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Design Review Panel Members

Design Review Panel Members

  • Mark Penfold (Chair)

    A founder partner of Macallan Penfold Chartered Architects in 1989, Mark has a broad range of public and private sector experience, having worked on multiple large-scale residential and education schemes, as well as diverse community-focused projects and one-off private houses. He has extensive experience in education, residential, community and sports/leisure sectors and also expertise in projects for the disabled.

    He is Chair of both the North East Hampshire Design Review Panel and Chair of the Board of Proteus Theatre Company, a touring theatre company and community arts organisation based in Basingstoke.

    • Kay Brown (Vice Chair)

      Kay has over 25 years experience in both the private and public sector in architecture, master planning and urban design, working in Chichester, Southampton and Manchester.

      A key highlight of her career to date was to lead the preparation and launch of the Southampton City Centre Master Plan in 2012 which has been instrumental in attracting multi-billion pound investment into the city and consolidated Southampton’s position as a leading city in which to live, work, learn and play. As design champion for Southampton Kay was responsible for the preparation of design policies and guidance, including the Residential Design Guide and Streetscape Manual, as well as setting up the Council’s Design Advisory Panel, all of which have been highly influential in shaping the city of today.

      Working for Southampton City Council, she was responsible for advising on the master planning and design of major developments and new public spaces in Southampton including the residential led mixed use Centenary Quay, the new Arts Complex, Admirals Quay and West Quay Watermark as well as several successful developments for the University of Southampton; the award winning Maritime Centre of Excellence, the Life Sciences Building and Mayflower Halls of Residence.

      During this time her detailed knowledge of the city and a pragmatic approach to balancing the need for high quality design with the delivery of viable developments has fostered strong working relationships with major developers and their architects and planning consultants as well as the Council’s planning team, Members and resident interest groups.

      Kay has recently returned to the private sector and is currently involved in the design of a number of residential and education schemes, including master planning the redevelopment of a further education college in London and the provision of over 1000 new homes.


      " The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "