MA DipArch DipTP RIBA MRTPI ppACA FRSA
Brian Waters, MA DipArch DipTP RIBA MRTPI ppACA FRSA Co-Chair of the APEC Forum, is a chartered architect and town planner. Principal of BWCP he is also chairman of the London Planning & Development Forum, has chaired the National Planning Forum 2013-2017 is President of the Association of Consultant Architects, a former vice-president of the RIBA and past master of the Architects’ livery company. With Paul Finch and Lee Mallett he co-publishes and is executive editor of Planning in London magazine. See bwcp.co.uk and planninginlondon.com
Dr Sue Chadwick
Dr Sue Chadwick is a Strategic Planning Advisor with Pinsent Masons LLP. She has more than 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sector, including project management of the Grand Arcade redevelopment of Cambridge City Centre. Sue has degrees in English Literature, Psychology and Counselling and a PhD in planning law, and delivers training in planning law topics for MBL seminars and the Local Government Group of the Law Society. She is in the middle of writing her second book on planning law.
Martin Thompson, APEC’s scribe, was Head of Accommodation at The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom housed in the former Middlesex Guildhall on Parliament Square prior to his retirement. He was a Chartered Civil Engineer whose career mainly involved project management - he worked on London’s then largest commercial redevelopment and went on to be responsible for 70% of annual capital expenditure on the Palace of Westminster; to lecture on programme and project management at the Civil Service College in Sunningdale; and to deliver in Merseyside the then fastest ever PFI project within budget.
James Lai is an Associate Director in CallisonRTKL’s London office. He is a LEED Certified architect who has been involved in designing large-scale mixed-use projects in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. James sits on the RIBA Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel, RIBA International Validation Board and RIBA Award Judging Panel.
James is on the Cambridge University Land Society committee and Vice-Chair of the Cambridge Whitehall Group. James is the Co-Chair of Urban Land Institute UK NEXT Group and sits on the ULI Executive Committee. He is also acting as a member of the Wandsworth Council Design review panel and a frequent Guest critic at various Universities in the UK.
Director, Adams Infrastructure Planning Ltd.
MA, Dip TP, Dip Bldg Cons, MRTPI, IHBC
Mike is a chartered town planner with experience of preparing development plans for local authorities in South Hampshire and Wiltshire that involved implementing large scale mixed use, plan-led, development proposals.
Recent work has been on major infrastructure and regeneration projects in London and the South East for London Underground Limited, Transport for London, the Greater London Authority, Railtrack, Network Rail, Thames Water and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Mike prepares planning applications and environmental statements for road, rail, marine, water and manufacturing industry projects. Central to his work is engagement with stakeholders and making the case for major infrastructure projects.
Melville Haggard has extensive experience as a project financier and adviser to industry and HM Government serving as a member of the Advisory Group on the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank and adviser to DEFRA on energy and waste infrastructure investment needed to meet the UK’s European landfill diversion targets. He is a member of the London Waste and Recycling Board and chairs their investment committee. His career in financial services included positions with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Lloyds Bank International, Arbuthnot Latham and Impax Group plc. Melville is a Past Master of The Clothworkers’ Company; a Trustee of The Clothworkers’ Foundation; Trustee of the Mitsubishi Bank Pension & Life Fund; Director of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum and Chairman of the Knightsbridge Association.
Director, RM Architects
Richard Morton is a practising architect with over 35 years’ experience in a range of sectors, including retirement housing and heritage projects. Previously a Partner at Sidell Gibson, Richard founded Richard Morton Architects in 2012. He has continued to develop his portfolio which includes central London offices, luxury residential, specialist conservation and housing for older people. He has recently contributed to the latest APPG report - Rural Housing for an Ageing Population; Preserving Independence.
Richard studied architecture at Cambridge, intermittently between singing commitments in Kings College and Corpus Christi. He achieved his degree in 1977, a Diploma in 1979 and became a qualified architect in 1981.
