Director. BA (Cantab) PG Dip LA CMLI
Jon Sheaff is a Chartered Landscape Architect and landscape manager with over 25 years’ experience of developing and delivering complex projects for public, private and third sector clients. Jon brings considerable experience of designing and managing significant public-sector assets, of developing strategy for the delivery of public open space services and of adapting service delivery to new approaches to funding and governance.
Jon has a broader commitment to conserving the heritage value of public open space and to sustaining the importance of good quality public realm for cities and for communities. Jon has expressed this commitment through his memberships of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for London and of the Design Council CABE Built Environment Panel.
Prior to establishing his own practice, Jon ran Southwark Council’s Parks and Open Spaces service from 2001 to 2009, implementing a £25 million investment programme for parks that delivered the restoration of Dulwich, Peckham Rye and Southwark parks and led to the creation of new parks at Burgess Park and Potters Field Park. Jon also worked with the Football Foundation, the LTA and Sport England to develop significant new sports facilities at Burgess Park and Southwark Park. Under Jon’s leadership, the authority acquired nine Green Flag awards.
Jon joined Farrer Huxley Associates as a Director in 2009, leading their housing and public realm division delivering housing projects for Peabody, Southern Housing, Poplar Harca and public open space and play projects for the London Boroughs of Westminster, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark.
Jon established his own consultancy in 2011 and has continued to deliver parks strategy and public realm design projects over the past nine years. Jon has established strong working relationships with clients and stakeholders in the course of developing a number of significant projects including Greenwich Park Revealed (for the Royal Parks), the restoration of Hainault Ancient Forest (for Vision Redbridge) and Great Linford Manor Park (for Milton Keynes Parks Trust). Under Jon’s leadership, JSA has explored the value of benefits flowing from green infrastructure assets, expressing this exploratory work in award-winning natural capital accounting projects for the London Boroughs of Barnet and Barking and Dagenham.