The Team

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Bryony Harrington

Head of the Right to Build Task Force

Bryony Harrington is Head of the Right to Build Task Force, and is currently on maternity leave. Bryony joined the Task Force from Graven Hill, the UK’s largest custom and self-build development where she helped coordinate the project through the early stages of its set-up, well into the sales and construction phase. She was responsible for coordinating the team who led the first purchasers through the customer journey and for evolving, testing and executing the first large-scale self-build marketing campaign in the UK.

Bryony is also working on building a home near her family farm in Oxfordshire and is an ardent believer in the power of self-build to improve lives. Before Graven Hill she spent seven years working in the music industry, travelling the world as a Tour Manager for bands and running a live music production company.

Bryony will be on maternity leave from February 2021.  During her absence, Mary Elkington will be acting Head of the Task Force.  Mary is a planning consultant and a member of the Task Force Expert Panel.

 

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Sally Tagg

Acting Head of the Right to Build Task Force

SKILLS: Planning – Policy; Planning – Development; Planning – Public Sector

Sally is the Managing Director of her own consultancy Foxley Tagg Planning, which has operated for over 20 years now. She is a Chartered Town Planner with prior public sector experience, and is a specialist in self and custom build. Sally is the ‘Planning Expert’ for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, a passionate presenter of seminars and hosts ‘The Planning Clinic’ at major shows throughout the country, specifically targeted at the Self and Custom Build industry.

 

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Richard Bacon MP

Task Force Ambassador

Richard Bacon is the Member of Parliament for South Norfolk. Before his election to Parliament in 2001, he worked in investment banking, journalism and consultancy. He served on the Public Accounts Committee for sixteen years, the last seven as deputy chairman.

Richard founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Self-Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Place-Making, and steered through Parliament a Private Member’s Bill which became the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. 

His Bacon Review of Custom and Self Build is a pivotal document commissioned by Boris Johnson to provide a comprehensive review of the potential of the sector and its challenges, together with new data. 

Visit the Bacon Review section on this website

 

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Adrian Spawforth

Task Force Ambassador

Adrian Spawforth is a Chartered Town Planner, Chartered Architect and Managing Director of Spawforths: a Yorkshire Based planning and architecture company specialising in large scale housing developments including urban extensions and new settlements.

He has been actively involved in self build since 1991and has been working closely with major landowners, developers, land promoters and local authorities over the last decade to promote the inclusion of serviced plots as an integral part of their major developments. 

Adrian has been involved in the promotion, planning, masterplanning and/or design of over 52,000 new homes and has written for the majority of the UK’s specialist self-build magazines. He has lectured extensively around the country on the subject of design and the self-build process, and was the co-founder of ASBA, the UK’s first dedicated network of self-build architects.  His specialisms include a detailed understanding of the viability and delivery challenges associated with large scale housing developments and the promotion of potential housing sites through the Local Plan process.

 

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Duncan Hayes

Marketing and Communications Executive

Duncan has over 20 years' experience in the world of self and custom build, having previously been the Editor of Build It magazine, Deputy Editor of Grand Designs magazine and Website Editor of Custom Build Strategy.

He also holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Town Planning, for which he earned a distinction. His dissertation was researched How Local Authority Planning can support Housing Diversification.

Duncan also works with the National Custom and Self Build Association. 

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Vanessa Pike

Office Manager

Vanessa Pike is the Office Manager of the Right to Build Task Force, joining in September 2020. She works with the Head of the Task Force to support the smooth running of the organisation and is responsible for co-ordinating the panel of expert advisers, consultancy work and other Task Force projects.

Vanessa previously worked in the Property Management Team at the Dartington Hall Trust near Totnes for almost thirteen years. During her time at Dartington, she was involved in a wide range of property-related projects, including long-term strategic planning, feasibility studies and research for projects, co-ordination of activities and events on the Dartington Hall estate and liaison with tenants and other stakeholders.

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Gus Zogolovitch

Task Force Advisor

SKILLS: Custom Build, Land Promotion

Having left investment banking to travel, Gus started in the property world almost 20 years' ago when he accidentally project managed his own loft conversion and has been in property ever since. After running a small contracting firm, he managed Solidspace, a multi award winning development company, with his father for several years before setting up Unboxed Homes, London’s first custom build developer, and Rare Space which sells self-build and custom built homes.

