Our Team

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Glenda Parkes DipTP MRTPI
Director

Glenda co-founded Tyler Parkes in 1996 and is one of the driving forces behind the long-term company strategy. With many years’ experience as a professional planner, she successfully delivers planning strategies for Clients on complex proposals across the country.

 

Glenda works alongside Clients, assembling teams and developing proposals to overcome significant challenges on the most contentious sites. She provides a solution-focused approach to projects and her personal approach to managing complex projects builds trust and garners engagement in the process.  As a consequence, Glenda has secured consent for many highly complex residential, employment, hotel, mixed use, and public service projects throughout the country.

 

In her down time, Glenda and her husband have enjoyed their move to the countryside and renovating, reconfiguring, and restoring their partly Elizabethan home.

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Alan Tyler BA(Hons) MA Econ C DipAF MRTPI
Director

Alan Tyler is a co-founder of Tyler Parkes alongside Glenda Parkes. He has extensive architectural experience working for developers as well as companies in the private and public sector. He directs the architectural side of the business and in addition has the advantage of also being a chartered town planner. As such Alan sees the development world from both professional perspectives.

 

Alan likes finding solutions to challenging sites and planning obstacles, finding innovative ways to overcome potential constraints. He has successfully delivered large complex multi-disciplinary projects as well as smaller schemes for individuals. On many occasions, Alan has successfully brought forward development proposals on sites with a history of unsuccessful planning applications or enforcement action.

 

A number of the Practice’s schemes have been nominated for awards or commended by Planning or Conservation Committees.

 

In his spare time, Alan enjoys drawing, painting and (trying) to play the piano.

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Gail Collins BSc(Hons) DipTP MRTPI DMS
Director

Gail has gained considerable development management and planning policy experience over many years in planning practice, dealing with a wide range of planning matters. Prior to her move to Tyler Parkes, she worked in local government in the West and East Midlands and in the Southeast, including as the lead Officer at Planning Committees. She has also worked in Mozambique as a Governmental Advisor to the Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs.

 

Gail was appointed Director at Tyler Parkes in 2015. Acting for a wide variety of private sector Clients on projects ranging from major residential schemes to mixed-use redevelopments and changes of use, Gail has experience of dealing with all manner of planning issues, including urban, AONB, Green Belt and heritage asset developments, as well as enforcement, Section 106 Agreements, and Lawful Development Certificates. She has also undertaken a considerable amount of public sector work, including for the West Midlands Police, NHS Trusts and various Councils in the Midlands. She is a confident and successful advocate at Planning Committees and Appeals.

 

A qualified manager, Gail is a key member of the Tyler-Parkes management team, collaboratively ensuring delivery of projects in a timely manner, developing staff and systems.

 

Outside of work, Gail likes to keep busy, and as well as community activities, she also pursues various physically challenging activities to limited success such as skiing, running, Pilates, and weight training.

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John Baggott BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI
Director

John has significant experience in both the public and private sector and understands the importance of building and managing relationships at many levels, through effective communication and persuasive dialogue.  He joined Tyler-Parkes in 2017 and manages a wide variety of ongoing cases and returning Clients, drawing upon his previous local authority planning service management experience to assist and advise his Clients in realising the full potential of their development sites.

 

John has significant experience in dealing with often complex and multi-layered development proposals, including residential and commercial regeneration projects requiring multifaceted infrastructure delivery, as well as assisting small businesses and homeowners realise their development aspirations. He is a confident public speaker, with a keen eye for detail and a full appreciation of the bigger picture.

 

When not in work, John enjoys spending time with his daughters and walks in the countryside.

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Bhupendra Chauhan NZCD(A) NZ Draughting (Architecture)
Director

Bhupendra has many years of experience in architecture. He has previously worked for architectural and engineering practices in Fiji. Since 1987 he has worked for a number of architectural and planning practices in England.

 

He joined Tyler Parkes in the late 1990s and has since worked on numerous projects including multi-storey commercial buildings, factories, housing schemes, individually designed residential dwellings, and small residential extensions.

 

Outside of work Bhupendra has a keen interest in sports including squash, badminton and cricket having played these at competitive level as well as friendly tournaments. He loves to travel and explore different countries enjoying their different cultures.

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Helen Winkler BSc(Hons) DipTP MRTPI
Associate Director

Helen joined Tyler-Parkes planning team in 2005 as an experienced County Council planning officer. During her years with the company Helen has primarily focused on planning policy and strategic planning work, with an eye for future development opportunities. 

 

She provides specialist advice relating to adopted and emerging planning policy documents, makes representations on consultation documents and promotes the interests of Clients to achieve policy amendments. Amongst other matters, she produces detailed planning site appraisals and planning support statements, as well as submitting planning applications.

