Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board comprises experts in the field of development and planning, planning stakeholders and representatives from across the political spectrum.  Our aim is to draw on a wide range of views in informing our research – ensuring that our new conversation about planning is as inclusive as possible.  We are delighted to have the advice and support of so many talented and passionate individuals.

Whilst the advice and guidance of the advisory board is invaluable to our work, it should be noted that the views expressed within our publications are not necessarily those of our individual board members.


Daniel Finkelstein pictured on tuesday the 13th of November 2008. Jon Enoch for The Times.

Lord Finkelstein
Advisory Board Chairman 

Daniel Finkelstein, OBE, is the Associate Editor, a Columnist and Leader Writer for The Times. He also sits in the House of Lords as Lord Finkelstein.

As well as his weekly political column in the comment section and his Saturday Notebook, he writes the “Fink Tank” for the Saturday paper, a statistical column on football.

Between 1997 and 2001, he was chief policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. William Hague MP and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet. In 2001, he was Conservative parliamentary candidate in Harrow West.  Between 1995 and 1997, he was Director of the Conservative Research Department in which capacity he advised Prime Minister John Major and attended meetings of the Cabinet when it sat in political session.

Daniel was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the City University and joined the House of Lords in the autumn of 2013.

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Victoria Bankes Price

Victoria Bankes Price joined the Woodland Trust in 2011 and leads the Trust’s work on national planning policy. Her remit at the Trust is very broad but focuses on ensuring that the Trust uses the planning system to its best advantage to protect and promote woods and trees.

Victoria is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the founding and past chair of the East Midlands Young Planners. She currently chairs the ‘Link Wildlife and Countryside Land Use Planning Group’ bringing together planning professionals from a wide range of environmental voluntary organisations.

Victoria started her career at Yorkshire Forward (RDA) before spending time in both the private and public sectors.


Richard Blyth

Richard Blyth 

Richard Blyth has been Head of Policy and Practice 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.

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.


Ruth Cadbury

Ruth Cadbury MP

Ruth Cadbury is a Labour MP, elected in 2015 for Brentford & Isleworth in west London.  Prior to that she was a senior Councillor at LB Hounslow as a Cabinet member or committee chair with a number of responsibilities over the years including; Regeneration, Planning, Children’s Services, Financial Inclusion, Housing and Equalities. She was also involved in Local Government bodies including the LGA, London Councils, and before the creation of the London Assembly, was Hounslow’s representative on the London Planning Advisory Committee.  Professionally Ruth worked at Covent Garden Community Association, and as a town planner at Planning Aid for London and then the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.  She also provided consultancy services for Sustrans and the Local Government leadership training scheme.

In Parliament Ruth co-Chair’s the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, and a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.


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Stephen Greenhalgh

Stephen Greenhalgh was appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in June 2012 and served until May 2016. He was the executive lead for MOPAC and as DMPC, exercised the powers afforded to elected Police & Crime Commissioners outside the capital. He framed the 20-20-20 Challenge for the Met Police which formed the basis of the Mayor’s strategy outlined in the Police and Crime Plan – to cut key neighbourhood crimes by 20%, to boost confidence by 20%, whilst cutting costs by 20%.

Stephen was previously Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council from 2006 to the end of May 2012.  During his Leadership, Stephen set up the first H&F Home Buy unit, saw Imperial Wharf and Shepherds Bush Stations built on the West London Line and many major regeneration schemes approved in Imperial Wharf, Earls Court, White City and Old Oak.


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Richard Harwood QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC is a leading planning barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and acts for developers, public authorities and interest groups. A case editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law, Richard is the author of several books on planning law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to planning and environment law decision making.


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Stephen Hammond MP

Stephen Hammond read economics at Queen Mary’s College, London, before starting work as a fund manager for Newton Investment Management. He later worked Canada Life, before moving on to a series of investment banks, including Philips and Drew and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he became director of the equities division in 1991. Stephen joined Commerzbank in 1995 and later became director of pan-European research. He left the job in 2003 to concentrate on his political career..

Stephen served for four years on Merton Council, where he was his party’s environment spokesman and deputy leader of the Conservative group until he stood down a year after his election to Parliament.

He has been the Conservative MP for Wimbledon since 2005.

His policy interests include health, financial affairs, transport and foreign affairs. From 2010 to 2015 he served as Shadow Minister for Transport and from 2012 to 2014 he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport. Stephen is now a member of the Treasury Select Committee.

He is an associate of the Society of Investment Analysts.



Jonathan Joseph

Jonathan Joseph has had 44 years of business experience primarily in the area of property development and property finance. He has been the driving force behind the creation of a number of landmark urban development projects in the United Kingdom.

His track record includes major schemes in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has a highly developed interest in design and a great understanding and rounded view of the economics and impacts of complex projects. Jonathan’s most recent urban regeneration project is the large and complex Brent Cross Cricklewood Town Centre project, which he conceived and has led over the past seventeen years. The outline planning phase of the project is now complete and it is anticipated that construction will begin in 2018. Jonathan is now devoting his time to the revitalisation of high streets.


Mike Lambert

Mike Lambert 

Mike Lambert has extensive experience in planning, development and urban regeneration at a senior level within both public and private sector organisations.

As a Chartered Town Planner, with a strong background in place making, master planning and managing large complex projects, he is currently Group Planning Director at Countryside Properties with responsibility for a team promoting new communities of between 500 and 3500 homes across SE England.

Mike also spent over 5 years as Chief Executive at Renaissance Southend Ltd, a NFP Urban Regeneration Company, established by the Government to support the Thames Gateway initiative, where he helped secure £250m investment in infrastructure, public realm and higher education.

