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 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
Giles is a 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.
James is a director of The means, an experienced town centre manager and regeneration practitioner. James has undertaken numerous community & business consultation exercises and has significant experience of 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 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.
Sophie is a director of The means. Sophie joined The Means as an expert in sustainable travel and business engagement, having previously worked at the University of Westminster. For the last few years, she has developed extensive experience in all stages of the Business Improvement District development process from feasibility to start up. This involves not only expertise in business engagement, but also project management, delivering events, campaign management and organisational governance. She also leads teams to develop specific projects as part of BID or town centre programmes.
Sophie enjoys seeing the results of connecting up people and businesses to make positive change.
Mike is a chartered town planner and former head of economic development at Westminster City Council where he devised the Council’s first economic development strategy, managed the implementation of action area plans and was responsible for the establishment of 10 BIDs including the first two property owner BIDs in England. He is currently acting as Operations Manager for Marble Arch BID having helped get it established in 2016, managing a programme of projects on behalf of Lambeth Council and setting up BIDs in Stockport and Fulham. He has been an advisor to DCLG on BIDs, served on the RTPI’s Regeneration Panel and is a member of the University of Westminster Partnership Board ensuring the quality of the University’s Planning Degree courses.
Mike is passionate about the role of planning and development in shaping local communities and their economies.
Adrienne specialises in area-based regeneration strategies based in social research and community engagement. Currently she is working in outer London town centres like Harrow to develop robust regeneration strategies through engagement with local businesses, supporting the transformation and diversification of the high street and longer-term health of the high street. This involves partnering with local businesses and community organisations to deliver community events and business networks for these high streets. She also is managing a programme of small-scale public realm improvements led by local BIDs as part of with LB Lambeth’s New Homes Bonus programme for High Streets. Recently Adrienne has worked with Better Bankside BID to develop public realm strategies along the railway viaducts. She also has experience in pedestrian movement research and planning, and designed and delivered pedestrian wayfinding strategies in a variety of settings across the UK, including schemes for Legible London with Transport for London, as well as Southampton, and Dundee (Winner in the Scottish Transport Awards 2012).
As a project manager for The means, Sam has worked on the development of a number of BIDs including Basingstoke, Stratford, Clapham, Bermondsey, Richmond feasibility study, and Southampton (ongoing). He is also providing 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.
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.
Becky is a Project Coordinator for The means. Based within our Welsh team, she is a graduate of Geography and American Studies from Swansea University and a part-time Masters Student at Cardiff University currently studying Urban and Regional Development. Becky has gained experience in regeneration and place management, participating in BID feasibility studies in both London & Wales and managing BID campaigns in Llanelli, Neath & Pontypridd. Previously, based in our London office, Becky provided support to travel related projects in Vauxhall One and Better Bankside.
Gianluca is a Project Coordinator for The means, a regeneration professional with extensive experience in Place Management. He has a Master’s Degree from University College London in Geography and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from the University of Milan. Gianluca provides management services for different locations and has considerable experience in leading BIDs including Stratford Original and Brixton BID. Gianluca is passionate about Smart Cities and the application of technology to solve urban challenges. He is pioneering smart urban management initiatives to deliver positive change.
As an authentic Italian, he loves coffee, food and wine and rides around London on his Vespa. Follow him on twitter @gianluca7rizzo
Jawad is a graduate in Chemistry & Business from Aston University Birmingham. He has considerable experience working in Private Sector Development, delivering a series of International Development Projects for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce under the Pro Invest Funding Programme run by the European Commission. Through seminars, workshops, and secondments he has been able to help businesses in East Caribbean, East Africa, and South East Asia work on; Corporate Social Responsibility, Information & Communication Technology, Inter-regional and International Trade Development, Governance, and Organisational Sustainability & Development. Having spent the majority of his time working with overseas organisations he has developed highly effective cross-cultural communication skills and the ability to understand the diverse needs of those from different cultural backgrounds. He is currently leading the business and community engagement on two High Street Development projects in Harrow and Brent, two of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the UK.
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.
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.
James is part of the Your Pontypridd team, a recent graduate in Business & Economics at the University of South Wales, where he excelled in completing research projects such as his investigation into the impact of a UK withdrawal from the European Union. James has a passion for engaging with businesses and helping local businesses in Wales to develop and identify new ways to reach their customers such as social media. James also volunteers for a local organisation where he manages the website and social media. James is currently working on The Means’ Your Pontypridd project as an Assistant Project Co-ordinator, he is responsible for business engagement, event planning and social media marketing.
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.
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.
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!
Michael has over 30 years experience of working in education, health and the personal social care fields. He has extensive experience of managing and supervising staff in statutory and non-governmental (voluntary) organizations; education, social work, the health economy.He is now the director of the Brixton BID having worked there previously as a volunteer. As the director of the Brixton BID he is working closely with POP Brixton – a workspace setup to showcase independent start-ups from the area. As the director of the Brixton BID he overseen projects such as the jet washing of the street and also facilitated the night-time time economy worskshop and is plans the set-up of Brixton area wide WIFI. Qualifications: M. Sc. In Care Policy and Management B.Sc. in Social Work Certified Coach, Mentor and Supervisor
Ekaterina is a recent graduate from CASS Business School. As part of her final year project she analysed the effectiveness of the Traders Association in Peckham. She worked closely with community groups and negotiated with businesses on a daily basis. At The Means Ekaterina supports team members in delivering a range of place making and place management projects, doing background research, campaigning to businesses in a variety of locations, as well as assisting with the administration of meetings. Ekaterina is passionate about politics and history, which have a major influence on the urban development.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.