Our People


CHRIS LEEMING


MANAGING DIRECTOR

Chris is the managing director of Lanpro and his day-to-day role within the business is focused around business strategy and development.  Chris is responsible for preparing the business strategy that has taken Lanpro from inception in 2008 to being the largest independent planning and urban design consultancy operating in East Anglia.  Chris enjoys outdoor pursuits and is a keen Rugby fan.


PHILIP ATKINSON


DIRECTOR

Philip’s role within the company involves the initial assessment of the potential of sites and the formulation of planning strategies to promote sites and to manage all risks through the planning process.  Philip has extensive private sector experience across all planning sectors having previously worked for planning consultancies, development, construction and mining companies in the UK and Asia for a period in excess of 20 years.  He is also an expert witness with significant experience representing public and private sector clients at planning, enforcement and compulsory purchase appeals, including Public Inquiry.  Philip is a keen golfer.


IAN DOUGLASS


HEAD OF PLANNING

Ian deals with a wide range of complex planning and land promotion projects including major mixed use developments, residential, leisure, infrastructure and employment parks.  Ian has held a number of senior roles within planning consultancies operating throughout the UK.  He is also an expert witness with significant experience representing clients at planning appeals, including Public Inquiry.  Ian is a former international squash player, currently a club and County player.


LEE BURGESS


DESIGN DIRECTOR

Lee is an award winning architect with extensive experience in public and private sectors and expertise in residential, care and education design as well as masterplaning and low energy buildings. He heads the Architecture + Urban Design team in Norwich and is passionate about people focused design and a collaborative approach to sustainable development and place making.


BECCY REJZEK


ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Beccy has spent most of her professional life in the Norfolk and Suffolk area and as a result has extensive experience of managing and being actively involved in complex planning projects across this region and beyond. She has in-depth technical knowledge in respect to planning appraisals, planning application preparation and strategic planning which enables her to steer projects through an increasingly complex planning system. She is experienced in ensuring that projects are appropriately managed, client aspirations are met and deliverable planning permissions are secured. Her ability to co-ordinate public engagement exercises is important to the success of many projects and she is also experienced in the public arena including at Council meetings, public inquiries and public exhibitions. Beccy enjoys running and walks in the countryside.


HANNAH SMITH


ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Hannah provides bespoke planning advice to private and public sector clients, covering a wide range of commercial and residential uses. Day to day, Hannah manages large consultancy teams in the preparation of planning applications and coordinates community, political and stakeholder engagement to help shape complex and sometimes contentious development proposals. Hannah is also an Associate Member of IEMA and is a specialist in the coordination and preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments. Hannah has worked for a number of private multi-disciplinary planning and property consultancies over the last 10 years and has recent experience as a Development Management Team Leader for a Suffolk Local Planning Authority. Hannah enjoys getting out into the Norfolk Countryside and her role as an active member and Chairman, of Beccles Rowing Club.


IAN REILLY


REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Ian has worked as a planner in the public and private sectors in the UK, New Zealand and Australia for a period in excess of 15 years.  He is lead consultant on a wide range of planning projects at a variety of scales and has a strong reputation for providing practical planning and enforcement advice anchored by his experiences in the public sector.  He is also an expert witness with experience representing public and private sector clients at planning and enforcement appeals, including Public Inquiry.


JANE CRICHTON


SENIOR ASSOCIATE PLANNER

Jane’s role within the company involves providing public and private sector clients with detailed planning advice and the submission and day-to-day management of a variety of planning applications from individual dwelling houses to major renewable energy projects.  Jane is also heavily involved in land promotion projects including large urban extensions to existing settlements.  This work involves meeting the public and local politicians to present and discuss development proposals.  Jane leads an active lifestyle and is a keen cyclist.


SAM JONES


PLANNING CONSULTANT

Since graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2010 Sam has worked in planning practice across Norfolk and most recently within Melbourne, Australia. Sam joined Lanpro in May 2018 after returning from Australia, where she gained experience working on large superstore expansion projects and mixed used schemes. Sam also has extensive experience within the UK, working in both the public and private sectors on residential schemes for RSL’s and private developers, having started her planning career working on large scale renewable energy projects. Sam is excited to join Lanpro and be a part of a diverse team of experienced professionals. As well as providing support to the senior members of the planning team, Sam will also manage a number of her own projects.


AIMEE LAKE


PLANNING CONSULTANT

Aimee has 6 years’ experience working as a planner in the public and private sectors in London, Norwich and New Zealand. Roles in the public sector have enabled her to develop excellent working relationships with local planning authorities. She has worked within planning teams on large scale and complex residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes, achieving successful outcomes. Aimee also leads and manages a project caseload of her own and has extensive experience of managing the public and statutory consultation processes associated with planning applications.


STEPHEN FLYNN


ASSISTANT PLANNER

Stephen joined Lanpro in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He is now pursuing a career in planning whilst also utilising his design skills in a consultancy environment. As an Assistant Planner, Stephen supports the wider Planning team, working on a diverse range of projects and taking on a variety of challenges. Outside of work he enjoys walking, writing and playing music and learning languages.   Outside work I enjoy walking, writing and playing music and learning languages.


