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Claire Selby Studio KT1 Kingston University
Claire leads Kingston University’s creative agency ‘Studio KT1′, which aims to increase student employability, encourage collaboration between disciplines, and develop new products and services. She has over 12 years’ experience running commercial projects, events, and training in the education sector. #PXcasestudy
Grace Richards Union of Kingston Students
Grace Richards is Business Development Manager at the Union of Kingston Students, following a role in events and communications. She focuses on generating income to improve on and develop new student services, whilst enriching the lives and futures of Kingston students. #PXcasestudy
Levent Kerimol Community Led Housing London
Levent is director of Community Led Housing London, supporting community groups from the early stages of their projects and working with boroughs and others to create opportunities for community ownership and development. #PXQA
Martine Corbett Willmott Dixon
Martine is Willmott Dixon‘s Training Programme and Social Value Manager. With a passion for supporting young people and marginalised communities, Martine leads Willmott Dixon’s delivery of Building Lives Academies, with locations in East Sussex and North Kensington. #PXConversation
Michael Blake Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Michael leads and manages RBKC’s social investment work: shaping the organisation’s social investment strategy, managing their social investment projects and leases, designing investment opportunities, and sharing learning. #PXConversation#PXLaunch
Molly Pritchard Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Molly joined Kensington and Chelsea Council in October 2020 as part of the National Graduate Development Programme. The Building Lives Academy in North Kensington was one of the first projects she led as a graduate.
Dr. Diana Beech London Higher
As Chief Executive of London Higher, Diana is responsible for leading the organisation’s aim of being a voice for London’s universities and higher education colleagues. Diana has previously worked in government as a policy advisor. Join Diana’s PX Forum here.
Angus Bruce Hassell
Angus is a Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture at Hassell. Australian based in London, with thirty (30+) years experience as a landscape architect and horticulturist within designed and constructed landscapes. #PXForum
Julian Gitsham Hassell
Julian has delivered projects in higher education for over 30 years. His work focuses on developing clarity, building consensus, and creating certainty. Julian is passionate about creating great architectural and urban design outcomes. Join Julian’s PX Forum here.
Stephen Tyler Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Steve Tyler is Kensington and Chelsea Council’s media and communications officer with responsibility for publicising the borough’s social investment work. He has previously worked internationally as a journalist and editor.
Emily Berwyn Meanwhile Space
Emily is the founder Director of the pioneering social enterprise Meanwhile Space. She works together with local communities to design innovative solutions for challenging redundant spaces that result in better places to live and work. See Emily’s PX Conversation here.
Amy Edwards Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Amy Edwards is a member of the Social Investment team at Kensington and Chelsea Council. She joined the Council as part of the NGDP graduate scheme.
Vibushan Thirukumar, a first generation refugee from Sri Lanka, a failed actuary. A career of accounting for entertainment and coworking, prioritising value over figures. Underwhelmed by working environments and company culture. Passionate about hospitality. See Vibushan’s PX Conversation here.
Matt Derry Southwark Council
Matt is Southwark’s lead officer for Peckham and Camberwell town centres. He has delivered projects across London from housing estate renewal schemes to workspaces and cool things in disused car parks! See Matt’s PX Conversation here.
Chloe Kimsey Oru Space
Chloe is a local resident and neighbour of Oru Space. Drawn to Oru Space for its community involvement, hospitality, wellness offerings and holistic approach – Chloe has transitioned from customer to becoming part of the team. See Chloe’s PX Conversation here.
Sarah Castle IF_DO
Sarah Castle is an architect and a co-founding director of the award-winning architecture practice IF_DO. Established in 2014, IF_DO is dedicated to creating projects with a positive impact on users, the environment and the surrounding community. See Sarah’s PX Conversation here.
Camilla Siggaard Andersen Hassell
Camilla is an urban researcher, strategist, and designer. Property X-Change Programme Manager, Hassell Urban Research, NLA Built Environment Technology Expert Panel Chair. Previously with Arup and Gehl.
Mark Darnell UNFOLD Architecture + Design
Architect and Director of UNFOLD Architecture + Design. RIBA chartered and ARB registered with over 15 years of experience in commercial, retail and residential architecture. The practice was established in 2017.
Rumi Bose Southwark Council
Rumi is an urban designer, GLA regeneration manager and project lead for Property X-Change. She supports and advises delivery partners on projects, programmes and masterplans across northwest and central London boroughs.
