Master of Urban Design course at Sheffield School of Architecture. She has also lead two research projects commissioned by Yorkshire Forward: The Future of Market Towns’ and ‘Distinctive Towns’   a study of distinctiveness, its sources and value. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on the shortcomings of economically driven policies and on the fresh thinking required for urban developments to be based on facilitation of community enterprise and long term viability.
She contributes on regular basis to her column, Dear Irena, in Building Design that deals with ethical dilemmas in architectural practice. Her current projects include masterplan for Dewsbury Town Centre, mixed used , low carbon development at Tower Works, Leeds and  Town Hall conversion in Hebden Bridge into community facility and workspace for creative industries. She has also set up a Community Interest Company, ‘Leeds Love it Share it’ in partnership with academics and other practitioners to carry out research projects into the future needs of the city. She is the author of ‘How to be a Happy Architect’ in which her practice explore the changing world of architectural practice. The book was published in October 2008.

Tom Lonsdale (Vice Chair)

Tom Lonsdale has over 35 years’ experience at management level, including 14 years as Chief Landscape Architect with Manchester City Council and, latterly, as Director of renowned landscape and urban design practice Camlin Lonsdale.  He specialises in analysis of ‘place’ and developing strategic and logistic aspects of its enhancement and conservation.
In 2008 he set up PLACECRAFT to work in a freelance capacity and is one of the most active Enablers for CABE, CABE Space and Transform South Yorkshire. Having served the full five year term on the national CABE Design Review Panel and chaired the Places Matter panel in the Northwest for its inaugural two years, he is now much in demand for other regional and local design reviews, including chairing the Humber Panel.  Other activities include extensive conference speaking and competition judging etc. in UK and abroad, as well as acting as Design Champion within multi-disciplinary teams tackling major regeneration schemes.  As a CABE Inspirer he also has experience of working with schools and is a regular facilitator with community groups.
Tony Wyatt (Vice Chair)

Tony has over 30 years public and private sector urban design and historic environment practitioner experience. He is a Director and co –founder of +Plus Urban Design  an innovative urban design company helping local authorities, developers, landowners, community groups and local people to understand, protect, enhance and add value to their local places. Previously Tony was Associate Director at _space group, Urban Design Director at Ryder Architecture and Urban Design and Conservation Group Manager at Newcastle City Council winning a CABE Festive Five Public Sector Award in 2005. Tony is currently Vice Chair of the national Historic Towns Forum and has been an Executive Member since 2006. He is an urban design advisor on the Design Council CABE and Home Office national design review panels together with the North East design review panel. Tony is an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism as well as an Enabler with Places Matter! North West and Northern Architecture.

Panel (alphabetical order):

Simon Baker

Simon is an architect. He graduated from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in 1995.  Simon has worked in architectural practices with Piers Gough, Terry Farrell and currently manages the architecture studio of Chetwoods Architects in Leeds.  He has extensive architectural and urban design experience delivering projects of all scales and in numerous sectors including, retail, residential, commercial, leisure and culture.

Ric Blenkharn

Ric was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield and went on to study Architecture at Leeds and an MA in Housing Studies at York University.He practised in York and Lakeland District Council, returned to York in 1983 and set up Bramhall Blenkharn in 1994 receiving many Awards for the practice including Civic Trust, RIBA , RICS Pro Yorkshire, Ryedale District Council, The Roses Design Award and LABC Awards. He has acted as judge for the National RIBA and other local awards. He is a member of the RIBA Housing Group. Alongside architecture, he is director of, a company set up to design and deliver affordable housing, particularly in rural areas. He writes on a regular basis for The Yorkshire Post on a variety of architectural issues.Ric prides himself on being a good listener and communicator, and has the ability to inspire clients to seek new ideals. His role in the practice is very much as a catalyst and visionary to encourage the aims and aspirations of individuals, and the team as a whole.He has worked on a broad range of projects covering community schemes, mixed-use developments, residential schemes and cultural projects and his principal skills lie in the residential area, through new build, to refurbishment of challenging existing buildings.As an architect, he is fascinated by the visual world, and how our surroundings control all of our senses. He has been fortunate to work with a number of inspired clients, and to create places to live, learn, contemplate, work and play and would like to think that they have made a positive impact not only to owners, but also to local communities and the environment as a whole. He counts it a privilege to have received awards in recognition of such work, which in turn inspires self-confidence and a belief in the power of good architecture.His interests include travel- Western Europe and Denmark in particular and latterly New Zealand, Italian cars- a fascination of design, charisma and idiosyncrasy, regular aided by regular visits to Goodwood Revival. He enjoys an eclectic mix of music and the beauty of the outdoor world and of course architecture! 

