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Helen Tilton joins Steve Quartermain and Sean Anstee at Cratus Communications


Bristol-based planning and communication specialist, Helen Tilton, is the latest in a string of new hires recently unveiled by Local Government specialist Cratus Communications.

Helen takes over the role of running Cratus’s operations in the South West of England, where she is uniquely placed to use her planning expertise, communications knowledge and established contacts to help Cratus’s local government and developer clients.

She will join Cratus following recent high-profile appointments including Steve Quartermain CBE, the former Chief Planner at Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), and Sean Anstee, former leader of Trafford Council.

Helen has an extensive background in planning, starting her career in local government in 2004 as a planner with Bristol City Council, before moving into private practice delivering major projects and Environmental Impact Assessment for national and international planning and environmental consultancies.

Helen works on projects spanning the full spectrum of property sectors, with a particular interest in urban regeneration and the enablement of inclusive social cohesion.

Helen said: “No matter what sector of the property industry you work within, understanding the language and context of local government policy and decision-taking is key to reducing commercial risk and creating the developments that enable communities to thrive. Social cohesion is a cornerstone of Cratus’s activities, and I am very much looking forward to supporting existing and future clients in navigating the complexities of local partnerships and requirements.”


Nick Kilby, chief executive of Cratus Communications said: “We have been very careful in making this appointment, we knew we were looking for someone very special. Helen brings not just an outstanding track record to the role but she is genuinely passionate for the built environment and place making. Bristol and the West Country are her world and for us it was instantly clear we had found the right person to lead our business in the region and our Bristol office.”  

Helen’s experience has included retail and leisure, utilities, logistics, employment and healthcare projects, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and residential and mixed-use development – advising investors and providers of market and affordable housing, student accommodation, Build to Rent and Co-living.

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