Susie Hyden Gort Scott
Susie is an Associate Director at Gort Scott. She has worked on a wide variety of projects, developing expertise in strategic masterplans and research, delivery of mixed-use and commercial buildings, adaptive reuse of listed buildings, and public realm and market design.
Adam Scott Freestate
Adam is the creative force and founder of FreeState, the pioneering experience masterplanning agency. Based in London and Melbourne, and working globally, Adam advises some of the world’s most innovative brand builders and city makers.
Gabriela Martino London Borough of Haringey
Gabriela is a Regeneration Sites Manager at the London Borough of Haringey. Gabriela is currently working on the Council’s successful ‘Future High Streets Fund’ programme, to deliver workspace, Council rented homes and placemaking.
Ramsay Yassa NOOMA Studio
Ramsey Yassa is an architect and the founder of award-winning design practice, NOOMA Studio. Through practice Ramsey has a demonstrated expertise in high street and public realm design and regeneration.
Marie Williams Dream Networks CIC
Marie is a playful chartered engineer, play academic and design lecturer. In 2015, she founded Dream Networks, a social enterprise on a global mission to make play possible for all.
Maria Roye London Learning Consortium
Maria is the Traineeship and Employer Engagement Manager at LLC Training Provider, advising and supporting young people and older adults on their professional development. Maria is a qualified professional who oversees the Building Lives Construction Programme in Kensal Road W10.
Yasmin Jones-Henry ING Media
Yasmin has built a reputation as a cultural and communications thought leader on the importance of culture, creative enterprise and regenerative design in delivering both economic and social value.
David Barrie onRedchurchCIC
David is a repeat social innovator and entrepreneur. He has co-founded new retail, tech investment and skills ventures and supported the revival of many cities, neighbourhoods and communities.
Jimmy Wheale Nomadic Community Gardens
Jimmy believes we are the sum of our relationships, relationships need space and crucially activity, ideally meaningful activity that stimulates the dialogue needed to be able to build relationships which are so important to our health connectivity and support.
Maher Anjum Oitij-jo
Maher has been the main lead for the Oitij-jo project, with a vision to present creative excellence and achievement of Bengali traditions in the arts and crafts. Maher’s work has spread across UK’s public, private and international business sectors.
Tom Atkinson TfL Property
Tom leads TfL Property’s customer experience and insights programmes. TfL Property is a purpose driven property company. One of its principles is to place customers and communities at its heart.
Adewole Ademolake A’lake limited
Adewole Ademolake founded A’lake specialising in developing small residential schemes between 1-20 homes in London and the South East. His company also provide Development management services to clients.
Louise Duggan GLA Regeneration
Louise has extensive experience in regeneration, economic development and public sector innovation. Working in partnership with boroughs, businesses, social enterprises, and communities, she helps deliver programmes that promote economic and civic growth.
Parisa Wright Greener and Cleaner
Working to make sustainable living accessible, inclusive and popular through local peer to peer support and behavioural science research. Ensuring the sense of local connection, information and skills needed, through tailored locations, language & activities.
May Molteno Trilogy Property
May has worked engaging communities in the places they live for 30 years. She’s passionate about how places can generate genuine value to society. Oh! And she’s run an outdoor school too!
Yip Siu GLA Regeneration
Yip is an urbanist and architectural designer, having completed his Masters in Architecture at the Bartlett, with a keen interest in social, collaborative, and participatory design. He is currently delivering Mayoral Funded regeneration projects in North-West London.
Shazia Mustafa Third Door & South Kilburn Trust
Director of Marketing and Services for South Kilburn Trust, also joint founder of world’s first coworking and childcare business ‘Third Door’. Steering board member of local Community Land Trust and member of Mayor’s Workspaces Advisory Board.
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What is a Community Land Trust, and how can this type of organisation help revitalise high street property? Community-led housing expert Levent Kerimol explains.
Property X-Change launched on July 13, 2022, with an inspiring event at City Hall. Our dynamic panel discussion ‘Mock the Street’ was designed for the occasion as a celebration of diversity, collaboration, and experimentation.
The Hithe is a building conceived as a piece of social infrastructure for Rotherhithe. One that will both support local businesses and the community to forge connections. The design had to meet a challenging trio of objectives – high design quality, demountable and a low build cost.