Esther Kurland is a planner and urban designer by background. She has worked in local authorities in policy, development control and design and conservation planning posts. Esther then moved to the GLA where she worked on the built environment aspects of the first London Plan before moving to CABE to lead on planning issues in 2003.
Esther has been Director of UDL since 2006. Since that time she has worked to develop and improve UDL’s programme, working closely with core partners TfL, CABE, the LDA and increasingly the HCA to ensure UDL helps practitioners deliver good design.
Esther sits on TfL’s Streetscape Guidance Review Group and Shared Space Working Group. She is a CABE Design Review Panel member, Enabler and member of CABE’s Planning Advisory Committee.
Sue Vincent is former deputy leader and lead cabinet member for community engagement for the London Borough of Camden and a member of the development control committee. Since 1989 she has been working in the field of urban design training, partnership building and planning; successfully giving evidence at a Planning Enquiry to preserve a street of late 17c houses within the historic Seven Dials Conservation Area.
Sue has contributed to the design and delivery of urban design programmes for local authorities, is a seasoned event organiser and a member of the Consortium currently developing the CABE urban design summer school.
Sue has also designed and implemented successful management strategies for companies and community organisations; she had nationwide experience of fieldwork management, survey development and analysis in transportation research, before spending 5 years in Africa, where amongst other things she learnt to fly, drive ex-army trucks and pole a dug-out canoe. Sue settled in Botswana, leading fishing and photographic safaris in the remote Okavango Delta.
Sue is the Programme Manager at Urban Design London and the Director of Dragon Hall, an urban oasis for diversionary youth activities in Covent Garden and the Mary Ward Adult Education Centre in Holborn.
Julian Hart - Training Programme Manager
Paul Lavelle – Training Programme Manager
Kalina Soltys - Programme Officer
Gordon Webster - Urban Design Officer