The PFR team

We have a core team based at 3 Wellington Road, Bilston, West Midlands. We work nationally and also have a team of Planning for Real (PFR) consultants who work with us on a freelance basis on different projects.

Our core Planning for Real team

Consultation event in Deptford

Margaret facilitating a pre-planning application consultation

Margaret Wilkinson MBE – Margaret has over 25 years experience of working with local people and key stakeholders, using highly visual and participative techniques. She was a founder member of the Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation and remained with the Foundation for just over 20 years, becoming their most experienced community development worker. Margaret was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List 2008 for her work in the field of community consultation and engagement throughout the UK.

Sian Every – Sian is PFR’s Policy and Communications Officer and her previous roles include Project and Communications Manager at RegenWM (the former Regeneration Centre Of Excellence for the West Midlands) and Advantage West Midlands. Between 2003 and 2006 Sian worked as Housing Policy Officer at CABE focusing on housing design and the Building for Life initiative. In 2013 Sian became an accredited SROI (Social Return on Investment) practitioner.

Our Planning for Real consultants

Gill Hutchinson – Based in Leicester, Gill has over 30 years experience in community development work and of working with communities in urban, rural and coastal areas. She has extensive experience of engaging people often termed as ‘hard to reach’ or ‘seldom heard’ including asylum seekers and refugees and gypsies and travellers. Gill has worked in both the public and voluntary sectors as well as running her own consultancy company for the last 11 years, during which time she has delivered over 40 PFR exercises throughout England.

Carolyne Hunter – Based in Doncaster, Carolyne has worked for almost 20 years in community development. She has worked with many regeneration initiatives and communities in rural, urban, costal and ex-mining communities. Carolyne has delivered around 30 PFR exercises throughout England and is particularly skilled at involving people from groups who are traditionally classed as ‘hard to reach’. Carolyne has worked on projects involving children and young people on a range of issues, including anti-social behaviour and other challenges which affect their lives. Her work also includes the environmental and recycling sector, working with community partnerships on the development of sustainable ‘green’ projects and businesses.

Jim Boot – Based in the South East, Jim is a sustainable development professional with 20 year’s experience in the voluntary and public sectors who brings a wide range of skills and experience to community engagement practice. Most recently Jim used PFR to develop a neighbourhood action plan with residents living in Park Wood in Maidstone which resulted in resident satisfaction with street/cleansing of parks and open spaces going from 17 per cent to 60 per cent in the space of three years.

Frank Dolaghan – Frank is managing director of Mentor Economic Developments Limited and has been using PFR for some 15 years. Recent assignments include village development plans for Horseleap and Streamstown, rural villages in County Westmeath in the Republic of Ireland and for a cluster of three rural villages in County Down in Northern Ireland. Frank has also used PFR in urban settings having produced development plans for Neighbourhood Renewal Areas in Ballymena, County Antrim and Strabane in County Tyrone.

Mike Daligan – Mike is director of Daligan Associates, a community development, regeneration and environmental consultancy that has been operating for 12 years. Mike has 25 years experience in the community development field both at grass roots and senior management level. He has supported a great many voluntary organisations, schools and residents’ groups in achieving their aims. He has carried out PFR type consultation exercises to help residents identify neighbourhood problems and solutions and has used the results to prepare feasibility studies, business plans and funding strategies.

Patrick Clark – Based in the Midlands and South West, Patrick is a qualified trainer and facilitator who specialises in community engagement, resident involvement, scrutiny and inspection work, and skills development for staff and volunteers. Patrick has over 15 years experience of working with urban and rural communities using PFR techniques and among other things, this has been used to evidence successful funding applications, regeneration programmes and to develop parish and estate action plans.