Rachel Carson


Rachel is a founder member of Engage Planning, now in its twelfth year. Rachel has led pre-application consultation on a wide range of projects including major residential-led mixed-use schemes, brownfield sites, town centre redevelopment schemes and residential developments in rural communities.

With a background in politics, Rachel has previously worked for both Essex County Council and as Parliamentary Researcher for Bernard Jenkin MP, during which time she dealt with constituent’s casework in liaison with the local authorities.

Vicky Wetherell

Associate Community Consultant

Vicky has 17 years experience in the environmental policy and planning sector, working within the public, private and voluntary sectors. Her experience extends from local government planning policy and development, to designing and implementing compensation proposals for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1), and advising central Government on protected landscapes and sustainable rural transport policy.

Lisa Kember

Business Development Manager

Lisa leads on Business Development, focussing on engaging with businesses on new projects requiring our involvement.  This includes small rural developments to larger, mixed-use projects and urban regenerations. Lisa has over ten years of experience in sales and marketing, having worked in business development for communications consultancies for 8 years.

Chris Brown

Senior Consultant

Chris is a Chartered Practitioner of PR, a member of CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) and holds the CIPR Diploma in PR. In the last fifteen years, Chris has managed a huge range of consultation programmes across the UK on projects for housing, retail, commercial, leisure, education, waste/recycling, energy, health and regeneration schemes. He has also developed and delivered a CPD course on Effective Community Engagement to council planning officers in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Chris has 20 years of political experience, including as a Parliamentary candidate in 2017 and a local councillor for three years. He also holds an MBA from Bristol Business School.