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  • Joanna Averley

    Chief Planner, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

    Joanna Averley took up the role of Chief Planner at MHCLG in September 2020.  She is a town planner with 30 years’ experience working across government, major projects and with local authorities. She has been involved in all aspect of planning research, policy, practice and project delivery.  Prior to this role she was at HS2 where she led on how the railway interfaces with its context with plan making and consenting processes.  Until taking up the role of Chief Planner she was a London Mayor’s Design Advocate and Chair of the London Borough of Wandsworth’s Design Review Panel. Joanna has worked on major regeneration and masterplanning projects from Manchester City Centre to the London Olympics. Joanna has held a number of senior roles  as Senior Manager for Growth and Development for Crossrail 2 at TfL, Deputy CEO and Director of Design and Planning Advice of CABE, CEO of Centre for Cities, CEO of LandAid and Director of Design for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Joanna has held a number of non-executive roles including Trustee of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

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    • 10:15 - 10:45 Government White Paper - Keynote
      Just two weeks after the government white paper is due out of consultation. What impact will planning reform have on planning and building?
      10:45 - 11:30 Government White Paper - Panel Discussion
      Industry leaders follow on the conversation on the government white paper, and planning reform. They will give their thoughts on how this will impact business, and planning and building in the future. 
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