We have a small but growing team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in regeneration, community development, planning and funding. We are managed by a small Board who ensure that our activities continue to benefit the community.
Tony has 20 years of regeneration experience working for various local authorities and regeneration partnerships in the north of England.
Robin has over 20 years experience of regeneration in the North East of England.
Paul is a Reader in Real Estate Economics, Faculty Director of Research Ethics, Chartered Surveyor and founding member of the URB@NE research group at Northumbria University.
Jennifer is a specialist in research and development in the community development and regeneration sector. She also has experience in running environmental projects, and managing major volunteer programmes.
Colin retired as Chief Executive of Newcastle Building Society in 2010, having formerly been a partner of KPMG, specialising in audit of financial services organisations and corporate finance work.
Jo is a qualified Town Planner, with almost two decades’ experience in community development, regeneration and environmental protection.
Nigel is a specialist in community catering ventures, having set up bakeries, cafes and a whole-food shop (including the legendary Red Herring).
Will is a specialist in urban regeneration and planning policy, focused on the issues facing disadvantaged communities in attracting new investment and shaping their future development.
Amelia is a second year student studying human geography and planning at Leeds Beckett University. She particularly enjoys the planning and community involvement side of the course and has been nominated for the ‘Women in Property’ award.
Anna is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Northumbria University, researching and developing an employability strategy for geography graduates.
Elena is a second year undergraduate studying Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. She has a great interest in social problems and inequality at a community based level, which she has pursued by studying modules such as Urban disorders, Social divisions and Social control. Her previous experience includes data entry for the development of a patient reported outcome measure (prom) for people with communication impairments in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia. She has also studied qualitative and quantitative research methods throughout the year. She is studying abroad next year at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and plans to continue her work with Your Back Yard for her fourth and final year.