Michael Brooke

Michael is a retired detective who served 30 years with West Yorkshire Police. During this time he performed many roles including community constable, crime prevention officer, detective in CID, drug squad and murder investigation teams.  His final post was that of Force Architectural Liaison Officer where he had strategic responsibilities for designing out crime across the county.  During this time he wrote “Planning for Crime Prevention”, which was adopted as a supplementary planning document by Bradford District Council, and “Design and Access Statements: How to use them to prevent crime” which is published nationally by Secured by Design (SBD).Upon retirement Michael joined the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as a Development Officer within Crime Prevention Initiatives (CPI), and is now part of a skilled team responsible for Secured by Design, a recognised initiative that dramatically reduces crime by up to 75%. He currently has responsibility for the North of England and Ireland.Michael is the secretary of the ACPO Crime Prevention Design Group, a position he has held for the last five years and is also a member of the Applied Criminology Centre at The University of Huddersfield where he delivers lectures on the subject of designing out crime. He is also a visiting speaker at the College of Policing and a General Assembly Member of VITRUV, a European project which seeks to reduce the threat of natural disaster, crime and terrorist events by the improved design of the built environment.Michael recently delivered the keynote speech at The Security Event 2014 (April 2014) in Birmingham and has filmed this year with BBC One for their new series: Crime Scene Revisited.

Jessica Bryne-Daniel

Jess has over 25 years experience in the field of landscape design.  Her particular interests lie in meaningful design and strategy formation that ensure the unique essence of place is celebrated in a collaborative response to the clients aspirations.  She promotes a thoughtful approach to projects that challenge mediocrity in design and encourage users of the finished scheme to become involved in the design process.  Recent work ranges from the re-design of the setting for the Chichester Festival Theatre to the design and implementation of a productive housing estate landscape including a residents foraging plan. She currently works as a consultant for Camlin Lonsdale landscape architects and teaches Landscape Design at Leeds Metropolitan University.  She is a Design Council CABE BEE, sits on a number of Design Review panels and is a member of the recently formed CABE BEE Oxford Design Review Panel. 

Mark Burgess

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in public and private sectors. Current work ranges from major regeneration frameworks, urban design strategies, guidance and design review in planning to place-making projects for new spaces, design championing for housing, schools and other major projects. Recent work includes ‘Growing a compact city’ – creative thinking for place-making, connectivity and development in Leeds, also working with elected members, major housebuilders and Council staff to deliver quality housing growth. Mark also has previous experience as a project architect developing a full range of building types from inception to completion. Mark leads the ‘design challenges and solutions’ module on the post-graduate urban design course at Leeds Metropolitan University, and is involved with public-private sector inter-professional groups.
Panel member of Yorkshire and Humber Region Design Review Service
Former Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE) Enabler (now merged with the Design Council) & Accredited Building for Life Assessor
Academician in the Academy of Urbanism
Part-time lecturer/tutor on post graduate urban design course
Member of Quality Public Spaces group (inter-professional - part of Leeds Property Forum)
Member of Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Town Planning Institute, Institute  of Historic Building Conservation, Urban Design Group, & Architects Registration Board


