Planning is about to be dragged, kicking and screaming, from the analogue to the digital age. Put away your pads, postage stamps and site notices, and join us for the second session to hear about the latest digital techniques to engage communities in place making. Virtually, of course.
  • Why Digital Engagement? - Colin Parry, Homes England
  • Harnessing the power of digital to engage communities - Kevin Whitmore, BECG
  • Practical application and experience from the digital pilots - Bridge Wilkins, DLUHC
  • Practical application and experience in progressing development - Graham Hyslop & Kate McBride, Homes England

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About the Speakers

1651577966-575375c716dafefb Matt Dugdale - Chair
Associate Director, Nexus Planning

Matt is Associate Director at Nexus Planning with 15 years’ experience. He has a unique insight into the planning profession, having previously worked for two NW local authorities and a developer, before moving to the consultancy sector. He graduated with a Distinction in the Master of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool in 2007 and became a Chartered Member of the RTPI in 2011. Matt joined the RTPI NW Regional Activities Committee in 2021 and is Junior Vice Chair for 2022.

1652368838-7edd92506c7cdf0e Colin Parry
Community Engagement Manager, Homes England

With over 30 years’ experience as a chartered Town Planner, Colin has worked in the public and private sectors advising on planning issues to secure planning permissions and land allocations for large scale housing-led developments. Colin is currently working on a diverse range of projects advising on and developing strategies to engage communities in making high quality places.

1651578346-3623c252078c4b9b Kevin Whitmore
Director, BECG

Kevin leads BECG’s teams across the North and Midlands and has a 13-year career in stakeholder relations on behalf of both the private and public sectors, working on both TCPA and DCO applications.

During his career he has advised clients across the property sector on how best to work with local communities and their elected representatives to build understanding for and acceptance of change to the built environment.

He holds is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Consultation Institute.

1652078832-2ecb11ce0c688553 Bridget Wilkins
Head of Digital Citizen Engagement, DLUHC

As Head of Digital Citizen Engagement at DLUHC, Bridget's passion lies in using digital technology to foster diversity and inclusion across communities and drive the acceleration of proptech across the development and planning industry. Her current focus is to lead on delivering the PropTech Engagement Fund which has supported a record level of investment into the local government sector, currently working with over 45 local authorities and sharing emerging best practice across the market.

Bridget has more than 14 years of international real estate valuation and development experience and is an expert in the global PropTech (property technology) sector through her previous role on the CBRE UK Innovation Board and as a founding member of the Urban Land Institute UK Tech Forum. She was previously Director of Community Engagement at Built-ID, where she was responsible for scaling the award winning proptech platform Give My View which supported the delivery of more than 35,000 homes across the UK.

Bridget is a proud advocate for developing the next generation of real estate professionals, with a focus on skills evolution into the digital age through her role as Co-founder of Peer20 social impact network, Startup Mentor on the REACH UK Tech Programme and previously Steering Committee Member of the City Property Association Next Gen Committee. As an industry champion for the adoption of proptech and innovation to support urban environments, Bridget was recognised as Global Finalist for the Tech Futureproof Woman Awards (2021) and Global Woman in Proptech Awards (2019).

1652691957-17ea38e4cf8f37b0 Graham Hyslop
Project Director – South (Interim) Homes England

Graham is Interim Projects Director (South) and is responsible for the delivery of Homes England’s schemes at Northern Arc, Burgess Hill and Lodge Hill, Medway. Graham is a Chartered Surveyor with over 33 years in the development industry, principally dealing with greenfield development in the South East and the Midlands. Working with colleagues - outline, reserved matters and S106’s have been secured on a wide range of sites in this location and it is clear from Graham’s experiences that early and effective engagement with communities is key to the successful delivery of places where people want, and can afford, to live.

1652700223-0cdd7abd83dce8a8 Kate McBride
Project Director, Homes England

Kate is a Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years’ experience with a proven track record of achieving planning certainty.

Lead for the planning and land assembly of the growth area of Land West of Ifield. This scheme is being promoted by Homes England through the Horsham Local Plan. The scheme will deliver a new residential led mixed use neighbourhood which new secondary school, neighbourhood centre and 50% open space.
Kate is also responsible for the allocation of Chalgrove a site within the South Oxfordshire Local Plan for 3,000 homes and off sites strategic infrastructure. Early engagement and collaboration with all stakeholders is key for the successful delivery of these strategic sites.

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