Joanna Rowelle

Director - Cities, Planning and Design Leader UKIMEA | Arup

Joanna is a Director at Arup where she leads the Cities, Planning and Design Portfolio for the UKIMEA and leads projects linked to governance models and delivery vehicles, economic development, funding and finance, masterplans and strategic plans.

She advises city and national governments on topics including infrastructure investment, housing, finance, regeneration, and economics. She recently led the Towns Fund Programme, a business case for the East Midlands Locally Led Development Corporation and is working on a rail project in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Formerly Joanna was the Assistant Director for Regeneration for the Mayor of London. The role included overseeing multiple regeneration programmes across London, prior to this, Joanna managed an economic policy team at the GLA specialising in financial services and competitiveness. 

Joanna has authored reports on subjects including equalities, competitiveness and growth. She has spoken at international conferences covering topics such as sustainable place making, social value, economic development and regeneration. She is on the Board of the Major Projects Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development. She holds a masters in land economics from the University of Cambridge.