BECG at
MIPIM

A seven-strong team from BECG will be heading out to MIPIM from 12-15 March 2019. This year’s theme ‘Engaging the Future’ will consider the next 30 years for the built environment and BECG intends to be at the forefront of the conversation.

BECG people at MIPIM

Andrew Howard

Jennifer Riddell-Carpenter

Kevin Whitmore

Tom Morrison

Steve Summers

Sarah Wardle

Miles Willshire

Andrew Howard

Managing Director

Andrew Howard is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the politics of planning and development. Andrew now advises a wide range of UK and international clients and has extensive experience of working on high-profile, complex development projects across the country.

As one of the founders of the company, Andrew has ensured BECG’s reputation was built upon securing successful planning consents. His wealth of industry knowledge ensures he provides specialist guidance on a strategic basis for our clients across sectors including commercial, leisure, infrastructure, hotels, energy, waste and resources, residential and transport.

Andrew specialises in the politics of planning and his experience draws both on his industry expertise and his background in community politics. A former Councillor, Chair of an NHS Trust and parliamentary candidate, Andrew has worked across the public sector in health, education and local government. He now leads BECG’s planning and political teams whilst continuing to work directly for clients on key projects.

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Jennifer Riddell-Carpenter

Director

Jennifer is an experienced communications professional who has held senior in-house positions at L&Q, and brings a decade of communications experience from the housing association, property, urban development and charity sectors.

At BECG, Jennifer heads up the PR team in London, and leads communications strategies for clients across the built environment.

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Kevin Whitmore

Director – Head of North

Kevin is an experienced political communications consultant who specialises in political advocacy and campaigning for clients across the built environment.

With over a decade’s experience, Kevin leads BECG’s North Region team, helping clients to manage their political, media and stakeholder reputations.

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Tom Morrison

Associate Director

With a decade of experience in politics, public affairs and public relations, Tom has worked for
some of BECG’s biggest clients.

A former city councillor and adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Tom understands the
relationships that govern local council’s across the Northern region and has used this insight
in developing innovative communications strategies for companies such as Aldi, McCarthy & Stone, Peel Group, Miller Homes, Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Transport for the North.

Prior to joining BECG, Tom worked in corporate communications for the largest listed water company in the UK, where he managed
relationships with its regulators and key stakeholders.

 

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Steve Summers

Director

Steve leads on planning and development issues across London and the South East. Before joining BECG, Steve was head of the local government and planning team at an international PR agency and has experience of acting on some of the highest profile and most sensitive planning projects in London and the South East.

A qualified Solicitor, Steve practised at a City law firm for over seven years, specialising in commercial property.

He is a Councillor on Westminster City Council, having first been elected in 2006. He has served in the Council’s Cabinet and as a planning committee Chairman as well as Lord Mayor of Westminster in 2016-2017. Steve was also responsible for Westminster’s preparations for the London Olympics in 2012.

 

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Sarah Wardle

Senior Account Director

Sarah has a wealth of experience in developing stakeholder engagement and public affairs strategies across London and the South East.

Sarah has worked for major housebuilders such as Redrow and Taylor Wimpey, housing associations ranging from One Housing to Home Group, hotel operators and large build to rent developers, Greystar
and Essential Living.

Notably, Sarah led the engagement on the UK’s first
ever purpose-built family PRS development and has increasingly focused on setting early engagement strategies for estate regeneration projects.

Outside London, Sarah has worked with both the Local and Neighbourhood planning process to secure strategic allocations.

Prior to this, Sarah worked in the House of Commons for two Conservative Members of Parliament and holds a comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process.

Beyond BECG, Sarah remains politically active and is a Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet.

 

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Miles Willshire

Director

A former local Councillor, Miles is a public affairs professional with extensive experience of engaging with national and local politicians in support of development projects. Based in our Winchester office, Miles has delivered community consultation and stakeholder engagement for a number of key clients in the retirement living and house-building sectors.

 

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