Urban Vision North Staffordshire Board of Trustees

Urban Vision North Staffordshire is company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with a volunteer board of seven trustees. 

 

John Webbe

John is a community and economic regeneration professional, with over 18 years experience in the local voluntary, community & social enterprise sector.  With a career that started with 2 different Groundwork Trusts, followed by 14 years as a regeneration manager for a housing associaion alongside 14 years as a trustee of VAST.  More recent experience includes working for a business support organisation, an adult education charity, and as an enterprise advisor for several CIC's (Community Interest Companies).  John also runs his own business development CIC alongside his wife Bernie, he is a regular Charity fund raiser, enjoys rock climbing, adores his two daughters, and has BSc and MSc degrees from Aberystwyth University and a Post-Graduate Diploma from Staffordshire University. 

Stephen Stoney 

Stephen Stoney

Stephen is a chartered planner and qualified project manager.  He is the lead Planner within Wardell Armstrong, a 350 staff Environmental Consultancy based in Stoke-on-Trent with 10 other offices nationally.  He has a Local Authority background, working predominantly in Staffordshire and lastly as Regeneration Planning Manager at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 

Stephen is active nationally on behalf of a range of private sector clients, predominantly strategic land promotors and developers, in addition he has acted for the Cypriot Government in the development of the Vasilikos Energy Centre, secured permission for England's first solar farm in Cornwall, worked on NSIP projects and undertaken a range of Planning inquiries for both the public and private setors. 

 

Chris Taylor

Chris is an architect and founder of CTD Architects of Leek.  He was a founding trustee of Urban Vision North Staffordshire and has been an active supporter from the very beginning.  Chris has promoted good design throughout his career, for its vital role in creating successful, stimulating buildings and, in the wider context, in making vibrant and highly attractive places and in driving economic activity.  In recent years he has taken on a further challenge, putting words into practice, and has become a developer specialising in the conversion of historic buildings for modern uses.  Chris is currently vice-chair of Urban Vision North Staffordshire, having previously been chair and, in the start-up period, part-time chief executive.

 

Phil Butters

Phil is Director of Estates and Development at Keele University and a qualified accountant.  He has been responsible for delivering the University's growth strategy for several years, which has seen Keele expand with a new Science Park and several new faculty buildings.  Phil is Urban Vision North Staffordshire's treasurer.

 

 

John Gething

John is a town planner with over thirty years' experience in professional and management positions in local government.  His work has focused on statutory land-use planning, master planning, community regeneration and housing renewal. John led several successful bids to secure significant funding for urban regeneration in North Staffordshire (circa £80m of direct grant), including the designation of the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone, and delivery of large-scale capital programmes.  John is Chair of EPIC Housing Association Stoke-on-Trent and a member of the Audit Committee of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. Formerly he lectured on Staffordshire University's MA in Regeneration course.

 

 

Fiona Heron

Fiona is a landscape architect and artist and Managing Director of Fiona Heron Ltd, which focuses on the design and delivery of integrated landscape and fine art projects for the public and private sectors. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has written articles for the Landscape institute Journal and has been recognized in Pevsner : Nottingham.  As well as being an Urban Vision North Staffordshire Trustee, Fiona is a Design Panel Member for OPUN (the East Midlands Architecture Cetnre), a visiting lecturer and examiner in Landscape architecture at Sheffield University and a tutor at Nottingham University.

 

 

David Williams

 David is a quantity surveyor and contract manager in the construction industry working in both building and civil engineering sectors. He has over 30 years experience of working on a wide variety of projects with values up to £120m.

David has masters' degrees in Construction Law and Heritage Environment Conservation that enable him to undertake a broad range of roles for both client and contractor based organisations. He has a particular interest in urban regeneration and working on projects involving heritage assets.

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