We are excited to announce that with support from Homes England, Public Practice is expanding to the North of England. Our programme is now open to Authorities and Associates in the North West, North East, and Yorkshire & the Humber.
Say hello to the new Spring 2022 Cohort. We are excited to introduce 25 new Associates into public sector place-shaping roles, spanning skills in urban design, digital, sustainability, transport, and more.
Among the 18 Authorities hosting placements, we welcome five Authorities that are taking part in the programme for the first time – Buckinghamshire Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Basildon Borough Council, Brent Council and Hertfordshire County Council.
Local government officers are invited to respond to Public Practice’s Local Authority Resourcing and Skills Survey. The survey will uncover the impact of skills gaps and under-resourcing in local authority teams across England. Designed for officers working in regeneration, community engagement, conservation, urban design, planning policy, development management, infrastructure, highways and transport, sustainability, landscape and biodiversity, or digital and data, Public Practice wants to hear from you.
Complete the five-minute survey to have your say in a key study on the recruitment challenges facing local government. Open until Friday 4 March.
Homes England, the government’s housing delivery agency, and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) are investing just over £200,000 in Public Practice, the social enterprise with a mission to build the public sector's capacity to improve places, to support the not-for-profit’s expansion across the country.
Over the last few months, we have been analysing our Associate recruitment data. When comparing the ethnicity data of Associates with the regional populations of the areas where they have been placed, it's clear that our cohorts are not fully representative of the communities that they serve. Read more about the data and what we're doing about it in our latest blog post.
We are proud to welcome the Autumn 2021 Cohort into their new roles in the public sector. Among the 25 Associates starting in placements across the South East, we have experts in sustainability, planning & policy, regeneration & economic development, and community engagement. This multidisciplinary cohort will be tackling the ongoing multifaceted challenge of COVID recovery at a local level with their Authority teams.
On 10 May Public Practice convened an expert panel to discuss how local government is taking a place-based and long-term approach to renewal. With contributions from across disciplines and places by the following panellists:
- Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation
- Rafe Bertram, Sustainability Facilitator with Meridian Water in the London Borough of Enfield
- Mark Atherton, Director of Environment at Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
Take a look at the event recording and written summary to watch them share their thinking about how authorities can develop the capacity to build fairer, and more sustainable places through the recovery.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.