About me


Incisive analytical thinker, with extensive research and practical experience in urban planning, infrastructure, economics and governance.

Highly-skilled writer, editor and media commentator, capable of presenting complex issues and arguments clearly and compellingly.

Accomplished public speaker with international experience in presenting, and chairing meetings and panel discussions.

Flexible and innovative manager, with experience of start-ups, organisational change and transition, and complex political environments.

Career history

Richard Brown Consulting
(2021- )
Working with clients including Arup, and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. And writing.

Centre for London
Research director, deputy director, interim director
Leading research and events function at fast growing urban think tank, participating in research where possible, and deputising during recruitment of new chief executive.

London Development Agency, Olympic Park Legacy Company, London Legacy Development Corporation
Programme director, strategy director
Establishing governance arrangements for London’s Olympic Park legacy, and developing ten-year strategy and business plans.

Freelance consultant
Range of commissions for clients including Greater London Authority, Richard Rogers Partnership, London School of Economics, and London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Olympic Delivery Authority
Head of stakeholder relations
Leading establishment of stakeholder and community engagement mechanisms in early months of London 2012 delivery programme.

Greater London Authority
Transition team, private secretary, manager of Architecture and Urbanism Unit, head of Olympics and Thames Gateway
Setting up Mayor’s Office structures, design insurgency, leading GLA input into London 2012 bid, and GLA/Government planning for transition to delivery.

Audit Commission
Researcher, private secretary, research manager
Local authority performance indicator development and publication, speech-writing and policy advice for chief executive, leading research on local democracy and local economic development.

The Times
Writing on higher education and related subjects.

Qualifications etc

MSc (with merit), Politics and Administration, 1998 (Birkbeck College, University of London).

BA (first class honours), Philosophy and Ancient History, 1993 (Trinity College, Oxford University).

Three As at A-level, 10 As at O-level.

Speak basic French and Spanish, and rudimentary Greek.

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, 2016.

UK and Irish citizen.

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