Lewis is Director of the Planning Skills training programmes. He designs and delivers bespoke training for local council planners, Councillors and built environment professionals. Previously, he delivered similar planning training for Anglia Ruskin University from 2003 to 2018.
Lewis has trained over 2,500 planners and 1,000 councillors for 80 different councils over the last 20 years both for the national Planning Advisory Service (PAS) and county groupings like the Essex Planning Officers Association.
He has designed and delivered 300 different planning training events, and also a Housing and Planning Module Tutor on the Anglia Ruskin Town Planning MSc.
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Lewis benefits from experience as a Councillor with strategic planning and local government expertise. He was Leader of Cambridge City Council from June 2014 to November 2021 and has been a Councillor since 2004.
He was previously a senior local authority manager for 15 years, a civil servant, an environmental consultant and a Greater London Councillor for six years in the 1980s.
His Cambridge City Council planning roles have included
- member of Planning Committee, and leading contributor to Local Plans
- chair of Greater Cambridge Partnership Board for four years since and Housing Committee chair and past Strategic Planning lead on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
- inaugural chair of Fast Growth Cities Group (Norwich, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Peterborough and Swindon councils), and an active member of OxCam Arc steering group
- Local Government Association representative on the Labour 2020 National Planning Commission.