ABOUT

Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to improve the quality and equality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning. Read more about the organisation, and who we are.

About Us

Public Practice is a not-for-profit company founded in September 2017 by the Greater London Authority and seed funded by six founding Partners from across the public, third and private sectors.

WHAT WE DO

Our purpose is not just to increase the buit environment expertise within local government, it's to transform the status of public service, and support those working within it to lead the way. To do this we have created a unique professional placement programme specifically designed for built environment professionals and their public authority hosts. We offer professionals currently in the private sector an attractive route into working for the public sector whilst also celebrating and capturing leading industry knowledge and sharing it across the wider sector.

WHY WE DO IT

We believe good public planning is fundamental for creating a built environment that is spatially, socially and economically inclusive and sustainable. Being a public planner - by which we mean any built environment expert working in the public sector - can be an extraordinarily rewarding and worthwhile job. No role is more influential in shaping the world around us for the public good. But there is not enough recognition of the value of public planning or its potential to do more to tackle the grand challenges facing society.

HOW WE DO IT

We are a not-for-profit organisation. Local Authorities pay the salaries of Associates and pay Public Practice a placement fee of £5,000 - £7,000 per placement. In addition, we receive donations from Partners which help cover the core costs of running the organisation. This allows us to keep our fees charged to the public sector affordable and means we don't have to ask Associates to pay to take part, helping to ensure we can attract the most diverse candidates we can. In 2019/20 we anticipate that 55% of our income will be from placement fees, and 45% from Partners.

People

Public Practice currently has five Company Directors and two Board Observers. The Board delegate the day-to-day running of the organisation to a team of staff. In addition, as recognition of the work by two GLA employees integral to the set-up of Public Practice, they have been given the title 'co-founder'.

Board, Team
DANNA WALKER
DANNA WALKER

Director

DEBBIE JACKSON
DEBBIE JACKSON

Board Observer

JULES PIPE
JULES PIPE

Chair

LUCY MUSGRAVE
LUCY MUSGRAVE

Director

POOJA AGRAWAL
POOJA AGRAWAL

Co-founder & Board Observer

SARAH CARY
SARAH CARY

Director

VINCENT LACOVARA
VINCENT LACOVARA

Director

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JOBS

There are currently no job vacancies. However, we’re always keen to hear from people who are interested in working with us. Please email us with a copy of your CV and why you want to work at Public Practice.

Our Impact

ATTRACTING A NEW PIPELINE OF APPLICANTS

The first two Public Practice cohorts attracted over 430 applications from talented and experienced built environment practitioners across a wide range of disciplines. Two-thirds of our applicants have not applied to the public sector before.

IMPROVING THE DIVERSITY OF THE SECTOR

Our recruitment process is designed to be open, equal and remove bias at every stage. As a result, our Associates are diverse in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity. So far, over 60% of our Associates are women and over 20% are from BAME backgrounds.

RETAINING TALENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

16 of the 17 Associates in the first cohort have chosen to continue working within the public sector beyond the end of their year-long placements, helping to embed lasting capacity within Authorities.

CREATING ADDITIONALITY THROUGH PLACEMENTS

90 per cent of placements in our second cohort are brand new roles, enabling their Authorities to carry out work that would not have been done otherwise. Public Practice supports Authorities with designing job descriptions and benchmarking salaries.