Who are we?


Steve Barker (Managing Director)
 has worked across many authorities in the north east, including Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, North York Moors National Park and York City Council. He has also worked in the Environment Agency and brings a wide background to bear on planning problems. Steve worked in the public sector for around 20 years before moving into the private sector which means he has an in depth understanding of the way in which the system works and the role of officers and local politicians. Before creating Prism, Steve headed up the planning team at BHP’s Darlington office.






Rod Hepplewhite
is a Director at Prism and also gained a substantial public sector background in the North East. He has special expertise in the submission of planning appeals and inquiries and has an impressive success rate as an expert witness. Since moving to the private sector, Rod has helped support a number of planning authorities with their workloads and has a particular interest and expertise in renewable energy.




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Jonathan Helmn
is a Planning Consultant skilled in collaborative and multidisciplinary working, problem solving, policy analysis and project management. He is able to offer clients a comprehensive and professional planning service through  advice and guidance on planning related matters. He has also recently been elected as a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.








Alison Baines keeps the team in check as Office Manager. Alison is also an experienced planning researcher and understands her way around the workings of a planning department – an important person to have when trying to assemble a complicated site history.