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Simon Power is a Director at Mott MacDonald; a PhD researcher at Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning; a Panel Member of the Design Commission for Wales and Vice Chair (2019-20) of RTPI Wales.
He is currently leading the Bristol Temple Meads/Temple Quarter Masterplanning Commission for Bristol City Council, Homes England, Network Rail and WECA.
He is curious as to how places such as cities are made and why they work – and how that inquiry can help others. His nearly 30-year career to date has been a journey of investigation from the local (at site and development management level) to the city-region scale. He has seen how data/evidence produced by consultants and universities (including that by himself) has informed policy development and delivery in a wide range of environmental planning areas. This has included the site selection and development of major infrastructure projects.
However, in the last 5 years or so he has focused much more on the role of agency i.e. how leadership works initially within organisations -but increasingly how external leadership can present opportunities; i.e. how place-based leadership works. He continues to be interested in how experts can make the places in which they work/reside more sustainable, better designed, resilient and economically viable. He is keen to act to deliver on this placemaking agenda as well as research it.
His professional background is in environmental planning, environmental impact assessment/sustainability appraisal - for urban mixed-use development, water, energy and transport. He is a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Environmental Scientist/Earth Scientist with a focus on sustainability and good design. He developed and led a 100 strong multidisciplinary consultancy team in Cardiff and Bristol over a 25-year career; and is now adding value to Mott MacDonald in the same way.