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Meet the team

The Planning Aid England (PAE) team consists of three 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


Chris recenChris Pagdin 2tly joined the RTPI as Planning Aid England Manager 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. In addition to managing the service, Chris works closely with the North East  volunteer task group to deliver PAE services in the North East region.


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.

In addition to delivering the PAE Advice Service and co-ordinating casework, Brian works closely with four regional volunteer task groups to deliver PAE services in the East of England, London, North West and the South East. Contact Brian by email.  


Holly McLaren, Planning Aid England Co-ordinator

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Holly joined PAE in October 2015. She has worked in the charity sector for eight years, most recently as Education Services Manager at pfeg/Young Enterprise, and previously as part of the education teams at the RTPI and the Royal Geographical Society. 

Holly's current role involves co-ordinating casework, working closely with four regional volunteer task groups to provide PAE services in the East Midlands, South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire, and delivering specific projects. 

Holly holds a PhD in Cultural Geography and retains an interest in questions of art, identity and place. Contact Holly by email

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