We have a superb panel coming together for this conference, including many of the leading figures in UK Planning.


Roger Hepher

Director, HGH Consulting

Roger Hepher is one of the co-founders at hgh Consulting

He holds a Degree in Town & Country Planning a Masters in Town Planning; and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

After successfully heading Hepher Dixon from the mid 1990s, Roger was Savills’ national Head of Planning, leading a team of nearly 200 planners, from 1988 to 2014, and sat on the Board of Savills UK. He co-founded the company that is now hgh Consulting in 2016.

He is active in the affairs of the British Property Federation and London First. He was a member of the coalition Government’s Planning Sounding Board; was appointed by Nick Boles (then Planning Minister) as a Red Tape Challenge Champion; and was a member of the expert panel advising Bridget Rosewell OBE’s review of Planning Appeal Inquiries.

Roger is an experienced planning strategist and leader of professional teams. He also has considerable experience as an expert witness at public inquiries, planning hearings, development plan examinations, Upper Tribunal (formerly Lands Tribunal) hearings, CPO inquiries, High Court proceedings and Select Committee hearings.

Joanna Averley

Chief Planner, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Joanna Averley took up the role of Chief Planner at MHCLG in September 2020. She is a town planner with 30 years’ experience working across government, major projects and with local authorities. She has been involved in all aspect of planning research, policy, practice and project delivery. Prior to this role she was at HS2 where she led on how the railway interfaces with its context with plan making and consenting processes. Until taking up the role of Chief Planner she was a London Mayor’s Design Advocate and Chair of the London Borough of Wandsworth’s Design Review Panel. Joanna has worked on major regeneration and masterplanning projects from Manchester City Centre to the London Olympics. Joanna has held a number of senior roles as Senior Manager for Growth and Development for Crossrail 2 at TfL, Deputy CEO and Director of Design and Planning Advice of CABE, CEO of Centre for Cities, CEO of LandAid and Director of Design for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Joanna has held a number of non-executive roles including Trustee of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

Paul Morrison

Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate

Ian Anderson

Executive Director, Iceni Projects

Ian is always seeking to identify opportunities to add value for his clients, and to further the growth of Iceni.

Having previously been a director at Town Planning Consultancy and subsequently
RPS, Ian has experienced working for both private-run and PLC planning firms. In turn, Ian worked for a private property company, led by two entrepreneurs, where he both acquired sites and managed them through the planning process.

Ian has taken the key ingredients that made those businesses successful and instilled them into the fabric of Iceni: A business mindset characterised by hard work, strategic vision, common sense, topical awareness, and speed of thought.

Ian relishes working with clients, be that on site identification, business planning or project strategy.

Ian currently works on a range of strategic, retail, and residential projects, and also serves in an advisory capacity to a number of property companies.

Iain Gilbey

Partner – Head of Planning, Pinsent Masons

Iain specialises in all aspects of the law relating to town and country planning and related environmental issues. He is a senior partner with Pinsent Masons’ market leading planning law team, and leads the firm’s Residential Sector. His primary focus is on large scale mixed use and residential led projects in London, urban extensions and large scale settlement, garden villages and commercial and sporting stadia projects. His practice encompasses advice on all non-contentious and contentious planning matters, including Court challenges, public inquiries and other tribunals. Iain is recognised as a leading planning lawyer by the Legal 500, Chambers Guide and Planning Magazine’s Annual Legal Survey.

Claire Dutch

Head of UK Real Estate & Co-Head of Planning & Environment, Ashurst

Clare Fielding

Partner, Town Legal

Clare is leading our team through its next phase of growth.

Clare’s legal practice has been focused on substantial London projects. She regularly advises on complex planning strategy, viability issues, Community Infrastructure Levy, JR risk, and on property-related corporate transactions.

Her style is collaborative, problem-solving and people-centred. She regularly speaks on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Legal 500 2021 said: “Clare is very pragmatic, and her work is a very good example of the public and private sector working together. She’s very good on strategy.”

Clare is currently working toward accreditation as a business coach.

Andrew Taylor

Group Planning & Communities Director, Vistry Group

Andrew is Group Planning & Communities Director at Vistry Group and leads the company’s planning function. Countryside develops private, affordable and privately rented homes through partnerships with landowners, registered providers, institutional investors and local authorities, with a focus on urban regeneration schemes and delivering landscape led developments and new settlements.

Before joining Vistry, Andrew was Head of Planning for Countryside in the Eastern Counties and prior to that spent over 18 years in planning authorities in the south east of England. He has experience of both urban and rural planning from small scale exception needs housing to master planning new settlements, major town centre redevelopments and international airport expansion.

Andrew chaired the Royal Town Planning Institute Board of Trustees for 4 years to December 2016 and took on the role of Hon. Treasurer in January 2017, continuing as a Trustee and on the RTPI’s General Assembly.

Andrew Chairs the Leeds Beckett University Partnership Board, is a member of the Women in Planning Advisory board and Chair of the National Planning Forum’s Management Committee, championing planning and inspiring all those involved in the planning process and in delivering the new planning agenda.

Nick Cuff

Chief Commercial Officer, Pocket Living

Maria Dunn

Head of Development Policy , Birmingham City Council

Maria is a qualified planner working in the public sector since 2006. Maria became a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in March 2009. Maria is highly experienced in the preparation of planning policy having been involved in the complete process of preparing the Wyre Forest District Adopted Core Strategy, Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan and Kidderminster Central Area Action Plan. Maria also has considerable knowledge of the Sustainability Appraisal process and neighbourhood planning. Maria was a member of the YP West Midlands committee between May 2010 and October 2013 and has been a member of the RTPI West Midlands Regional Activities Committee since 2013. Maria has been a Planning Aid volunteer since 2005.

