About PlaceChangers

PlaceChangers Ltd. helps organisations embed online community engagement into their planning and property development work. 


A company with purpose


We make it easier for planners and architects to run effective online consultations for community engagement that delivers tangible insights.


How we do it 

We provide a cloud-base consultation and engagement platform which helps you to reach out to a wider audience than that of traditional public exhibitions alone.


What we do 

We reduce your project risk through insights that enhance your proposals or plans.


The team


The core team has credentials in online engagement, digital applications, and user-centred design. Depending on the clients' needs, we regularly partner with subject experts in our network. 


Sebastian Weise (PhD), Founder & CEO

Sebastian founded PlaceChangers based on a long-term study into public engagement in local planning.  Sebastian enjoys helping planners deliver successful public engagement online.


Alex Moon, CTO

Alex has a decade of work in software engineering with a focus on enterprise products and dashboards.


Megan Doherty, Innovation lead (BIM)

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

Our advisory board

Our advisory board comprises Justin Souter and Gard Jenssen. 

Gard brings expertise in smart cities and local government. A longer while ago, Gard was 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 works with founders and corporate innovators. He helps validate ideas and business models through the lean start up methodology. He is involved with multiple startup accelerator programmes in the North East, including the Digital City Accelerator.

Our innovation partnerships

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

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

Our core product is the PlaceChangers online engagement platform. The platform has supported consultation and engagement on a wide range of projects.