Meet our
amazing team

One of our core objectives is to work effectively within teams to ensure development projects are delivered on time and in budget. At Urbanissta we either establish full project teams or work with an existing team – large or small. Our extensive range of contacts whose experience and expertise can be drawn upon via our sub contractor contacts, to solve technical dilemmas.

Akeem Iginla

Akeem Iginla

Operations Director


Qualifications — BSC, LL.B, LL.M, MA

Akeem previously worked as Director of Alade Iginla & Sons Ltd, later studied law and worked for Citizen Advice Bureau as Legal Case Officer. He is BSc, LL.B, LL.M and MA qualified. Given Akeem’s legal background he joined Urbanissta as a Director in early 2017. He has an MA in Urban and Regional Planning and is working towards RTPI Membership. Akeem is responsible for reinforcing the company’s HR procedures consistently and fairly as well as managing the Company's legal polices and wider H&S and other compliance matters. He has also worked on a wide range of major residential planning applications and other planning priorities.

Ellen Nicholson

Ellen Nicholson

Planning Principal


Qualifications — BA (Hons), MSc, MRTPI

Ellen joined Urbanissta as a Planning Principal in June 2020 following a two year working holiday in Australia. Prior to that, she worked for the London Borough of Newham as a Principal Planner on a range of major residential and mixed-use schemes. Ellen has a degree in Geography from the University of Southampton and a Masters in Spatial Planning from University College London.

Eve Hacking

Eve Hacking


Qualifications — KLC Dip GD

Eve had an extensive career in delivering strategic creative projects for national and international media companies before qualifying with a distinction from KLC School of Garden Design and now works as a landscape designer.

Jo Hanslip

Jo Hanslip


Qualifications — BA (Hons), BPL, MRTPI, Dip GD KLC

Urbanissta Ltd was established in January 2011 by Jo Hanslip who set the Company up having spent the previous 8 years working as a senior Director for Redrow Homes Plc. She previously worked for the House Builders Federation (HBF); Babtie and various local authorities across England. Jo has been a member of the RTPI since 1998.

Mark Sanderson

Mark Sanderson


Qualifications — BA(Hons), PG Cert, MA, IHBC

Mark secured a degree in the History of Architecture and Design and an MA in Architectural Conservation and has an extensive track record in working on heritage and conservation projects across London, the South East and Midlands. Being member of the TBC Mark is an expert in heritage and conservation related matters.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Associate


Qualifications — BA (HONS) MRTPI

Demonstrating over 20 years’ experience advising clients and the community on planning matters relevant to their assets and their locality. Richard has amassed considerable experience in planning and regeneration issues across the UK. Most recently, he has been leading on major residential sites in London and South East for both the public and private sectors.

Vince Walls

Vince Walls

Planner


Qualifications — BA (Hons), MSc, Licentiate Member of RTPI.

Vince joined Urbanissta following almost two years working as a planning consultant with RPS. During his time with RPS, Vince was involved with a variety of projects, including transport infrastructure, residential schemes and commercial development. He is a licentiate member of the RTPI, working towards full membership. Vincent has a Masters in Spatial Planning and an undergraduate degree in History. He was inspired to pursue a career in planning after learning about the 19th century redevelopment of Paris!