Andrew Cameron

Andrew is an engineer with a background in transportation, architectural engineering and urban design. He is experienced in how we can plan for movement whilst at the same time creating great streets and enjoyable places and has been involved in many regeneration and masterplanning projects for villages, towns and cities around the world. He has acted as an advisor to Government with The Urban Task Force and for The House of Commons Select Committees on Housing and Sustainable Communities. He is co-author of national and local design guidance, including Places, Streets and Movement, The Urban Design Compendium, Designing Streets and Manual for Streets 1 and 2.
Peter Cartwright
Peter founded Cartwright Pickard together with James Pickard in 1996. Peter is the Director of the Leeds office and is responsible a wide variety of projects in both the private and public sectors. Peter is a RIBA Assessor for the North of England, and a member of the Design Review Panel for Yorkshire and Humberside. He gives lectures and seminars on the work of the practice and has acted as an external visiting critic at schools of architecture including The University of Nottingham, where he studied.
Since founding Cartwright Pickard Peter has designed and delivered many award winning lean, low-carbon buildings across all scales and sectors. He is internationally recognized as being an expert in the use of offsite construction techniques to improve quality and environmental performance whilst minimizing construction time.Peter has recently overseen the design and delivery of new civic office buildings in Wakefield and Doncaster. Other projects currently being undertaken include masterplans for colleges and mixed-use urban sites incorporating teaching space, offices,civic buildings, residential and creation of large scale public realm spaces. Peter has good experience of leveraging relationships with contractor/investor developers to deliver public sector buildings that utilize fast track procurement methods. This allows public sector organisation to consolidate their estates, disposing of under-utilized assets and increasing the density, efficiency and performance of the remaining estate.
Richard Charge
Richard Charge is an award winning Urban Designer and Chartered Town Planner specialising in masterplanning and design guidance. His background includes public and private sector experience combined with research and third sector support; working on 
wide-ranging projects. Richard is a national Built Environment Expert (BEE) for Design Council Cabe and a Director at +Plus Urban Design, a company he co-founded. They have established themselves as design advisors to a range of clients in different sectors across the UK. Previously he led the urban design service at _space Architecture across their offices in Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. Prior to that he was a Senior Urban Designer for the Tribal Group (formerly Llewelyn Davies Yeang). He also worked for Newcastle City Council as an Urban Designer for 6 years, where he was part of the design team, which won a CABE award (2005). This followed a position at GURU (Global Urban Research Unit, University of Newcastle). He is a member of Northern Architecture’s Expert Panel. He is also an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, a member of the Historic Towns Forum and the Urban Design Group. 

Fiona Coleman

Since leaving Newcastle University 25 years ago with a degree in Town and Country Planning Fiona has dedicated her career to the provision of affordable housing.  Working for housing associations in various parts of the UK but also with a Rural Community Council she has been involved many different projects including self builders, gypsies and travellers, supported housing of various kinds, listed buildings, new build provision, refurbishment of existing properties, master planning, development of local planning policies, assessments of housing need, rural exceptions sites and inner city renewal to name only a few.  A large part of her role is dispelling the misconceptions of affordable housing and who requires such housing.  
Her passions are centred on incorporating good design in the everyday developments and advocating the need for community involvement and the inclusion of artists in the design process.    She currently works for a registered provider in North Yorkshire where small developments have a huge impact on communities. One such scheme was identified as being in the Top 50 affordable housing schemes in the UK by Inside Housing 2014.
Granville Davies


I am a motivated, hard-working and enthusiastic Chartered Civil Engineer, with a broad base of experience in the water industry and a particular enthusiasm for ensuring that new development is resilient to the potential impacts of flooding, both now and into the future with climate change. My expertise includes flood risk management (for both public and private sector), water and wastewater treatment and drainage. I am a pro-active and clear communicator.
My career experience and responsibilities have included business, team and project management, business development and proposal writing, expert witness, strategic and project appraisals, feasibility studies, site supervision, contract administration, and design. My present role is as Director of Royal HaskoningDHV’s Rivers, Deltas and Coasts Group for the north of England, comprising 16 engineers, scientists and modellers based in Leeds and addition to managing our business and team, I provide strategic direction and support to our Project Managers, and have responsibility for client liaison, business development, and staff recruitment and development. I also remain involved in project work, providing a senior Project Director role on key projects and advising and assisting the team with the technical delivery of projects. I also retain a lead specialist role in terms of providing flood risk advice for new developments, including major nationally significant infrastructure, as well as acting as Expert Witness in a number of cases and claims relating to flood risk management.
Christopher Davis


Qualifications: MPhil Landscape Design, BSc (Hons) Geology, Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI) Position: Director Company: TGP Landscape Architects North Ltd. Chris Davis has practiced for 30 years as a Landscape Architect in North East England. He is a Director of TGP Landscape Architects (North) Ltd, based in Durham, which evolved from the companies of Woolerton Truscott Landscape Architects, SGS Environment, Casella Stanger and Bureau Veritas. He provides experience of a broad range of landscape planning and design expertise ranging from the strategic to detailed design and implementation. The practice has delivered some of the region’s iconic and award winning landscape schemes and spaces including Royal Quays, Tees Barrage, Whitby Abbey Headland Project, The Deep and numerous public realm and parks projects. Chris is a specialist in visual impact assessment, Heritage Lottery Fund projects, historic parks and landscapes, public realm projects, multidisciplinary working and delivery of complex, major projects often as lead consultant. Appointed to Heritage Lottery Fund Expert Advisory Panel for Public Parks now HLF Register of Support Services.  Member of Ignite/One North East’s Design Review Panel now RIBA since its inception in 2009.

