Introducing the Team


Tim Nixon

Professor Tim Dixon

Chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading

Professor Tim Dixon holds a professorial chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at University of Reading and leads the Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE) network. He has more than 30 years' experience of research, education and professional practice in the built environment. His research interests cover the property industry and its interface with the sustainability agenda; and futures work, focusing on socio-technical impacts at a range of scales.

He is currently leading work in the Urban Foresight Laboratory work package of EPSRC Retrofit 2050 (, where he has helped develop urban retrofit visions, and is also working with local and regional partners to develop a 'Reading 2050' Vision. He is contributing to the UK BIS Future Cities Foresight Programme, and he is a member of the international scientific committee for the national ‘Visions and Pathways 2040 Australia’ Project on cities.



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Nigel Horton-Baker

Executive Director, Reading UK CIC

Nigel joined Reading UK as the Executive Director in 2013, having extensive senior management experience in Economic Development over the past 15 years and a career stretching back 25 years covering all aspects of regeneration, skills, job creation, foreign direct investment; small business and sector support services; tourism promotion and infrastructure development.

Nigel is no stranger to Reading having served on the Board of Reading UKCIC for three years while he was the Area Director for the South East of England Regional Development Agency covering Berkshire and Surrey. Prior to this Nigel was CEO of Surrey Economic Partnership (now Connected Surrey), Vice Chairman of the South East Regional Assembly and Head of Community and Economic Regeneration at London Borough of Hounslow. He has also had spells of self employment running a B+B, and a planning and economic development consultancy. Most Recently Nigel worked with a global, City based Recruitment Agency to set up a commercial 'Apprenticeship Training Agency', supporting small companies to take on Apprentices across the South East".



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Kim Cohen

Partner, Barton Willmore

Kim jointly leads Barton Willmore’s Reading based Town Planning team, and has over 15 years experience in and around the town and the wider South East. Having begun her planning career in Reading Borough Council, and guiding the realisation of The Oracle from the Local Authority perspective, Kim has a strong understanding of the town and the historic pressures it has faced and is passionate about supporting its future growth and development.

Throughout her career with Barton Willmore she has driven planning system change at a regional and local level, while also guiding a number of significant residential and commercial projects. Clients include the likes of Hermes, CBRE, Vodafone, Pangbourne College, David Wilson Homes, and many others. Kim has been a Committee member on the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce for the last two years and is shortly set to take up a post on the Reading UK CIC Board.



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