Elaine has been working in the planning profession in the North East region for 25 years, across a range of disciplines including planning policy, development management, community planning and regeneration. She has worked as a Senior Planner for Northumberland County Council and South Tyneside Council and as a Community Planner for Planning Aid North.
Elaine is passionate about community involvement in the planning system and an active volunteer for Planning Aid England. She is a past chair Planning Aid Sub-Group and has enjoyed supporting a number of local community groups in taking their first steps towards preparing Neighbourhood Plans. She is also the current President of Northumberland County Hockey Association and a Head Coach and Assessor for England Hockey in Northumberland.