Levelling Up: Round 2 success?

Get insight from Round 1 Project Managers on navigating the next steps

15 Feb 2023


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This webinar is for local authorities only. Please register using your .gov.uk email address.

After seeing a rising number of questions from our clients who have been successful on Round 2 Levelling Up Funding, Project Centre is hosting a webinar to connect them with project managers from Round 1 who are steaming ahead with their schemes.

Our panel will be discussing how to ensure your projects get the best possible start, including highlighting some of the pitfalls you’ll need to avoid. Crucially, our project managers will be discussing how they have achieved on site works in under 12 months.

Round 1 projects we’ve helped produced have included town centre regenerations, implementing active travel schemes that have been approved by Active Travel England and designing public realm spaces that are community centric.

Our head of communications and engagement, Stephanie Bortoli, will join the panel to talk about the importance of developing an engagement plan to get the most support from internal and external stakeholders and how to handle social media.

Given the importance of data to demonstrate your success we will also have our air quality lead and expert, Nick Ruxton-Boyle, on hand to discuss completion methods and how quickly these can be mobilised.



Chris Harrison, Regional Director, Project Centre

Chris Harrison is Project Centre’s Regional Director for the South and has been with the company for seven years leading projects and producing highly skilled teams. With over 17 years’ experience in transportation, he has extensive experience in both the public and private sector developing, introducing and reviewing active travel programmes and projects as well as transport planning, traffic, parking, road safety engineering and safety auditing. Chris is passionate about creating inclusive environments that gives a real choice of active travel for every user. He uses active engagement and campaigning to ensure active travel programmes are successful and enjoys taking part in community co-design.

Chris Durban,Technical Director of Transport, Project Centre

Chris is a Technical Director of Transportation at Project Centre. He has been in the industry for over 20 years in the UK and has most recently been responsible for the delivery of active travel schemes from the development of outline business cases through to delivery on the ground. Chris has been involved in delivering the Levelling Up scheme for Northolt.

Bharati Ghodke, Associate Director for Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Project Centre

Bharati is an experienced Urban Designer with over 20 years’ experience of working on a variety of public realm and masterplanning projects in the UK and in India. She has project managed Levelling Up Fund schemes including Gainsborough and Tower Hamlets. Bharati has successfully managed projects for various clients including Transport for London, Crossrail, City of London and several London Boroughs.

Stephanie Bortoli, Head of Communications and Engagement, Project Centre

Steph is a qualified Engagement Practitioner with International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and has extensive experience delivering strategic engagement programmes for major projects and policies in the infrastructure sector, in both Australia and the UK. At Project Centre, Steph leads the Communications and Engagement service, a team that places meaningful community engagement at the heart of their approach and helps public authorities right across the country deliver the best and most balanced schemes. Prior to Project Centre, Steph was responsible for the design and delivery of London-wide engagement strategies at Transport for London, including on policies like the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, strategic cycling network, inclusive and accessible streets, 20mph speed limits, diversifying cycling and the Elizabeth Line.

Nick Ruxton-Boyle, Director of Environment, Marston Holdings

Nick joined Project Centre in 2017 before moving to Marston Holdings in 2019 to lead on the groups air quality and carbon reduction business. Nick works with public and private sector clients across the UK and Europe supporting environmental schemes, such as clean air zones and low emission zones, with market leading technology, data and enforcement services. A chartered transport planner Nick spent 15 years in the public sector developing data lead sustainable transport plans and policies and delivering active travel and demand management schemes.


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