Black Country Garden City Panel

Your Black Country Garden City Panel


Alan Bain


Transport Public Realm

Experienced transport planner and expert in highways and street design. Bearwood, Sandwell resident for a number of years.


Charlie Baker


Urban Design Sustainability

Experienced urban designer who has undertaken many assignments in the Black Country for Urbed. He has been working with the LEP on the Garden City project. His father and uncles ran a small factory in Wednesbury.

Daniel Roberts


Urban Design Housing

Walsall resident and formerly worked as a conservation and urban design officer for Walsall Council. Now with HCA.


Elizabeth Griffiths


Public Health Speciality Registrar

Public Health Speciality Registrar with an interest in maximising the health and wellbeing gains from design. Currently at Birmingham City Council. Stourbridge resident for 15 years.

Hannah Lewis


Ecology Planning

Senior Biodiversity and Planning Officer with the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust. Twelve years working as an ecologist in the development and construction sector. Formerly with Sustrans.

Joe Holyoak


Urban Design Regeneration

An experienced architect and urban designer who has worked on many Black Country projects and was part of the group that developed the Garden City proposal.

John Davies


Regeneration Remediation

Remediation director with an engineering consultancy, involved in a number of landmark developments in the Black Country including Bilston Urban Village and a member of the University of Wolverhampton Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre Board. Black Country born and bred.

Jon Akers Coyle


Landscape Public Realm

Experienced and well respected landscape architect. Will bring an outside perspective although he grew up in the Clent Hills, going to school in Stourbridge and regularly spending time in Dudley and Wolverhampton where his father worked.

Katie Kershaw


Urban Design Historic Environment

Urban designer and conservationist who has undertaken a number of projects in the Black Country. She has lived in the Black Country and went to primary school in Oldbury.

Margaret Baddeley


Planning Housing

Nationally renowned planning consultant will provide an outside perspective although spent childhood holidays in Wolverhampton and has undertaken projects for Wolves and in Dudley.


Peter Shirley


Ecology Community Engagement

Wide experience of advising on and management of natural open spaces in and around built development.  Founder of the local wildlife trust, West Bromwich resident and member of the Black Country Society.

Sarah Robinson


Architecture Historic Environment

Architect with respected London firm Panter Hudspith.  Projects include the Athletes Village for London 2012. She brings an outside perspective but was born in Walsall and lived in Pelsall and Bloxwich for all of her childhood. 

Sian Griffiths


Planning Regeneration

Experienced planning consultant. Has worked on a number of Black Country projects. Family based in Stourbridge.

Simon Atkinson


Ecology Habitat creation

Conservation manager with the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country where he has worked for 14 years. Lead the Nature Improvement Area bid. Has lived in the Black country for 20 years. 

Stefan Kruczkowski


Urban Design

Urban designer with local government experience who has helped to develop the Building for Life standard for new housing developments.  Will bring an outside perspective. 


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