The Team

The Design South East Team

Our core team of built environment professionals and support staff delivers many of our key programmes and services:

Chris Lamb – Director

Chris is the Director of Design South East, an independent organisation supporting a better built environment across the South East, London and the East of England. Chris trained as an architect and practiced for a number of years graduating from the Bartlett. He taught post-graduate architecture and urban design for many years and has a Masters in Architecture. After developing the Architecture Centre for the Humber sub-region, Chris joined Design South East, then Kent Architecture Centre. Chris led the organisation through the period following the loss of public funding into a successful social enterprise. This period also saw a widening of the organisation’s scope as it worked increasingly across the South East, the East of England and now London. Design South East’s design review service is one of the most respected sources of independent built environment design advice in the UK and is involved in numerous major projects including new settlements and urban extensions. In parallel Design South East is developing new models of public engagement and launched Kent Design, a unique county wide membership built environment networking and skills programme.
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David Tittle – Head of Design Advice

David joined Design South East in 2016 from our sister company MADE.  David is Chair of the Design Network which brings together organisations providing independent design expertise to local authorities, industry and communities across England. David is also a trustee of Civic Voice.

Helen Goodwin – Design Advisor

Helen has recently been awarded her doctoral degree for her PhD research supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate architecture and landscape architecture at Kingston University in a cross-disciplinary design studio, as well as leading seminars on the History and Theory of Architecture. With a background in anthropology from a previous degree at Cambridge University, Helen trained as an architect and has experience working on projects from the scale of the domestic to the scale of the city.

Garry Hall – Design Advisor

Garry is an urban designer with extensive experience in delivering large and complex site, and specialises in developing design guidance and design codes. He lectures on the Integrated Urbanism course at the University of Northampton, and is part of the team that developed the Building for Life 12 toolkit. Garry sits on several expert Design Review panels and delivers training for professional and community audiences throughout the country.

Huw Trevorrow – Design Advisor

Huw’s background is in urban design and architecture. Previously he worked at Publica, a London based public realm and urban design company, working on a range of public and private sector projects, including a masterplan development for Canada Water in Southwark, a development framework for Maidenhead Town Centre, and the Bank Area Enhancement Strategy for the City of London. He also has wide-ranging experience in architectural practice, with particular focus on housing design and sustainability.

Sogand Babol – Design Advisor

Sogand has four years experience in architectural practice on urban, strategic, public ream and mixed-use projects. She is currently studying toward her RIBA Part III at the University of Westminster. She studied her Part II as a member of the Free Unit at London Metropolitan University, graduating with distinction. This course nurtured self-initiated briefs, and the project went on to win the North West London Society of Architects RIBA award for quality design combined with social engagement, entrepreneurship and activism.  Sogand is a member of OKRA CIC, an architecture collective who co-founded a new workspace on industrial land off the Old Kent Road in London.

Sarah Brown – Programme Coordinator

Sarah has 11 years experience of the coordination of design review. An excellent communicator, Sarah ensures that all stakeholders are regularly updated and will rapidly unlock any issues to make sure the design review process progresses to schedule.  Sarah also provides project support for Design South East’s training programmes, including Kent Design.

Julie Payne – Events and Marketing Coordinator

Julie has experience of working within an architectural and creative environment, specialising in hospitality and events, marketing and bid support, as well as studio, office and building management and also frontline support.

Eleanor Wood – Administrator

Eleanor previously attended Canterbury College and more recently completed her Business Administration NVQ II within a Legal Secretary Apprenticeship.