Speaker Group: Speaker

Shona Crichton

Shona started her career 18 years ago in York after training as an ICT teacher she transferred her skills into specialist settings.  In this time she has supported by building 3 specialist SEMH schools in Leeds. Throughout her career she has specialised in developing provision of the highest quality for young people with complex additional… Read more »

Kate McGechan

Kate is an Associate Architect and Inclusive Design Consultant at Haverstock. She has led a series of award-winning education, housing, and community projects. In 2021 was awarded the RIBA South East Architect of the Year Award for her work on Linden Farm. Kate was the project architect of Linden Farm, a supported living setting for young… Read more »

Trudi Beswick

A successful textiles entrepreneur and Projects Director in the private sector, since 2000 Trudi has been the driving force at the UK charity, Caudwell Children. Over the past 20 years Trudi has orchestrated the charity’s continued growth, developing it from a small local charity to a national organisation helping over 50,000 children and has become… Read more »

Maureen McKenna

Maureen was a mathematics teacher in a range of secondary schools in the north east and west of Scotland. In 2000, she joined Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, where she inspected a wide range of schools as well as education authorities and child protection. Maureen held a number of posts in HMIE, including national specialist… Read more »

André Imich

 Since April 2010, André has worked as the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, contributing to a range of policy developments, in particular the Children and Families Act. André has been a teacher and educational psychologist and held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities. He was a Regional Director in the… Read more »

Philip Watson

Philip rejoined HLM in 2018 as Director, Head of Design. This is his second stint at HLM and a measure of the attraction of our ‘extended family’ ethos. While Philip’s main expertise lies in education, he has gained a wealth of experience across several sectors, including healthcare, workplace, residential and masterplanning. Philip is responsible for… Read more »

Stephanie Kyle

Stephanie is an Architect and Inclusive Design Consultant at Maber Associates, advising other Architects, clients and key decision makers on best practice for inclusivity and integrating inclusive design within every architectural stage. She works above and beyond Approved Document Part M / BS 8300 requirements, looking at physical requirements, religion, gender-neutral facilities, safe space, hearing… Read more »

Mike Entwisle

Mike leads our education sector work across the practice, with thirty years’ experience of working with universities, schools and colleges. Mike is responsible for establishing the direction of our work in this important sector; in addition to this, his projects include university projects in Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, London and Exeter as well as over… Read more »

Jim Taylour

Jim Taylour, is Head of Design and Wellbeing at Orangebox, the design led office furniture manufacturers based in South Wales, UK. Jim trained as a furniture designer and is a Chartered Ergonomist and has worked in the office furniture industry for 30 years both in a specialised occupational health capacity and in mainstream workplace design… Read more »

Ruth Hynes

Ruth is a Design Researcher with a background in architecture and extensive experience in using applied research methods to better understand how the built environment shapes people’s experience. Working with clients and design teams to develop and deliver applied research in the built environment, Ruth leads research initiatives with a multi-disciplinary R&I team across sectors… Read more »