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The Advisors


Dr. Amanda Gummer

Good Play Guide

Amanda is a Play hero and an amazing contributor to our early Play workshops..  Amanda has a PhD in Neuropsychology, the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and over 20 years’ experience working with children and families.

Tim Williams - Cities

Dr. Tim Williams

Cities Advisors

Tim Williams is Chair of Open Cities, an Australian initiative to promote the adoption of ‘next-gen infrastructure’ whether it be in the shared and circular economy, smart cities, or decentralised energy production. He is known to many in the UK as the former chief executive of the Thames Gateway London Partnership.  He is also Director of Publicani Consultancy and former advisor to Blair government and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Joe Giordano Governance & Strategy Advisor

Dr. Joe Giordano

Governance & Strategy Advisor

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Risk Expert and RICS board member. Co-author of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors  (RICS) Guidance on Project Monitoring. 

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Michelle Washington

Director at Publicani

Persuasive, experienced and technically informed advocate for great places and cities. Qualified town planner with both local and international experience. Experience include public affairs, economic development, urban regeneration, transport, design, business case development, place-making, governance, community and stakeholder engagement.

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Christian Bucknall


Both a Chartered Surveyor [Project Management] and Builder, Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Chris utilises specialist knowledge and extensive experience acquired over a range of high profile commercial and industrial projects, with values in excess of £4b.

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Tim Gill

Independent researcher, writer, consultant. 

Public speaker. Design Council Ambassador. Global advocate for child-friendly urban planning and a balanced approach to risk in children's play and learning.

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