The Team

We are Planning, Cultural and Economic Development specialists: a highly qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and energetic team of professionals. Unlike many consultancy businesses, we directly employ the people who will be leading and delivering your work, which means we can guarantee commitment and manage quality.

When we use affiliates or sub-consultants, we tell you first and, they will be specialist professionals, carefully selected from a small number of partners to complement the skills within our own team.

If you have a general enquiry, please contact us, or you can get in touch with a member of our team directly – just click the name of the person you want to contact.

If you are interesting in working for or with Globe, take a look at our careers page.

Phil Scrafton - Managing Director

email Phil   t: 01522 563 517   m: 07973 257853

Phil’s experience encompasses a substantial breadth of planning projects for private and public sector clients. His particular strengths include the presentation and pursuit of development proposals through planning applications and appeals, with an impressively successful track record.

His understanding of the development process coupled with excellent local and regional knowledge plays a key role in the success of the projects he leads. Phil is a Chartered Town Planner with over 35 years’ experience which extends to all planning professional roles including that of expert witness, giving evidence at appeal inquiries and hearings. Phil is a keen negotiator who strives to reach agreement between various parties to achieve the maximum benefits from investment and development.

Phil’s areas of particular expertise include housing, recreation, leisure and hospitality, health related developments, regeneration and community engagement.  Private sector clients include house builders, education and health sector, commercial, hotel and other leisure developers along with holders of strategic development sites.  In the public sector Phil has successfully represented providers of social housing, schools and colleges and a range of healthcare facilities. Phil’s background experience includes managing local authority policy and development control functions and a number of reclamation programmes.  Phil also leads Globe’s joint venture and development activities.

Phil sits on the Local Affairs Committee of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce as Vice Chair and is the Chamber’s representative on the City of Lincoln Council’s Historic Environment Advisory Panel which advises the Council on a range of heritage related matters.

Russell Wallis - Director

email Russell  t: 01522 563 512  m: 07738 191325

A founding  director of Globe, Russ has led work throughout the country and across a wide range of town planning, business development, and feasibility projects. The majority of his work is interdisciplinary, and that approach has become well embedded in Globe’s DNA over the years, reflecting an ability to co-ordinate and manage different technical disciplines to achieve results.

Russ is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, MIED and spent much of his early career working on local economic strategy, inward investment, and regeneration. His knowledge of public sector economic development activity in particular, plays a key role in informing Globe’s approach to planning applications and advice.

As well as being MIED Russell is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, AoU, which brings together a diverse group of thinkers, decision makers and practitioners involved in social, cultural, economic, political and physical development. He also a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Russ describes his working style as collaborative with an emphasis on creative problem solving and delivering results. He represents Globe on the Lincoln Living Wage Group and is a director of the non-profit distributing arts and cultural development company ‘Culture Partners’.

Elizabeth Spurr - Business Manager

email Lizzy   t: 01522 563 514   m: 07725 539186

Elizabeth (Lizzy) is responsible for the day to day running of the business with a particular emphasis on financial and operational management ensuring that jobs are delivered as efficiently as possible. Lizzy is also Globe’s Quality Manager and has overseen our project delivery processes since developing the systems which saw our successful registration as an ISO 9001 certified organisation in 2011.

Having initially joined Globe as a Research Consultant, Lizzy continues to provide management and technical input for Globe’s research activity, as well as supporting a range of consultancy projects, particularly more complex applications and schemes requiring strategic oversight. Lizzy’s expertise and ability to clearly recognise the various problems and opportunities that require attention has led her to the current role in the company’s management team, crucial to the ongoing success of the business.

A Business Studies graduate, Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and NLP Practitioner, Lizzy’s analytical, research and communication skills have been applied in a wide range of projects ranging from the development of national data standards guidance to performance monitoring tools for local authorities. She also regularly manages consultation strategies and stakeholder engagement projects for Globe.

James Rigby - Planning Manager

email James   t: 01522 563 516   m: 07790 137135

James is an experienced chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and, as Planning Manager, takes the lead role in the delivery of Globe’s consultancy services. James has developed extensive experience in leading a number of high profile planning applications in recent years including securing planning permission for various large scale housing, commercial, and purpose built student accommodation schemes.  James is frequently retained by clients once planning permission is granted to oversee and manage the discharge of conditions process alongside discussions and, where appropriate, negotiations in terms of affordable housing and planning obligations.

A keen reader of planning law, James keeps up to date with developments in the courts to advise clients on pertinent case law. This interest has served clients particularly well in several recent appeal decisions where James’ interpretation and reasoning of case law played an integral role in providing Inspectors with sufficient justification to consider the overarching planning balance in a positive light and duly allow the appeals.

James works closely with and constructively leads multi-disciplinary teams to increase the likely success of difficult applications by ensuring the planning and technical merits of individual schemes are thoroughly considered at the outset.

Venezia Ross-Gilmore - Principal Consultant

email Venezia   t: 01522 546 513

A Chartered Town Planner and a Member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation, Venezia holds a Masters Degree in Town Planning and has over 16 years of experience, with most of that being within a private sector consultancy environment. She has worked on many development schemes advising clients in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of planning and transport issues.

Venezia’s skills include the preparation of planning applications, appeal statements and supporting documents, and the production of transport statements and travel plans. She is used to working directly with clients and as part of multi-disciplinary project teams. Her wider experience includes the preparation of technical notes and hearing statements for planning appeals on behalf of local authorities.

As a practicing Chartered Planner Venezia was “Highly Commended” in 2014 by the RTPI in the East Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence.

Rhiannon Wilson - Planning Consultant

email Rhiannon   t: 01522 546 511  m: 07880352895

Rhiannon, who graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc first class honours in Geography, joined the team in July 2015.

Rhiannon supports the work of the planning team and will be working towards a Masters Degree in Town Planning.