Directors

Steven SmallmanBA (Hons), MRTPI, MRICS
Managing Director

Steven has over 30 years’ experience advising private and public sector clients about how best to optimise the development potential of their property assets. As a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor he is able to provide commercially astute planning advice that adds significant value to projects ranging from mixed use redevelopment schemes to strategic greenfield allocations.

Steven has a proven track record of identifying development opportunities, formulating promotion strategies, preparing and negotiating planning applications and representing clients' interests at public inquiries and hearings.

A keen sailor, cyclist and walker, Steven says that he is at his happiest when the wind is in his face and there's no deadline!

James ClearyMA, Dip UD, MRTPI
Director

James is a founding director of Pro Vision and has professional qualifications in Town and Country Planning and Urban Design.

After 6 years as a local authority planner he moved into planning and development consultancy and now has over 25 years’ experience in planning and design for a wide range of private, corporate, institutional and public sector clients.

James is able to provide specialist advice on master planning, layout design, rural development, diversification and planning for heritage assets.  He is a pro-development strategist and believes that any job worth doing should be done well or not at all.

Scot MaskerM Arch, BA (Arch), RIBA
Director

Scot graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He went on to study Architecture in London gaining a BA (Hons) Architecture as well as achieving his M Arch from Virginia Tech and State University. He is a Chartered Member of the RIBA.

Before joining Pro Vision in 2002 Scot was a senior architect with Lyons Sleeman and Hoare and an associate at Robert Adam Architects. He has been a Director at Pro Vision since 2005.

Scot has managed a wide range of projects including major urban mixed use and retail developments, commercial housing schemes, large bespoke private houses, social/sheltered and care accommodation projects as well as agricultural diversification proposals.

He has long experience in dealing with the sensitive issues surrounding historic buildings and their settings as well as in sustainable design incorporating the most up to date renewable technologies. 

Scot is an active member of the RIBA. He had held the Hampshire Branch Chair for some years and was an RIBA National Council member.

He is a Winchester and Eastleigh Design Review Panel member as well as the current facilitator for the Traditional Architecture Group Peer Review initiative. Scot is also a trustee for the Winchester Theatre Royal, Winchester Theatre Trust.

Robin BuchananBA (Hons), MRTPI
Director

Robin holds a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning.  He is a Chartered Town Planner having been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) since 1988.  He has approaching 30 years’ professional planning experience. 

After a number of years’ as a local authority planner he moved into the private sector as a planning consultant in 2003.  He joined Pro Vision in 2007 and has been a Director of the company since 2009.

Robin has a wide range and depth of planning application, enforcement and policy experience with a particular interest in strategy, planning law and appeals.  He has appeared as an expert witness at local plan examinations in public and planning appeal public inquiries. 

Christine KnowlesBSc(Hons), ACA
Director

Christine is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of experience in specialising in professional practices, particularly in the property sector.

She is responsible for the Finance, HR and administration of Pro Vision and truly does love spreadsheets.

She is always seeking out new walks to keep the dog entertained, enjoys salsa dancing and skiing, loves creating dishes in the kitchen (usually successfully!) and far flung travel.

Planning Directors

Jeremy HigginsBSc (Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI
Planning Director

Jeremy is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and manages the Planning Team at Pro Vision

Jeremy has been with Pro Vision since 2001 and has over 20 years experience, both in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Pro Vision, he held posts with the Environment Agency, Poole Borough Council and Adams Hendry.

Jeremy has a wide range of experience, including the preparation of planning applications for major residential developments, the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments and the submission of representations on local plans.. He has appeared as an expert witness at planning Inquiries in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and has also given evidence at a large number of Local Plan Inquiries / Examinations in Public as well as Section 78 Planning Appeals.

Katherine MilesBA (Hons), MSc, MRTPI
Planning Director

Katherine holds a BA (Hons) degree in Town Planning from the University of Westminster, and an MSc in Town and County Planning from the University of Reading.  She joined Pro Vision in 2014 and became an Associate Director in April 2015.  In January 2018, Katherine became a Planning Director.

As a Chartered Town Planner Katherine has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2007.  Before joining Pro Vision, Katherine started her career at Vail Williams as a Graduate Planner and worked at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as a Senior Planner.  She was recognised as a “Rising Star” by the Council and selected for the District Council’s Network staff development program in 2013.

Katherine has a wide range of experience in the preparation and management of planning applications for major residential developments.  She has appeared as an expert planning witness at Planning Inquiries for Basingstoke Council and at the Examination in Public for the West Berkshire Housing Site Allocations DPD and the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy.  Katherine has also represented clients in securing allocations through Neighbourhood Plans including appearing at the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan Examination.

Outside of work, Katherine enjoys sailing and swimming, and taking on extreme challenges whilst abroad – such as ziplining across Whistler Mountain and Ice Climbing in Alaska. 

James IlesBSc (Hons), MSc, MA, MRTPI
Planning Director

James joined Pro Vision in 2016 and has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2009.

He has experience across many development sectors, including residential, commercial, higher education and leisure/tourism. His experience includes projects across the UK, including private and public sector schemes and private/public sector collaborations on Simplified Planning Zones and Local Development Orders. James also has five years of experience in local government, including preparing local development plans.

James is experienced in coordinating and submitting planning applications, local plan representations, appeals and briefing Counsel, as well as public exhibitions and stakeholder consultations.

He is a keen cricketer and football fan and loves the outdoors.

