Finlay is a qualified and Recognised Practitioner of Urban Design with close to 20 years of experience in the field spanning the public, private and third sector.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience around achieving innovative urban design for more liveable environments. Working at a variety of scales from strategic master plans to street layouts he has particular expertise in collaborative design processes.

Recent commissions have included a community-led master plan for the Southmead community of Bristol and a research project looking at the design of public spaces for the University of Bristol to inform the emerging master plan for their proposed Temple Quarter Campus. 

Prior to this, Fin held a senior position at the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, where he led a national programme of work empowering communities to reimagine streets as more sociable and liveable places.

As a Built Environment Expert for The Design Council CABE he sits on design review panels to advise on significant urban developments in the south-west. He also regularly undertakes public speaking and is a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University. Additionally, he supports educational initiatives with young people through his association with the Bristol Architecture Centre, most recently running a model making workshop with primary school children to re-design their neighbourhood.