Lichfields names Spry and Cottrell as new office heads


Lichfields names Spry and Cottrell as new office heads

01 Oct 2020
Lichfields is pleased to announce two new office heads:
  • Matthew Spry has been named as Lichfields’ new London head, taking over from Neil Goldsmith who held the post for the last seven years; and

  • John Cottrell is the new Cardiff head, replacing Gareth Williams who has been office head for the last 10 years.
Neil and Gareth remain in the business and will focus on client work.
Mr Spry joined Lichfields in 1997 and became a Senior Director in 2008. He specialises in large-scale housing projects, airport developments and advises public sector organisations on planning policy and delivery. He was an advisor on the Government’s Local Plans Expert Group in 2016.
Mr Cottrell joined Lichfields as a Senior Director in January, 2011. He specialises in large-scale mixed-use projects including the redevelopment of Central Square in Cardiff, home to the new BBC Wales HQ and HMRC Offices.
We would like to acknowledge the fantastic efforts of Neil and Gareth and are sure that Matthew and John will build upon their notable achievements. Both have the experience and knowledge of the business to help see us through COVID-19, ensure we play a big part in assisting our clients to drive an economic recovery and help seize the many opportunities that a reformed planning system will undoubtedly bring.

James Fennell, Chief Executive

I am delighted to be appointed head of the London office. It’s a centre of excellence for a wide range of planning and development services applied on some of the country’s biggest and most complex projects. I relish the chance to work with colleagues to grow our business and deliver great places throughout London and the wider south east.

Matthew Spry, Senior Director, Head of London office

I am delighted to be appointed head of the Cardiff office and proud to lead such a talented team in my home city. We have an excellent client base and a first class track record which will ensure that we can continue to grow our business, moving forward.

John Cottrell, Senior Director, Head of Cardiff office