Community Regeneration

The Directors have over 60 years experience
between them of community engagement,
social development and regeneration work.
Following a full Forces career, Bob Le Vaillant
has held a wide range of senior voluntary
sector appointments. Until 2005, he was
Deputy Warden of Toynbee Hall, the
internationally renowned Universities
Settlement in East London, which was
established in 1884 to identify social needs,
and develop new services to meet them.
Valerie Owen has pioneered innovative
community education projects in
disadvantaged and immigrant communities

since 1978, and was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to architecture and the community in East London. Le Vaillant
Owen provided consultancy advice and support to a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) approved Community Investment and Development Fund (CIDF), supporting social and small business enterprises in disadvantaged areas. Le Vaillant Owen also assisted Bovis Lend Lease in developing large scale construction training and community engagement programmes, in support of the new National Construction Skills Academy, in 2006.

Recent Le Vaillant Owen reports include The Business of Neighbourhood Renewal, (London First, 2004.) Advice on
improving governance and business engagement in Neighbourhood Renewal Areas, and Public Places : Private Money
(British Property Federation, 2005). A property industry Regeneration Manifesto, launched by Lord Rooker, Minister for
Regeneration, at the 2005 Sustainable Communities Summit in Manchester.

  Specialisations include

  • Community Involvement, including in master-planning.
  • Enabling major development projects.
  • Facilitating community engagement and participation in regeneration projects.
  • Third Sector development.
  • Youth Crime Diversion.
  • Outdoor Education.
  • Children and families services.
  • Enterprise Development, including Social Enterprise.
  • Community Development & Neighbourhood Renewal.
  • Facilitation and team building; partnership working.
  • Development of Learning and Skills Projects.