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Rowan Associates - See the wood for the trees


Rowan Associates works with organisations and their stakeholders to ensure the effective participation of the right people in projects, developments and partnerships.

I understand the differences between participation, which involves active and ongoing involvement; and consultation about specific developments. I work with clients to establish which is the most appropriate, and how to make it happen.  I know how hard it can be for providers to step back from your day-to-day work to think about how best to engage your stakeholders in the most appropriate ways.

I can support you to

  • identify your stakeholders
  • establish appropriate mechanisms for stakeholder or community engagement
  • develop clear and realistic plans based on stakeholder interests

I use a wide range of facilitation techniques to ensure that my approach is appropriate to the specifics of each engagement.

For example

Carriageworks Bristol

I chair the Carriageworks Action Group, a broad alliance of residents, business owners and organisations working together with Bristol City Council to find a regeneration solution for the long derelict Westmoreland House/Carriageworks site in Stokes Croft.  We were a part of Locality’s Community Assets in Difficult Ownership programme.  As part of CADO’s wrap up, I produced a report about the Carriageworks highlighting the Community influence in the planning process

Full Report: https://goo.gl/rz8U54

Summary:  https://goo.gl/VVUAo3


Lori sees issues clearly and understands the importance of involving local people in local decision making. She is committed to finding ways in which all stakeholders can express their views, and she has a good way of capturing these views and representing them clearly in reports which inform strategic decision making. I have all confidence in Lori delivering her work safely and on time.
Hugh Nettelfield

Bristol Buildings Preservation Trust

Engaging the Bedminster Community in the development of an Activity Plan for a major heritage grant. Bristol Buildings Preservation Trust finds ways of taking on vulnerable historic buildings and restoring them to active use, working with owners, voluntary organisations and local communities.  A recent project was the Lower Lodge to the Ashton Court Estate.  I worked with the Trust to develop the Activity Plan which was critical to the success of the Trust’s application for HLF funding to restore this derelict building.

I worked with Bristol City Council and the Bearpit Improvement Group to facilitate dialogue about how to implement Bristol’s first Community Action Zone.  The focus was on how could all of the partners involved work together.

Get in touch for an initial free conversation about your needs and how we can meet them.