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Petra Biberbach
Petra Biberbach
Chief Executive
Tel: 0131 659 9771
E: petra@pas.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 – Communications
Tel: 0131 659 9775
E: davidmc@pas.org.uk

David is responsible for communications across the organisation. He has an masters in Urban Planning & Real Estate from the University of Aberdeen, where his research explored public participation in the ‘charrette’ model within the built environment.

Julia Frost
Julia Frost
Manager – Operations and Business Development
Tel: 0131 659 9772
E: julia@pas.org.uk

Julia is responsible for co-ordinating and developing the wide range of services offered by PAS. 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 659 9776
E: robert@pas.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 659 9774
E: david@pas.org.uk

David is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) and co-ordinates PAS’s responses to policy consultations. He previously worked for a planning consultancy and was a PAS volunteer before joining the team full time. David leads our SP=EED Verification engagement skills programme, was closely involved in the launch of PAS’s Charretteplus pilot and has led subsequent projects. He also contributes to our planning helpline and represents PAS in various forums and networks.

Deanne Cullen
Deanne Cullen
PA to Chief Executive & Advice Service Manager
Tel: 0131 659 9782
E: deanne@pas.org.uk

Deanne is PA to PAS’s Chief Executive also manages the planning Advice Service. If you are looking for advice or have a planning enquiry, please contact the advice service here.

Jenny Pendreigh
Jenny Pendreigh
Manager – Support Services
Tel: 0131 659 9773
E: jenny@pas.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
Projects Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 659 9781
E: laura@pas.org.uk

Laura is part of the team responsible for setting up and delivering PAS projects. 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.

Wojciech Borowski
Wojciech Borowski
​Project Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 659 9779
E: wojciech@pas.org.uk

Wojciech is the newest PAS team member and was also a PAS volunteer. Following his academic studies, focused on urbanism and public engagement, as well as some planning experience in the private sector, he is now responsible for the HLF-funded project “In the Footsteps of Geddes”, liaising with strategic partners and participants, including volunteers. The project encourages and recognises active citizenship among young people, building on the legacy of Sir Patrick Geddes, the father of modern-day town planning.

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