Earlier in his career Mike was the Council’s lead on the master planning and delivery of the award winning Great Notley Garden Village at Braintree in Essex, a 2000 new home mixed use community.



Michael Lowndes

Michael Lowndes is Executive Director at Turley, where he specialises in the advocacy of design-led schemes and works at the interface of planning, urban design, heritage and community engagement.  He has over 30 years of experience working on complex planning and masterplanning proposals across London.

Michael sits on Turley’s Board, is an Non-Executive Director of Design for Homes and is a judge for the DCLG Housing Design Awards programme. He provides expert evidence and has lectured widely on technical and professional matters.

Michael started his planning career at LB. Bromley, working subsequently for LB. Hackney, the City of Westminster and TP Bennett.


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Nigel McGurk 

Nigel McGurk established the land and planning consultancy Erimax – Land, Planning and Communities in 2011 and provides bespoke, independent land and planning advice to clients in the public, private and community sectors throughout the UK.

Nigel is Head of Land and Planning for the Blenheim Estate, which includes Blenheim Palace World Heritage Site; a member of the Wesleyan Assurance MSS Fund Committee; and a Non-Executive Director of the Himor Group.

He is one of the country’s most experienced Neighbourhood Plan Examiners and is an experienced Planning Inspector, determining planning appeals on behalf of the Planning Inspectorate.He is a member of the Oxford Design Review Panel, of Places Matter! and of the Integreat Plus Design Review Panel for Yorkshire.

Previous roles include a labourer for Blackburn with Darwen Council, Managing Director of a national development PLC and the creation of a successful national strategic land business before selling his shareholding to invest in the creation of Erimax – Land, Planning and Communities.


Janice Morphet

Janice Morphet is a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, and was on the Planning Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was a Senior Adviser on local government at DCLG 2000-2005, having been Chief Executive of Rutland CC, Director of Technical Services at Woking, and Professorial Head of the School of Planning and Landscape at Birmingham Polytechnic. Janice has been a trustee of the RTPI and TCPA and held several roles at the RTPI including Chair of Education and Life Long Learning Committee and the London Chapter. Janice has also been included in Planning’s Power 100 list of planners.

Janice has been researching both infrastructure planning and delivery and state rescaling. Janice has written frequently for Planning and her recent books are Modern Local Government (2008) and Effective Practice in Spatial Planning (2010) How Europe Shapes British Public Policy (2013) and Applying leadership and management in planning: theory and practice (2015). Her next book is Infrastructure delivery planning: an effective practice approach (2016).


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Steve Norris

Steve Norris was a Member of Parliament for 14 years and for almost five was Minister for Transport with a special responsibility for London.  He was twice his party’s candidate for Mayor and has served as a board member of TfL and the London Development Agency.

He is currently Chairman of BNP Paribas Real Estate, of Soho Estates, Virtus Data Centres and London Resort Company Holdings the developers of London Paramount the £3bn entertainment resort in North Kent which is the first commercial Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

He has an MA(Hons) from Oxford in Jurisprudence is Chair of the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has written for Property Week for many years.


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Jason Rishover

Jason Rishover is the CEO of Heronslea Group.  Heronslea is a fast growing residential developer based in Bushey, Hertfordshire. The Group builds in prime locations and takes pride in being involved with the local area and community.

As one of the founding partners along with his brother Jamie Rishover, Jason has spent his entire working life involved in the development of both residential and commercial property.  Heronslea currently have over 250 units in planning and 200 units under construction.


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Brian Robson

Brian Robson is Policy and Research Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) where he leads JRF’s Housing and Poverty programme. The programme aims to set out policy and practice approaches to enable more effective housing responses for those living in poverty in the UK.

Before joining JRF in February 2015, Brian worked in policy roles at the Northern Housing Consortium and National Housing Federation. His career in housing began at a large London housing association and included spells working in housing management, stock transfer and service improvement. Brian has an MA in Regional Development and Spatial Planning from Newcastle University.


Anna Rose

Anna Rose

Anna Rose is an architect and urban planner with particular expertise in developing and advising on mixeduse masterplans around transport interchanges.  Trained in Aachen and London, she joined Space Syntax in 2002, becoming a partner and board director in 2007.

In addition to her work in the UK, Anna leads the company’s design and consulting activities in the USA and continental Europe. She speaks regularly at industry and academic events worldwide and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. Anna is a member of the UK Academy of Urbanism.

Anna has extensive experience in advising both private and public sector clients on large and complex masterplanning projects, with a particular focus on the design of effective human behaviour patterns and public realm design. Her expertise targets the optimisation of spatial connectivity for the benefit of pedestrians, cyclists (walkability, safety and conviviality) and local businesses (proximity to footfall, interchange and density of amenity).



Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and their 40,000 members.  They provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put their members – in the UK and overseas.


Charles Tannock MEP

Charles Tannock was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and re-elected for his fourth term in 2014.

In the European Parliament, Charles is Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesman for the UK Conservative delegation. He was elected to the UK Conservative delegation Bureau between 2005-07. He is currently a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – where he is also the European Conservatives and Reformist Group Spokesman – and he is also a full member of the Human Rights Subcommittee. From 2000-2004 he served in the UK Conservative delegation Whips Office rising to Deputy Chief Whip. He was between 1999-2001 the Conservative Party Spokesman on Financial Services.

Charles was educated at Bradfield College, Berks followed by Balliol College, Oxford and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Before being elected to the European Parliament in 1999, Charles worked for several years as a Consultant Psychiatrist in London and was a Senior Lecturer at University College Hospital.