Design South East has appointed five new members to its Board of Trustees:

  • Mary Cook, a planning barrister and a founding partner of Town Legal
  • Jonathan Martin, Director of Inward Investment at the London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Joy Nazzari, Founding Director of brand consultancy dn&co
  • Mary Parsons, National Regeneration and Partnerships Director at Lovell Partnerships
  • Andy von Bradsky, architect and a recognised expert in the area of housing and the built environment

They join our current trustees; Ben Rogers, Brian Condon, Sue Wilcox, Hilary Satchwell and Judith Armitt.

Judith Armitt, Chair of the Board of Trustees said ‘I am delighted to have appointed such a talented group of new trustees to strengthen and diversify our skills. I am really looking forward to working with them to address the opportunities and challenges of the future’.

Chris Lamb, Director of Design South East, said ‘Our new trustees join us at a time when leveraging the power of good design to deliver social and economic value and a zero carbon society has never been so important. Our trustees provide invaluable insight and guidance, and these appointments will further diversify our board and add to its range of expertise, helping us to further increase our impact and influence’.

Young Practitioners Group

Design South East also announces today a new initiative, the Young Practitioners Group, to work alongside the Board of Trustees to bring greater diversity to our thinking. Laura Archer, Senior Planning Policy Officer at Portsmouth City Council will guide the development of this initiative working closely with trustees. Laura has worked in the public, private and third sector, and is also an RTPI Young Planner Trustee and Junior Vice Chair of the RTPI South East Regional Management Board. She is currently the project lead on Portsmouth City Council’s National Model Design Code Pilot for Estate Renewal.

Design South East is an independent, not-for-profit organisation driven by the belief that everyone deserves good design because it is fundamental to the development of more resilient, healthy and sustainable communities. Working entirely in the public interest, it leverages the power of a network of around 200 experts from a variety of built environment disciplines, leading practitioners and thinkers in their fields, to advise and guide local authorities and their stakeholders; helping them create well designed places. Design South East work across the south and east of England, delivering expert design advice, facilitation and training. Through our expert panels we brings together outstanding design expertise from individuals of national, and often international, repute to enhance the quality of the built environment, and help communities learn about well-judged and practical design quality.  Though established for 25 years, we are an agile organisation, enhancing the quality of development in the present, while lobbying for better outcomes in future.

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