Finlay is an urbanist specialising in collaborative design, public realm and liveability.
He founded his practice Streets Reimagined Ltd in 2015, offering a creative and human-centred approach to design, research and engagement for the urban realm. Prior to this, Finlay 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.
Recent project have included a community-led master plan for the Southmead community of Bristol and a research project looking at the public use of space for the University of Bristol to inform the emerging master plan for the proposed Temple Quarter Campus.
Finlay is also a Built Environment Expert for The Design Council CABE, a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University and regularly undertakes public speaking in the field of liveability and human-centred design. Additionally, he supports educational initiatives with young people through his association with the Bristol Architecture Centre, most recently running a model making workshop with school children to re-design their neighbourhood.