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SIMON FIRKINS

Simon established SF Planning in 2005 after several years’ experience in the private and public sectors which followed a BA (Hons) Degree in Town and Country Planning and a Master of Town Planning from the University of Manchester.  Simon has built the company around his reputation for providing high quality, succinct, and candid advice.

As well as overseeing the company as a whole, Simon maintains his role as a leader of development proposals and policy change across all sectors of the industry; taking particular enjoyment from getting challenging projects (of any scale) ‘over the line’ and providing support to charitable and community-based proposals.

When not working, Simon loves spending time with his family and friends, travelling and eating out (when possible); and is an active member of a local church.  Any remaining excess energy is burnt off on the squash court and the odd cycle ride.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Mobile: 07836 247317
Email: simon@sfplanning.co.uk

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MARK GODSON

Mark has a wealth of planning experience, such as major town centre regeneration schemes, large regeneration projects; through to self-build projects, and individual dwellings.

Following graduation from the University of Southampton in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Geography, he started his career with Cotswold District Council.  Mark achieved an MA in Town and Country Planning from the University of the West of England in 2003, quickly followed by membership of the RTPI.  In 2004 he joined Cheltenham Borough Council where he was a Senior Planner for 4½ years before joining SF Planning in May 2008.  Mark is responsible for SF Planning’s Gloucester office.

When not at work, Mark is enjoying family life with his wife, and two children.

Telephone: 01452 527997
Mobile: 07515 985130
Email: mark@sfplanning.co.uk

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BECKY BROWN

Becky’s experience includes giving evidence at Public Inquiry, large scale education redevelopment, dealing with enforcement matters and EIA development.  She has worked on projects all over the country including Greater Manchester, South Cambridgeshire and North Devon. 

Becky started her career in 1994 at Woodspring District Council (now North Somerset Council). She then spent seven years at Cheltenham Borough Council before making the leap into the private sector in 2004 (working in Bristol).  Becky then joined SF Planning Ltd in January 2013, and she assists Simon in managing the Cheltenham office.

Becky graduated in 1993 from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Urban Studies & Planning and a Post Graduate diploma in Town & Regional Planning. She has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute for over 20 years. 

Outside of work Becky enjoys spending time with family, travelling, practising yoga, visiting National Trust properties and fine wine & food with friends.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Mobile: 07525 462051
Email: becky@sfplanning.co.uk

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PAUL JENKINS

Paul is currently leading on a number of projects including high density residential and mixed use developments, office to residential conversions and commercial development.  Paul works with architectural practices, clients and consultants all over London, the south east and south west, supplying expert review and management of planning proposals and appeals.

Paul worked in development management at the Forest of Dean District Council in Gloucestershire before joining Westminster City Council in London for 5 years. From there, Paul moved into the private sector with 3 years at a multi-disciplinary property company before joining SFP in 2015.

Paul graduated in 2003 from the University of Wales, Swansea with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and went on to complete an MA in Town and Country Planning from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2006.

Outside of work Paul enjoys most sports and live music.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Mobile: 07715 203896
Email: paul@sfplanning.co.uk

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NATHAN MADDOX

Nathan acts on behalf of a wide range of clients and has been involved with residential, commercial, leisure, waste management, mineral, agricultural and renewable energy generation development.

Nathan has worked in the private sector since 2010, previously at an environmental planning consultancy in the Midlands prior to joining SF Planning.

Nathan graduated in 2009 from the University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) in Human Geography and went on to complete a MSc in Development Planning also at the University of Reading in 2010.

Outside of work Nathan enjoys watching rugby, playing guitar and spending time along the South West Wales coastline with his family.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Mobile: 07715 203891
Email: nathan@sfplanning.co.uk

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LEANNE WHITEMAN

Leanne joined SF Planning in July 2019 after over 4 years in public sector planning policy. She joined us from the West of England Combined Authority and Tewkesbury Borough Council. Leanne has previous experience undertaking site assessment work, public consultations and local plan evidence base work.

Leanne graduated in 2013 from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA (Hons) in History and went on to complete an MSc in Urban Planning at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2015. Leanne is also a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

When not at Leanne enjoys travelling, spending with friends and family, and finding new places to enjoy food and drink.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Mobile: 07511 153682
Email:
  leanne@sfplanning.co.uk

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GARY DICKENS

Gary joined SF Planning in 2020. After deciding to change career in his late thirties, Gary took some time off work to be the primary carer for his young children whilst seeking opportunities in the Planning and Development industry. Joining Cheltenham Borough Council in 2015, Gary took up a role as Planning Officer in the Development Management Team where he was case officer for a large range and variety of applications.