He attended London Business School and built his own home while setting up a peer-to-peer lending business. He then co-founded Developer Collective to teach people how to become a property developer. His mission is to create better homes: better quality, better design, better value and better for the environment. He believes that self-build and custom build does exactly this. He is a frequent architectural judge and speaker. He chairs the custom build developer group for NaCSBA, sits on the national executive board, and is a member of two design review panels.

 

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Charlie Laing

Task Force Advisor

SKILLS: Construction Operations, Delivery

Charlie Laing is a Director at CLPM Ltd, a construction consultancy, offering practical support to clients on cost advice, procurement routes, on site set-up and control of works.  He heads the Operations Department managing a team of 8 project managers delivering projects throughout the country.  75% of CLPM’s clients are self-builders or refurbishers.  Charlie has been working on domestic projects for over 15 years and has a wide experience of building systems, site issues and general project delivery. 

For some clients CLPM provides simple support whilst for other clients it takes a more active delivery role.  Before setting up CLPM, Charlie worked for John Laing both in the UK and overseas on sites delivering hospitals and offices. He has always been involved in project delivery, training as a site programmer before moving into site management.  Alongside helping CLPM clients deliver excellent projects, Charlie delivers Project Management and Self-Build courses for the NSBRC and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

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Charles Acland

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Policy; Planning – Development; Planning – Public Sector; Affordable Housing Delivery

Charles Acland is Self Build Officer at Teignbridge District Council, having been appointed to the newly formed post in January 2015. Charles has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry working for consulting engineers and architects on small scale housing projects.

He is also a serial designer, renovator and hands-on Self Builder so has an in-depth knowledge of the Custom and Self Build delivery process. Charles currently works in the Spatial Planning Delivery Team where his main responsibility is to facilitate the delivery of serviced building plots in line with the Council’s Local Plan policy which requires larger housing sites to bring forward plots for Custom and Self Builders. He also supports Council Leader Jeremy Christophers in his role as Deputy Ambassador to the Task Force.

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Jeremy Christophers

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Local Government Leadership

Jeremy Christophers has been actively promoting Custom and Self Build housing in Teignbridge since he first became the leader of Teignbridge District Council, where he was responsible for the adoption of the first Local Plan policy to secure serviced building plots on larger sites. In 2012 he visited Almere in the Netherlands with the then Housing Minister, Grant Shapps and was instrumental in Teignbridge District Council being designated as a Right to Build vanguard Council. He has also delivered presentations on Custom and Self Build at a national summit at 10 Downing Street in London and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.

Jeremy has self-built his own home, is a local businessman and a keen sportsman, having playing County cricket for Devon.

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Catherine Harrington

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Community-led Housing; Affordable Housing Delivery

Catherine Harrington is an independent consultant who joined the Task Force in March 2021. She has detailed working knowledge of community led housing, having been the former Chief Executive of the National Community Land Trust (CLT) Network, having founded the organisation in 2010. During her tenure she oversaw a more than ten-fold increase in the growth of CLTs from 30 to nearly 350 in 2021.

Catherine was instrumental in securing the £300m Community Housing Fund and its subsequent renewal and, in the words of a senior Government official, has made a lasting difference to how the government sees the role of the community-led housing sector.

Previously she worked at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Notting Hill Housing Trust and the Institute for Public Policy Research. Catherine has an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and holds a BA Hons in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. 

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Phil Cringle

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Affordable Housing Delivery; Community-led housing

Phil Cringle is a successful housing development professional, specialising in affordable and self/custom build housing. Over twenty-four years of experience, including project management, policy and procedure development and implementation, staff management and development, new business generation and development and sales programme delivery.

Over twenty years at a senior level, contributing to the overall management and development of organisations, including involvement at strategic and corporate levels. Phil originally trained, qualified and worked as an architect in Edinburgh. He then moved into affordable housing after undertaking a further course of post-graduate study in housing in Oxford.

Phil has worked for six different housing providers in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and London, as well as, more recently, on the largest self and custom build development in the country at Graven Hill, Bicester, Oxfordshire.