Richard’s first job was with Dex Harrison & Pollard, working mainly on Housing Association schemes as project architect and later as an Associate. His role at DH&P later developed to include a combined brief, doing major repairs on occupied developments for Columbus First HA whilst simultaneously providing expert witness evidence for them against the original design team.
In 1987, Richard joined Sidell Gibson to take charge, at a day to day level, of their extensive programme of retirement housing work for the English Courtyard Association. The practice completed over 30 schemes for this major specialist developer over the next 20 years, winning many awards along the way. Richard was appointed to Associate in 1990 and became a Partner in 2001 with an extensive role in the general management of the firm.
While at Sidell Gibson, Richard also led major commercial projects, up to 250,000sqft, in the City and elsewhere, for clients such as The Crown Estate, NM Rothschild, Starlight Investments, Royal and Sun, St George plc, the Bolesworth Estate and a number of others. On the residential side, Richard completed projects for Hanover Housing and Anchor Trust, and for the Duchy of Cornwall at Poundbury. Another of his projects, Sir John Lyon House, close to the Millennium Bridge in London, won several major awards including the Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards and New York Times International Property Awards. Heritage projects continued to feature strongly with examples including the restoration and extension of Sir John Singer Sargent’s old home and studio at 31 Tite Street, London.
Richard also developed his skill and experience in expert witness work, including cases for The Crown Estate, TfL and Magnet Properties.
In 2012, Richard left Sidell Gibson to set up Richard Morton Architects, with a focus on residential projects, historic buildings, expert witness cases and smaller commercial projects, particularly in the City. With the help of his co-founder, Yarema Ronish, the practice is now well established, with offices in Farringdon and a growing workload.
Richard is Vice-Chairman of the Retirement Housing Group, and, until recently, a member of the European Standard committee dealing with Sheltered Housing.
With a busy practice, recreation time is limited, but Richard runs regularly, and has completed a number of half marathons for various charities. He continues his love of singing and performs both chorally and occasionally as a soloist. He is Churchwarden at the Grade I listed St Etheldreda’s Church in Hatfield.
Flora joined Bidwells in 2017 as a Principal Planner, having previously worked for GL Hearn and Savills. She also worked for 3 years as a primary school teacher in Hackney.
Her experience in planning applications ranges from large residential schemes in London and the south east of England to smaller central London change of use applications and extensions. Most recently, Flora has worked on projects with Crest Nicholson, Redrow Homes, Caprice Holdings, Swan Housing Association and a number of private developers.
MA(Cantab) MPhil MRICS
Liliana is a chartered surveyor with multidisciplinary experience from across the residential development and housing sector, including acquisitions, interior product design, and planning and development. She studied Architecture and Real Estate Finance at Cambridge University and has undertaken previous acquisition roles at Dolphin Living and Sage Housing. In her current role as Senior Development Manager within the Build to Rent team at Home Group, Liliana is focussed on sourcing and developing Build to Rent schemes nationally to deliver place-making, social impact and sustainable investment objectives.
MA MEng CEng MIStructE
James is a Chartered Structural Engineer with Price & Myers, having joined them in 2002 straight after graduating. He leads an interesting range of projects in residential, commercial, education and leisure sectors and enjoys projects that present unusual challenges, requiring creativity to come up with bespoke solutions whilst getting to meet a diverse range of interesting people.
In 2011, James took a four-month sabbatical in Kenya, working with an architectural charity to help upgrade the Kibera slum in Nairobi, working with the local communities to create Productive Public Spaces.
He was awarded the IStructE’s ‘Young Structural Engineer of the Year 2012 - Runner Up’ for his work on the multi award-winning Brockholes Visitor Centre, the only floating building of its kind in the UK.
James is an IStructE Mentor and runs the in-house training scheme for P&M’s Graduates, including leading and organising IStructE training sessions and giving focused talks to those sitting the exam and interview.
Since 2018 he has been a visiting lecturer and tutor at the University of Westminster for students on their ‘Architecture and Environmental Design’ course.