About Julian

Mainstreet Conf Mon -1990My aim is to share and apply ideas about improving towns, cities and communities, and to help ideas grow. I do that by writing, researching and explaining, connecting, training and encouraging, hosting conversations and events, speaking and listening.

I am a writer, editor, facilitator and consultant specialising in regeneration and placemaking – in other words, how to make the places we live in better and enable the people who live there to create better lives for themselves. I help to influence national policy development and local action, and find ways to join the two up.

I was the founding editor of New Start magazine in 1999 and was editorial director until October 2010. I was editor of Inside Housing magazine from 1993 to 1998. I previously specialised in healthcare (the Health Service Journal), social housing and trade unions, having served an apprenticeship on local papers in Kent and South Wales.

Through Urban Pollinators I help people and organisations develop and share learning and good practice, communicate in language people of all backgrounds can understand, manage editorial and communications projects – and much more!

I am a Fellow of the RSA, a voluntary board member at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, and an external adviser to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield.

You can also find me on Twitter or read my blog.

Picture courtesy of Nicole Maslin