About PlaceChangers

We help organisations embed community and stakeholder engagement into their planning and property development work. 

Our mission

It want to make it as easy as possible to embedd a collaborative approach in urban planning to strengthen the social value of future neighbourhoods.

How we do it

We build collaborative apps for engagement in planning and support innovative approaches to visualising and understanding the built environment. 

What we do

We connect you to more of the people who matter and reduce your project risk through tangible insights that enhance your proposals or plans. 

The team


Dr. Sebastian Weise

Sebastian is commercial lead and an expert in local planning and construction. He also contributes to our user experience work with his detailed background in user research, application prototyping and product validation.

Nick Hope

Nick is CTO at PlaceChangers responsible for product delivery. An enthusiastic software architect with a passion for quality, scalable products that make a difference, Nick makes sure our products live up to your expectations.

Megan Doherty

Megan is working on innovation at the intersection of master planning and public engagement. She is also a post-graduate researcher at Northumbria University.

Our advisory board

We always appreciate a challenge. At the moment our advisory board comprises Justin Souter and Gard Jenssen. 

Gard brings expertise in smart cities, government and venture capital. Previously VP Product at Yahoo and an adviser to the Norwegian government, Gard is a partner at Smart Cities Norway and an active tech investor.

Justin is a start-up mentor in the North East of England passionate for lean startup methods. In the past he worked for 10 years as a consultant in enterprise IT.

Past successes

We strive to build innovative partnerships. Here are our past successes.

  • Finalist InnovateUK challenge on “Innovating in urban spaces”
  • Winner in Future Cities Catapult competition "Future of Planning"
  • AwardAward holder for ERDF-supported IIIIP program  with Northumbria University 
  • Grant holder of GX Innovation Grant

The PlaceChangers engagement app is our core product. We love to help on a range of projects, such as neighbourhood, local, and master plans.