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Petra Biberbach
Petra Biberbach
Chief Executive
Tel: 0131 220 9738
E: petra@planningaidscotland.org.uk

As Chief Executive, Petra heads up the PAS staff team and oversees the organisation’s strategic direction and development. With her outward-facing role, Petra represents the organisation externally, creating new opportunities for PAS to improve engagement in planning.

Petra serves as the key point of liaison with the PAS Board. In day to day operations, Petra is supported by a team of portfolio managers, support services and a PA.

David McAllister
David McAllister
​Manager – Training and Communications
Tel: 0131 220 9733
E: davidm@planningaidscotland.org.uk

David is responsible for the development and delivery of training programmes and also heads up the communications remit for PAS. David is a key point of contact for PAS corporate members, local authorities and agencies seeking PAS training and education programmes. A licentiate member of the RTPI, David has an MSc in Urban Planning & Real Estate from the University of Aberdeen, where his research explored the growth of the ‘charrette’ model of public engagement in the built environment.

Julia Frost
Julia Frost
Manager – Operations and Business Development
Tel: 0131 220 9732
E: julia@planningaidscotland.org.uk

Julia is responsible for co-ordinating and developing the wide range of services offered by Planning Aid Scotland. She is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) with experience as a planner in the public and private sectors, most recently as a Planning Director at Turley Associates. Julia has worked as a planner in both the UK and South Africa and is an active member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Robert Pickles
Robert Pickles
Manager – Volunteering and Interns
Tel: 0131 220 9737
E: robert@planningaidscotland.org.uk

Volunteering is at the heart of what we do at PAS and Robert is the lynchpin, bringing our volunteers and staff together to provide all of our services. In addition, Robert manages our internship opportunities.

Robert has been instrumental in helping PAS achieve Investing in Volunteers status, not just once but twice. The accreditation recognises our professional approach to volunteer management.

David Wood
David Wood
Manager – Planning & Policy
Tel: 0131 220 9736
E: david@planningaidscotland.org.uk

David is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) and heads up planning and policy at PAS, providing responses to policy consultations and representing PAS in various forums and networks. An experienced planner who previously worked for a planning consultancy, David was a volunteer for PAS before joining the team full time. He also provides input and support to the Planning Advice Service and was also closely involved with the launch of PAS’s Charretteplus pilot event.

Mark Armstrong
Mark Armstrong
Manager – Advice & Mentoring
Tel: 0131 220 9730
Helpline: 0845 603 7602
E: mark@planningaidscotland.org.uk

Mark runs our flagship Planning Advice Service. When members of the public contact the Planning Advice Service, Mark co-ordinates a response from our network of volunteers (all chartered planners).

In addition, Mark leads the Planning Mentoring Scheme for community groups seeking advice on building community assets.

Deanne Cullen
Deanne Cullen
PA to Chief Executive & Support Services
Tel: 0131 220 9739
E: deanne@planningaidscotland.org.uk

Deanne is an integral part of the Support Services team, also providing support to the Planning Advice Service. Deanne is also PA to the Chief Executive, managing Petra’s diary and appointments.

Jenny Pendreigh
Jenny Pendreigh
Manager – Support Services
Tel: 0131 220 9731
E: jenny@planningaidscotland.org.uk

Jenny heads up the Support Services team and is responsible for office management, finance and human resources. She is the longest serving member of staff, having started back in 2002 as PAS Co-ordinator.

Laura MacDonald
Laura MacDonald
​Support Services Officer
Tel: 0131 220 9730
E: laura@planningaidscotland.org.uk

Laura is part of the Support Services team, providing support across the office, in particular to the Advice Service and for events coordination. Laura also works with the Training & Communications Manager to ensure the smooth delivery of a wide range of training and education activities, as well as compiling the weekly e-bulletin.