Deborah Heenan

Chief Executive Officer

As interim CEO of Forward Swindon, Deborah brings specialist knowledge and skills in housing, development and urban policy delivered across both the public and private sectors.

Joining the civil service as an analyst, Deborah worked in a variety of roles including sustainable development before taking a lead on land use and urban policy.

From Principal Private Secretary to the Railways Minister to the lead advisor on housing and transport in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and working with Whitehall departments to drive results on specific targets and reporting regularly to the PM, Deborah went on secondment to the residential development industry before returning to Whitehall and leading the Total Place and the Capital and Assets programmes.

Simon Bridgen

Deputy Chief Executive

Working across the private and public sector, Simon’s experience predominantly lies in the Housing Association sector, covering programme, asset and project management, land buying, planning and contract procurement.

Simon is keen to encourage innovative ways of working and is committed to the successful delivery of the the town’s Regeneration Masterplan, bringing together stakeholders to achieve a real quality of service and making Swindon a place where people will want to live, work and invest.

Paul Chamberlain

Director of New Partnerships

With extensive experience advising successive governments on major housing and planning reforms, Paul is excited and enthusiastic to be at the forefront of driving new approaches to housing delivery in Swindon, whilst ensuring developments contribute to town centre regeneration as well as economic development. Paul has worked in a variety of policy and analytical roles, as a senior civil servant and member of the Government Economic Service.

Iain Lock

Project Manager

Iain is passionate about buildings and places. As a built environment professional, he has managed and delivered a range of projects in the housing, regeneration and development sectors for over 10 years, working across public and private sector organisations in the UK.

Douglas Kerrigan

Project Manager

With a background in housing development and a passion to bring life back to our rich heritage of eclectic architectural styles, Douglas carries a substantial track record spanning both construction and commercial management in the UK and overseas. Swindon holds a challenging regeneration proposition of which Douglas is very proud to be a part of.

Raquel Leonardo

Project Manager

An enthusiastic built-environment designer with over 10 years of professional expertise, Raquel has designed and delivered a range of public realm and landscape projects, collaborated in the production of area frameworks and public realm strategies, been involved in the design of a wide range of residential developments and more recently, worked in the regeneration of public owned brownfield sites.