Planning & Regeneration Speakers


Senior Consultant - Tax Advisory, Leyton UK

Angela has over 10 years’ experience working in tax advisory specialising in Private client, Owner Manager Businesses, Partnership Tax, Business Structuring/Transaction and Corporate/ Management Structures. She joined Leyton UK as a Senior Consultant just over a year ago as part of the R&D tax team, having previously worked for KPMG and EY. Angela has advised high net worth individuals, private equity funds and companies across a variety of tax needs. ‘



Geoenvironmental Scientist, British Geological Survey

Darren is a geoscientist and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the British Geological Survey. His work focuses on improving the utility of geoscience in brownfield redevelopment projects and his research interests are human exposure to soil contaminants, predictive modelling of geochemical data and multicriteria analysis of spatial data for decision making.

Prior to BGS, Darren worked for 10 years in environmental consultancy focusing on risk-based land management and environmental assessments for land-use planning. Positions held include Director and Principal Consultant for regional firms in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.



Head of Policy Practice and Research, RTPI

Richard Blyth has been Head of Policy Practice and Research at the RTPI since September 2011. Since then he has established the RTPI’s new policy paper series starting with Housing in 2013 and also the special RTPI Centenary Planning Horizons research programme with 5 projects being published in 2014. He is in charge of the RTPI’s work on Brexit and the RTPI’s England policy. Prior to this he was an Associate Director at Capita Symonds where he worked on commissions for local authorities on infrastructure planning to support core strategies, and for a number of private clients on regeneration schemes. He spent over four years in the Civil Service, including being responsible for Local Plans in England. Richard led a small team within the Joint Strategic Planning Unit which produced the last Berkshire Structure Plan and has also worked for district councils on local plans. He spent two years in the Gambia West Africa as a physical planning officer working on physical development plans and market regeneration.



Director, Arup & Planning & Housing Commissioner, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Jane leads the Planning business in Arup’s Manchester office with responsibility for town planning, environment and transport planning.   She is a Greater Manchester Commissioner for Planning and Housing.  She regularly delivers lectures at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester. Jane is a Fellow of the RTPI and one of the 2018 Northern Power Women.

Jane has worked on a range of projects, including Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), major regeneration-led masterplans, new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point C and Sellafield and rail related projects.  Jane has acted as an expert witness at many planning inquiries.  Jane has considerable experience in assisting local authorities in preparing Local Plans, including evidence documents.  She has led a number of Employment Land Reviews, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments and Local Brownfield Strategies.  Jane led research for Homes England exploring the potential for a greenfield - brownfield land exchange, considering viability, policy requirements and management issues.



Head of Innovation, the Coal Authority

Jeremy joined the Coal Authority in November 2013, and established a team to work on mine energy and other projects using abandoned mines in 2015.


Since then, him and his team have worked tirelessly on innovative and forward thinking ways to repurpose mines in the UK, with a focus on low carbon energy, renewables, and protecting the public and the environment – turning historic mines from liabilities, into assets of strategic importance to the UK.



Environmental Director, Construction, Gallagher

Mathew is Environmental Director at Gallagher where his focus is on environmental insurance projects including contaminated land and regeneration sites, renewable energy projects through to waste/recycling, industrial and commercial company operations.


He has been co- vice president of the Environmental Industries Commission working group for contaminated land and involved with a charity project steering group promoting low carbon renewable energy projects and innovations.



Head of Consultancy, Social Value Portal

Anna has over a decade of experience working in sustainability, CSR and social value. Her focus has always been on finding new ways for the private, public and third sectors to develop mutually beneficial partnerships whilst maximising social, economic and environmental outcomes.


Anna leads the consultancy team at the Social Value Portal which delivers a range of services such as developing social value statements for planning applications, conducting local needs analyses and producing corporate social value strategies. In addition, Anna has responsibility for developing the company’s approach to measuring the social value generated by investments into real estate, and reporting this in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.