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Andy Moger

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Policy; Planning – Development; Planning – Public Sector; Planning - Private Sector; Land Promotion 

Andy Moger is an MRTPI chartered Town Planner and has worked in the planning sector since 2006. Tetlow King Planning are a leading town planning and development consultancy with their head office in Bristol, where Andy is an Associate Director. He has a wide range of experience in the preparation of town planning strategies from small developer single dwelling proposals through to large scale urban extensions for volume house builders and strategic land promoters.

Prior to joining Tetlow King Planning, Andy spent seven years in a range of planning roles across local authorities in the midlands and south west regions dealing with development plan document preparation, infrastructure delivery planning, Local Plan examinations, Section 106, large scale urban extension projects and affordable housing which gives him a strong insight into the way in which local authorities operate at officer and elected member level.

In his role at Tetlow King Andy acted as planning consultant for Carillion-Igloo Regeneration Partnership and Coastline Housing Association in successfully securing a hybrid planning consent for 54 Custom Build homes, 70 affordable homes and 20 open market dwellings on a former mining and industrial site in the town of Pool in Cornwall. The scheme was the first pilot implemented by Homes England to kick-start the Government’s commitment to maximising opportunities for Custom Build homes and tap into the growing demand from the British public to create their own unique and individual home.

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Paul Britton

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Development; Planning – Public Sector; Affordable Housing Delivery; Land Promotion

Paul Britton is Senior Manager in the South West Land Team at Homes England. He is a qualified town planner and an experienced housing delivery specialist with over 15 years of direct experience supporting high quality projects throughout the UK. Paul has led numerous multi-million pound site acquisitions; prepared masterplans and planning applications; produced financial appraisals; and project managed the delivery of complex schemes through joint ventures. Paul has also been leading Homes England’s involvement in the delivery of custom build housing sites, including the delivery of the Custom Build housing project at Heartlands in Cornwall being brought forward by igloo.

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Adam Broadway

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Placemaking; Sustainable Construction; Affordable Housing Delivery; Community-led Housing; Land Promotion; Local Government Leadership

Adam Broadway is a qualified town planner and has worked in the housing sector since 1987. He has held senior development and partnership director roles for 20 years, most recently with the Flagship Group. During his housing career he has delivered a range of new build housing and regeneration projects and brings practical experience in the design, procurement, and project management.

Adam is Managing Director of Instinctively Green Ltd and provides strategic sustainability advice to a range of businesses and has supported major masterplanning projects. Through Instinctively Green, Adam was the lead in setting up and delivering Cambridge’s first self commissioned Cohousing Project, k1. The 42 home development is now being constructed.

Adam has also delivered a number of stakeholder and public engagement exercises. These have included Design Enquiry, themed stakeholder workshops and public events, exhibitions and display material. Instinctively Green delivered the consultation strategy for the Bletchley Transport Strategy, stakeholder engagement as part of the Tamworth Climate Change Strategy production and with Taylor Young, the Woodford Aerodrome Design Enquiry.

Adam has experience of Board membership at national and local levels for charities, social housing and community organisations including the Urban Village project board and Crisis Trustee for 10 years.

He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Adam holds a BA (Hons) in Planning Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Planning from Oxford Brookes University.

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Julia Riddle

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Policy; Planning – Development; Planning - Private Sector; Design; Land Promotion

Julia is a planning consultant and Managing Director of Castle Planning. She has over 15 years experience in coordinating and undertaking a range of planning work, having previously worked for a global commercial real estate business. Her planning experience includes regularly undertaking appraisals of the planning opportunity of sites, provision of strategic planning advice, pursuit of sites through the planning policy process (including representation of clients at Examination in Public), preparation, submission and negotiation of planning applications and planning.

Julia has undertaken this work on a range of land use types, including commercial, residential, hotels and film studios and on sites from single dwellings up to urban extensions. This planning experience includes the coordination and management of multi-disciplinary teams, clients and involvement in all stages of the planning process. Specifically, Julia has been involved in the promotion and delivery of Self Build by directly advising clients and securing planning permission for Self Build developments and by planning advice at Grand Designs Live for over 10 years and with and for Built It for the last 4 years. Julia was also co-author of Planning for Custom Build, A Practice Guide (2012).

