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Meet the team

The Planning Aid England (PAE) team consists of four staff members who are responsible for the administration and delivery of the PAE service across England. Each member of the team brings their own unique skill set and experience and is fully committed to developing and delivering PAE activity to communities across England.

Chris Pagdin, Planning Aid England Manager


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Chris joined the RTPI as Planning Aid England Manager in 2017 after over 30 years as a planner and senior manager spanning local and central government and consultancy. Prior to joining the RTPI he was Service Director: Planning and Transportation at Luton and before that Head of Planning and Development at Watford. Chris also spent 10 years in central government drafting national planning policy (for instance on PPG13 Planning and Transport and the circular on affordable housing) and good practice guidance including on vital and viable town centres; using density in planning and the use of travel plans in planning. Contact Chris by email.


Brian Whiteley, Planning Aid England Advisor 

Brian 3Brian joined PAE in January 2014. He has over 39 years' experience as a planner in local government, working for a range of authorities primarily on planning policy and waste planning, and has led planning teams at LB Waltham Forest, LB Newham and LB Hillingdon. Contact Brian by email.  




Holly McLaren, Planning Aid England Co-ordinator

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Holly joined PAE in October 2015. She has previously worked in the education teams at the Royal Geographical Society, RTPI and Young Enterprise. Holly holds a PhD in Cultural Geography and retains an interest in questions of art, identity and place and interdisciplinary collaboration. Contact Holly by email.