Collaborating to craft compelling stories

meaningful identities, digital interactions and environmental communications, integrated with spatial design, signage and architectural interventions to instill that sense of belonging, enabling spaces to become great places.

Experienced, eloquent, effective, executors

Introducing The Placemakers

As Placemakers, we do everything and anything that crafts place. We are curious and collaborative, combining creativity with a pragmatic ability to deliver.

Our unique family of multi-disciplined experts allow us to cherry pick the best line-up for the brief. From strategists, research connoisseurs and regional stakeholder gurus, to talented designers, video makers and storytelling PR’s, together we are The Placemakers.

Eddie McAtominey

Eddie McAtominey

Head of Placecrafting

E: eddie.McAtominey@becg.com

An expat Geordie, although I have now lived longer in North London than the North East. Like my Father and Grandfather, I’m a keen gardener. Unlike them, I’m not very keen on racing pigeons, although I do love to travel to new and occasionally exotic places, seeing new things and meeting new people, is my number one passion.

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard

Managing Director

E: andrew.howard@becg.com
T: 020 3697 7630

A big fan of anything that floats, I am now based on the Solent but I hail from the North. Born in Runcorn, the UK’s capital of chemicals, I’m a ‘plastic Manc’ with distant bargee heritage, my passion for water is a long way from the Bridgewater canal where I first learned to kayak. 

I gave up rock climbing years ago when I discovered I was fragile and now focus on stomping around the woods, trying to keep up with my kids. A recovering local politician, I waste far too much time setting the world to rights, enjoying excellent wines and rambling on about development and how I could sort out the UK’s Planning system.

Chris Ricot

Chris Ricot

Senior Account Director

E: chris.ricot@becg.com
T: 020 3697 7656

I’m a rare breed – a born and bred Londoner still living in the city. I’m a massive fan of the history of architecture and a staunch defender of Brutalism – the Barbican is a masterpiece. The South Bank is my favourite place to be – where else in the world can you find skateboarders under a concrete theatre, next to a second hand book stall in the shadow of an exposed beach in low tide?

Samantha Clough

Samantha Clough

Director

E: samantha.clough@becg.com
T: 01962 893 888

A city girl at heart, I love nothing more than spending the day exploring the hustle, bustle and diversity that urban living offers, both at home and abroad. New sites, new sounds, new things to see and experience. … And when I need to switch off I escape to the quiet open rolling countryside or our gorgeous rugged coastline.

Charli Edwards

Charli Edwards

Head of Design

E: charli.edwards@becg.com
T: 01962 893 890

My base is and always will be Southampton, but my adventures have taken me from seasoned London commuter and Live event work around Europe to living in Las Vegas Nevada for almost two years.
As a creative I need variety for my inspiration, and living in such an accessible city means I can move from countryside to city life in no time at all.

Mark Darlington

Mark Darlington

Head of Video

E: mark.darlington@becg.com
T: 01962 893 893

Born in the North and bred in the South. I’ve tried the city life but always end up back in the comfort and quiet of the countryside. I like nothing better than a walk in the woods with the family but also partial to a sunny break away as long as it’s combined with adventure.

Matt Crisp

Matt Crisp

Associate Director (Midlands)

E: matthew.crisp@becg.com
T: 0121 728 3877

I’m at my happiest wild camping in the Scottish Highlands & Islands. When I’m not doing this, I’m travelling further afield, most recently to Oman and Sri Lanka. Born in the Midlands, I’ve lived in both Birmingham and Manchester sampling the food and drink hidden gems of both. 

Rhiannon Thompson

Rhiannon Thompson

Director

E: rhiannon.thompson@becg.com
T: 01962 893 858

Born in the hills of Mid Wales, I’ve been adopted by the English south coast, a clear passion for rural places, fresh air and memories. Swapping the River Wye and dams and reservoirs of the Elan Valley for the sublime Solent strait means I am never too far away from water. Even when commuting to London, my highlight is walking over the River Thames. Perhaps in my next life, I’ll come back as a fish!

Marcio Juarez

Marcio Juarez

Head of Technology

E: marcio.juarez@becg.com
T: 01962 893 923

Just like a certain bear “from the deepest, darkest Peru…” I swapped my always sunny homeland for England, and loved it ever since. City breaks, green countryside and pebble beaches, we have it all here, however I still enjoy trips back to mother land and beyond, always looking forward to the next trip and place to explore.

Miles Willshire

Miles Willshire

Director

E: miles.willshire@becg.com
T: 01962 893 859

A Hampshire boy, born and bred, there is much to be revered about the place I call home. From coastland to forest, and our bustling capital city within an hour away – what is not to love?! When I am not enjoying quality time with my young family, I am eagerly partaking pursuits on Land, Air and Sea (but nothing too adventurous).

Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson

Account Director

E: emma.wilson@becg.com
T: 0161 359 4109

Born in Dublin, grew up in the Midlands, studied in Bristol and Duesseldorf, and now call Manchester home. I’m a keen traveller, musician, rock climber and houseplant hoarder. I’m happiest when I’m learning new things and meeting new people.

Our Story

The Placemakers was born from a desire to bring together a team of experts with a passion for placecrafting. This passion coupled with depth of skills across strategy, stakeholder insights, design, video, digital, social media and traditional communications are the driving force behind The Placemakers.                      

Launched in 2020, The Placemakers is a service delivered by the Built Environment Communications Group (BECG), a communications consultancy helping public and private sector organisations across the UK with expert counsel and award-winning communications services. BECG is placed 55 in PR Weeks Top 150, has been awarded ICCO Independent Consultancy of the Year EMEA, and is the highest scorer, out of c2,500 communications consultancies across the UK, for client satisfaction. We are also ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and hold the PRCA Communications Management Standard.

The Placemakers is here to support clients as they begin their journey on crafting, and enhancing, new and existing places through research, strategy, design, activations, and communications.

Focusing on understanding what makes a place successful, The Placemakers enhances BECG’s consultancy offer providing a new sector specialism and an added dimension to a broad communications mix.