Liane is an urban planner by profession and networker in practice.
She has worked as a consultant and bid writer on the broad area of urban sustainability for over twenty years and is founder of several innovative organisations. She is a recognised thought leader in creating socially sustainable and inclusive cities and is a powerful advocate for women’s leadership in cities. Liane combines her personal interest in the social dynamics of how people live in cities and the future of cities, with her professional skills in strategy, policy, stakeholder engagement and writing. She specialises in collaborating across diverse interests to engage stakeholders towards creating positive social benefits and social value from infrastructure, development and construction.
Liane founded Mend in 2010 as a pioneering social sustainability consultancy, following ten years working in the public and private sectors. Her work involves using planning, development, design and procurement processes to make more socially responsible decisions and help generate better socio-economic outcomes for a broad range of stakeholders. She founded Urbanistas in 2012 as a women’s leadership network amplifying the voices of women to make cities better for everyone.
Liane is a regular speaker and chair at conferences and panels. She has contributed numerous articles and expert opinion to a diverse range of publications, including: The Guardian, The RSA, Financial Times, Planning Magazine, Urban Design Journal, Building Magazine, Architects Journal, Construction News, and Civil Engineering Surveyor.
She has worked with a range of public and private sector clients to develop policy and deliver complex urban infrastructure projects including Crossrail, Bank Station Upgrade and Tideway in areas including stakeholder engagement, innovation, inclusive economic development, responsible procurement, social value and equality & diversity. She is a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel.