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Patricia Brown is Director of Central, a niche consultancy centred on the dynamics of cities and the process of achieving change. Central advises business and civic leaders on partnerships, developments and projects to create thriving places, economies and business. She led the development of the first BIDs, and Legible London, as well as lobbying for the pedestrianisation of Trafalgar Square. Patricia is Vice Chair of the British Property Federation’s Development Committee and was previously Chair of the London Festival of Architecture and Deputy Chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, helping to lead its Good Growth Agenda. Patricia works across the UK, as well as New York where she is an adviser to Times Square Alliance and a consultant to Columbia University’s Centre for Urban Real Estate.
Dr Jessica Ferm is a Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, where she teaches and researches on the intersections between spatial planning and the economy. She has published on the topics of affordable workspace and planning for industry in both academic and trade journals. Jessica is active in planning practice and policy in London, and is a member of Just Space Economy and Planning, the London Planning and Development Forum, and the GLA Industrial and Logistics Sounding Board. Prior to becoming a lecturer, she worked for 10 years in both private and public practice for Urban Practitioners and the London Borough of Enfield. Her co-edited book, Planning Practice: Critical Perspectives from the UK, was published in 2018 by Routledge and includes her own chapters on Plan-making and Planning for Economic Progress.
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