 

Helen’s ability to recognise and promote the short, medium and longer-term strategic opportunities for sites has resulted in a number of significant allocations of both employment and residential developments in adopted plans and also proposed in emerging plans.

 

In her spare time, Helen enjoys long walks with friends and her dog as well as twice weekly Pilates classes. More recently she has rekindled her love of art.

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Amanda Stobbs BSc(Hons) MA PgD MRTPI
Associate Director

With many years of experience as a Chartered Town Planner, Amanda joined Tyler-Parkes in 2019. Drawing on her first-hand experience working as a qualified architectural technician, land surveyor, geographic data manager and project manager, she provides Clients with an expert planning assessment informed by a detailed knowledge of the construction process as a whole. 

 

Amanda drives projects through the complexities of the planning process from inception to completion on site. She has delivered successful outcomes for schemes in a wide variety of sectors including residential (from single dwellings to large-scale housing estates), commercial and industrial, leisure and tourism, agricultural and horticultural, renewable energy, waste management and flood alleviation.

 

In addition to promoting sites through the planning policy-making processes, Amanda is experienced in all aspects of development management from managing major schemes with Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) to minor developments. She secures consents for changes of use, listed building applications, prior approval applications and certificates of lawfulness.  Her breadth of knowledge, attention to detail, confidence in negotiations and public speaking means she has an exemplary track record.

 

Outside of work, Amanda plays netball and is an ultra-runner, and on a more relaxed note keeps chickens and greyhounds, sings, and enjoys working with glass and mosaic.

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Seb Kouyoumjian BA(Hons) DipArch MA(UD) CEPHD ARB RIBA
Associate Director

Seb is a chartered architect, urban designer, and Certified Passive House designer. He has practised since 2007, qualifying with the ARB in 2012. He has driven the design and delivery of hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of building projects, across different sectors. His experience ranges from research facilities and secure cleanroom labs for Blue Chip companies, to residential master planning and high-end domestic projects for families and individuals.

 

Whilst Seb’s main role is leading design teams and managing construction contracts, he also leads on quality assurance. Seb is passionate about continuous improvement, and he places particular importance on ensuring lessons from previous projects guide future ones.

 

Outside of work, Seb is a keen guitarist, runner, cyclist, and reader, and he also enjoys taking on further education such as the University of California, Berkeley ‘The Science of Happiness’ course.

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Karolina Herezo-Kwapisz MA ARB
Architect

Karolina is an ARB Accredited Architect with over 18 years of professional experience, having gained her MA in Poland.

 

Prior to joining Tyler Parkes, Karolina worked overseas in her home country, Poland, and also in Belgium and India. At a firm of architects in London, she gained experience in a wide range of development schemes including residential and commercial projects, heritage buildings and ecological earth structures.

 

Karolina’s broad interest in architecture, construction, art and ecological issues are reflected in her holistic approach to design and construction processes.  Since joining Tyler Parkes in 2015, she has primarily been dealing with a wide range of residential development schemes and proposals involving heritage buildings.

 

Karolina is also a proud Mum of two, and keen gardener and yoga practitioner.

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David Carter BSc MSc MRTPI
Senior Planning Consultant

David joined Tyler Parkes in 2021 with over 40 years’ experience as a professional planner including as Head of Planning and Growth Strategy for Birmingham City Council, lead for the LEP Spatial Planning Group, and an Inspector for the Planning Inspectorate. He has extensive expertise in both strategic planning policy and development management.

 

David successfully promotes sites through the development plan, at public examination, through planning applications and appeals processes. He relishes presenting convincing planning arguments on complex projects in writing, through face-to-face liaison with stakeholders, at hearings, and at appeals, where he represents both the private and public sectors.

 

Outside of work, David’s time is mainly spent with his family, travel and on the organisational side of motorsport, including officiating at events.

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Alan Coleman BA(Hons) BTP MRTPI 
Senior Planning Consultant

Alan joined Tyler Parkes in 2021 from his previous role as Planning Development & Enforcement Team Leader at Worcester City Council. He brings with him diverse and extensive planning experience from the public sector, particularly in development management, to manage and deliver a variety of projects.  During his time in local government, Alan managed planning, development and enforcement teams and has dealt with numerous high-profile strategic housing and commercial applications, including major mixed-use redevelopment projects, large scale residential and urban extension schemes and was the lead Officer at Planning Committees.

 

He has a thorough understanding of planning authority processes and procedures with attention to detail in all professional matters, providing consistently high-quality professional advice on planning and related matters.

 

Outside of work, Alan enjoys literature, live music, and a variety of sports including cycling, swimming, and skiing, and is known to still even manage to play football.