Pam Alexander OBE


Our inspirational colleague, and founding member of EQN, passed away on 7th April 2023.

Pam was a friend, mentor and trail blazer to us all. A much valued, insightful and questioning force in EQN from the very first meeting, she was always a clear voice in the room, full of energy, ideas and connections. She will be sorely missed but we shall remember her with a smile on our faces and remind ourselves of the ridiculous fun we all had working with her, as we continue in our collective endeavours to raise the profile of women working to create the built environment. Thank you Pam for being part of our group.


Pam Alexander was a Chartered Geographer passionate about creating healthy, sustainable places and communities. Pam is chair of Commonplace Ltd, providing open, digital community engagement across the UK; a board member of the London Legacy Development Corporation and chair of the Planning Committee, and a non-executive Director of the Connected Places Catapult, accelerating urban innovation and smart mobility. She was an Ambassador on the London Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board and a strategic independent advisor to, a new platform for bringing together the plans, metrics and evaluation of routes to One Planet Living. She mentored a number of young women leaders.

Pam was also Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority at the heart of one of London’s largest regeneration programmes; a Trustee of the Design Council and a non-executive Director of Crest Nicholson plc, a major housebuilder, and of Crossrail Ltd. As Chief Executive of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) Pam has led major regeneration schemes and supported sustainable growth across the South East of England. Previously she was Chief Executive of English Heritage, Deputy Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation and a senior civil servant in the Department of the Environment, working closely with Ministers and in Brussels over two decades on policies for local government, inner city regeneration, housing, transport and the environment.

Pam was an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the RSA. She was made OBE in January 2012 for services to regeneration in the South East and an Hon Fellow of the RIBA in 2020.