Environmental Director, Gallagher

Graeme has over twenty years’ experience in the environmental profession, primarily in consulting and insurance. Throughout his career, Graeme has worked as an environmental consultant, an environmental insurance underwriter for AIG in New York and then London and, since 1997, an environmental risk advisor and insurance broker.

Graeme has particular expertise in the identification, management and insurance of environmental risks associated with a wide variety of industrial operations, major development/regeneration projects and company and property transactions. These include advising on acquisitions and sales of a variety of national and multi-national industrial companies and on a number of large-scale and high profile land development/infrastructure projects, including the Millennium Dome, the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games Stadium, the London Tideway Tunnels, the Forth Replacement Crossing and the Mersey
Gateway Bridge.


Graeme’s role is to assist clients throughout the complete process of environmental risk management – from identification and quantification through to the design and implementation of the solution, using the most appropriate mix of risk reduction, control, financing and transfer.



Managing Director, EDAROTH

Mark is an Architect and a successful Property Development Director with over 25 years of experience. He is now Managing Director of EDAROTH, a subsidiary of Atkins. EDAROTH is a new business which Mark has been instrumental in setting up as a development arm to tackle the social and affordable housing crisis.

Previously, Mark was Atkins’ Development Director in the Cities and Development market team responsible for engaging with Atkins public and private sector clients; advising on their development strategies and delivery plans. Mark advised on development opportunities and priorities, exploring options through viability assessment and development appraisal to maximise value and drive revenue and capital receipt. 


Mark joined Atkins from Dunnhumby (a Tesco subsidiary), where for six years he was Global Property Director managing the company’s portfolio of commercial properties across the globe.


Originally from an Architectural background, he has extensive experience in the developer world, including eight years as Harrods Group’s Development Director, three and a half years as Selfrides Property Director and five years managing the London Stock Exchange’s property portfolio.  



Executive Advisor, Infrastructure Investment & Economics, UK, Europe & Middle East, GHD Advisory

Steve is an economist/strategist with over twenty-nine years’ experience specialising in urban / infrastructure economics, project development & appraisal, urban planning and regeneration. Working in the interface between strategy, economics, project development and planning, he regularly leads multi-disciplinary teams to deliver urban solutions in cities and places worldwide. Known for his thought leadership and strategic perspective, Steve brings international development and regeneration experience spanning the UK, Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Major regeneration and growth projects he has worked on include Northampton Joint Brownfield Initiative; Harlow Regeneration Strategy; Longbridge Regeneration; Scunthorpe Urban Extension; Ashford’s Future Urban Extension and Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth Regeneration Master Plan. Steve currently leads the UK Advisory team with a focus on urban development and economics.



Place Director, FutureGov

Stef is an experienced practitioner and thought leader in planning, economic development and growth with experience in local and regional government. He has worked on major regeneration projects including the London 2012 Olympic Legacy, as well as working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on data-driven digital tools to support development and growth. He was a driving force behind the digital elements of the planning white paper, having created the Future of Planning programme at the Connected Places Catapult and advised MHCLG and the Scottish Government on their approach to creating a more digital planning system.  Stef currently leads the Place practice at FutureGov and is supporting HM Land Registry to build their design and research capacity, as well as supporting digital planning projects in Tallinn and across the OxCam Arc.



Managing Director, RSK Biocensus

Steph has been a Director of Biocensus since 2011 and Managing Director since their acquisition by RSK in 2019.  She is an Ecologist and biodiversity expert with over 25 years’ experience in the assessment of impacts on biodiversity, but unusually among ecologists has an MBA and a strong interest in business.

Prior to joining Biocensus, Steph was Global Environment Director for Hyder Consulting, now Arcadis. She has also held a number of executive, non-executive, and consulting roles at organisations including Peter Brett (now Stantec), Atkins (now part of SNC Lavalin), National Grid, and ERM.

Steph now specialises in business impacts on biodiversity, natural capital and ecosystem services

A past President of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Steph is chair of CIEEM’s Strategic Policy Panel which co-ordinates the Institute’s policy activities throughout the UK and Ireland. She is regularly called on to provide advice to Ministers, select committees and government departments.