Our people are commercially minded communications experts in the built environment sectors, who are connected and creative problem solvers achieving measurable results for their clients.
Stephen is the Founder and Chief Executive of BECG. As a high-level strategist with 20 years’ communications experience in political, business, stakeholder and media communications, he has advised many FTSE companies, CEOs and company boards. Stephen has worked across all the built environment sectors, delivered award-winning campaigns and is passionate in supporting clients to achieve their objectives by communicating and working with government and stakeholders.
Combining his political, stakeholder and media relations experience, he has significant expertise in providing a full range of communications support to clients and is recognised as a UK expert on political, media and community relations in the built environment.
A devoted supporter of corporate social responsibility, Stephen has advised many organisations on cause-related marketing and advocacy. He was previously a trustee of the UK charities Fixers and the Global White Lion Trust, and currently provides strategic support for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Endangered Species.
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 private and public sector clients across sectors including property, infrastructure and energy, transport, health, leisure and local government.
Managing Director at Liberty One Communications
Steven has over 18 years’ experience working in the Public Affairs and Communications environment and is one of Scotland’s leading specialists in the politics of planning in the development sector. Having represented a diverse mix of clients on projects throughout Scotland, which can range from relatively small scale to multi-million pound investments of a sensitive nature, Stevens’ vast experience coupled with his professional approach and knowledge of the political landscape in Scotland, provides clients with unrivalled strategic and political support ensuring that their investments and commercial dealings are robustly looked after.
Rachel joined the BECG Board in January 2017, bringing with her extensive experience and knowledge of best practice, agency management and leadership. Her track record of success in building and leading PR and Marketing companies within the industry is widely regarded and she is acknowledged as one of the most prolific female entrepreneurs within the sector. Rachel was the first woman to be awarded the coveted Sunday Times Best Leader award in 2012.
Rachel is a long-standing Board member of the PRCA (The Public Relations Consultancies Association), in 2019 she was recognised by the PRCA for her life time achievement to the industry, she is Entrepreneur in Residence with London Business School and is also the president of their investment platform, Enterprise 100.
Now our Chairman, Richard qualified as a chartered accountant and corporate treasurer with PwC and is an experienced director of professional services and technology companies. He acts as a Board level advisor on commercial strategy and performance and works with the executive team to support all aspects of BECG’s development including its organic growth and acquisition strategy.
As Head of our London team, Max has overall responsibility for BECG’s service delivery to clients across a range of sectors in the Capital and wider South of England. Providing planning and political counsel to clients such as Blackstone, British Land, Inland Homes, Goodman and Frasers Property Group, Max’s expertise covers retail, residential and commercial developments across the UK.
Board Director – Infrastructure & Energy
Jamie leads BECG’s work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has over 25 years’ experience of delivering strategic and operational communications programmes and currently advises on some of the UK’s largest projects from offshore wind farms to high speed rail, interconnectors to highways schemes.
In addition to his role at BECG, Jamie is a Director at Community Energy South and also sits on the Winchester Against Climate Change (WinACC) advisory panel for renewables.
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.
With over 15 years’ agency experience across a diverse group of clients and sectors, Sam delivers digital, social and campaign strategies fit for today’s challenging communications landscape.
Sam has a strong understanding of the principles of business growth and expertise in creating professional corporate content, focused on delivering impactful, integrated solutions. She has gained a wealth of experience working across many clients and sectors, including Associated British Ports (ABP), GenesisCare, Novartis, J&J and Ordnance Survey.
Director - Social Media
James Leavesley is founder and CEO of Social Media Management Platform, CrowdControlHQ, and since its sale in January 2021 to BECG Group, has also taken up the role of Director Social Media.
James has spent the last 10 years working with some of the most high-profile public and private sector brands in the UK helping them to embrace and deliver enterprise social media- these brands Include SERCO, Redrow Homes, Greater Manchester Police, Arriva Buses, North Lanarkshire Council, Hyde Housing and the Bannatyne Group.
Board Director - Finance & Operations
As Director of Finance and Operations, Carl sits on the BECG Board and is a CIMA and MBA qualified finance professional. He has numerous years’ experience of successfully driving financial performance, streamlining and implementing continuous improvement within finance functions across both SME and global corporate environments.
Prior to his career in finance, Carl spent several years in the agency sector where he progressed to Strategy Director and was responsible for delivering strategic marketing consultancy to a portfolio of international brands.
Head of Group Marketing
As Head of Group Marketing, Lucinda is responsible for the BECG brand, our strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and marketing activity across the Group.
Lucinda has over twelve years’ experience in the built environment sector having previously worked for the British Council for Offices and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. Where she was responsible for the launch of the BCO Regional Awards, the annual CIBSE Build2Perform Exhibition at Olympia, and BIM Hawk.
