Matthew Spry has been named the new head of planning and development consultancy Lichfields London office.

Matthew joined Lichfields in 1997 and became a senior director in 2008. He specialises in large-scale housing projects, airport developments and advises public sector organisations on planning policy and delivery and was also an advisor on the Government’s Local Plans Expert Group in 2016.

In February it moved offices to the iconic Minster Building in the City of London. Experienced recruits, Ian Anderson and Michael Lowndes, have recently joined a team of ten other senior directors in London; and now Spry succeeds Neil Goldsmith as head of office, to coincide with the start of the company’s new financial year.

Goldsmith steps down after seven successful years in the role, having masterminded the office move to the City and will continue with his client work on major commercial and education projects in London.

James Fennell, Lichfields Chief Executive, said: “Matthew will head up a formidable team in London. His dynamism and knowledge of the business will help see us through Covid-19 and seize the many opportunities that a reformed planning system will undoubtedly bring for our clients.”

Spry commented: “I am delighted to be appointed head of the London office. It’s a centre of excellence for a wide range of planning and development services applied on some of the country’s biggest and most complex projects. I relish the chance to work with colleagues to grow our business and deliver great places throughout London and the wider south east.”

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