Thesis Title: Patronage, Power and Probity
First Supervisor: Dr Huw Thomas
Second Supervisor: Dr Neil Harris
- MSc Criminology, University of Wales, Cardiff 1986
- Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Member, Royal Town Panning Institute
30 years in professional property consultancy, 20 years as equity partner in charge of the Wales office of King Sturge advising on property development and regeneration projects.
I was seconded to The Princes Foundation for the Built Environment in 2007, becoming its Representative in Wales until 2011 and retired that year following the sale of King Sturge to JLL.
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (retired member)
- Royal Town Panning Institute
- Honorary member, Royal Society of Architects in Wales
My previous research interests have included regulatory transgression in property markets, land reclamation, brownfield development and urban regeneration.
My MSc was awarded for external research into mortgage valuation fraud in the early 1980’s and I also participated in subsequent research of illicit practices in the European construction industry (Falcone Programme of the European Union (2001/FAL/168) 2002 –2003.
In 1989 I commenced external research at the Dept (City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University) on Environmental Factors in Land Economics. In the course of that papers were presented to numerous UK seminars and conferences on the economic aspects of brownfield development, land reclamation and environmental issues and overseas on the advantages of a regional land reclamation programme and various conferences on Waterfront Regeneration in Europe and North America. From 2003 I was a contributing author to The Surveyor and the Environment on the valuation of contaminated land and to the relevant section in Valuation, Isurv publications of the RICS.
I contributed to the development of Design Guidance for the Welsh Development Agency from its inception and incorporation, in part, into their policy document Creating Sustainable Places. 2000- 2005, The Case for a Welsh Commission for Architecture and Design published by the Institute of Welsh Affairs in June 2000 which was influential in securing the support of the National Assembly for the establishment of a Design Commission for Wales.
From this there has been increasing focus on the qualities of urban development and, in particular, places created in the course of 'regeneration' or, more specifically public sector intervention to address failing urban settlements. This was extended to rural settlements and 'hinterlands', sustainable development and related matters during my time at the Princes Foundation.
The current research, Patronage, Power and Probity, examines the sources and instruments of power utilised by the patrons of urban development, the constraints on such powers and the countervailing forces which influence the final form of such development.
The purpose of the study is to provide a better understanding of the range of behaviour and actions ascribed to the terms patron and patronage, terms which are regularly used in writing on the development of architecture and the built environment. The intention is to more clearly define both the characteristics of such patronage and the relevant powers deployed by those described as patrons in such literature.
The perception of a number of authors and academics is that there has been a progressive decline in patronage and the research will consider whether this is correct and, if so, whether measures to ensure public accountability, expressed as probity, has been a contributory factor. If that is the case then conclusions may be drawn as to the impact of such constraints on the commissioning of building works and the quality of such development.