Lucinda is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and their Construction Industry Group.
Ally is a communications specialist with expertise across planning communications, political advocacy, stakeholder and community engagement, and media relations.
Ally’s expertise covers the infrastructure, energy and development sectors where he provides strategic communications advice and support to a range of clients across the UK – including Highways England, the Department for Transport, and a range of clients in the interconnector sector. Ally also has significant experience in strategic land and property, where he has successfully led communications on projects for a large number of clients across the South of England.
Ally sits on BECG’s Main Board and was a member of the Advisory Board at his previous agency, specialising in political and stakeholder engagement. Prior to his work in communications consultancy, Ally worked at the Westminster HQ of a major political party and at constituency level.
Board Director Government Relations
A political strategist with more than thirty years’ experience in public affairs and communications advocacy. Alex develops growth of government relations in built environment across the group as well as sitting on the Board of our government relations practice Cavendish Advocacy. He provides clients with senior counsel to ensure policy supports their corporate aims, be that policy change or raising their profile on key issues.
As a former adviser to the Conservative Party during the 1997 General Election Campaign, Conservative Campaign Director of the London Mayoral Campaign in 2000 and current Board Member of the Tory Reform Group, Alex has a comprehensive knowledge of the key figures and the trends and power-bases within the Party.
He has advised clients such the Met Office, John Lewis Partnership, Canal & River Trust, Crest Nicholson, Aster Group and Arvato.
With a background as a freelance broadcast journalist, local Councillor and parliamentary candidate, James is a seasoned public affairs professional who is as adept at negotiating the politics of Westminster and Whitehall, as he is in planning and executing local community campaigns.
With a client base as diverse as housebuilders, local authorities and transport bodies, James offers strategic and tactical advice which is politically insightful and commercially focused.
Head of Group HR & Operations
As Head of Group HR & Operations, Amy oversees our HR and Operations teams, and is responsible for designing and driving the transformative people agenda across the group.
With 16 years of combined operational, commercial and HR experience across the finance, broadcast, technology and not for profit industries, she brings a commercial and people focused approach to enabling organisational growth and development.
Amy heads up BECG WinGS; Women in Great Spaces, our internal Women in Business steering group, and is the author of our Wellbeing Strategy and Work that Works, our progressive, flexible and remote working approach. She has a particular interest in Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusivity and CSR Strategy, driving towards tangible impact inside and outside of the business. With our creative team, Amy formulated our two-year commitment as Creative Partner to The Murray Parish Trust in respect of their iMRI Suite Appeal, aiming to advance paediatric brain tumour treatment. She cultivated our now long-standing corporate partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity and also sits on their Research Involvement Network Panel.
Digital Client Delivery Lead
Will is BECG’s digital client delivery lead. He has 12 years-experience in branding and digital programmes working with a range of clients and agencies.
He has a passion for understanding client’s objectives and translating this into meaningful digital experiences that make an impact.
From working on digital experiences within retail environments, to managing brands website and digital transformation programmes, he has worked with global brands to create digital experiences that are rooted in strategy and insight and that drive measurable results.
His role at BECG will be in working with clients from the initial discovery and project setup, defining their objectives across digital touchpoints, understanding customer and stakeholder needs, and then designing and building solutions that deliver excellent engagement across a full range of digital services.
Director – Head of North & Midlands
Kevin is an experienced local government communications consultant who specialises in planning communications, political advocacy and community campaigning for clients across the built environment.
He has over 12 years’ experience working with both public and private sector clients and leads BECG’s North & Midlands team. He works with local communities and their elected representatives to understand the need for and build acceptance of changes to the local built environment.
Director – Head of South
Laura leads our South of England team from the Winchester office and has successfully developed consultation strategies that have helped achieve consent for many of BECG’s clients. Laura coordinates the national planning consultation programme of one of the UK’s leading residential developers and has significant experience in delivering consultation and public affairs strategies across numerous sectors, including retirement, retail, landed estates and residential.
Head of Technology and Production
Responsible for overseeing all technology and digital developments at BECG, Marcio combines a great mix of commercial and technical experience to ensure we utilise the most effective technology platforms and solutions for all client projects, to ensure their success. He is focused on providing memorable user experiences, always keeping the end user front of mind through the design and development phases.
Head of Design & Creative Services
With over 15 years’ experience in both ‘in house’ and ‘agency’ environments, Charli is a passionate creative leader with a proven track record of delivering successful campaigns from conception to completion whilst leading, expanding and mentoring teams of creatives. Here at BECG as Head of Design, she utilises her previous experience working within various industries (including automotive, financial, television and sport) to shape strategy and deliver exciting, innovative solutions.
