Marketing and Publicity Director
Joint Membership Director
Head of Profession - Architecture
Martin Kent - President
Martin Kent BA DipArch RIBA, has over 26 years experience as an Architect and building professional working in both the public and private sectors. Martin’s experience covers a wide range of both design and property management. With extensive experience in Local Government particularly in education and including Adult Services, Fire and Rescue and the Police.
Martin qualified as an Architect at Plymouth becoming a Chartered Architect and member of the RIBA in 1990. He spent the early years of his career in private practice in Stoke-on-Trent, Guildford and Winchester working in various sectors- Theatre, Commercial Development, Shelter Housing, Schools and Elderly Persons Homes. Joining Hampshire Architects Department (now Hampshire Property Services) in 1992 his career developed from a project architect into property management.
Martin’s current role is Head of Property Management for Hampshire County Council with a multi disciplinary team including Architects, Building Surveyors, fire safety, arboriculture and property risk management experts with a portfolio of more than 1700 buildings on 1000 sites. He has served on the committee of the Chief Building Surveyors Society (CBSS) for a number of years and as President elect of CBSS lead the working party to agree the merger with SPACES.
Andrew Rowe - Finance Director
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer. He has delivered and managed many capital projects, including leading the technical and delivery elements of Suffolk County Council’s Building Schools for the Future and School Re-organisation programmes.
Andrew previously managed the in-house consultancy team at Suffolk County Council, offering multi-disciplinary design services, project and programme management, and estates advice on acquisitions, disposals and ratings.
In 2013 he became the Managing Director of the new company formed by Suffolk County Council to deliver its design and property consultancy. Concertus Design and Property Consultants Limited is multidisciplinary team of property consultants offering a wide range of property services to the public and private sector.
Rob Edwards - Marketing and Publicity Director
Rob graduated from Cardiff University and has nearly 30 years' experience in both the private and public sectors. He previously managed Birmingham City Council's Architectural Team when it was Urban Design and then subsequently as Group Architect following its transformation into a wholly owned company called Acivico.
He has delivered a diverse range of interesting award/competition-winning public and commercial projects including master planning, schools, offices, retail, leisure, mass housing, industrial, hotels, recording studios (for UB40) and one-off houses. In his career he has been fortunate to also work for the Building Experiences Trust alongside internationally renowned architects such as Richard Rogers, Ted Cullinan, Will Alsop and Santiago Calatrava.
Extensive experience includes specialist Consultant services to English Partnerships, Advantage West Midlands, Black Country Development Corporation, Plymouth Development Corporation, Wyre Forest District Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Shropshire County Council & Shropshire District Council.
Rob currently works at American firm Gensler in London and is hoping to help in the success of its latest Birmingham addition of world-wide offices.
Leslie Morrison - Joint Membership Director
Leslie Morrison RIBA/RIAS qualified as an architect in 1979 where he began working in Stirling District Council before moving onto Dumbarton and then Inverclyde Councils working on leisure projects, housing and office refurbishment. In 1986 he gained promotion to District Architect of Strathkelvin District Council leading a team of architects working mostly on leisure and housing.
In 1996 Scottish local authorities became unitary authorities and Leslie became the Chief Architect of the new East Dunbartonshire Council for the next 14 years. He was responsible for a team of design and construction staff working on a variety of projects for both the public and private sectors, delivering the Council’s Capital Programme for new school nurseries, along with the provision of new science laboratories and leisure facilities. The Design Team also delivered projects as part of the new DDA for disabled tenants, including adaptations in schools and office refurbishment. A new Child Care Unit and a new Headquarters for Strathclyde Police in Kirkintilloch were completed prior to Leslie taking early retirement in June 2010.
Leslie was one of a number of architects who joined SCALA when the Scottish organisation, ACASLA, amalgamated in 2003 to become SCALA Scotland. In 2009 he became the first Scottish President of SCALA serving for three years before taking on the role of Regional Co-ordinator where he set up a national database of members in all local authorities throughout the UK.
Mark Dunne - Technical Director
Mark Dunne BEng (Hons) CEng MCIBSE MSLL MIAM, is a property industry professional with over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of the built asset life cycle. Mark’s experience covers a wide range of property related services from Strategic Asset Management, Design Services, Estates Management, FM and Energy Services. A high proportion of his experience has been gained in the Public Sector working with both Local and Central Government across the UK.
Mark is a Chartered Building Service Engineer and has full membership of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering is a Member of the Society of Light and Lighting, Member of Institute of Asset Management and a Member of SPACES.
Mark currently works for Atkins and is a Director within their Design and Engineering team. His key role is in the development of industry leading property solutions. These solutions support organisations to design and implement major change programmes that optimise their property performance helping to enhance their front line services. Experiences include; Portfolio optimisation including right sizing, improving Asset Management performance, capital programme optimisation and commercialisation of property delivery teams.
Greg Keeling - Events Director
Greg Keeling, BEng (Hons) CEng MCIBSE MIET LRPS has over 30 years’ experience in building services engineering, including design, the procurement of professional consultancy and contracting services and the management of frameworks.
