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

After an early career in business and providing business advice, David decided to make the built environment the focus of his career while working at the Civic Trust from 2001 to 2003. He later founded R99, a company specialising in urban design training for local authorities and others. He has designed, managed and delivered a number of training programmes for Government, Urban Design London and individual local authorities.  For five years David managed the international Urban Design Summer School.

David joined MADE, the built environment centre in the West Midlands, in 2008 and became Chief Executive in 2011. He saw MADE through the transition from a publicly funded organisation to one which supports itself through fees and project income.  MADE provided the regional design review service, training and design support for local authorities, design professionals and developers as well as arts, heritage and education projects. In 2015 David was invited to give evidence to the UK House of Lords select committee on national policy for the built environment. David has post-graduate diplomas in both Marketing and Urban Design.

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.

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 is an architect and urban designer with a specific interest in research-based practice, strategy, participation, and the city. She gained her Part 3 at the University of Westminster, Part 2 as a member of the Free Unit at London Metropolitan University, graduating with distinction, and Part 1 from the University of Sheffield, with a first. Her diploma project won a North West London Society of Architects RIBA award for quality design combined with social engagement, entrepreneurship and activism.  Sogand is also 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 14 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

Prior to joining Design South East in October 2016, Julie gained experience of working within a London based architectural design studio, providing administrative support to the Chairman, studio directors, architects and interior design team.  Her role was quite varied but also specialised in hospitality and events, marketing and bid support, as well as studio, office and building management and also frontline support. Julie’s previous experience of PA/office management was built up from working in the computer games and entertainment industry and also some time spent working at a private medical practice, and for the NHS.

Eleanor Wood – Administrator

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