PATRICK WALES


ASSISTANT PLANNER

Patrick joined Lanpro in 2018 after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University with a degree in Agricultural Management. Patrick has a wide understanding of land management practices and the potential re-use of land for development. Patrick has direct experience of the planning system having formulated a development proposal and managed and submitted the application on behalf of a landowner, prior to joining Lanpro. As an Assistant Planner at Lanpro, Patrick supports the Planning team in a diverse range of projects, combining his agricultural background with planning knowledge. Patrick is currently studying for a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Westminster to gain full RTPI accreditation. Outside of work he spends much of his time in the countryside and at the coastlines of Norfolk, and also enjoys travelling and a variety of sports.


PAUL GAJOS


DIRECTOR OF ARCHAEOLOGY + HERITAGE

Paul’s role involves advising a wide variety of clients including house builders, renewable energy developers, strategic land buyers, property developers and private individuals on a range of projects. This work routinely involves the production of desk based assessments and historic environment ES chapters, negotiating schemes of work with local planning authorities and the costing, procuring and management of archaeological and built heritage investigations. Paul has a reputation for no nonsense, commercially focussed archaeological and heritage advice built on over 20 years’ experience working in the historic environment sector.


MITCHELL POLLINGTON


PRINCIPAL ARCHAEOLOGIST

Mitchell joined Lanpro in July 2016 as Principal Archaeologist. With over 16 years professional experience, Mitchell provides advice on the possible heritage implications of developments of all types and sizes, helping to identify and reduce risks to developers while ensuring that archaeological and heritage planning conditions are fulfilled efficiently and to the highest standard. His background in managing large fieldwork and post-excavation projects allows Mitchell to accurately cost and procure archaeological fieldwork, and manage this work to meet the planning and construction timetable requirements of clients.


DR RAMONA USHER


PRINCIPAL HERITAGE CONSULTANT

Ramona is a built heritage specialist, with experience gained across the private, public and education sectors. Her expertise includes analysing the significance of listed buildings and conservation areas, and assessing the setting of heritage assets. Ramona advises clients from scheme inception through to the discharge of conditions. Her work routinely involves the production of heritage statements, historic environment ES chapters and the provision of design advice. Her success lies in a combination of pragmatism, negotiation and approachability. Ramona is a keen runner, completing numerous half marathons and endurance events each year.


EMILY MERCER


PRINCIPAL HERITAGE CONSULTANT

Emily is both an archaeologist and built heritage specialist with 20 years professional experience in the sector. Emily provides advice to a wide variety of clients on all issues concerning archaeological remains and built heritage from scheme inception through to the eventual discharge of planning conditions. Her expertise includes analysing the significance of listed buildings and conservation areas, and assessing the setting of heritage assets. Emily’s experience of managing large archaeological projects allows her to accurately cost and procure archaeological fieldwork ensuing that it is completed within time and budget constraints.


ANDREW RUDGE


PRINCIPAL HERITAGE CONSULTANT

Andy is a motivated and adaptable professional with a creative and constructive approach to heritage work. He has over 16 years’ experience of work within the archaeology, heritage and planning sectors, and is a full member of the Institute Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC). He brings with him experience of having worked both in commercial archaeology, and as a lead heritage and design advisor for Local Authorities and two of the UKs leading multi-disciplinary engineering companies. Andy has also worked for Historic England, and has particular expertise in the provision of strategic, practical and design advice in relation to development in sensitive historic contexts, change to listed buildings and setting studies.


EDDIE TYRER


HEAD OF TRANSPORT + TRAVEL

Eddie is a Chartered Planner and Transport Planner with over 26 years of experience in the public, private and community sectors, working at local, regional, national and international levels. He has been involved in initiating and project managing National and European innovative transport projects and programmes, identifying new sustainable transport solutions to deliver development and growth, and set out new thinking and innovation in terms of transport and travel requirements for the future within a multi-disciplinary environment. Eddie now leads our new Transport + Travel team in Norwich and is dedicated to ensure transport solutions add to, and deliver, good quality development, communities and growth.


CHRIS SAYERS


FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Chris is Lanpro’s Financial Controller having joined Lanpro in the summer of 2016. He has responsibility for all financial and commercial aspects of the Company. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants. Chris was Group Finance Director for over 20 years with an International Consultancy specialising in professional services to the engineering and construction industries establishing an extensive network of fourteen offices in nine countries.  Since then he has held a number of senior positions in fast growth companies across numerous industries, having extensive experience of supporting stakeholders in developing systems and infrastructure, attracting major investment from both trade and private equity investors. Chris is a former rugby player and now an avid supporter enjoying trips to watch both England and the British Lions.


NICK CLARKE


ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Nick joined Lanpro in the summer of 2018 as an accounts apprentice. He has a keen interest in accounts and finance and working towards further qualifications in the sector. In his spare time Nick is politicly active and plays a variety of sports including basketball and football.


