Planning Aid, the government funded community planning service, has a new programme manager to run the service, John Rider-Dobson.
John Rider-Dobson is now managing the service's programme of work – which primarily gives planning advice to disadvantaged and hard-to-engage individuals and groups across England.
Rider-Dobson said: \"It is an exciting time to join Planning Aid. We already do a huge amount of wonderful work with local communities but are now playing an increasingly important role in shaping regional planning.
\"I want to help make sure everybody can play a part in planning and am excited about supporting the work of almost 1,000 volunteers around the country.\"
Rider-Dobson is based in Planning Aid's head office in Birmingham but will oversee its nine regional offices.
He was previously partnership programme manager of the Dorset for You e-government programme, helping to deliver 45 shared services across four local authorities.
Last year Planning Aid helped 31,264 individuals and 1,087 groups and organisations to engage in the planning process.