The Urbanists team to take ownership of the future of the business

We are very pleased to announce that The Urbanists have reached an important milestone in its 14-year evolution as a business, following the retirement of one of the founding members of the company, Martin Sullivan, from its Board.


The Urbanists new Board of Directors comprises of James Brown acting as Managing Director, Michelle Tuck, Director and Mark Farrar, Director, all of whom have been fundamental to the success of the business, alongside Martin and the wider team, over the last few years. Martin will remain as a consultant to the business for selected projects.

The new Board of Directors have completed a Management Buyout of the business, of which has seen a creation of a Trust to enable the ownership to be shared with its employees.

The team ethos and the combination of skills in planning, landscape architecture and urban design are central to the culture at The Urbanists. Through this new vehicle it ensures it continues to represent the business culture for which it is known for, encourages continued growth, creates incentives for its employees which ensures its driving success which is best for the clients, employees and the business. 

Deb Oxley OBE, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association, said:  “We congratulate The Urbanists on its transition to employee ownership. By widening ownership of the business to its employees The Urbanists is securing the future of the business, including its ethos, values and employees, while rooting itself locally for the longer term to the benefit of the community(ies) which it serves.”

New Managing Director James Brown said: “We are extremely confident that the future of The Urbanists remains in the hands of the people who understand it best and who will strive to continue to deliver the very highest standards of service for our clients. We have achieved much under Martin’s leadership and would all like to thank him for his significant contribution in The Urbanists story so far. We now look forward to continuing to work closely with our clients across private and public sectors to achieve the creation of better quality places”.