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Jacqueline Tellinga

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Development; Planning – Public Sector; Local Government Leadership

Jacqueline Tellinga is the Task Force’s first international expert. She believes firmly that people should be able to shape their own homes and living environments. Experience in the Netherlands has shown that once the nitiative is relegated to local people, home building can create enormously diverse living environments. She has worked on Self Build-related projects for more than 10 years. As the project manager of the Homeruskwartier in Almere with 1,400 individual plots, she has been responsible for bringing forward the largest Self Build development in the Netherlands. From the development of the urban vision, helping galvanise political support and achieving consensus between stakeholders, through to practical implementation.

Jacqueline has been advisor to The Hague City Council on the establishment of a Custom and Self Build programme and is a member of the Dutch Government’s ExpertteamEigenbouw which advises municipalities nationally. Her latest project is the BouwEXPO Tiny Housing.

She is the author of various publications on how to protect the interests of individual citizens in the deregulation of planning and housing delivery and teaches at the University of Amsterdam.

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Honoré van Rijswijk

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Design; Placemaking

Over the years Honoré van Rijswijk has gained significant experience in major urban regeneration and development in Europe and emerging countries. This includes: city and regional strategies; developing Custom and Self-Build design codes and masterplans; public realm design and transport interchange initiatives.

Honoré founded collective with the intention to bring strategic spatial design to the foreground of urban transformation. The studio is passionate about effectively unlocking complex urban territories by introducing joined up thinking and responsive urban design instruments (codes).

Honoré’s appointments to join the Southwark, Richmond and Wandsworth Design Review Panels are consistent with his personal ambition to continue promoting place-shaping. Honoré has extensive academic experience and leads a landscape and urban research and design unit at the University of Greenwich in a part-time role.

Honoré has led the design and delivery of a wide range of plot-by-plot Custom and Self-Build projects in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. This includes the plot-by-plot communities New Stalberg, Almere Overgooi, Clippers Quay Estate and Mayland Neighbourhood plan.

Honoré considerable experience has given him the skill to efficiently and effectively guide and deliver successful large-scale Custom and Self-Build housing projects, through being open minded, collaborative and creative.

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Mary Elkington

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Policy; Planning – Development; Planning – Public Sector

Mary is a chartered Town Planner and Director of independent planning consultancy Figura Planning. Mary has a mixed practice, supporting public sector clients undertaking policy, development management, evidence reports, and affordable housing contract work for councils and client-side application work, primarily for third sector and community/custom build clients. Mary’s areas of expertise include site assessments/appraisals, planning statements, heads of terms / s106 negotiations, housing market and affordability analysis and policy review and representations. She also has a unique specialism in post-occupancy residential research and statistical and geospatial data analysis.

Prior to founding Figura planning Mary worked as principal policy planner at Teignbridge where she led on infrastructure planning, CIL, and large-scale growth delivery. She managed the Self Build team at the time Teignbridge and wrote and implemented the first Local Plan percentage policy. Mary also has worked for upper tier authorities and civil engineers, and her first career involved working for public and private organisations dealing with geospatial systems and data.

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Aaron Beecham

Task Force Expert

SKILLS: Planning – Policy; Planning – Public Sector

Arron joined the Right to Build Task Force in 2019 and is a town planner with several years’ experience working in strategic planning. He is currently employed by Mid Devon District Council where he has worked extensively to facilitate Custom and Self Build through local and neighbourhood plans as well as engaging with elected members, planners and local communities to promote this innovative form of housing. He also works as part of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan team.

Task Force Experts

The Task Force’s panel of experts features practitioners from a variety of specialisms and disciplines including planning, housing, affordable housing, architecture, masterplanning, urban design and local politics. The experts also have other roles, including in private practice, as local authority officers and at Government agencies.

The panel of experts is periodically reviewed to ensure it comprises the necessary skills and experience. If you would like to apply to become a Task Force expert and consider yourself an advisor, enabler, facilitator and/or active participant in the delivery of custom and self-build housing, you can get in touch by emailing vanessa@righttobuild.org.uk

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Thanks to Task Force Founding Director Mario Wolf

Mario Wolf set up the Right to Build Task Force while on secondment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Instrumental to the introduction and implementation of the Government’s custom and self-build homes programme, which led to the introduction of the Right to Build, Mario bought enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to the Task Force, the first comprehensive implementation toolkit for custom and self-build housing in the UK. Since his secondment came to an end Mario has taken up a new role in the private sector.