In my first job as a regeneration consultant, I became fascinated by the way Sport, Art, and Open Space Provision could add value to development, promote social inclusion and attract talent to the Local Economy.

While working on Sport and Play Strategies I learned how developer contributions and innovative funding mechanisms such as land-based development trusts could be used to secure investment in community infrastructure

At Culture South East I initiated a series of projects to develop an understanding of the ways Developer Contributions, Section 106 Agreements, and Community Infrastructure Levy could fund Cultural Infrastructure and Public Art.

 I was also able to establish with support from Arts Council England, Sport England, Historic England, Tourism South East, and Screen South a series of pioneering projects which ensured Culture Creative Industries and Sport were included in the planning of the Ashford, Thames Gateway North Kent and Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sustainable Communities Growth Areas. I later worked directly on the place-shaping agenda for the Partnership for South Hampshire which at that time had growth point status.

Recent Projects

2020 – Sevenoaks Cultural Strategy to inform Neighbourhood Plan – as an associate member of DPQ Architects team- for Sevenoaks Town Council.

2017 – Advised on the development of Cultural Planning Guidance for York Road and Lombard Road Focal Point Area – For Enable and Wandsworth Council

2014 – Advised Wandsworth Council on Development of Policy on the use of Developer Contributions to fund culture and public art  (p34) – With Enable and David Powell Research.

Strategic Projects

2003-2009 – Culture South East Brokered Collaborative Projects with Arts Council England, Sport England, The Museum Library and Archive Council, Tourism South East and Screen South to Embed Culture into the development of the Thames Gateway North Kent, Milton Keynes and South Midlands and Ashford Sustainable Communities Growth Areas.

2005-2009 – Culture South East and Culture East Midlands secured funding for the creating cultural opportunities invest to save project, securing a national funding stream for the development of cultural infrastructure planning policy including Arts Council England Guidance.

2008-2010 – Board Member of Living Places Partnership of Department of Culture Media and Sport Agencies supporting the sustainable communities’ agenda.

2009-2011 – Quality Place Manager for the partnership for urban south Hampshire , leading the partnerships work on design in the built environment, culture and creative industries.

2009 – Commissioned Partnership for South Hampshire Place Making Guidance.

 2010, 12, 14 16, 19 – Project Managed Solent Quality Place Awards on behalf of the Partnership for South Hampshire.

2010-12 – On Behalf of Partnership for South Hampshire Commissioned, Hampshire and South Hampshire Culture Infrastructure Study and Cultural Planning Review.

2012 – Commissioned SPUD (Space Place Making and Urban Design), to deliver youth engagement project which won the Urban Design Group Local Authority award – 2013.

2012 – Advisor to TCPA on the development of informal cultural planning guidance, Improving culture sport and arts through planning.

 2014 – Member of TCPA team which supported the Mayor of London’s Culture and Planning Teams in researching cultural planning guide – An A-Z of Cultural Planning

2014 – Presented at Royal Academy Seminar – “Humanising Infrastructure connecting to culture in major developments”. This event was organised in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group.

2014-2017 – Brokered Partnership with Historic England and Project Managed Portsmouth Harbour Project to secure sustainable use of Historic Environment. This project informed Historic England’s conceptualisation of heritage action zones.