Chris Dennis

Chris is a Director of national design practice P+HS Architects, an AJ100 architectural practice with a strong reputation in the health, care and residential sectors. Chris was responsible for setting up the Leeds office of P+HS Architects. 
With over 30 years’ experience Chris currently leads P+HS’s residential teams working with both the private, social sector and special needs housing.
Chris is a firm believer in the benefits of collaborative working and community involvement.
Commenting on his appointment to the Integreat plus design review panel, Chris said ‘good design is never the result of one individual, it’s about partnership working and I’m looking forward to bringing P+HS’s extensive knowledge and understanding to the panel. Our strength lies in a common sense approach and our ability to provide well considered, yet rapid design strategies that not only fulfil the client’s brief and offer good value for money but which are deliverable, sustainable and offer community benefit.’

Guy Denton

Guy is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 20 years of professional experience. He jointly established re-form landscape architecture in 2011.  Previously he was a Director of Planning and Design for Grontmij UK, and Managing Director of Grontmij Whitelaw Turkington.Guy's experience is wide ranging and has included a number of award winning projects including the RIBA White Rose award for St George’s Square, Huddersfield and the Landscape Institute Design Award for St Paul’s Green, Hammersmith. He lectures on landscape and public realm issues in educational and professional forums and is currently a visiting tutor at both Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield.He is an academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a member of the Urban Design Group and an assessor for the Civic Trust awards scheme and is a member of the Integrate Yorkshire Regional Design Review Panel. He is widely experienced at all levels of planning and design from strategic landscape planning through to detailed design and implementation.  He has worked across a range of sectors including public realm, residential, town centre regeneration, universities, colleges and schools, urban parks, country parks, and green infrastructure projects.Guy’s approach to landscape and urbanism is influenced by natural processes – geology, hydrology, ecology and microclimate. His work also explores the cultural history and traditions of place, and how these can be harnessed in order to shape unique places that are beautiful, functional and distinctive.

Bhupinder Dev

Bhupinder is a Chartered MRTPI Town Planner and Development Plans Team Leader at Bradford City Council. Leeds born and bred, Bhupinder studied Town & Country Planning at the University of Manchester and Urban Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is leading work on Infrastructure Planning, Community Infrastructure Levy, Waste Management DPD, Bradford City Centre Area Action Plan and the Development Plan for Shipley & Canal Road Corridor. He has experience of working on regeneration schemes in the north of England through previous employment with WYG and Gillespies. Bhupinder is immediate past Honorary Secretary of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in Yorkshire, and is one of the founding members of YORnet (the network for young built environment professionals in Yorkshire).  He has contributed to a book by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Leeds City Council and  Martin Wainwright (former Northern Editor, The Guardian newspaper) called “Leeds - Shaping the City” (2009) by writing a piece on his personal future vision for his home city of Leeds. Bhupinder is on the management committee of Roundhay Planning Forum and has worked with residents and Leeds City Council in adopting the first ward wide Neighbourhood Design Statement in the City for the suburb of Roundhay. He is a former school governor on the Board of Governors at Moor Allerton Hall School. 

Noel Farrer

Noel has successfully practiced as a landscape architect for 30 years with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. He is the founding Director of Farrer Huxley Associates, President Elect, Chair of Policy Committee and Board member for the Landscape Institute and CABE national design review panel member. He is a regular columnist and thought leader on current landscape issues. All of his work is founded on the belief that landscapes make an essential contribution to the generation of sociable and sustainable communities and he has delivered several award-winning schemes in education, housing and public space.

