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Careers: On the move

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Andy von Bradsky starts as the Housing Forum’s new chair, retirement and promotions at Pollard Thomas Edwards, and promotions at LOM and AHR

The Housing Forum

Andy von Bradsky

Andy von Bradsky

Consultant and former chairman of PRP Andy von Bradsky has taken over chairmanship of the Housing Forum. His three-year term began on 1 April. 

Andy said: ’It is a particularly interesting time to be taking over as chair of the Housing Forum, with housing as high on the political agenda as it has ever been in recent decades and a government committed to stimulating supply … We are well placed to respond to issues as they arise, and to speak with a strong voice to government and industry.’

Von Bradsky succeeds Ben Derbyshire, managing partner at HTA Design, who is stepping down at the end of his term of office.

As well as von Bradsky’s appointment, the Housing Forum has elected Mike Fairey, director of Fusion Building Systems, and Mike De’Ath, partner at HTA Design, to its board.

Pollard Thomas Edwards

After over 30 years, Stephen Fisher will be retiring as senior partner and full-time member. He will work one day a week as a part-time consultant, continuing to support PTE’s work in various areas ranging from financial management to design competitions.

The practice will continue under the direction of senior partners Teresa Borsuk and Andrew Beharrell, and partners Patrick Devlin, Roger Holdsworth, Dominique Oliver, Tricia Patel, Kaye Stout and Carl Vann.

Pollard Thomas Edwards has created five new associate partners - Michael Booth, Alexis Butterfield, Charina Coronado, Hamish Kilford-Brown and Justin Laskin - to support PTE’s ethos as a succession practice. Mary McDonnell has also joined as finance director and Sean Keyes as practice manager.

Steve Fisher of Pollard Thomas Edwards

Steve Fisher of Pollard Thomas Edwards

LOM Architecture and Design

LOM architecture and design new associates

LOM architecture and design new associates

Shoreditch practice LOM Architecture and Design has made 10 promotions. Emily Cassel, James Fellows, Julika Michelbacher, Chris Pyle, Edd Rushton and Ben Taylor have all become associates. Grant Corton, Patrick Hastings, Tom Hofton and Gary Kan have been promoted to senior associate.

Emily and Ben are currently completing the design of a mixed-use waterside development for United Arab Bank in Dubai. Julika is working on the transformation of Tesco’s head office campus in Welwyn, while Chris is leading workplace schemes across the RBS portfolio and Edd is leading a number of school expansion and educational projects.

Simon Marett, director, said: ’Following on from our move to a new studio and the introduction of new directors last year, creating new associates is another step in building a well-managed, robust practice that is positioned for continued success and growth.”


Gary Overton has been promoted to director after 11 years with the practice.

Overton specialises in education and technology, and he is currently leading major projects for Swansea University and the University of Bath. Gary has delivered over £350 million value of academies, secondary and primary schools.

Gary Overton of AHR

Gary Overton of AHR

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