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Lucie Bailey is Associate Director in the economics and regeneration team at planning and development consultancy Lichfields (the new corporate brand name for Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners). Having joined the company in 2011, initially as an economics consultant, Lucie now leads on a range of economic growth, functional economic area and spatial strategy work for local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and private sector clients across the UK. 

Whilst Lichfields joined the IED as a corporate member three years ago, Lucie herself has been an individual member much longer, including whilst in previous roles with New Skills Consulting and Newcastle City Council. “The economics of planning and development has been at the heart of Lichfields’ consultancy offer for over 50 years, and is a growing area of the business,” she explained. “Holding IED corporate membership gives us a way to differentiate and showcase our economics offer to the market. Practically, being able to use the IED corporate membership logo provides a kitemark of professional knowledge and expertise for our economic development skills and services, and has proven extremely beneficial over the years. As an economist, it is also helpful to be able to promote my individual membership and use MIED after my own name.”

Lichfields has sponsored the IED annual conference for the past four years. At the most recent conference in November 2016, Lucie spoke alongside a planning and infrastructure specialist from the Department for International Trade in a session on planning for growth and investment where she launched Lichfields’ latest research piece ‘Invest to Grow’. “The IED annual conference provides a good opportunity to meet up and build relationships with existing clients and potentially new ones – this is definitely one of the most valuable aspects of our relationship with the IED,” Lucie said. “In addition, working with a range of public and private sector clients, the broader IED corporate membership provides internal and external recognition of our work and helps to cement our market-leading profile that we have built up.”