Alastair joined the Defra Marine Planning and Licencing team in October 2019 as a Senior Policy Adviser. He provides policy input into marine plans, leads work to improve guidance and works successfully with a variety of stakeholders. He previously worked at Natural England (NE) in the marine planning team where he was responsible for responding to Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects alongside development management, development plan and marine licencing casework along the coast. As part of NE's role as a statutory consultee, he provided advice on measures to avoid and mitigate for impacts on protected areas and species, to be secured through the planning system. He also worked for the NE terrestrial planning team and for the planning team at the Environment Agency. Alastair is a Chartered Member of the RTPI.
Alastair is Vice Chair of the YP Steering Group and also a member of the YP conference committee.