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We are hiring a Partnerships Manager

We are looking for a Partnerships Manager to join our team. The role centres around building and managing strong relationships with our local authority partners. Apply by Monday 14 February.

Learn more about the role.


Join our Board as a Non-Executive Director

Public Practice is looking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors who can demonstrate a real commitment to our values and mission. The organisation is scaling its services and operations, and the support and role of the Board of Directors in the coming years will be critical to Public Practice’s ongoing success.

In particular, we are looking for people around the UK with experience in leading and scaling up a social enterprise, and expertise in communications and public relations.

Learn more about the role.


Analysing our recruitment data from the last seven cohorts

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.


Applications open for the Spring 2022 Cohort

With a green recovery standing clear on the agenda, it's important that local authorities and public sector organisations have the capacity and resources to take on the challenge. For the eighth cohort of Public Practice, we are looking for candidates and roles particularly in the realm of:

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Regeneration and Economic Development

  • Planning and Policy

  • Architecture, Urban Design and Masterplanning

  • Landscape Architecture

If you are a built environment practitioner looking for a new opportunity, apply to become an Associate and work to shape better places from within the public sector.

If you work in a public Authority and are looking to expand and diversify your in-house team, submit an expression of interest and find out how we can work with you.


Meet the Autumn 2021 Cohort

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.

Read more about the Associates.


New Green Recovery: How can local renewal lead to fairer more sustainable places?

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.


Engagement Post-COVID: What have we learnt from a year of digital and distanced community engagement?

On 7 May 2021, a panel shared their experiences from the past year and how they expect engagement practices to develop based on these learnings. The panel comprised of:

  • Verity Jane Keefe, a visual artist working in the public realm
  • Deborah Efemini, Project Manager for Regeneration and Place at LB Lewisham
  • Beth Murray, Keep Chingford Green Community Group, Waltham Forest
  • Grace Crannis, Public Practice Associate and Senior Planning Engagement Officer at LB Richmond & Wandsworth

Catch up on the recording of the event and read a written summary.


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.


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.