Kathleen Dunmore is an economist with over 30 years’ experience in housing and construction. She is an expert in the provision of affordable and rural housing and specialist older persons housing and her experience covers the perspective of the private developer, voluntary sector provider and public authority. She worked for many years as Social Housing Consultant for the House Builders Federation (1988-2000) and before that for Milton Keynes Development Corporation and the Building Employers Confederation.
Kathleen was a founder member of Three Dragons with whom she has worked since 1996. From 2000-2004 Kathleen was a part time Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Residential Development at Nottingham Trent University. She was Chair of Midsummer Housing Association from 1994-2000.
Kathleen has recently worked on a number of projects assessing how spatial planning can improve the quality of life and improve economic activity amongst older people and how housing need can best be met whilst preserving independence. She has led on a range of whole plan and site specific viability appraisals and has substantial examination experience.
Lin is a town planner by background and worked in both the public and private sectors before helping to set up Three Dragons in 1996. Lin works across the UK and specialises in affordable housing delivery, planning research, rural housing and self and custom-build policy and practice. Lin has advised local authorities on infrastructure and funding and has led assignments to prepare Infrastructure Delivery Plans, including the role played by the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Recent projects which Lin has managed include the study for DCLG, ‘S106 Planning Obligations in England, 2011-2012’, an evaluation for the Welsh Government of Rent First and the Intermediate Rent Market in Wales and a study of Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing in Northern Ireland. Lin has also led a number of viability studies (as evidence for CIL charging schedules and whole plan viability testing) and appeared at planning examinations to defend Three Dragons evidence.
Away from Three Dragons Lin has been a housing association board member and past chair of her local Citizens Advice.
Dominic is an economist and planner based in South West England, specialising in development viability. Dominic has been working with Three Dragons since mid-2012 following 11 years with Roger Tym & Partners (now part of Peter Brett Associates) as Senior Associate. He has worked on CIL viability studies in the South West and Midlands as well as other workspace development and energy project studies.
His experience includes masterplan studies and he has also undertaken a wide range of economic and socio-economic impact studies. Other experience includes infrastructure planning, feasibility studies, funding applications, evaluations and business plans. Dominic was Research Manager at South West Tourism and has maintained a specialism in tourism and leisure studies.
Recent work includes whole plan and Community Infrastructure Levy viability in Ashford, Basingstoke & Deane, Exeter, Central Bedfordshire and Herefordshire. Other recent work includes an economic impact assessment for a mixed use development at the East Cowes Ferry Terminal and an economic strategy for the Cranbrook new settlement; and hotel studies in Islington and Richmond.
Paul has a background in IT, construction and surveying. He has worked for more than twenty five years in the house building industry. He has worked for Wates Built Homes and Antler Homes and was employed for many years at Prowting Homes where he was IT Director.
His expertise includes project management of infrastructure provision on large housing developments, land bank management and Quality Assurance. Paul works with the Three Dragons team on viability appraisal at scheme specific level and on policy development.
Laura has over 30 years’ experience in housing policy and research. Prior to joining Three Dragons she has worked in a strategic function for a local authority as well as in policy and service development for a large national charity.
Laura has wide experience of financial viability modelling both at site specific and whole plan level. Recent whole plan viability studies include Forest Heath; North Essex (3 authorities); Uttlesford; New Forest National Park. She also has particular expertise in developing, writing and monitoring strategic housing policy including analytical research; stakeholder and public consultation; presentation. She has many years’ experience of negotiating and securing affordable housing provision on a range of sites from large urban to small rural and of establishing specialist housing-related projects such as private sector leasing; deposit guarantee schemes; or homeless support & accommodation.
She is a specialist in research and policy development for self and custom-build housing and is retained as policy advisor and secretary to the Retirement Housing Group.
Mark has a broad range of planning skills and experience gained through working in both local authority and consultancy. A Chartered Planner, with over 15 years’ experience, he specialises in delivery, policy development and evidence base for development plans. Mark has worked with Three Dragons on a range of projects for nearly 10 years and in May 2017 joined as an Associate, when he also set up his own consultancy M.E.D. Planning. Prior to joining Mark was Regional Head of Planning at Parkwood and was an associate at Roger Tym & Partners/Peter Brett Associates for nearly 8 years, having also worked at local authorities for 7 years.
Mark has recently focused on strategic viability studies and large scale development delivery. Mark has led plan viability studies across the South of England, Midlands and East including Swale, Maidstone, Essex, Bedfordshire, Devon, Dorset and Warwickshire. He has also undertaken studies of town centres in both urban and rural areas including Bristol and Poole. Mark also works on planning negotiations on large strategic sites, currently managing a 2,000 home urban extension in the south west. Mark has also appeared as expert witness at appeals, plan examinations and CIL examinations in respect of viability matters.
Simon has experience with software development and programming. He holds a BSc (Hons.) from the University of Malta, and an MSc from the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently studying for a PhD at the Centre for Research in Computing at The Open University.
Simon is responsible for the maintenance and development of the Three Dragons toolkit.
Cath works regularly with Three Dragons on older persons housing issues. She set up her consultancy, Celandine Strategic Housing, in 2009 after a career in public sector housing management and strategy. Previous roles include leading on housing strategy development and delivery for the South East England Regional Assembly/ Regional Housing Board and Oxford City Council. Specialist areas include the housing needs of older people, rural affordable housing and the cross-over between housing, planning and social care.
Catherine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing with over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector. She has worked on consultancy projects for the HCA, Welsh Assembly Government, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Greater London Authority, trade bodies and housing providers. She is also an assessor for the Service Excellence Standards in Supported Housing and an external examiner for housing courses delivered by De Montfort University.