She is also a published creative having been both featured in and written for various design magazines including Advanced Photoshop & Photoshop Creative and has spent time working in the US whilst managing an international network of agencies and creatives for a global Sports corporation.
Head of Video
As Head of Video, Mark leads the video offer here at BECG.
He oversees the video team and is hands on with all aspects of production.
Mark uses his previous worldwide experience, having worked in blue chip companies such as IBM and Kingfisher, to bring a fresh strategic approach for our client’s needs.
He feels communication is an integral part of any project, and video is at the forefront of the digital revolution.
Nick has a 20-year track record of success advising high-profile clients in the development sector drawing on a background of experience at both the Westminster parliamentary and local government levels.
Based in the London office, Nick has grown BECG’s client offering through his wealth of experience in many of the most controversial development sectors including prime central London residential, large strategic land allocations and energy related infrastructure. Focused on London and the south-east, Nick has worked on a number of high-profile developments, such as the major Paddington Square development now under construction next to Paddington Station. Outside London, he has been advising on the promotion of a new settlement at Micheldever in Hampshire, the long running Panshanger site in Hertfordshire for over a decade and the delivery of housing at the former Deepcut Barracks in Surrey.
As a public affairs specialist, Nick also provides Westminster focused government relations advice, specialising in energy and environmental issues. Nick was formerly a local Councillor in Guildford, serving 12 years on the planning committee and three years as a Cabinet Member in roles covering environment and planning.
Verity heads up our Birmingham office with 20 years’ experience of developing and delivering integrated strategic and creative communications campaigns for businesses involved in the built environment. Having also led community and stakeholder consultations for two DCO projects, she is able to combine her knowledge of the planning process with a broader corporate communications approach.
Verity has worked across both the private and public sectors with organisations in the energy, infrastructure, housing and construction industries, providing strategic counsel as well as devising and managing the delivery of creative marcomms and media-based campaigns.
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.
Matthew Crisp is a Director at BECG leading our North team in Manchester. Having held in-house and agency roles, he has over a decade of communications and stakeholder engagement experience across the public, private and third sector.
He has devised and overseen the delivery of strategies to secure planning consents for projects covering the energy, transport, residential, retail and regeneration sectors including a number of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects requiring Development Consent Orders.
Former Communications Manager at Transport for the North, his experience spanned the organisation’s corporate communications and engagement functions from inception through to its establishment as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body.
Outside of work, Matthew sits on the board of trustees for UK-based charity Health Care South Sudan with responsibility for communications and public affairs.
With substantial experience in the industry, Krystian has worked with major housebuilders, strategic land promoters, energy providers, hotel operators, commercial developers, student accommodation providers and Housing Associations.
He leads on a number of our high-profile, complex consultation and stakeholder engagement programmes and his expert understanding of the development process at all tiers has helped secure a number of allocations and planning consents for sensitive developments across the UK.
Krystian’s past experience includes working as part of a district council communications team.
Ali is a political and communications professional with over eleven years’ experience working in Labour politics including two years as Deputy Director of London Labour Party. This has given Ali an unrivalled understanding of the operation of the Labour Party across all 32 London boroughs.
Ali has developed close relationships with senior politicians and decision makers across the capital including the Mayor of London and his senior team, MPs, local government leaders and the trade unions.
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.
Chris previously worked as a Senior Advisor to the Leader of the London Borough of Lambeth for four years, where he provided political oversight over key policy areas. He also led on the implementation of the Leader’s policy agenda, with political oversight of the Local Plan among his responsibilities.
Key development projects include advising the Leader on the Shell Building, Elizabeth House and the Garden Bridge. Chris has worked on a number of residential and commercial schemes across London and the South East, including for Berkeley Homes, Hyde Housing and Legal & General. Additional clients include Whitbread and the BFI.
Prior to working for an inner-London authority, Chris worked for the NHS Chief Executive at the Department of Health. Chris has also worked as a speechwriter and researcher for two Labour Secretaries of State and their Ministerial teams.
Chris remains an active campaigner for the Labour Party, and was an elected officer for his local branch in Vauxhall. He is a Governor for a school in Lambeth, and the Co-Chair of Planning Out.
Dan has significant experience of political and planning communications, with a career spanning agency, central government and local government roles.
Dan advises a client portfolio that includes energy providers, national house builders, Government Departments, major property contractors and strategic land promoters. Through his work with BECG he has helped deliver multiple complex projects of national significance across the south of England, particularly in the Essex, Kent and Thames Gateway regions.
