Kyle Alexander OBE
Belfast Harbour Commissioner + Board Member, Connswater Greenway Trust and Parkinson’s UK

“I have known Kerri professionally for over 15 years and have watched her grow into a skilled, thoughtful and respected urbanist with a genuine commitment to making cities better places for everyone, and using culture & creativity as a key tool in that aim. She has an impressive track record of delivering complex urban projects & programmes, building in-depth technical knowledge and experience along the way.  Her commitment and positive sunny attitude, along with her ability to build and encourage teamwork, have gained her much respect amongst an international network of colleagues.”

former Chief Executive, Belfast Laganside UDC and Maze Long Kesh UDC

Patrick Chauvin
Executive Director, Stonewater Housing Association

“Kerri was a great supportive colleague in my former role as Head of Strategic Portfolio with Circle Housing Group. She provided great insight into placemaking, and her extensive worldwide network and knowledge of urban planning communities was really useful and informative to me and to other colleagues across the company.”

former Head of Strategic Portfolio, Circle Housing Group (now Clarion Housing)

Michel Sudarskis
Secretary-General, International Urban Development Association (INTA)

“I have been regularly working with Kerri via INTA and others for many years. I am a privileged witness of her exceptional leadership in bringing about effective change in the understanding and management of complex intercultural urbanism and regeneration projects.

Kerri is a very articulate and knowledgeable, and has great presentation skills based on a deep technical understanding. She is able to adapt herself quickly to new international environments, and deals with sensitivity and competency well above average in international and intercultural environments.

We have also witnessed Kerri’s brilliant change management skills: she shows leadership while never losing sight of the interest of all stakeholders; she advises without forcing, taking into account the time needed for the necessary adjustments; she works hard and is meticulous without counting. She constructively challenges, looking at decisions from all angles, reframing the choices, enriching options with her extensive experience and networks, and trusts the talents and skills of her fellow co-workers, taking supportive actions during crucial moments. She is comfortable working in teams and strikes collaborative relationships with the people she works with. The ease with which she gets along with people makes her an excellent team player. She is quick to react and proactive in dealing with difficult situations. She is always an asset to any team she works with, and INTA has deep respect for Ms Farnsworth’s contributions to people-centred urbanism.”

Professor Paul Nathanail
University of Nottingham and Managing Director, Land Quality Management Ltd

“Kerri has been a very active and popular member of the CABERNET European brownfield sites expert network from its very beginnings in 2000. She brings a unique perspective to the group, and all members have benefitted from her input.”

Professor Dr Stephan Tomerius
HWR Berlin School of Economics and Law

“I got to know Kerri as a highly motivated person, dedicating herself to revitalization and economic regeneration of urban areas. It was a pleasure of cooperating with her within a EU network of experts on this issue, and we have remained good colleagues and become good friends since. Apart from that she convinced with what I – as a German – understand as good british sense of humour, always best wishes for her.”

James Leaver
Partner, Knight Frank

“Kerri appointed Knight Frank as real estate advisor whilst she was Director at Alexandra Palace.  We worked closely together during her time there on a range of matters, including on-site development and soft market testing.  She was very good at quickly developing a deep understanding of the key issues, some of which were very complex, which enabled the team to focus on what mattered.  She is highly personable and professional, which makes her a real pleasure to work with.”

Diarmaid Lawlor
Director of Urbanism & Placemaking, Architecture & Design Scotland

“I worked with Kerri on the Liverpool Lime Street Gateway initiative for 5 years, where there was a diverse client group and a challenging set of contexts and issues, both technical and political. Kerri navigated expertly through all of this, and ensured that everything stayed on track, with the clear client focus as the driver for all participants in the process. In her wider work Kerri has a great sensitivity to working with the complexities of delivery to make better places. Her enthusiasm to find inclusive solutions for complex projects, matched with high quality project & client management skills, make her an excellent member of any team seeking to achieve impact. I enjoyed Kerri’s knowledge, humour and professionalism, and continue to do so in our professional dealings ever since. She is generous in sharing learning and building relationships, and brings purpose, clarity and determination to the real process of making places work for everyone.”

formerly Director, Urban Initiatives LLP