Stephen is a chartered planning and development surveyor, working as an independent public interest practitioner, with public and private sector experience of housing, planning and delivering mixed-use development, urban extensions, new settlements, and community-led neighbourhood regeneration, including the UK Government’s Millennium Communities innovation programme for large neighbourhood scale developments in the early 2000s. He has represented the RICS on the Housing Design Awards judging panel, the board of the Housing Forum, and between 2007-16, on the UK Government’s Housing Construction Taskforce, Housing Policy Sounding Board, and Land & Strategic Planning Self-Build Working Groups.
He teaches professional ethics to development professionals on the Future of London’s Leaders’ Courses, and has been a course tutor and design studio master on city scale planning for social and economic justice on Cambridge University’s Interdisciplinary Design of the Built Environment Master’s Degree. In 2014 and 2017, he visited the USA and Canada as a Churchill Fellow, His report describes what can happen when the ‘state’ and the demand side (aka citizens) collaborate to design alternative approaches to housing and neighbourhood development through community developed and owned housing. He is Chair of the UK Cohousing Network, and a trustee of the National CLT Network.