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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 planning 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 planning 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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MARTIN CHANDLER

Martin has recently joined the team following 4 years working as a Planning Inspector dealing with a wide variety of cases across the country while gaining valuable insight into appeal process.

Prior to that, he was Development Manager at Cheltenham Borough Council for almost 5 years, having previously also held senior positions in that team. In his time at Cheltenham, Martin was involved in numerous large-scale commercial and residential developments and managed a team which included planners, heritage officers, and tree specialists.

Martin has been a member of the RTPI for nearly 15 years having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003, studying Planning and Economics, and subsequently the University of the West of England in 2007, gaining a Masters in Town and Country Planning.

Outside of work, Martin enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching football, as well as trying to revitalise his joy of running. He also enjoys exploring the local countryside, including the Malvern Hills, as well as the numerous local music festivals of his home town.

Telephone:01242 231575
Mobile:07521 394447
Email: martin@sfplanning.co.uk

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HANNAH MILLMAN

Hannah joined SF Planning in 2021, having previously worked for different local authorities in Gloucestershire focusing on Planning Policy. Her experience has included managing the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy review and representing local planning authorities at planning inquiries and Local Plan Examinations in Public.

Hannah graduated the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and went on to complete a MSc in Planning Practice and Research at Cardiff University. Hannah became a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2017.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys learning to play Cello, and plays in a local community orchestra, she also loves going out for walks with her dog, reading and crafting.

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

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CHRIS WILKINSON

Chris joined SF Planning in early 2020 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 in 2014 and is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

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

Telephone: 01242 231575
Email: chris@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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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.

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

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JEMMA TEMPLE

Whilst studying towards her BA in Urban Design, Planning and Development at Oxford Brookes University, Jemma found a greater interest and excitement for planning that she wanted to explore further.

Jemma has therefore joined SF Planning as a student planner. Through researching site constraints, designations and policy, checking planning histories and currently dealing with less complex enquiries and proposals, Jemma provides valuable support to all members of the team, whilst meeting her desire to gain valuable experience in the industry. At the same time Jemma is set to continue her studies with a view to obtaining her RICS accredited degree in June 2023

In any time remaining outside of work and University, Jemma enjoys playing Netball, going to the gym, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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

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AIDEN XUEZI ZHANG

Aiden obtained his BSc in Geography from China and went on to complete an MSc in Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he explored environmental planning and sustainable city studies. Through his studies in different countries, he developed an international perspective and formed a strong sense of cultural awareness, as well as considerable resilience and adaptability.

Aiden had previously worked in the environmental sector before beginning his career in planning and joining SFP. He has demonstrated a strong interest and motivation in the field of town planning, he also contributes new perspectives and creativity to teamwork.

Outside of work, Aiden enjoys cooking, visiting cities, playing tennis and badminton, and hanging out with friends. His go-to TV show is Parks and Recreation.

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

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NATALIE MOTLEY

Natalie studied Marketing & Communications at the University of Wales, Cardiff and graduated in 2003. Experience is broad-based including in-house and agency roles in both B2B and B2C environments. Natalie has worked in many industries from Planning and IT to sport, HR and everything in between. Natalie ran her own company until recently when she decided to take the role here at SF Planning.

In her spare time Natalie loves spending time with her two children Jack and Lily as well as her extended family. A true passion for sport and fitness, Natalie is also undertaking a qualification in Personal Training. She’ll take every opportunity to get outside and loves adventure and travel – the two combined, even better!

Telephone:01242 231575
Email: natalie@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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