News: 25 October 2019Investing in our people with more promotions

We are pleased to announce a number of internal promotions, including the appointment of four new directors from within the organisation.

More than 25 people have been promoted across our multi-disciplinary offering, which spans 356 employees at 13 offices across the UK.

Commenting on the promotions, Senior Partner Mark Sitch said: “Our people are central to who we are and the service we are delivering. Over the past year we have made significant investments into a series of ‘People Initiatives’, which allow us to focus on supporting our culture across all our teams and nurturing talent at every level.

“These promotions and the investment they represent are testament to this. We congratulate all of them and look forward to many more successful years to come.”

Four people were promoted from Associate to Director level, they are:

Lea Field - People Director, Reading

Lea joined Barton Willmore seven years ago and has worked determinedly to launch a People and Culture Strategy, which marks the start of an exciting journey for the Practice to become an even more attractive place to work. Lea has also played a hands-on role in the professional development of her team, including supporting HR apprentices.

Vaughan Anderson - Masterplanning Director, Reading

Enriching its Design team, Vaughan has been promoted after joining as an Associate just three years ago. In that time, he has delivered the masterplan for a 5,000-home mixed-use community in Bedford, evolving initial design ideas to reality and was instrumental in the Practice being shortlisted in the highly acclaimed CaMKox design competition.

James Finn - Planning Director, Ebbsfleet

James has progressed his career significantly over the course of nine years at Barton Willmore. He has worked on a host of large-scale applications across the country and the South East, including for mixed-use, later living, residential and industrial schemes. James also supported the promotion of strategic sites through the plan-making process and in assessing the planning potential of sites to assist in their acquisition and disposal.

Paul Landsberg - Planning Director, Ebbsfleet

Paul joined Barton Willmore just four months ago and is leading in supporting Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council to regenerate the Maidstone East Gateway site that has been undeveloped for over 20 years.

As well as four new director appointments, it was also recently announced that Planning Directors, Justin Kenworthy and Nick Paterson-Neild, were also appointed as Partners.

The full list of promotions is:

Staff (from Graduate)

  • Mark Singer, Birmingham Planning
  • Jayne Oswald, Cambridge Environmental


  • Cherry Barrion, Bristol Architecture
  • Sarah Cottingham, Ebbsfleet Planning
  • Jess Bain, London Planning
  • Emily Ford, Reading Planning
  • Helder Pinto, Reading Architecture
  • Ryan O’Reilly, Reading Architecture


  • James Bonner, Birmingham Planning
  • Matt Smith, Birmingham Masterplanning
  • James Bird, Bristol Architecture
  • Josh Kittlety, Bristol Architecture
  • Gareth Pritchard, Cambridge Planning
  • Lorraine King, Cambridge Heritage
  • Josh Mellor, Ebbsfleet Planning
  • Chris Atkinson, Leeds Planning
  • Andrew Blythe, London Architecture
  • Hannah Walker, Manchester Planning
  • Matt Davies, Reading Masterplanning
  • Craig Pettit, Reading Planning
  • Jen Samuelson, Southampton Planning
  • Luke Vallins, Southampton Planning


  • James Finn, Ebbsfleet Planning
  • Paul Landsberg, Ebbsfleet Planning
  • Lea Field, Reading People Team
  • Vaughan Anderson, Reading Masterplanning


  • Justin Kenworthy, London Planning
  • Nick Paterson-Neild, Reading Planning


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