Steering Group Biogs

Who’s on the Steering Group?

Allan Boothabooth1

Rance Booth Smith

Allan is to lead the Forum as incoming chairman in 2017.  He was a founder of Rance Booth Smith Architects in 1982. He has over 30 years’ experience in health, education, commercial, industrial and public sector projects.

Sandy-NeedhamSandy Needham

Bradford Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber first established the Forum by sounding out the idea with developers and others.

Julian Jackson

Bradford Council 
Assistant Director, Planning & Transport

One of four assistant directors within the Regeneration, Economy & Culture department, Julian joined the steering group during 2011 to ensure Bradford Council remain fully up-to-speed with issues raised by the Forum.


Paul Mackie

Skipton Properties

Paul spent many years with Rex Procter & Partners, is a previous chair of BPF and Past President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.  He joined Skipton Properties as Executive Chairman in 2016.

Rupert Pometsey

Director, Lumia Homes (part of Incommunities)

Rupert is responsible for the development of housing of all tenure types. He has been involved in a number of housing schemes to regenerate the local area and has a background in architecture.


Dr Crina Oltean-Dumbrava

Bradford University

A Senior Lecturer, Crina is chair of the Association of Civil Engineering Departments of UK universities. She is also a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder, Chartered Surveyor, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Sarah Barraclough

Skipton Properties

Sarah is Sales Director and succeeds her father Brian Verity on the group. However, she has a hand in every part of the business, from selecting where to build to influencing who to hire.

Dave West

Little Germany Action

A former Council employee, Dave was involved in regeneration and other projects for several years before leaving City Hall in 2011.
Dave is helping to keep the conservation area alive and is involving others such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to bring in external support.

Paul Young

Gordons LLP solicitors

The well-established legal practice, via Paul, joined the steering group in September 2010, along with five other new faces.  Paul is the second of two legal representatives on the group:  his expertise is the property side of the legal sector, while Jonathan’s is planning.


Mike Cartwright

Bradford Chamber of Commerce (secretariat)

Mike is the Chamber’s Policy & Representation Executive, working on external affairs, policy development and research.

Catherine Riley

Kirkgate Centre

Catherine manages Bradford’s main shopping centre, leading a team of staff to support tenants and customers, and represent her employer Kirkgate Bradford Unit Trust on other groups.

Sonny Sharma

Sharma Williamson

 Jonathan O’Connor

Jonathan O'Connor

Jonathan O’Connor

Walker Singleton

Jonathan is a director and commercial property surveyor working for Walker Singleton in Bradford.

Jonathan has many years of experience in the property markets, having worked his entire professional career in the area. His work includes sales, lettings and acquisitions as well as valuations, lease renewals, rent reviews and dilapidations advice. Clients range from individuals and SMEs to larger clients, banks, solicitors, accountants and charities. His work includes all commercial property types including industrial, office, retail and development as well as numerous miscellaneous buildings such as churches, cinemas, pubs/clubs etc.

As well as sitting on the Forum Steering Group, Jonathan is a valued member of Bradford Chamber’s Local Affairs Committee.

Clive Brook

Independent consultant (formerly of Dacres and Johnson Mowat)

Clive has 45 years’ experience in planning. He served his time with Leeds Council before leaving (in 1984) to build up a top planning consultancy in the North. He’s been a director at Turley Associates (1999-2004) and Head of Planning at Dacres Commercial (2004-2006).

 Marianne McCallummmccallum

Turley (and BPF Vice-Chair)

Marianne McCallum is currently an Associate Director at town planning consultancy, Turley based in Leeds. She moved to the district 20 years ago and initially worked at Bradford Council as a planning officer before she moved to the private sector in 2001.  Marianne provides clients with sound planning advice on a wide range of projects from energy, industrial, housing, retail, education and health across Yorkshire and beyond. Championing her adopted city is close to her heart. Her spare time is spent ice skating, keeping fit and spending time with her family. Marianne is also a governor at a local secondary school, and has been on two charity building trips to Sierra Leone.