LWM associates

Phil Beardmore Paul Cobbing
Pat Conaty Rosemary Coyne
Karen Leach Jon Morris
Conrad Parke Rose Poulter
Rajeev Prakash  Tim Render
 Jon Stevens Chris Williams

Associate profiles

Phil Beardmore

Phil works for LWM and others as an environmental and third sector consultant specialising in thought innovation. He founded the renewable energy co-operative CoRE50. His clients include local authorities, utilities, construction companies and social enterprises.  In 2010 Phil was voted one of the top 50 Green Leaders in the West Midlands, is the Third Sector Assembly Environment Network Champion and member of Birmingham’s Green Commission.                           Phil’s LinkedIn profile


Paul Cobbing

Paul Cobbing portraitPaul has worked for the last 30 years on environmental issues, from operational land management to policy development and implementation across climate change and the natural environment.  He is now chief executive of the National Flood Forum, a charity that supports and represents people at risk of flooding.  He has experience of developing and supporting sustainable development, climate change and environmental networks across the West Midlands, and working with them to progress strategic action.   He is convenor of the West Midlands section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a member of the West Midlands Forestry & Woodland Advisory Committee and the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership.        Paul’s LinkedIn profile

Pat Conaty

Pat Conaty portraitPat Conaty is a Research Associate of the New Economics Foundation. He has produced a number of recent policy reports on local community banking, rural regeneration and community land trusts, micro-credit for small business, and affordable housing finance for low income homeowners with disrepair problems. He was formerly the Development Director of Birmingham Settlement, an inner city voluntary organisation.

Rosemary Coyne

Rosemary Coyne portraitRosemary is a chartered Landscape Architect with extensive all-sector experience in physical and community regeneration and sustainable development including the water and waste industries and construction. She coordinates the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership and works on the retrofitting agenda with the Accord Group. She has contributed to production of planning policy on a range of issues for Birmingham City Council and other local authorities, and led consultation exercises on sustainability and climate change issues with individuals, community groups and ‘leadership’ groups.  She has worked across the UK as well as living and working overseas including South America, India and Africa.                Rosemary’s LinkedIn profile

Karen Leach

LWM’s coordinator, Karen is often in a supportive or troubleshooting role on consultancy work. Recently with LWM she has led on our Barrow Cadbury-funded Mainstreaming Community Economic Development activity, evaluated Local Enterprise Partnerships’ approaches to local economic renewal,  contributed to Birmingham City University’s interdisciplinary DEFRA-funded project on integrating the ecosystem approach into decision-making tools and conducted three reviews of Friends of the Earth’s environmental rights community empowerment projects.

Jon Morris

JonMorrisA housing, planning and regeneration consultant who led LWM’s work on Birmingham Energy Savers and contributed to MCED. Former Director of Coventry New Deal for Communities, Chair of Royal Town Planning Institute Housing Panel, Extensive experience in the fields of housing, planning and regeneration, as a practitioner, researcher and lecturer. Jon has also been a member of a number of ministerial advisory groups and an expert witness to the House of Commons Environment Select Committee.

Conrad Parke

Conrad ParkeConrad Parke is a freelance neighbourhood regeneration advisor supporting a number of regeneration initiatives across Birmingham and the Black Country. Current clients include the Black Country Consortium, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust, the Big Lottery and University of Birmingham. From 2007 to 2011 he worked for RegenWM – the regeneration centre of excellence for the West Midlands – as Head of Skills Development in Regeneration for the region. Conrad is currently working with LWM on their “Mainstreaming Community Economic Development” initiative.

Rose Poulter

Rose Poulter is a Board Member and Associate of Localise West Midlands. Now a freelance consultant with a focus on securing decisions, policy development and organisational change, she was previously Director of the West Midlands regional grouping of local authorities (WM Councils; WM Leaders’ Board; WM Local Government Association) for fourteen years. She also spent two years on a secondment to regional development agency Advantage WM, and held various economic development posts with Birmingham City Council. Rose also works with Age UK Birmingham’s Information and Advice Team on a voluntary basis.              Rose’s LinkedIn profile

Rajeev Prakash

Rajeev PrakashRajeev trained as a town planner and has a background in programme and project management – gained through leading multi-agency partnerships and of successfully delivering major and holistic regeneration initiatives. Rajeev has experience of strategic finance and budget management at the most senior level and he has particular expertise in efficiency and effectiveness reviews, strategy planning and implementation, evaluation and change management.              Rajeev’s LinkedIn profile


Tim Render

Tim has significant experience in managing major services and resources as Strategic Finance Director at Nottingham CC and previously as Head of Corporate Finance at Birmingham CC. He has wide ranging experience of successfully managing and developing strategies. He is now active as a non-executive director of a number of public / private partnership companies, an independent member of a police authority, trustee of several advice and housing charities, governor of a secondary school and academy and chair of a FE college board.            Tim’s LinkedIn profile

Jon Stevens

Jon has worked in the field of community housing and neighbourhood regeneration for almost 40 years. Initially he trained as an architect and went on to work on community action in various posts over this period including Director of Birmingham Cooperative Housing Services, Community Development Worker for Birmingham Inner Area Study, Organiser of Community Forum in Birmingham, Senior Urban Renewal Officer, and Tenant and Association Support Manager for the Housing Corporation.

Chis Williams

Chris has a campaigns and tactical background, having worked for Birmingham Friends of the Earth and for strategic and organisational roles in local, regional and national levels of the Green Party. He is a Councillor on Solihull Council.  Chris has particular expertise in social housing and local government.

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