I am a Senior Planner with Northumberland County Council's Planning Strategy Team, having been assimilated from the old Tynedale District on the creation of the unitary authority. I once before worked at County Hall, (in the mid-1980s), and after that went for a 15 year spell to the Policy and Projects team at Blyth Valley. I studied planning as a postgrad at Reading University and was then employed as a graduate trainee at N.Tyneside before heading south to the London Borough of Southwark. My move back to my native NE took place in 1983, where I have remained ever since. I have been a Planning Aid volunteer for 30 years and would recommend it to anyone wanting to expand their CPD and learn about people and planning elsewhere in the region.