During this time, he undertook a distance learning MSc in Urban and Rural Planning via the University of the West of England, successfully completing this in November 2019.  Gary seeks to further his knowledge and experience at SF Planning and is currently a Licentiate member of the RTPI.

Outside of work Gary enjoys his sports, particularly football, golf and cricket, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email:
 gary@sfplanning.co.uk

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TIM BARKER

Tim has a background in rural asset management which he is now applying to identify development opportunities and unlocking value on behalf of land and property owners.  Tim is a Chartered Rural Surveyor, Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and graduate of the Royal Agricultural University (MSc Rural Estate Management 2015). 

Tim has gained experience from a wide range of projects drawn from across the south-west of England. Prior to entering the profession, Tim worked in farming and land management across England, Wales and New Zealand. Through this, he has developed a significant amount of practical knowledge that enables him to provide reasoned professional advice that is routed in practical understanding.   

Outside of work, Tim is an enthusiastic member of British Military Fitness in Cheltenham’s Pittville Park and is an operational Land-Search Technician with the Severn Area Rescue Association based in Tewkesbury.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email: tim@sfplanning.co.uk

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CHRIS WILKINSON

Chris joined SF Planning in early 2020 and has over 4 years of private sector experience having previously worked at town and transport planning consultancies in Gloucester and Bristol. Chris has acted on behalf of a wide range of clients and has been involved with strategic site assessments, town centre regeneration schemes and residential and commercial development.

Chris graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and is currently working towards accreditation as a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Outside of work Chris enjoys playing and watching rugby, travelling, the beach and running the occasional half marathon.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email: chris@sfplanning.co.uk

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MARCUS EVANS

Marcus joined SF Planning in 2018. Marcus has over 3 years of private sector experience having previously worked at planning consultancies in Cheltenham and Bristol.  Marcus has acted on behalf of a wide range of clients and has been involved with residential, education, commercial and renewable energy generation development.  Marcus is currently working towards being accredited as both a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). 

Marcus graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) in Human Geography and Planning and went on to complete a MSc in Urban and Regional Development also at Cardiff in 2016.  Outside of work Marcus enjoys all things sport, watching and playing in a number including touch rugby; rugby; golf and cricket.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email: marcus@sfplanning.co.uk

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KIMBERLEY DIX

Kimberley graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2013 with a BA in International Development with Politics.  She started her career at South Norfolk District Council before taking up a position with Great Yarmouth Borough Council as a Strategic Planner, working on the new Local Plan. 

In this time Kimberley undertook an MSc in Town Planning, which she will graduate from in May 2019.  Kimberley continues to develop her knowledge and experience with SF Planning and is a student member of the RTPI. 

Outside of work Kimberley enjoys yoga, swimming, music and art and crafts.

Telephone: 01452 527997
Email: kimberley@sfplanning.co.uk

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EMMA BLUNT

Emma joined SF Planning in 2019 after spending three and a half years at an architectural practice where she was responsible for overseeing the planning applications for various housing schemes including minor and major developments.  Emma completed a 2 year RTPI accredited BTEC college course at Bridgwater & Taunton college in June 2018, and is an affiliate member of the RTPI.  Emma has acted for a variety of clients during her career and her experience lies predominantly in the residential sector.

Emma started her career at an approved inspector company between 2012 and 2015 before she moved onto an architectural practice where she began her profession in planning.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys travelling, going to the gym, writing, and spending time with her boyfriend and her dog, Red.

Telephone: 01452 527997
Email: emma@sfplanning.co.uk

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JACK BRADLEY

Jack is currently undertaking work experience at our Cheltenham office.  He is a current postgraduate student studying Urban Design and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham with the aim of becoming a planning consultant once finished.

Jack graduated in 2017 from Keele University with a BA in Human Geography and Business Management, and for the last couple of years has been working in various industries to get some work experience.

Outside of work, Jack, enjoys going to the gym, watching movies and pub quizzes.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email: jack@sfplanning.co.uk

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RALICA KOLEVA-NAYDENOVA

Rali’s experience is primarily in accounts, administration and credit control. Rali is originally from Bulgaria and also speaks German.

Prior moving to Gloucester and joining SF Planning Limited, she has worked as an Accounts Assistant for international companies in London.

Outside work she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and visiting historic places.

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email: ralica@sfplanning.co.uk

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