About Us

We are a not-for-profit founded in 2017

Our vision

We believe that the role of local government is crucial in creating and managing everyday places that work for everyone. To achieve this, it must be well-resourced with diverse placemaking skills and the right support to lead the way.

  • One

    Local government resourcing

    Public sector officers have the agency to influence every aspect of our everyday environment and to plan for the longer term.

  • Two

    Diverse placemaking teams

    An approach with a diversity of thought and experience can tackle critical spatial issues.

  • Three

    Innovation from within

    We believe in working within the system to influence the decisions that impact places and people the most.

Our impact

Read our five-year impact report

This five-year Company Impact Report represents the first since Public Practice was founded.

Find out more

Our approach

We deliver services to help the public sector9 build capacity and develop its placemaking capabilities. We work across three core areas to achieve our mission.

Recruit People

Through our Associate Programme, we recruit talented placemaking professionals into the public sector in mid-career and senior-level roles. We also shift perceptions of working in the public sector and raise awareness of the senior and leadership career opportunities available to people working in the built environment through our Jobs Board.

Influence Practice

We have developed a community of practice to support knowledge sharing among officers working in different teams and places. We also provide resources and run officer surveys to gather an accurate understanding of the resourcing and workforce challenges officers face and publish an annual Insights Report.

Celebrate the Sector

We host regular events to share the innovative work of public sector officers, share stories and articles on our website and produce our annual magazine ‘Public Notice’ to showcase the work and people who work in public sector placemaking.

Public Practice Team Photo
The Public Practice Team, March 2024

Our values

Public Practice is a value-led organisation. Our values form the basis for how we create the culture of our organisation and how we design and deliver our services.

  • One

    Excellence, Entrepreneurship, Pragmatism

    We know there are always new ideas and solutions, and we do our best in whatever we do.

  • Two

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    We want to ensure the ability to access experiences, knowledge and opportunities fairly.

  • Three

    Openness, Trust, Respect

    By being transparent, sharing power and supporting each other, we can make the best decisions.

How we implemented a 9-day fortnight

Read our company article that shares our approach and reflections of piloting and implementing a 9-day fortnight working pattern across the team.

Our story

Public Practice was set up in late 2017 as a not-for-profit independent company founded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and supported by several Founding Partners across the private, public, and third sectors. The concept was developed by Finn Williams and Pooja Agrawal whilst working in the GLA Regeneration and Economic Development Team. Both had trained as architects and had moved to the public sector to broaden their impact.

Our timeline

  • 2017

    Founded by Greater London Authority

  • 2018

    Launched the Associate Programme

  • 2022

    Launched the Recruitment and Skills Survey

  • 2024

    Published our first Magazine

Our team

Public Practice is led by a Board of Non-executive Directors. These Directors delegate day-to-day delivery to a team of eight employees. The Deputy Mayor of Planning Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe CBE, was the Founding Chair, alongside key industry figures as Board Directors.


Alex Govier

Partnership Manager

Felicity Gransden

Head of Brand & Marketing

Harriet Fisher

Learning & Development Manager

Jess Littlewood

Programmes Manager

Lilli Hoikka

Operations Manager

Pati de Souza

Creative Content Producer


Our growth and income

As a not-for-profit organisation, we operate for a broader social and public benefit, and all income is invested to meet our mission. We generate our income through business revenue and through funding from partners and supporters that enable us to grow our services and impact.

Our Annual Reports

  • Annual Accounts 2017/2018

  • Annual Accounts 2018/2019

  • Annual Accounts 2019/2020

  • Annual Accounts 2020/2021

  • Annual Accounts 2021/2022

  • Annual Accounts 2022/2023


Opportunities in our team

We are currently not recruiting any new people to join our team.

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