To apply to be a member of the Enfield Place and Design Quality Panel, please provide the following information to design.panel@enfield.gov.uk

  • Covering letter explaining your interest and relevant experience. Please also state if you wish to be considered for the position of Panel Chair and where you first heard about the roles.
  • Your CV


The Place and Design Quality Panel will meet every 3-4 weeks (or as required). Meeting dates and attendance on the panel will be agreed annually. 

The Panel meetings will be attended by the following:

  • The Chair and Panel members (typically 3-4 members per meeting drawn from a larger, multi-disciplinary group – see below).
  • Scheme Architect and Applicant (plus other members of their design team).

Other representatives including from Enfield Council, external bodies, and elected members as and when relevant. 

Format of Panel Sessions

Each scheme presented to the Panel will be scheduled for review at one of the following meeting formats - based on its relative size, complexity and stage of development:

  1. Design Workshop: Using methods like mentoring, workshops, guidance and best practice examples at early stages of project development; to explore project aims, outcomes and challenge assumptions. A workshop can be tailored to the individual needs of the project and stage of design development.
  2. Design Review: An independent assessment of a given scheme, one hour in total, with the first 20 minutes allocated to the architect and client team to make a formal presentation to describe their proposal.
  3. Desktop Meeting: Desktop meetings will be brief, but include thorough consideration of the design aspects of planning applications and other related issues.

Administrative support

The Panel will be supported by the Strategic Planning and Design team who will provide a secretariat service, with guidance from the design panel Chairs and the Head of Strategic Planning and Design to deliver a consistent and robust design panel service. Enfield Council’s Officers in the Strategic Planning & Design and Neighbourhood Regeneration Teams will also facilitate the Panel at meetings, and by providing direct support to the Chair. 


The Panel will be remunerated to recognise their time commitment and contribution, with the Chair/s benefiting from additional remuneration to acknowledge the considerable time commitment and ongoing editorial and leadership role required to ensure the independence of the Panel.

The rates for attendance and participation at Panel Meetings are:

  • Full day (8 hours including lunch, excluding travel time) – £600 for chair, £400 for panel member
  • Half day (4 hours excluding lunch and travel time) – £300 for chair, £200 for panel member
  • Previously agreed reasonable expenses (travel within London will typically not be reimbursed)

Conflicts of interest

To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, successful panel members will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and conflict of interest declaration as part of the appointment process.

Panel recruitment process

All members of the design panel will be recruited through an open and fair process. The membership of the panel members will be refreshed regularly; the term of each panel member will be no more than two years.

The Panel will be enacted through a launch event where members will undertake an induction covering the local context and design quality agenda across Enfield and the Panel’s terms of reference.

Applicants will be assessed in terms of their:

  • Relevant skills and experience in core built environment disciplines;
  • Interest in or knowledge of urban regeneration in Enfield;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the design review process.

Candidates for the Panel Chair will need to demonstrate:

  • Good leadership and communication skills;
  • The ability to act as a champion for sustainable development and design quality in the borough;
  • Experience of chairing meetings;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate full panel engagement;
  • The ability to quickly and concisely summarise complex discussion and issues.

Enfield Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all communities. The Council does not discriminate on grounds of Gender, Age, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Faith, Ethnicity or Origin.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, or have any queries, please contact us at design.panel@Enfield.gov.uk

Recruitment timetable

Deadline for applications: 12th February 2018, Midnight

Interviews for Panel Chair: between 19th – 23rd February 2018

Appointments confirmed by: 28th February 2018

Panel Induction event: Mid-March 2018

Panel in operation: March 2018 onwards

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