Brian Gowthorpe

Brian Gowthorpe is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Valuation Surveyor and a Chartered Project Management Surveyor. He is also accredited as Building Conservation Surveyor.  Over 37 years his experience has included commercial and residential property development, asset management, site acquisition, financial appraisal and a wide range of property consultancy commissions. Key specialist areas include sustainable development, regeneration, building defects, low carbon retrofit, energy strategy, historic buildings, public private partnerships and estate rationalisation. Formerly a director of a UK developer involved in large scale regeneration projects and also spent 16 years with the property division of a FTSE 100 company; he has also worked as a surveyor in private practice and in the public sector. He has appointed mixed discipline professional teams for many development and refurbishment projects. He is also a non-executive director of a commercial subsidiary of a housing association. In 2008 he joined Ove Arup and Partners, an employee-owned firm of designers and consultants noted for independence, innovation and the longer term view. At Arup Brian leads multi-disciplinary teams providing strategic property advice and provides an appreciation of client side commercial context and drivers. He is firmly of the view that clients should receive rounded advice that will enable property assets to be or to become resilient in value, long-term utility and against the likely impacts of climate change.  

Charlotte Harrison

Charlotte Harrison, BA(Hons), DipArch(UCL), RIBA, MA, graduated from the Bartlett in 1999. Charlotte co-organised an international festival of architecture in Leeds before joining Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, where she ran projects for Shelter and the Barbican Arts Centre. Together with Glen McGowan she formed mass architecture in 2004 in London and moved to York in 2009. Charlotte has been a design tutor and lecturer in 20th Century Theory of Architecture at Universities in London, Leeds and Sheffield. Charlotte has been a Royal Academy exhibitor in the Architectural Drawing category, and has won design Awards in both London and York. Charlotte is Co-Chair of the York Architectural Association (local RIBA branch) and sits on the Regional Council of the RIBA and the York Design Awards Committee. Charlotte is a Freeman of the City of York and London.

Colin Haylock

Colin is an Architect-Planner with 40 years experience spanning the public, private and academic sectors. He ran a large multi-disciplinary Environmental Design and Conservation Team for Newcastle City Council and managed specialist conservation services for the 5 Tyne and Wear Districts. He subsequently worked as Urban Design Director for a major architectural practice before establishing Haylock Planning and Design as an independent specialist consultancy in 2011. He has been intensely involved in the work of the RTPI since 1990 including leading the development of its’ Urban Design Network. He was the Institute’s National President in 2012 and is an active Planning Aid Volunteer. He was a Regional Representative for CABE, an enabler and a member of its Planning Advisory Committee. He continues this engagement as a Built Environment Expert and Built for Life Examiner with Design Council CABE. His work as an Enabler and a BEE has focused particularly design in local authorities Local Plan Core Strategies on Neighbourhood Planning. He is Visiting Professor of Practice in Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, and teaches at The Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. As an appointed member of Boris Johnson’s Mayor’s Design Advisory Group through to 2016 he is focusing particularly on London’s place-shaping capacity and Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. He is a member of the joint Oxford City Council / CABE Panel, Chair of the RIBA Regional Awards in the North East judging Panel and a member of numerous other review and awards assessment panels. 

David Hickling

David Hickling BSc DipTP MRTPI is a chartered town planner with 35 years experience in the public and private sectors, including a period as an academic teaching planning law and development control at the former Birmingham Polytechnic. David is currently a Director of the Derbyshire-based Planning Cooperative Ltd and a Partner in Hickling-Gray Associates, a planning consultancy based in Beverley, East Yorkshire. In addition to managing a busy portfolio of private clients, David is currently involved in a number of Neighbourhood Planning initiatives and is regularly commissioned to design and deliver “in-house” training courses for local authorities, government agencies, and other organisations throughout the U.K. David lives in a restored Grade II listed Manor House at Leconfield in East Yorkshire together with his wife and an assortment of pets.

Tristram Hope

Tristram is a freelance Chartered Structural Engineer with 28 years of experience in multi-disciplinary building engineering design and management, across a wide variety of projects in the UK and internationally.Tristram’s early education was at Leeds Grammar School, where he was appointed Head Boy in his final year of study. He went on to achieve an Architectural Engineering Masters degree from the University of Leeds, the third year of which was spent at Pennsylvania State University.He founded independent technical consultancy THiSolutions Ltd in 2009, having previously worked with Building Design Partnership, Higgs and Hill (Northern) Ltd, Andrew Russell Associates, Buro Happold and Arup. Thisolutions Ltd provides building design and consultancy services, including building pathology, structural design and structural inspection work. Tristram also speaks fluent French and German, and specialises in the liaison and coordination between Clients and internationally-based, multi-disciplinary design teams, to deliver technically complex projects overseas.Tristram is actively involved in the regional, national and global activities of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and is an elected Trustee Member of the IStructE Council and Board. He chairs the influential IStructE Structural Futures Committee, as well as being a senior judging panel member for the prestigious world-wide IStructE Awards. In addition, Tristram is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design and Sustainability at the University of Leeds and is the current President of the Leeds Grammar School Old Leodiensians former pupils' Association. 