Dan previously worked at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where he provided communications handling advice to the Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma MP and his predecessor Gavin Barwell MP.
Beyond BECG Dan remains politically active in east London.
Associate Director, Public Relations
Jennifer is an Associate Director within our Public Relations team at BECG. Having recently joined the business from heading up UK communications at urban regeneration specialist Ballymore, she has devised and overseen corporate and property communications strategies for some of the most high-profile mixed-use developments in Europe – working in close partnership with political and community stakeholders.
Client experience including Nine Elms on the South Bank, Berkeley Group, Lendlease, Taylor Wimpey Central London, and Capco (Earls Court).
Senior Account Director
David has considerable experience of designing and delivering national and local public affairs and engagement programmes for clients for property, housing, local government and infrastructure clients.
He has led our work with retirement housebuilders, housing associations and infrastructure developers across the country, securing positive relationships with political and community stakeholders.
David also has a long track record of helping clients to build their influence with the Government and is expert in the parliamentary process. His work has helped clients to achieve legislative changes including securing government funding for infrastructure projects, exemptions to legislation and reversing harmful policy decisions.
He is particularly interested in projects that have a community focus, supporting developers on long-term community projects. This also includes on-the-ground resident engagement, with his work with Home Group delivering a 75% yes vote and the highest recorded turnout (90.5%) in an estate regeneration ballot to date.
Senior Account Director
A public relations and reputation management specialist, Carrie has more than 20 years’ communications experience that embraces both strategy development and tactical implementation.
Senior Account Director
Carole specialises in community relations and issues management. She has worked with energy sector clients since 1994 and previously spent more than ten years with the CEGB.
Carole has been involved in providing communications support for the permitting and construction of power stations (gas and biomass), wind farms, airports and waste management facilities and has been the lead account director handling communications during the construction of the Carrington Power Station project in Trafford.
Carole has also been involved with the stakeholder communications and public relations for a number of other major gas-fired power station developments including Rocksavage in Runcorn, Spalding 1 and 2 in Lincolnshire and the Gateway Energy Centre in Thurrock.
Senior Account Director
An experienced communications consultant, James has led the delivery of engagement and consultation campaigns on a range of high-profile projects across the built environment, including nationally significant infrastructure projects and major scheme in the property, energy, transport, infrastructure and healthcare sectors.
With a particular expertise in planning communications, James currently advises a client portfolio that includes Government departments, combined authorities, major energy providers, national housebuilders and strategic land promoters on projects across the South and East of England, including London.
With over 10 years’ agency experience, Emma specialises in PR, community engagement and content implementation. She has experience working with a variety of B2B and B2C clients, and is focused on delivering results to meet their business objectives.
Emma has worked on a number of property brands including Anthology, Linden Homes and Pennyfarthing Homes where she drives creative content and communications at a local level as well as supporting on the national brand awareness and crisis communications.
Adam leads our public affairs work across the Midlands region. He has 10 years of experience working in political communications. Having previously spent 5 years working for a Member of Parliament and almost a decade as an elected local Councillor.
With political connections and insight across the region, Adam is able to design effective and innovative communication strategies. He currently advises some the UK’s largest companies on their engagement activities.
He has experience in delivering planning communications, local plan promotions, brand awareness and profile raising campaigns across the Midlands.
Ross has a background in both national and local politics and has led on a range of major projects, including government-backed garden villages and other strategic land sites. He is the Cabinet Member for Housing & Community Engagement at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. He has also served as a non-executive director on the board of a registered provider and a member of major joint-venture development boards.
Sean has direct experience of Strategic Leadership roles in Local Government, having served for three years as the Leader of a Greater Manchester Local Authority and a Member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Alongside his roles in Local Government Sean also has previously been employed as a Research and Communications Officer for a senior Labour MP and within the Policy and Communications Team at a Greater Manchester Council neighbouring that to which he was elected.
Both Sean’s elected roles and previous employment involved engaging directly with stakeholders and communities on often contentious issues, including planning. He appreciates the importance of tailoring messaging for different audiences and the value of identifying local advocates as part of campaigns seeking to chorale support for planning and investment proposals.
Esme has breadth of experience in property, from large projects like the regeneration of Elephant and Castle town centre, Anfield in Liverpool and Rochester in Kent, to housing associations including Places for People, Your Housing Group and One Manchester.
She takes pride in creating strategic communications plans to help them achieve their key goals and deliver new homes and amenities for a wide range of communities. Esme’s work on the campaign ‘can you hear me from up here?’ with the housing association, One Manchester, was nominated for two industry awards. The successful campaign was designed to help those suffering from loneliness and depression in One Manchester’s communities. It gained widespread national print and broadcast coverage as well as regional print coverage.