New Head of Planning Communications

Cdsc_0021helgate has appointed sector specialist and senior counsel Julian Seymour to lead its property communications and stakeholder engagement division, Chelgate Local.

With a team of specialists in community, political and stakeholder engagement, Chelgate Local is one of the foremost agencies working in the property communications sector. As one of the original pioneers in the sector almost 30 years ago, the company understands the complex demands and contentious issues developers face and works with developers and communities to reach a positive solution through traditional and innovative techniques.

Chelgate has appointed Julian Seymour, a veteran of the sector, to build on its already successful practice and to grow and develop the business with managing director Liam Herbert and to provide senior counsel across the wider Chelgate business.

Julian has worked throughout the development sectors on projects ranging from big infrastructure schemes to strategic land allocation and everything in between. He has worked for clients including Sainsbury’s, Hammerson, Redrow, Crest Nicholson, Linden Homes, Land Securities, National Grid, Gatwick Airport Ltd, E.On, Wheelabrator, SITA, EDF and more. Julian joins from niche agency, Snapdragon, where he was a company director.

Liam Herbert, managing director at Chelgate, commented: “Our clients entrust us with complex and challenging assignments knowing that we have the experience and expertise to respond to deliver workable solutions. Having known Julian for many years I am delighted that he has joined us at Chelgate.

“Julian will lead our experienced team working on projects across London and the Home Counties and will play a key role in growing the business.”

Julian Seymour said: “Chelgate has built its reputation on delivering effective engagement and innovative strategic solutions in some of the most challenging circumstances for its clients. I’m excited by the prospect of working with a team which already provides clients with the strategic advice needed to resolve underlying problems as well as immediate issues.”