Greg heads the technical team within Infrastructure Delivery at Essex County Council which is responsible for delivering the county councils (construction) capital programme. Areas of responsibility include architecture/design, building services engineering, strategic planning, cost management, technical and environmental standards, contracts, construction/engineering/health and safety inspection, management of the Essex County Council Construction Framework, external professional and construction framework management, performance management of external project managers, client cdm and cost management services.
As well as being a founding member and director of SPACES, he is past president of both the Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities (SCALA) and the Society of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SCEME).
He is a CIBSE Committee member for the Schools Design Group and the Natural Ventilation Group and a member of BSRIA soft landings group. Greg has published various technical articles in journals and was the principal author (client chapter) for the CIBSE TM 57 publication 'School Design'.
Mukund Patel - Scrutiny Director
Mukund Patel BSc; CEng; FCIBSE; MIMechE; MIET, is a world expert on schools design with particular focus on use of technology in education and modern child centred learning.
Mukund qualified as an engineer from London University and spent 5 years with consulting engineers in London. In 1982 he joined UK Ministry of Education and Science and from 1997 onwards for 11 years, as the Head of Schools Capital Division at the Department of Education in England was responsible for advising ministers and senior government officials on all aspects of schools buildings including development of inspirational and exciting school buildings, standards of school buildings, School Premises Regulations, sustainability issues, and cost of school buildings.
Mukund played key role in development of Building Schools for the Future Programme, Academies Programme, and Primary Capital Programme. He was also responsible for £600 million annual programme for Voluntary Aided schools. He over saw formation of PfS and delivery of the first 48 Academies.
At DfE Mukund developed various school buildings guidelines and publications including Building Bulletin ‘98 and ‘99, Exemplar Designs, Primary Ideas, Asset Management Plans, etc. He also initiated ran the Classrooms of the Future and City Learning Centres programmes. Mukund also developed BREEAM for Schools and set up Zero Carbon Task Force and developed Sustainable Schools Pathfinder projects. He was responsible for development of legislation on Protection of School Playing Fields.
Whilst at the DfE, as a Senior Civil Servant Mukund worked closely with Education Ministers including David Miliband, Charles Clarke, Estelle Morris and other senior figures in the Education world. He also worked at senior level with HM Treasury, DCLG, Department of Climate Change and also NGOs and research bodies.
After leaving DfE in 2008, Mukund was Chief Officer for Educational Infrastructure at GEMS Education, based in Dubai. GEMS is the largest operator of Independent Schools in the world and has 90 schools in 10 countries including UK, Middle East and India. While at GEMS he developed schools in Middle East, India, Malaysia and in Tianjin Eco City in China. He has also worked for Sammon Group, leading schools contractor, helping them develop their rapid build low cost schools for Europe and Saudi Arabia.
Mukund has spoken at various conferences in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Singapore and Middle East on issues related to school buildings, impact of ICT on learning, etc.
Mukund is currently UK Director of DEW Consultancy, a Singapore based company, which is developing British curriculum schools in Far East, China and India.
He is a Trustee of Learning through Landscape charity and has been Past President of both SCALA and SCEME. He was also for 6 years President of OECD Centre of Effective Learning Environments ( CELE ) based in Paris.
Mike Shaw - Head of Profession - Architecture
Mike Shaw, BA (Hons) Architecture, B. Arch (Hons) has 25 years experience as an architectural teacher and practitioner in both Europe and the US. He is currently Head of Design for the Mace Group, where he leads a team of 120 consultants, creating a diverse portfolio which including education projects, urban regeneration, offices and residential projects for both the public and private sectors.
Since his appointment in 2008, his design group has doubled, and in recognition of this fact, the group was recognised as a distinct section of the Mace consultancy offer in 2012. During his time in charge of the group, the architectural practice have been shortlisted and won 16 regional and national awards. He is regarded as a gifted teacher, mentor and leader, with an ability to create and communicate simple solutions to complex problems.
Mike has previously worked for a number of blue chip architectural practices, including; Donald Insall Associates (Cambridge), Rock Townsend (London), Foster and Partners (London), Studio Intini (Bari), Ian Simpson Architects (Manchester) and Munckenbeck + Marshall (London). He has lectured and taught in the UK and America, having spent 5 years as a member of the faculty at the Liverpool school of Architecture and as a visiting professor at the Universities of Washington and California (Berkley).
A number of Mike’s schemes have been the subject of design awards and commendations including RIBA spirit of ingenuity award, Green Building of the Year, LABC Built in Quality award, SCALA Building of the Year, Building Futures Award and HAA Building of the Year.
Fiona Fanning - SPACES Manager
Fiona has had over 10 years’ experience working with and for the government. Her career started working at the Building Research Establishment, BRE, carrying out research for various parts of the Building Regulations, including Parts G, H and L. Her work also included the ground breaking project on water efficient housing for Essex and Suffolk Water. Subsequently she worked at the Department for Education in the School Design Unit project managing a number of projects including the development of BREEAM for Schools. She also worked on a pan-European project on the retrofitting of educational buildings. For four years, Fiona was on a career break to look after her young children. In this time she has assisted SCEME with administrative tasks, IT and helping to run their joint Study Day with SCALA. For the last three years Fiona was the manager of SCALA. Now the Manager for SPACES she organises their National Events, is Company Secretary and Treasurer.Contact