Our Team

The means is a company that transforms the places where we work and live – inspiring communities and creating environments where people want to be.

Our work is recognised nationally and internationally and covers economic development and regeneration, business engagement, event management and transport planning.

Please have a look at our team’s profiles below.

Peter Williams

Director

Peter is founder and managing director of The means. Over 20 plus years Peter’s skills and experience have been developed through undertaking a huge variety of consultancy assignments. His focus has consistently been on the issues of local economic development in very diverse settings. He is particularly interested in how the efforts of different sectors can be combined to best regenerative effect, and strengthening the contribution of urban centres in achieving social, economic and environmental goals. Peter has led the company’s work in Wales, London, Singapore, Albania and throughout England. Peter has also performed the Chief Executive function of the Better Bankside Business Improvement District (BID) since 2000

Phone: 
07710 337 594



James Thomas

Director

James is a director of The means. He is an experienced regeneration practitioner with over fifteen years in the sector. He has significant experience of community and business consultation exercises, undertaking socio-economic research, supporting economic and community development initiatives on the ground as well as devising programmes that exploit opportunities for business involvement. He has extensive experience of designing and delivering economic development programmes & regeneration plans, strategies, studies, business planning and evaluation exercises. James has considerable experience in socio-economic profiling, action planning, funding applications and project management, particularly where there is a requirement to harness resources from a range of sectors such as Public (Trans-National, National Government, Local Government), Private and Voluntary.

He has also developed particular expertise in financial & systems management and is experienced in developing policies which meet current regulatory / legislative requirements as well as anticipating new ones.

James manages the practice from The means' Llanelli Office.

Phone: 
07921 691 380



Giles Semper

Associate Director

Giles is an Associate Director of The means. He has led placemaking projects in more than 50 UK neighbourhoods, towns and cities, always with an emphasis on innovation and creativity. He has also worked overseas, and is a founding member of the European BIDs Network. His greatest job satisfaction comes from building long-term relationships with residents and businesses in the places where The means works, and driving participatory change. Giles was formerly deputy CEO at Better Bankside BID and – for four years – Executive Director of the VauxhallOne BID. Prior to his career in regeneration Giles was an editorial director for HarperCollins Publishers, and Head of the Churches Team at Christian Aid. He is a trustee of Southwark Playhouse and a school governor at Crampton Primary.

Phone: 
07950 152833



Sam Knight

Senior Programme Manager

Sam has worked on the development of a number of BIDs including Basingstoke, Stratford, Clapham, Bermondsey, Richmond feasibility study, and Southampton (ongoing). He has also provided guidance and assistance notably for travel-related projects in Vauxhall One and Better Bankside. From cycle maintenance to a sustainable cycle freight service, he is responsible for a large range of sustainable developments projects. Sam also has good numerical and analysis skills developed during his degree in Physics. Before working with The means, he lead a consortium including engineers, a local Council and community groups in conducting a feasibility study into small-scale community food-waste recycling using anaerobic digestion.

Phone: 
07701 289 576



Susie Barlow

Project Manager

Susie specialises in marketing and Business Engagement, and has delivered communications and events for several London BIDs including Brixton, Paddington and Stratford. Susie worked on several ballot campaigns and has delivered interim BID management in Streatham and West Norwood.

Susie has a degree in Corporate Communications which included a semester at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, and previously worked as Sales Manager for a US publishing company and in Business Development for the Energy Saving Trust.

Susie particularly enjoys the challenge of facilitating collaboration between local organisations, empowering businesses to take ownership of their locality and work together to achieve shared goals.

Phone: 
07803 503 974



Mandy Jenkins

Project Manager

Mandy is Project Manager at The means and is based within our Welsh team. She has over nine years’ project management experience in the public and private sectors and was most recently South Wales Regional Project Manager for the Welsh Government’s flagship £22million digital inclusion programme. A graduate in European Union Studies from Cardiff University, Mandy is a fluent French and Spanish speaker. She spent several years working for two high profile MEPs where she worked on a number of successful election campaigns. Mandy is currently working with several businesses across south Wales to assist in the development of BIDs.




Tom Evans

Consultant

Tom is a Consultant at The means. He specialises in business consultation, marketing and event management. A graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, Tom spent several years as a freelance writer, researcher and event producer focusing on issues of place identity, community planning and urban renewal and provided marketing and event management services to RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information). Tom was a key part of the team that engaged with local businesses and delivered two successful Business Improvement District (BID) campaigns – Vauxhall One and The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil. He recently completed a two year research project exploring the notion of pride in places as part of a Masters Degree in Cultural Planning and Policy.




Louise Abbots

Project Manager

Lou Abbotts currently manages the Streatham Business Improvement District where she lives and works and has been able to lead a programme of improvements for the area engaging with a cross-section of stakeholders including statutory bodies, businesses and residents. With a first class honours degree in Arts Management from London South Bank University she has devised and delivered a number of high profile projects and events at establishments such as Southbank Centre, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Theatre503. She was Business Liaison Manager at innovative South London BID Better Bankside between 2008-2010 where she spearheaded its first renewal ballot campaign with the ballot attracting a high turnout and a positive result of 82% by number and 86% by rateable value (RV). She is hoping to replicate this success when Streatham goes for re-ballot in 2018.

Lou is passionate about culture-led change and aims to be a conduit to allow communities to realise their vision for a better place to call home.




Hajir Kheder

Project Co-ordinator

Hajir is an ARB Part 2 graduate in Architecture, having obtained her Masters degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Prior to joining the means, Hajir acted as Project Manager for the Canning Town Caravanserai -a meanwhile project in the London Borough of Newham where she led in the engagement process with local residents, community organisations and businesses in harnessing a self-managed public space for growing, trading, workshops and events and is also a member on the board of trustees for the project. She is passionate about socially-engaged architectural practice and during her studies developed a design for a multi-functional community facility embedded within a large-scale development in Newham, emerging from an engagement process with local stakeholders and which has been included in the publication 'Placemaking: Rethinking the Master Planning Process'. She is currently supporting in the community engagement on two major development projects in Harrow.




