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Alannah Mathewson, Ethical Partnership

Alannah is a passionate chartered planner with a record of supporting diverse projects throughout the UK. Recently, she has had a lead role in the effort to secure all consents and a Transport and Works Act Order for the economically and regionally important 'Northumberland Line' project, reintroducing passenger services between Newcastle and Ashington, along with building six new railway stations. Alannah also aims to inspire a new generation of women in the planning and construction sectors, serving as a mentor and role model for young women and girls in the region with the National Association of
Women in Construction.





Alex Franklin, Hedley Planning Services Limited

Alex joined Hedley Planning in 2019 as part of his year-out placement for his degree with Newcastle University. Upon graduating he has become a Chartered member of the RTPI and promoted to Senior Planner. He is a valued asset within the team and a proficient planner, evidenced by our trust in him heading up our new Newcastle Office. Alex has a depth of experience across a variety of sectors, in particular residential, renewable and commercial. He has expertly represented clients at all stages of the application process and is adept at managing both people and processes.





Josh Murphy, Fairhurst

Josh is a Chartered Planning and Environmental Consultant providing services related to Planning Permission, Environmental Impact Assessments, Marine Licensing and Environmental Permitting, for both private and public sector clients. Josh has successfully secured a number of major Planning Permissions and consents for an array of clients. He has also prepared and coordinated Environmental Impact Assessments on various projects ranging from offshore developments to road schemes, having also been a chapter author for accompanying environmental statements. I also provide development management services to public sector clients. This includes forming the role of a planning officer, managing a range of complex applications.





Patrick Johnston, Persimmon PLC

Patrick is five and a half years into his planning career. Starting in August 2018, in a Student Planner role at Newcastle City Council, he did a year’s placement split between development management and planning policy. This provided a rounded introduction to planning, before he joined Persimmon PLC in August 2019 as Group Planning Assistant. Over the four and a half years since, Patrick has developed his understanding of planning policy especially in relation to housing need. Alongside this, he has been an enthusiastic member of the North East Young Planners Committee, where he currently sits as Chair.