Planning, Place, Housing and Resilient Communities: Making planning choices as though we were going to have to live with them
Board Member, Eildon Housing Association
Allan joined Eildon Housing Association Board in September 2015. He is also a Director of Eildon Enterprise Ltd.
Before his retirement, he was Director of Planning at Homes for Scotland, the voice of the Scottish home building industry.
He has a Diploma in Town Planning and a B.Sc (Hons.) Degree in Town and Country Planning. He was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute from 1976 until 2014. He is Chair of the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland and a Director of Horsescotland. Most recently he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
In his spare time, he enjoy commentating at Horse Trials, watching rugby and playing golf.
Chief Executive, PAS
Petra Biberbach is Chief Executive of award-winning national charity, PAS. With a career spanning public, private and third sector, Petra brings a wealth of expertise to the post in the fields of planning, sustainable development, renewable energy, community engagement and research.
Petra is currently the Vice Chair of LINK Group and chairs the Property Development Group. Petra served as a member on the Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System and recently completed two terms as a board member of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and was Convenor of the Planning Committee. In 1998 she founded and became the first chair of the Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) which campaigned successfully for the reopening of the Borders Railway.
She enjoys golf, choir, cycling, gardening and still singing along to Leonard Cohen!
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Associate Director - Place, Scottish Futures Trust
Diarmaid is the Associate Director for place at the Scottish Futures Trust.
He was previously Head of Urbanism with Architecture and Design Scotland. An urbanist, with a multi disciplinary background, he has worked on projects involving the shaping and implementation of change for clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe, for the public, private and tertiary sectors. He has almost 20 years' experience of helping clients make well informed decisions about complex, connected urban policy and investment challenges. He is an educator, communicator and collaborator who writes and speaks on creative approaches to making better places.
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Very good sessions with excellent speakers. Content of sessions delivered practical applications of the themes discussed during the day.