CHLOE MIKRONIS


INTERIOR DESIGNER

Chloe is a passionate and highly capable Interior Designer who has many years experience delivering projects in both Australia and the UK, since graduating from Interior Architecture at Monash University with Distinction and Honours. During this time, Chloe has gained a wealth of experience working on high-end projects in a range of sectors, including workplace design, education and public projects. Most recently, she has also been involved with residential interior design for apartments, as well as student accommodation. This breadth of experience allows Chloe to be highly versatile in the types of projects she can deliver. Her full involvement through all stages of the project, from initial client briefing through to delivery on site, ensures a cohesive and considered end result. Chloe aspires to create spaces that are both unique and enjoyable, whilst being highly functional and tailored to the end user. This people-centric design approach is achieved through a rigorous and detailed briefing process, involving close collaboration with the client and user groups. This brief then provides the framework for the subsequent phases of the project, ultimately ensuring a positive outcome and a high level of client satisfaction. Chloe enjoys working closely alongside architects and as an integral part of a project team. This collaborative approach ensures a strong and dynamic relationship is formed between the architectural and interior design elements of each project, resulting in a holistic and well considered design outcome. Her extensive knowledge of products, materials, palettes and finishes ensures a high-quality end result, whilst adhering to budget constraints. Chloe’s all-round skill set guarantees great efficiency, and her goal driven attention to detail illustrates her dedication and commitment to the profession.


STEVE WATKINS


SENIOR ARCHITECT

With over 18 years of architectural experience Steve joined Lanpro in 2018. His experience varies from work in the UK and the Middle East working with the design and completion of small to large scale projects with key expertise in Healthcare/ Residential/Retail and urban developments. With extensive experience working on large healthcare projects Steve has moved back the UK following a successful completion of a prestigious landmark healthcare project incorporating adult and children care and research facilities in the Middle East. Along with UK healthcare experience in the UK, Steve has worked closely with private developers on new residential developments from high end one off housing to numerous barn conversions and housing urban schemes up to 800 units.


ROSIE GAGEN


ARCHITECT

Rosie joined Lanpro in 2017. Since graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2010 Rosie has worked in practices in the UK and Sydney. She has a broad range of experience both in scale and type; from residential work for private clients and commercial developers, through to commercial office schemes, and large-scale transport and infrastructure projects. Most recently she has worked on a number of listed building conversion projects. Rosie moved to Lanpro in pursuit of a collaborative environment that allows a creative approach to design and delivery and the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects. Rosie enjoys food, travel and the Norfolk countryside.


DANIEL ORFORD


ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

Daniel joined Lanpro in 2017 after a number of years within the public sector developing a specialism in care, education and residential design. During his career Daniel has worked on a number of notable low energy residential schemes, which has included the design delivery of one of the country's largest Passivhaus developments.  Daniel successfully attained a Distinction in Master of Architecture (MArch) from Lincoln University in 2015, for which he was nominated for the prestigious RIBA Presidents Silver Medal, alongside receiving the RIBA East Midlands Part II Student Award. A key interest for Daniel is how architecture can be used to enhance the social mobility of its communities, by instilling the regeneration of the fragmented urban fabric; through the creation of spaces which promotes a positive engagement between people, architecture and the landscape. Outside of the architectural studio Daniel enjoys participating in amateur dramatics, art events and indulging in his passion for classic cars.


JAMES SLATER


ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

James graduated in 2015 from Dublin School of Architecture, and has since gained a wealth of experience in both the United States and Spain. Having previously worked on various large-scale office refurbishment projects in New York and Connecticut, James moved to Spain and took on a senior role in developing a 60 room, 4 star hotel in the holiday region of Calvia. With a discernable interest in ecological and sustainable design, James returns to the UK to join Pro:works, looking to embark on the next stage of his career and continue his development in a dynamic and innovative team. With a background in business management, James will also help build the Pro:works brand, by contributing and adding his experience to the business development of the company.


ZUZANA VRBKOVA


ARCHITECT + URBAN DESIGNER

Zuzana is an architect + urban designer with a master’s degree in the fields of architecture, city planning and land use planning from CVUT, Prague. She joined Lanpro in late 2016 having previously worked in architectural & master planning practices in Chichester (UK), Rio de Janeiro(BR) and a planning authority in Pilsen (CZ).


ANNA OLIVERI


LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Anna is a landscape designer with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.  She is particularly interested in sustainable and ecological design, environmental psychology and place making.  In addition to working part-time for Lanpro she is undertaking a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at Writtle University College.  Anna enjoys travel, culture and gastronomy.


RUTH LEEMING


FINANCE ASSISTANT

Ruth works in Lanpro’s Finance area and deals with everyday accounting issues such as dealing with invoices, reconciling the accounts and making payments.  She likes to keep fit and is an avid distance runner with a time of 56 minutes and 19 seconds in the 2016 Run Norwich 10K race


SARAH ATKINSON


ADMIN ASSISTANT

Sarah has a degree in environmental science and works part-time as an administration assistant at Lanpro.  She is typically the first point of contact for anyone wishing to contact Lanpro with a planning or development enquiry.  Sarah enjoys family life and walking her dogs in the countryside.