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Applications open to join our Autumn 2021 Cohort

For the first time, Authorities within London and Sub-Regional Partnerships will have the opportunity to secure match funding through Public Practice for placements that help deliver the London Recovery Board’s economic recovery missions: High Streets for All, Digital Access for All, A Green New Deal and Good Work for Londoners.

For more details on this funding and on how to host a placement click here.


Announcing our Spring 2021 Cohort

Welcome to our sixth Public Practice cohort, 27 Associates across 16 Authorities, and taking our total number of placements so far to 176. The cohort is bringing a diverse set of multidisciplinary skills to boost existing teams and establish new ones in areas including civil engineering, digital transformation, green infrastructure, infrastructure design, real estate and sustainable drainage.

You can read more about the Associates here, with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks.


Architect and planner Pooja Agrawal announced as our new CEO

Architect and planner Pooja Agrawal is to take over as CEO of Public Practice, commencing work from the 21st of June.

Pooja brings with her experience from her current role at Homes England, as Assistant Director of Service Strategy, and from the Greater London Authority, where she served as a Programme Manager in the Regeneration Team for over four years.

Read the full release here.


Finn Williams to step down as CEO in July 2021

Public Practice has announced that Finn Williams will step down as Chief Executive in July 2021 to take up the role of City Architect for Malmö, Sweden.

The Board will make an announcement on the appointment of a new Chief Executive in the coming months, following a recruitment process. Nikki Linsell has been promoted from the role of Director of Operations to Chief Operating Officer and will lead the delivery of Public Practice’s strategy and support the incoming Chief Executive.

Read the full statement here.


Autumn 2020 Cohort Announced

We are pleased to introduce our latest cohort of Public Practice Associates who started on our programme this month. All kinds of built environment practitioners, and now all public servants are joining a wide-ranging group of local authorities and public bodies.

You can look at each of the Associate's profiles in more detail in our cohort section.


Diversifying Planning

Read the first of our 4-minute short blog posts on Diversifying Planning with Public Practice Associate, Lauren Kehoe discussing how to set up more diverse panels with a better understanding of local people and places: How can we make sure design review panels represent the diversity of the communities they serve?


Our response to the Planning for the Future White Paper

Last week Public Practice published our consultation response to the Planning White Paper, including findings from our recent planning capacity survey. The response focuses on skills and resourcing because, in our experience, it is the people more than the policies that make the biggest difference to what is delivered on the ground. We believe the White Paper has the potential to create better outcomes through planning, not necessarily as a result of legislative change, but by helping to transform the role of the public planner. But this will only happen if the new system is matched by a new national programme of investment to level up resourcing and enable planning authorities and communities to plan more proactively.

The consultation response sets out seven steps towards building capacity for proactive planning. Read the response in full here.


Public Practice and the RTPI join forces to call for new proactive role for planning

The RTPI has become an official partner of Public Practice, underlining both organisations’ aims to build additional public planning capacity, broaden the diversity of talent joining the profession, and move towards a new, proactive role for planning.

Public Practice Non-Executive Director Anna Rose says: “It is critical that we build both the capacity and capability of placemaking teams, ensuring sustainable growth of the professions moving forward. I welcome Public Practice partnering with the RTPI, planning and planners are central to the success of the Planning White Paper proposals.”

Read the full press release here.