About us

Jane Briginshaw

20160928009115-09-13-editHigh-ranking Public Policy and Thought Leader specialising in design policy development, building standards in government departments and government agencies, championing quality and sustainability in housing, schools and planning. Experienced and sought-after Committee Chair, Community Leader and Campaigner underpinned by a suite of skills incorporating high level communications, strategic thinking, leadership and advocacy.

Major pieces of work include five years advising government ministers on Building Schools for the Future for the Department for Children, Schools and Families; five years leading design and sustainability strategy and research for the government housing and land agency the Homes and Communities Agency and chairing Design South East design reviews; an early career as practising architect and lecturer in architecture, and a term as Local Councillor

Amy Simmons

20160928009115-10-55Senior Public Policy Leader with a career focused in housing, from detailed design as a practising architect to policy development and implementation. With a strong foundation in estate regeneration and housebuilder led projects including engagement with residents and an impressive range of stakeholders. Sound commercial acumen developed through board level reporting on Housing Associations’ ability to provide grant funded housing.

Notable areas of work during 10 years at the Homes and Communities Agency  include; recognised authority and lead on the development of HCA housing quality standards and public consultation (including the subsequent government’s Technical Housing Standards Review), complete policy and practice overhaul of HCA’s major audit function. Early career highlights include a year at CABE working on Design Review and in architectural practice a range of projects including zero heating schemes, listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments.

I have an evidence based approach but am collaborative and people focused with a can do attitude, I’m said to be creative and effective. I was voted HCA programmes team employee of the year in 2015 by colleagues.