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Design South East – About Us

About us

We help people make great places.

We are an independent charitable organisation working entirely in the public interest across the wider south east, often in places facing intense pressure for growth. The majority of our work is funded through fee income on a project-by-project basis. Our Annual Returns and Audited Accounts are published on the Companies House and Charity Commission websites.

Design South East is led by our Director Chris Lamb, supported by a Board of Trustees and a small staff team working with a wide network of expert panel members, associates and contributors.

Our team

Our staff team manage the organisation and the delivery of our services.

Our expert network

Our network includes over 180 built environment experts; all leading practitioners from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, masterplanning, heritage, engineering, sustainability, transport and movement, community engagement and planning. They contribute their expertise across our full range of services; including design review, the delivery of major workshops and training sessions. Our panels are multi-disciplinary and diverse, and we are committed to making all of them gender-balanced and diverse.


Panel Chairs

Panel Members:





















Our trustees

Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance of the charity. They ensure that Design South East is carrying out its charitable role and help to shape the charity’s future.

Board of Trustees

We are governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees drawn from the public and private sector:

Our clients

We work with local authorities, the development sector and communities.

We deliver either in our client’s base or on site. To maintain quality, we limit our range to roughly two hours from central London; a geography that extends from Norfolk down to the Sussex coast and that stretches from the east coast of Kent across to Oxford and Southampton.

The list below shows which local authorities we have worked with over past 12 months.

Join us


We will recruit for specific jobs, but we always want to hear from you if you are interested in joining us. Design Advisors deliver core services; managing design review panels, workshops and charrettes, design surgeries and training events and are appointed at different career levels. Core to the success of our business is our operations team, enabling excellent service delivery through the management of training, communications, finance, events and IT.

Current Vacancies

We are seeking to appoint a consultant to help us strengthen our local authority client base.

The purpose of the role is to develop local authority client relationships and to develop bespoke solutions to help them deliver their objectives. The scope of work is to:

  • Research and develop new client relationships.
  • Working alongside the staff team, help to strengthen working relationships with existing clients
  • Write proposals for clients and tenders in response to ITTs

You will be managed by our Director and work with the staff team. Specific objectives and targets will be agreed at a post appointment inception meeting.

For more information on the role please contact


We also strive to engage a range of freelance panel members who can oversee design review meetings and produce reports. Drawn from a wide variety of specialisms, their contribution is particularly valuable in that it brings new energy and perspective to the process.

Expert Panel Members

Becoming a member of an expert panel offers an opportunity to contribute your expertise to the delivery of our full range of services; from design review to the delivery of major workshops to our training sessions. Our expert panels are gendered balanced and contain a broad range of specialisms. Panel members help to deliver design excellence across a range of unique and progressive projects.

Find our latest opportunities by signing up to our newsletter or following us on Twitter. For more information please contact us below:

T: 01634401166

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