Adrian Leaman

Adrian has been running Building Use Studies (BUS) since 1987 and  specialises in the management and application of feedback from building occupants about their needs and requirements. This is made available to property specialists, building designers and managers in briefs and strategic plans for the future; is an accomplished motivational speaker at conferences, advanced courses and universities in Britain and around the world, and a widely-cited author, with over 150 publications (q.v.); runs the popular website Usable Buildings ( for the Usable Buildings Trust (q.v.) ; carried out pioneering and influential research work on occupant health in buildings (‘sick buildings’) in the 1980s, and productivity studies in the 1990s; carried out the occupant surveys for the internationally-acknowledged Probe studies of building performance. Two special issues of the research journal Building Research and Information (March and December 2001) are devoted to Probe; from 1993-97 he was at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies.

CJ Lim

CJ Lim is the Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Director of International Development at the Bartlett School of Architecture; and served as Vice-Dean of International and Pro-Provost of UCL (University College London). He is also the founding director of Studio 8 Architects (, an international award-winning practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape.With over 25 years experience in planning and design of the built environment, CJ has been the principle designer of over 160 projects, with recent eco-cities planning and sustainable architecture commissions from the Chinese and Korean Governments. For his work in China with Shenzhen Government Planning Bureau, Tangshan Government Planning Bureau, and Guangzhou Government Planning Bureau, the commissions are to influence their environmental policies and have direct economic and social impact in the various regions. He has also worked on numerous knowledge transfer initiatives intended to significantly enhance the quality of life in communities and bring greater cultural and environmental awareness including the Victoria + Albert Museum London, the Mayor of London’s Office, Arts Council England, British Council UK, RIBA Trust UK, Guardian Newspaper UK, London Association Skater Hockey UK, the Queensland and Victoria Government Australia and the Aga Khan Foundation.

Robin Machell

Since forming West and Machell in 1990, Robin has developed an expertise in housing, urban renewal and health and care projects. He understands the needs and drivers for both the delivery of projects in the social and private sector and this contributes to the continuing success of the practice. His practice won a range of local and national design awards .Robin was appointed a board member of Leeds Federated Housing Association in 2014. He is know nationally in the field of Extra Care Housing for a range of public and private providers, and is a member of the Housing LIN. Robin is an independent board member and Chair of the capital programme for East Leeds Homes, one of the early ALMOs, a member of the RIBA Housing Group and a member of Leeds City Council Major Plans Panel. He was appointed as a CABE Enabler in 2008 and contributed to projects ranging from the Sheffield housing company to the Round PFI programme. Robin is a member of the Yorkshire Design Review Panel and the Barnsley Urban Renaissance Design Advisory Panel. He has an understanding of older buildings and conservation issues, and is informed by his creation of the original “Leeds Building Preservation Trust Ltd”to deliver the reuse of buildings at risk and my ongoing corporate support for Leeds Civic trust. His personal commitment and advocacy for the arts is reflected by previously being a governor for St Paul’s Gallery in Leeds and a Trustee of Public Arts in Wakefield, now BEAM. He also prepared the planning application for Anthony Gormleys “Brick Man “ project in Leeds; never realised.

Nigel McGurk

Nigel established Erimax - Land, Planning & Communities in 2011. Erimax provides land, planning and development advice to the public, private and community sectors, throughout the UK. Nigel is responsible for strategic land and planning matters across the Blenheim Estate, which includes Blenheim Palace, the country's only privately owned and funded World Heritage Site. He is a Planning Inspector for the Government's Planning Inspectorate and is one of England's foremost Neighbourhood Planning advisors. As a Neighbourhood Plan Independent Examiner, he chaired the country's first Neighbourhood Plan Hearing and has since completed eight of England's first tranche of Neighbourhood Plan Examinations.He is a Member of the Wesleyan Assurance MSS Fund Committee and is a Non-Executive Director of Himor Group, a north west based strategic land and property company. Formerly, he worked in UK local government, was a Director of two housebuilding PLC's and Managing Director of a major development PLC. He created a national strategic land business, before selling his shareholding to establish Erimax. Nigel sits on the Oxford Design Review Panel and is Vice Chair of Places Matter! (North West Design Review). He is also a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) having been a member of CABE's National Design Review Panel since 2005.

