James Brokenshire

Commissioners appointed to government home design body

The government has appointed four new commissioners to its building better, building beautiful commission.


Formed at the start of this year, the commission will advise the government by developing practical measures to ensure new housing developments meet the needs and expectations of communities.

The four new commissioners joining Roger Scruton, the chair of the commission, are:

  • Gail Mayhew — a property consultant with experience in regeneration and place making
  • Mary Parsons — currently the chair and a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association
  • Nicholas Boys Smith — the founding director of Create Streets
  • Kim Wilkie — a landscape architect and environmental planner

John Hayes MP will also support the commission, with an additional nine specialist advisers helping during the work.

“This commission will play a crucial role in ensuring the homes communities need are built, accepted and loved by those who live in and near them,” said James Brokenshire, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

“I’m delighted Roger is being joined by such a talented team of highly respected professionals, along with a list of distinguished advisers who will bring a wealth of expertise and a range of viewpoints.”

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