DLA Announces New Chair


David Lock Associates (DLA) is delighted to announce the appointment of chartered town planner and urban designer Joanne Cave as Chair of the Company. Jo has been an integral part of our team for 26 years and served as a member of DLA’s board since 2011.

Jo takes over the role from Nick Freer, who has served as Chairman since 2019. We extend our deepest gratitude to Nick for his work and contributions as Chair over the period and are delighted that he will continue to serve on the board. Jo’s succession to Chair marks an exciting evolution for DLA, and we are confident that her wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge of the business will see DLA’s continued success.

“It’s my privilege to be appointed as the Chair of David Lock Associates, one of the UK’s leading and most respected town planning and urban design consultancies. As our practice enters its 35th year, the demand for our skills and expertise continues to grow. I look forward to leading our talented team as they continue to drive exceptional standards in planning and urban design, and to ensuring DLA continues to be a great place to grow a career.”

At the same time, Julia Foster’s tenure as Managing Partner has been extended for a fourth term, following unanimous support from the board.