Associate Directors

Chris FryBSc (Hons), BArch (Hons), RIBA
Associate Director

Chris is a Chartered Architect with broad experience at all work stages and of many building types. Graduating from Bath University in 1987 (BSc (Hons) and BArch (Hons)), ten years at Charter Partnership preceded a similar stay at Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare, where he consolidated his expertise working for blue-chip corporate customers.

Since 2007, as an Associate Director at Pro Vision, Chris has taken on a particular responsibility for the coordination of large scale residential projects, bringing together the disciplines of Planners, Architects and Urban Designers to deliver permissions for thousands of new homes.

Chris is well versed in IT, CAD and BIM. Having worked with personal computers since 1980, he possesses an aptitude for coaxing the most out of machinery to maximise not only production but also the design process, presentation and effective marketing of good architecture.

A keen fan of many sports, his abiding passion is Golf.

Laura CoxBSc (Hons), MA, MRTPI, MIEEM
Associate Director

Laura attained a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Greenwich, followed by a masters degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of the West of England. 

Laura has over 15 years of relevant experience, working in environmental and landscape planning.  As a Chartered Town Planner and a Full Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Laura can provide professional advice which is pragmatic and responsive to commercial pressures, to enable development in environmentally sensitive locations.

Justin PackmanMPlan (Hons), MRTPI
Associate Director

Justin started his career as a local authority planning officer before moving to the private sector in 2005.

Based in central London, Justin was involved with commercial and mixed use developments for Rapleys LLP before joining Pro Vision in 2008.

Justin works across a wide range of sectors but is particularly interested in heritage planning and rural redevelopment. He is experienced in the preparation of planning applications, planning appeals and the promotion of sites through the development plan system. 

Justin has represented clients at local plan examinations and planning appeal inquiries and hearings. He has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) since 2006.

Richard DouglasBSc (Hons), DipArch, PgDip, RIBA
Associate Director

Richard is a Chartered Architect with 10 years experience in the development industry. He initially graduated from the University of Bath before achieving Distinctions in both his Diploma in Architecture at the University of Portsmouth and his Part 3 exams at Kingston University.

Richard has designed a wide range of mainly residential schemes, including one-off bespoke houses, apartments and large scale, urban masterplans. He has been at Pro Vision since 2007 before being made Associate Director in 2017. He is passionate about architecture as a force that can shape the urban and rural environments, creating beautiful places for people to inhabit and be inspired by.

Alongside his architectural role, Richard is the Head of Technology for the business, where he is involved in the strategic implementation and management of IT infrastructure. He also manages Operations, focusing on how the business functions to ensure that the greatest efficiency and the best possible outcomes through our business's practices can be achieved for the company and our clients.

A keen sportsman, outside of work Richard is also very involved in his church, plays piano, paints and writes.

Hatem NabihPHD, MA (FCD), BSc (FCD)
Associate Director | Head of Urban Design

Hatem Nabih works as a Masterplanner and Urban Designer and gained experience working with multi-disciplinary teams within the UK and international consultancies. He delivered the physical plan for future extensions of Kuwait's metropolitan area and Kuwait City and developed a first prize award winning city masterplan for 'Madinaty' a new city on the outskirts of Greater Cairo.

He worked as an Urban Design Advisor for the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment CABE and Consultee for Winchester City Council to provide planning and design guidance on masterplans and mixed-use schemes in London, Birmingham, Brighton, Exeter and Thurrock.

His work involves the preparation of masterplans for residential, leisure, commercial and mixed-use developments and providing support to developers, local authorities and governmental organisations to produce planning frameworks, urban assessments and Design and Access Statements.

He was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Award and taught an interdisciplinary Masters course as an Associate Professor course integrating urban studies and anthropology at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan USA. He also lectured at several accredited architectural colleges at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was awarded the RTPI Book Prize Award after gaining a Masters degree in Planning and Sustainability with First Class Distinction from Kingston University.

His knowledge and education developed from a strong foundation in urban planning, urban design and sustainability and reflected in his publications. Having gained a PhD in Urban Studies from Edinburgh College of Art at Heriot Watt University, his specialisation and publications focus on places making, cultural design, urban evaluation, social sustainability and inclusion.

Richard OsbornBA(Hons)
Associate Director

Richard graduated from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in Town & Country Planning. He followed this up with a post-graduate Bachelor of Town Planning in 2001.

After University, Richard spent a number years living in Australia and New Zealand. Richard joined Pro Vision in 2004 from Kent-based regional housebuilder, Ward Homes. 

Richard has a wide range of experience, including the preparation of planning applications for major residential developments, smaller village infill developments and one-off houses for private clients. Richard has also been involved in numerous Planning Appeals, Local Plan reviews, Neighbourhood Planning and Community Consultation events.

Christian MorrisBA(Hons), DipArch
Associate Director - Architecture

Christian has 30 years of experience designing projects across all sectors, including residential, workplace, retail, hospitality and education. After spending his early career working on major projects primarily in the City of London, he returned to Hampshire in 1999. He has successfully led and delivered major projects across the UK, he is committed to excellent, commercially aware, sustainable design.

In 2006 he set up a southern office for his former employer, international design practice Aukett Swanke and was appointed a Director and Head of Residential design in 2008. In 2011 he ran his own practice, as part of the Aukett Swanke group before joining Pro Vision in 2018.

He has been a judging panellist for the International Property Awards for 10 years and sits on the Southampton City Council Design Panel.

In his spare time he plays cricket for Sway CC, is a keen golfer and has been a member of Golf Monthly’s Top 100 Courses panel since 2010, reviewing the best courses in the British Isles.