Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone was leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 – 1986 and Mayor of London from 2000- 2008. Ken joined us to speak on behalf of the Progressive London coalition, concerned with maintaining and promoting progressive policy for the capital.

Professor Lorna Walker

Lorna Walker is managing director of Lorna Walker Consulting Ltd, which concentrates on strategic and practical design consultations in sustainable development and urban regeneration. A director at Ove Arup and Partners from 1989 to 2004, she is a recognised authority in the fields of sustainable development, urban regeneration, water quality and waste treatment.

Lorna was a member of Lord Rogers’ urban task force, a member of the sustainable development committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC, and a lead expert on the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills Foresight programme on sustainable energy management in the built environment. She is also a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor in engineering design for sustainable development at the University of Sheffield, and was recently recognised for her contribution to engineering and sustainable development with an honorary doctorate of engineering degree.

Peter Wilder

Peter Wilder co-founded Macfarlane Wilder landscape architecture practice in 2003 following training in horticulture in Australia and the USA and landscape architecture in the UK and Netherlands. He joined us to discuss the role that landscape architecture can play in designing cities for the future: delivering the services from nature that we need to thrive whilst remaining at the cutting edge of urban design.

Dr William Bird

Dr William Bird is a practising GP and Strategic Health Advisor to Natural England. Dr Bird has developed and pioneered ‘Green Gyms’, enabling people to engage with the environment, whilst improving their own health and fitness. Dr Bird joined us to discuss the health benefits of green spaces, and how to encourage people to access the outdoors to improve their own quality of life.

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith is the design director for Arup Urban Design, London, undertaking a wide variety of projects that address the issues of contemporary urbanism around the world. Malcolm joined Arup after completing his Masters degree in Architecture at Yale University, and five years work in Australia. Malcolm is currently directing the design on a number of major urban design commissions including Northstowe, the new town north of Cambridge, the ecotown studies for the Co-operative Group, Ebbsfleet International in the Thames Gateway, Pinewoods Studios, and Sky Broadcasting. He has previously worked on the Dongtan Eco-city project in Shanghai, a 8400ha masterplan adjacent to sensitive ecological habitats, on an island in the Yangzee river, and Stratford City, the new metropolitan centre for London incorporating the London Olympic village.