Dr Tim Williams (Leader of Public Policy and Placemaking, ARUP) presents his thoughts on Creative and Innovative Environments in Cities and has a discussion with Ben Hewett (South Australian Government Architect) and Patrick Woods (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Resources, UTS) about the future of the Sydney South Central Creative Quarter.

Tim is strategic advisor to the Committee for Sydney and is part time Principal for global consultancy, Arup. He is also an advisor to the Federal Committee on Assisted Housing. He has advised PowerHousing, the peak organisation for Australia’s biggest community housing providers. He has worked with a number of other Community Housing Providers in NSW and South Australia.

Prior to becoming a resident here in Australia, Tim was Managing Director for Navigant Consulting in London where he built a team of 25 working on housing, urban renewal and local government. Acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading specialists in his field, in 2003 Tim was named as the UK’s Regeneration Personality of the year.

Tim was specialist advisor to the Rt Hon David Miliband when he was UK Cabinet Minister for the Department of Communities and Local Government. Tim then advised all subsequent housing and regeneration ministers until June 2010. Tim advised the current London Mayor on the housing design guide for London, the CEO of the Homes and Communities Agency and the CEO of Lend Lease Europe on the Olympic Legacy. In 2007 Tim chaired an inquiry for the UK’s Housing Corporation into the design of affordable housing in Thames Gateway, published as ‘The Williams Report’. Tim was chief Executive of the Thames Gateway London Partnership between 1998 and 2003, when the Gateway, Europe’s biggest urban renewal programme, became a national priority.


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