Anthony Lee

Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate

Anthony Lee BSc (Hons) MSc (Econ) MA (TP) PhD MRTPI MRICS is Head of UK Development Viability at BNP Paribas Real Estate. He is a chartered surveyor and chartered town planner specialising in development economics, financial modelling and valuation, and advises clients in the public and private sectors on a range of affordable housing issues. His team has recently advised local authority and developer clients on major strategic residential developments in London (Stag Brewery, Westferry Printworks, North Quay, Battersea Power Station, Chelsea Barracks, Leamouth Peninsula, Greenwich Millennium Village, New Wembley, Stratford City, Silvertown Quays, Tideway Wharf, Tottenham Hale, Creekside Village and Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club).

Andy Leahy

Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group

Andy began his 13 year career with Wimpey, starting out as a trainee engineer, rising to Development Director for their Eastern Counties operations based in Witham. His next appointment was as Managing Director of the southern housing operations for Raine Industries. Following the sale of the Raine Industries housebuilding business to Balfour Beatty, Andy became a consultant to Admiral Homes working on the sale of the company to Bryant Homes
Andy was then Development Director for Ballymore Properties Ltd from 1996 to 2004, working on major mixed-use schemes in London and across the country following the purchase of Railtrack
Property. Whilst at Ballymore Andy worked with the Irish Homebuilder’s Association and the Irish Government and funding institutions on the introduction of Affordable Housing policies.
In 2004 Andy set up Bespoke Property Consultants which specialises in providing consultancy services on financial viability of developments, Build to Rent projects, S.106 Agreements and Affordable Housing for developers, Registered Providers and local authorities. Bespoke is a niche practice with eight consultants and administrative staff.
Bespoke Property Consultants provides one of the country’s leading consultancy services on affordable housing and development viability. In 2005 Andy together with Stuart Morley of GVA Grimley, authored the Economic Assessment Tool for the Homes & Communities Agency, which is now in use throughout the country in support of planning applications. BPC works for a wide variety of councils and developers carrying out site specific financial viability assessments, affordable housing advice and infrastructure assessments. In relation to this Andy provides expert witness advice at planning appeals. Currently Andy with his colleagues is advising on schemes of up to 6,000 units each in the growth areas of Ashford and Cambridgeshire, as well as high density mixed use schemes in London and the South east.
Through his work with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Andy has advised on policy around Build to Rent, affordable housing and financial viability models. He has written guidance to assist fellow practitioners and is a consultee on regulation and development valuation for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In 2019 Andy did a speaking tour in New South Wales, Australia on the elements needed to encourage a new Build to Rent Sector. Following that tour the NSW Government engaged with Stakeholders lead by Andy’s hosts the Committee for Sydney and ECF which lead to changes in taxation and planning policy in February 2021.
Andy was formerly Chair of A2 Dominion Enterprises (now called “Fabrica”) which is the development arm of A2 Dominion Housing Group a Registered Provider, targeting the key worker and open sale / rental markets. Andy is currently a non-executive Director of Orchard and Shipman Homes which is a new management only Registered Provider targeting the delivery of schemes in association with Local Authorities and Developers. Andy chaired the CLG working group on the financial viability of Build to Rent in planning which informed government policy advice for this emerging market.

Jenifer Jackson

Assistant Director for Planning & Transport Strategy, Richmond & Wandsworth Councils

Jeni has worked as a town planner in local government for over 25 years, covering Berkshire, Surrey and London authorities. Currently Jeni is the Chief Planner for the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond upon Thames, a role she has held since 2019. Both boroughs are currently working to progress new Local Plans and have a number of large scale development schemes including the redevelopment of the Stag Brewery site in Mortlake, the regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estate in Battersea and the Alton Estate in Roehampton together with leading the team working on the regeneration of the Wandsworth portion of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, including the recently opened Northern Line Extension. In 2021 Jeni was on ‘The Planner’ Women of Influence list for her work with the teams during the COVID pandemic. In July the RTPI London Region recognised Jeni’s achievements leading two very distinctive Council’s planning functions through the ‘Head Planner of the Year’ Award. Jeni is also a member of the Town and Country Planning Association Policy Council and volunteers for Girlguiding UK as a Brownie Leader.

Frances Summers

Principal Planning Consultant, Capita

Principal Consultant at Capita / Part time Lecturer at The University of Gloucestershire / RTPI South West Hon. Secretary / Co-Chair of RTPI Dorset Young Planners
A late bloomer to planning, beginning her planning career at 32, Frances has worked in both policy and academia. Frances is passionate about social equality and uses this appetite in her work. In practice, she leads on topics such as housing supply, affordable housing, housing for care, and climate change. She uses her enthusiasm to create digital solutions and marketing that enables the public to not only understand planning but also be interested enough to engage with consultation. Her ideas for culture change has resulted in her playing a part in planning transformation work at Dorset Council and exploring how apprenticeships could help retain the talent in Dorset and strengthen the planning department. She always makes time to support colleagues and inspire them to think outside of the box, due to this, she was selected as a Woman of Influence 2021 and won the RTPI’s South West Young Planner of the Year 2021. When not at work, Frances spends time walking, paddleboarding, reading and listening to music.

Rebecca Clutten

Francis Taylor Building

Philip Barnes

Group Land & Planning Director, Barratt Developments PLC

Group Land and Planning Director for UK’s largest housebuilder. Represents Barratt on land acquisition and planning strategy. Previously Senior Director (Housing) for UK leading economics and planning consultancy. FRTPI,FRICS.