News: 20 October 2021Congratulations - Five promoted to Partner and 14 other promotees

Celebrating our continued growth and development we are pleased to announce a whole host of promotions across the practice including the promotion of five Directors from within the business to Partner, meet Barry Williams, Colin Lavety, Greg Dickson, Lucy Wood and Stuart Natkus below!  




Lucy Wood,
new Partner at the London office

Since joining us in 2013, Lucy has been dedicated to the growth and success of our national environmental planning team, also playing a key part in building our culture of listening and learning from each other, to nurture a diverse and growing pool of talent. She intends to continue leading the new graduate programme, while also focusing on the vital areas of planning and designing to promote health and wellbeing, tackling the climate change challenge and facilitate the green economic recovery – as our work in this field goes from strength to strength.




Greg Dickson,
new Partner at the Manchester office

In his new role, Greg is looking forward to becoming further ingrained with projects that promote and progress the future of the Manchester and Liverpool City Regions.He is committed to continuing to work with our talented teams across the practice, setting the standard for how we can best reimagine major town and city centres across the UK through urban greening, delivery of transformational of infrastructure, and new ways of living and working – such projects are also more than likely to call upon Greg’s understanding of the compulsory purchase process.



Colin Lavety,
new Partner in Scotland

Colin’s promotion reflects the significant role he has played in the success of the business in Scotland since joining us in 2015 and leading the Scottish planning team. Colin will continue to work closely with fellow Scotland Partner, Stephen Tucker, to secure continued growth and development across Scotland and sustain his focus on the delivery of the practice’s town planning and engagement services, integrated with the business’ established masterplanning offer. This will include an ongoing focus on residential, industrial, commercial, infrastructure, energy and renewables projects.




Stuart Natkus,
new Partner at the Leeds office

With over ten years of experience within the practice, Stuart is excited to use his new role to meet the challenges posed by the rapidly changing ways in which we live and work.He’s keen to bring about new and dynamic solutions to the housing crisis and improving connectivity across the country – while also shifting the geographic focus of development and investment in the UK and fulfilling the vast potential of the North and the Government’s levelling up agenda.




Barry Williams, new Partner in Bristol and Cardiff

Barry is looking forward to building on his eight years with us, further supporting the collaboration between design and planning at the Bristol office and across the UK. Whether it is within the urban context of the city or a new settlement, Barry is focused on the key themes of climate change, health and wellbeing and embracing digital technology to improve the way we live, work and spend our leisure time.

Commenting on the promotions, Mark Sitch, Senior Partner at Barton Willmore, said: “Rewarding talent within the business is always a genuine pleasure, and these promotions reflect the impressive contribution these individuals have made to the growth and development of Barton Willmore and the UK built environment at large.  The challenges ahead for our sector, from the climate crisis to rebuilding after the pandemic, require the best and brightest minds to deliver the innovation and problem solving we need – and we look forward to the leadership and creativity this new group will bring to the table.”

Alongside the five new partners, there have been a total of 14 other promotions across the practice including new Planning Directors Greg Pitt and Hannah Leary (London), new Urban Design Director Michael Ward (Scotland), new IT Director Lee Cripps (Reading) and new Planning Associate, Jane Harrison (Reading).

Iain Painting, Senior Partner at Barton Willmore, also commented: “This round of promotions across all levels is a further example of the breadth and depth of talent within our business, across all our disciplines – something we are developing further through our newly revised graduate scheme. We’re committed to delivering the highest standard of advice and support for our clients and continuing to create and inform progressive, healthy places across the UK.  We continually recognise the dedication and commitment of our people and provide a rewarding, autonomous and inspiring career to our entire team, which includes a clear pathway for career development, and the opportunity to develop expertise in our ever-changing area of consultancy.”

A full list of all our new promotees is below. Congratulations!

Our new Partners

Lucy Wood - Partner
Stuart Natkus - Partner 
Greg Dickson - Partner
Colin Lavety - Partner
Barry Williams - Partner

Our new Directors

Lee Cripps – IT Director
Hannah Leary – Planning Director
Greg Pitt – Planning Director
Michael Ward – Urban Design Director

Our new Associate

Jane Harrison – Planning Associate

Our new Seniors

Ben Kwok – Senior Infrastructure and Environmental Planner
Alex Paul – Senior Architect
Will Thomas – Senior Architect
Hamish Jack – Senior Urban Designer
Manijeh Nasri - Senior Landscape Architect
Celine Brough – Learning & Development Adviser

Our new Professionals

Rosie Cavalier – Planner
Amy Woodward – Planner
Penny Johnstone – Planner

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