Theodora Otoo-Quayson

Project Co-ordinator

Theodora joined The Means in July 2015, having achieved a BA in History in 2014 from Goldsmith's University. After her time at University she worked for the Confederation of British Industry, as Directorate Coordinator/ Personal Assistant. She is currently supporting the team at the Brixton BID in delivering marketing and environment projects. Theodora has previous experience in the hospitality sector, licensing at Warner Bros’s, and as Senior Property Portfolio Administrator with The Continental Group in the USA.




Ronan Murray

Project Co-ordinator

Ronan comes to the means after a short career teaching English across Europe. Over this period he was able observe and actively engage with different communities and urban ways of living. This work enabled him to develop his language skills and hone his educational skills, particularly catering to mixed audiences of different needs. Currently he is completing a Masters degree in Urban Regeneration at London South Bank University following on from his Undergraduate degree in Geography and Education. So far he has worked closely with the team on different BIDs using his professional background of meeting a wide range of people to engage with members of the community and local business owners. He hopes to contribute to the company by listening to local communities then delivering initiatives to vitalize the places their area, creating exciting places that people are proud to live and work in

Phone: 
020 7403 4135



Daniel Hatt

Project Co-ordinator (Intern)

Daniel is especially interested in the role of technology in today’s cities. He has been involved in stakeholder engagement, developing strategies for air pollution management and various research projects. Daniel has previous experience in the advertising industry. He studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh for his undergraduate degree, during which time he spent a year on exchange in the US. He is about to embark on a Master’s degree in Urbanisation and Development at the London School of Economics.

Phone: 
020 7403 4135



Alison Collard

Finance and Office Assistant

Alison is the company Finance and Office Assistant based at the Llanelli office, providing support for the Directors and professional team in delivering a range of services to our clients. Having lived in Llanelli for most of her life, her background is in banking & accounts and has worked for several local businesses during her career.




David Howells (Associate)

Associate

David Howells is an Associate of The means.  He has over 20 years experience of working in regeneration and economic development for both the public and private sector. His previous roles include Associate Director of Enterprise plc, and Tourism and Economic Development Manager at East Sussex County Council. David has particular expertise in the Tourism sector. He has a Masters degree in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey and significant experience of developing tourism strategies, destination development, and development structuring and impact assessment. He has worked on a number of area-based studies and rural regeneration projects. David is a Director of Adventure Tourism

Phone: 
07969 788835



Donald Hyslop (Associate)

Associate

Donald is an Associate of The means. He is an Urbanist and Head of Regeneration and Community for Tate Galleries. Over the last twenty five years his work has been at the forefront of exploring and thinking about the role culture, architecture & museums can play in the regeneration, place making, economic and social development of cities and communities.

At Tate, with a wide and varied portfolio he has led an ongoing urban renewal programme which has put Tate Modern at the centre of a cultural and social model of regeneration in south London built around a series of innovative partnerships. Donald is Chair of Trustees of Borough Market where he has led the thousand year old charity through a period of major change. He also Chairs Better Bankside Business Improvement District, one of the founding British BIDs.

Donald acts as an advisor on creative economy for the British Council and advises, lectures and teaches widely on cultural and business policy, urban renewal, community empowerment and creative cities.




Paul Taylor

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in Marketing and Advertising previously working in Local and regional Press, National B2B Magazines and is currently the CEO of Stockport’s commercial Radio station. He has start up entrepreneurial experience with his current marketing and events business ‘Shout Media’ functioning events and festivals across the country and previously started ‘Dubai Select’ the UK’s leading Dubai property agency.

Paul has lectured in Management to graduate level and has a passion for local regeneration, which is a good job as he is the interim BID manager for ‘Totally Stockport’ with ambitious plans!




Steve Osborn (Associate)

Associate

Formerly at the Cambridge University Law Department, and NACRO, he is an experienced researcher and evaluator, carrying out research for Government departments, local authorities, housing associations and regeneration schemes. He has particular expertise in crime, housing regeneration, health, town centre regeneration and social enterprise. He developed the first Crime Audit in the country and has evaluated regeneration schemes in London, throughout the North East, the West Midlands and the South West.

He also chaired the working party which successfully introduced the Bankside Business Improvement District and has worked on over 50 town centre schemes.

Publications for Government departments include “Crime Prevention on Council Estates”, “High Hopes: concierge, controlled entry and similar schemes for high rise blocks” , “Neighbourhood Drugs Coordinators and Regeneration Schemes”. Other publications include “Managing Health & Housing” for Birmingham Health Authority and “People, Places and Poverty” for the Webb Memorial Trust.

Phone: 
07783 482 156



Roy Evans (Associate)

Associate

Roy Evans is a lawyer and accountant, who began his career with Arthur Andersen before joining Ernst & Young. He then worked with Levi Strauss as senior manager with responsibility for community affairs and developed the company’s support for health programmes and regeneration projects in areas of high unemployment, throughout Europe. A specialist in developing evaluation frameworks, management information systems, financial models and project management, he has carried out service reengineering projects and management reviews in both the public and private sectors.

He was a member of the consortium which reconfigured critical paediatric services for the Health Service Executive in Ireland. He completed a major programme of evaluations of regeneration schemes for Sunderland City and a review of Telecare projects in the northeast for the former Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership. He is also experienced in business development, both setting up private companies and notforprofits.

He has undertaken evaluations and management and financial reviews in Europe, the USA, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Phone: 
07507 766 396