The chief executive of Birmingham-based design review agency and built environment charity Made is stepping down.
David Tittle is joining sister agency Design South East and will be replaced by Meredith Evans on a part-time basis in order to continue his work with ME Planning and Urban Design, the consultancy he founded in 2012.
Mr Evans was previously corporate director for environment and economy at Telford and Wrekin Council and has lived, studied and worked in the West Midlands for the past 40 years across architecture, urban design and planning.
His other experience includes being chairman of the RTPI's Urban Design Panel, a CABE Built Environment Expert and a member of the national Housing Design Awards judging panel.
He is a long-time supporter of Made, which moved to Digbeth last year, having been part of its design review panels for a number of years and has also taken a lead role in delivering training on design to local authorities.
Mr Evans said: "I am passionate about Made and the role it plays in promoting good design across the region.
"David has done a sterling job in providing advice to those involved in designing our built environment and in ensuring that the agency has a superb panel of experts that cover the full remit of built environment roles.
"The West Midlands property scene has some superb developments and is generally returning to pre-recession levels of activity.
"However, despite some notable exceptions, the general standard of design in new developments in the West Midlands remains too low.
"This is a challenge for all involved in the Midlands built environment, developers, clients, local planning authorities and Made itself to tackle head on.
"We need to work differently to ensure we leave a built legacy that generations to come will be proud of."
Along with the new chief executive, Made has also started the new year with a refresh of the 33-member panel which undertakes design review of the regions projects.
Among the names joining the panel are Bob Ghosh fom K4 Architects, Neil Rose from Broadway Malayan and Frazer Bufton, head of architecture at Coventry University.