TEP is proud to announce that two of our own have been included in Design Council’s new network of experts, who will play a key role in delivering the Design Council’s design advice and support services in the built and natural environment and beyond. The network includes 34 ambassadors, 350 associates and specialists as well as more than 20 corporate partners, representing a wide variety of skills, expertise and experience in the industry across the UK, including all nine regions in England.
Underpinning the network is the aim of creating better places for all through collaboration, sharing knowledge and providing insight that comes from lived experience. Director Francis Hesketh and Associate Tim Johns will join the network and contribute to the ongoing work with clients and inform Design Council’s thinking and approach, while also contributing to research, policy and thought leadership. By bringing together experts in place, social and business innovation, service and systemic design, and by better reflecting underrepresented groups, this community of practice will be able to respond even more effectively to some of society’s most pressing challenges.
Director Francis Hesketh is a specialist in ecology and green infrastructure who supports clients in the public, private and third sector who wish to plan, design and implement green infrastructure, particularly in urban areas and on derelict or neglected land.
Associate Tim Johns has over 25 years’ experience working on a variety of projects, such as public realm, masterplanning, garden village, green infrastructure, natural capital, landscape assessment and landscape and visual impact assessments.
Design Council Chief Executive, Minnie Moll, says: “The social, environmental and economic value of the built and natural environment is informed and enhanced by solutions that are inclusive and holistic. I am delighted to welcome back many of our existing experts as well as introduce new faces and bring them together with our highly acclaimed design associates to build a dynamic community of practice. In creating the new network we deliberately set out to increase the diversity in the group, reflecting under-represented groups and bringing greater breadth of perspective and expertise.”
Director Francis Hesketh comments: “TEP is proud to be represented in Design Council’s network of experts. Being recognised as leaders in our field is a testament to the company’s dedication and responsibility to help shape the world around us, to benefit communities now and in the future. We look forward to working with Design Council and sharing our insights and experience into how good design of public spaces can positively influence health, wellbeing and sustainable economic growth.”