Dan Mitchell

Dan Mitchell is a Town Planning consultant and Partner at Barton Willmore, a planning and design consultancy with offices in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle. He joined Barton Willmore in 2004 and became a Partner in 2008. Dan has a wide range of experience across a full portfolio of projects including major housing, employment and retail developments on behalf of national house builders, property developers, public sector, government departments and landowners. He has appeared at numerous Examinations in Public and Local Development Framework Examinations, and provided Section 78 expert witness services.Dan has a thorough understanding of the masterplanning and design process and the interconnection between planning and design disciplines. He regularly leads design review meetings with his clients advising on the best prospects for securing planning consent. Recent projects include 250 homes in Whitby, plus applications for 500 houses in North East Lincolnshire and advising on a new strategic employment site in South Yorkshire. Dan is also advising clients progressing schemes for 20 and 60 houses in the North York Moors National Park and is currently involved in a planning appeal in Selby. He has appeared at several Local Plan Examinations in Leeds, Harrogate, Ryedale and Hambleton.

Robert Powell

Thirty-five years of broad and intensive professional involvement in the arts, regeneration & the built environment, cultural development, and the media in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Fifteen years as Executive Director of Beam, a regional architecture centre and arts company delivering programmes in learning, education, design training, public engagement and community skills development, and public art.
Experience includes senior management and policy-making; development of major cultural programmes, projects, and masterplans; exhibition, video, and print production; writing, editing, and journalism.
Wide knowledge of contemporary practices and issues in design and the built environment, public realm procurement, culture and regeneration, community engagement and consultation, and a variety of art forms, with specific expertise in the visual arts, literature, and the use of arts in the public realm.
Member of Yorkshire Forward Renaissance Steering Group, 2001-2; Executive Board member, Architecture Centre Network (2005-) and Chair (2008-10); Member of Barnsley Building Schools for the Future Design Panel, (2007- 10) and Design Review Panel (2008-ongoing); Chair, Wakefield MDC Design Review Panel (coordinated by Beam) (2007-ongoing).
Member of Expert Panel for Farrell Review of Architecture & the Built Environment, commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, DCMS, 2013-14
Jon Rowland


Jon has extensive experience of development and masterplanning projects in the UK and overseas. He has advised Government, public and private sector agencies. He is a Chair of Design Council/CABE’s Design Review Panel. He was co‐editor of ‘Urban Design Futures’ and author of ‘Community Decay’. Most recently, Jon was responsible for putting together a spatial plan for Oxford for the Oxford Civic Society. The report, Oxford Futures, was launched in April 2014. Jon is a past Chair of the Urban Design Group, regional representative and enabler for CABE that included assisting on the Eco-towns initiative. He is currently a BEE, an accredited Building for Life assessor; a designated Building for Life 12 examiner and Academician of the AoU. Jon is responsible for masterplans at award winning Telford Millennium Community and Stranraer in Scotland; a coastal infrastructure masterplan for Rhosneigr, Anglesey; Temple Quay North in Bristol, shortlisted for the UDG urban design award 2009; major urban extensions at Sandymoor in Runcorn; Cottam Hall in Preston, shortlisted for an RTPI award in 2013; West Harlow, completing the Gibberd Plan for the New Town and five key areas in Belfast. Jon has carried out urban regeneration strategies for various town centres; Planning and Development Briefs; City Centre Strategies; Urban design frameworks and capacity studies. Jon has also worked on various Neighbourhood Plans; advised CABE and ODPM on urban design coding. He was part of the teams that designed and delivered CABE’s ‘Delivering Successful Places; the Design Awareness Training programme for the Improvement Service in Scotland and design training for the Eco-towns initiative. Jon was also responsible for setting up and maintaining the BOB-MK Design Network for local authority officers in the South-East.

Colin Shields

Colin Shields is a Director with WYG with over 25 years transport planning and engineering experience providing substantial input to projects with difficult and challenging transport issues.  Colin has a BA, MSc in Transport Engineering and Operations is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and is a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Colin has worked for several local authorities and has worked with WYG since 1999.  He has substantial experience of providing transport input to master plans and regeneration studies. He has fulfilled a project manager role for the delivery of a number of large mixed use regeneration projects and has been responsible for the design, appraisal and delivery of various highway, public transport, pedestrian and cycle improvement public sector schemes.  Much of his work has involved working in large multi discipline teams. 

Guy Smith

I am an architect and director at Bauman Lyons Architects, a highly regarded architectural practice who are motivated and passionate about sustainable, socially cohesive and economically viable development.  I trained at Sheffield University and worked for Studio BAAD in Hebden Bridge before joining Bauman Lyons in 2003. I became director in 2007. I am increasingly interested in low carbon design and sustainable development in its widest and most inclusive sense. I have on a number of projects developed a thorough understanding of how passive design solutions can both be highly sustainable and economically viable. I have knowledge of how considering design from a sustainable point of view informs both master plans, urban design and building design. I consider myself able to work at a strategic level and maintain clarity of design decisions through to the smallest detail. All the projects I have worked on in recent years have regenerative value and attempt to improve the environment, economy and lives of people around them. I am only passionate about projects which fulfil this criteria.

Stefanie Stead

Stefanie is a Chartered Architect from York and have worked across Yorkshire on a range of urban design, heritage, residential, retail and educational schemes. She is the Chair of the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humber and also sit on the RIBA Yorkshire Council.  She is a judge for the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards, York design Awards and Constructing Excellence Awards.She leads the Education Team at Pearce Bottomley Architects and work directly with over 30 schools to deliver capital building projects, funding assistance and creative learning programmes.

Fionn Stevenson

I am passionately interested in an underpinning ecological approach to sustainable design in order to address climate change. I studied architecture at the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield before working in practice as a community architect in Lancashire and Scotland. My doctoral thesis from the University of Dundee focussed on the deep tacit knowledge that people have in relation to building materials and the means of accessing and utilising this in design. I have previously held academic appointments in five Universities in the UK and act as visiting lecturer, critic and external examiner in several others.

Rob Thompson

Rob is an urban designer and Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years’ experience, working on a range of complex urban design, development and regeneration projects. A key member of Sheffield’s busy urban design and conservation team, Rob provides comprehensive design guidance on major developments, contributes to the city’s strategic Masterplan, has a lead role in developing urban design policy and coordinates the Sheffield Sustainable Development and Design Panel. Rob was the city design advocate for the recent £17M Indoor Market, and is working on the new city centre retail quarter, and developing proposals around Sheffield's castle.Passionate about creating successful places, in advocating good urbanism and design excellence, Rob is particularly interested in the emotional experience and reaction to place. Rob is currently co-writing the Academy of Urbanism Learning from Place 3, looking at lessons learnt from successful places in the United Kingdom and Europe. Rob is a member of the Urban Design Group and Regional Coordinator for the Yorkshire Region. He is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a local convenor for the north east, as well as a Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Rob is a visiting design tutor for the University of Sheffield MA Urban Design course. 

Erin Walsh

Erin is an urban design and planning consultant, with an active research portfolio. Erin graduated from University College Dublin where she read a Masters Degree in Urban Design and Planning (RTPI). Working with the private and public sectors, she has over ten years experience working in development, urban design and planning, with projects in UK, Ireland, Jamaica (British Council) and China (World Expo 2010). She is currently working on a Creative Exchange research project at The University of Lancaster, developing an Open Planning Application to provide for data share in planning and development. She is also an advisor on the Leverhulme Trust study of ‘Community Inequalities: Liverpool, UK and Medellin, Colombia’ with The UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies.Erin is passionate about quality placemaking and stakeholder engagement and its role in successful design, and is reflected in her active roles with the regional design review panels. Since 2007, Erin has been an Enabler for the Northwest Regional Design Review Panel PlacesMatter!, where she supports design review as a positive resource to help and encourage quality placemaking. She was appointed in May of 2014 to the Design Review Panel for The Yorkshire and Humber Region, Integreat Plus. She is also the Chair of the Chester West and Chester Design Review Panel established in July 2014. She is also a guest reviewer at the School of Architecture, The University of Liverpool, and The School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, Academy; and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts (CAVA) at the University of Liverpool. 

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