Management Board

Planning Aid Wales is governed by a Management Board made up of fifteen trustee Directors. The Board meets formally four times each year and is accountable in charity and company law for making sure we keep to our charitable objectives, and that our finances are effectively managed.

Board Directors represent a wide range of planning and related interests and are drawn from a number of different sectors, including local government, consultancy, academia and affiliated planning and environmental organisations. Directors participate in committees and working groups.

Directors serve on the Management Board as individuals in their own right; they do not represent the interests of the organisations for which they work.

Planning Aid Wales is interested in recruiting Directors from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of different skills to offer. Directors do not have to be professional planners or involved with the planning sector. For further information please download the Director application pack or contact us directly.

Management Board Members

Louise Matthews - ChairIan Stevens - Vice ChairGayle Wootton – TreasurerOwain Wyn – SecretaryKay PowellMartin BuckleLawrence DowdallIan HorsburghGraham WaltersDerek HobbsKate MilesVacant PositionVacant Position

Louise Matthews – Chair

Joined Management Board – 2015

Louise has over 13 years’ experience in marketing and public relations, with a specific focus on the construction industry. After relocating her private consultancy to South Wales; Louise joined Planning Aid Wales to apply her expertise in a non-for-profit organisation with the aim of helping to drive change through strategic and effective communication.

Excited about the changes in the Welsh planning sector, Louise is a member of the Planning Aid Wales communications working group and is looking forward to working with a diverse range of experienced professionals as part of the Management Board.

Ian Stevens – Vice Chair

Principal Planner, The Environment Partnership

Joined Management Board – 2014

Ian is a chartered Town Planner and Principal Planner at The Environment Partnership, providing specialist planning advice on a wide range of projects for clients.

He has worked on a range of planning projects which included planning appraisals, land promotion and appearing at local plan examinations. Ian has also prepared and submitted planning applications including residential development, changes of use, lawful development certificates and schemes through permitted development rights.

He has public and private sector experience having previously worked in consultation and Local Planning Authority. A fluent Welsh speaker, Ian lives in North Wales. He enjoys travelling, running and has a keen interest in cinema, music and the media.

Gayle Wootton – Treasurer

Planning PhD student

Joined Management Board – 2010

Having worked in the Welsh environmental sector for ten years, Gayle has always been on the edge of the planning system. Gayle decided to join Planning Aid Wales as a director to increase her knowledge of the planning system and to gain an understanding of how a charity functions.

She thoroughly enjoys her role on the Board and appreciate the levels of professionalism and enthusiasm of the other members and the staff – “It’s great to be involved with such a passionate set of people”.

Owain Wyn – Secretary

Planning and regeneration consultant

Joined Management Board – 2004

Owain Wyn works as an independent business and regeneration consultant from his base in Caernarfon and joined the Board of Planning Aid Wales in 2004. He is a corporate member of RTPI and holds Masters degrees in Town Planning and Business Administration. He previously worked as executive Director of Snowdonia Technopole Ltd. a North West Wales partnership promoting innovation and in various posts in local government in planning, economic development and tourism for twenty years.

He is an active member of RTPI Cymru, being a past Chair of the Management Board and a current member of the Policy and Research Forum.

His interests include choral singing, walking, swimming, cycling and skiing and a wide range of sports for which he is now not fit for purpose! Owain also volunteers for Planning Aid Wales as a caseworker and mentor.

Kay Powell

Retired planner

Joined Management Board – 2014

After a first post as a Planner in Peterborough Development Corporation in the 1970s, Kay spent most of her career in strategic, transport, corporate and sub-regional planning in local government in Wales, culminating in joining the Welsh Office as Head of Planning in 1997, where she managed the Division’s transition to the very different context of working for the Welsh Government. During this time she initiated the Wales Planning Research Programme, developed distinctive policy and legislation including the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and supported Ministers in taking decisions on major developments.

Leaving at the end of 2005, she started a period of self employment primarily spent as Secretary of the cross-sectoral National Planning Forum (the NPF), subsequently working on a joint project for the NPF with Leonora Rozee OBE to encourage the use of Mediation in Planning in England, ending in 2014.

For three years she was a member of the RTPI UK Planning Awards Panel. She has been External Examiner for the first degree Planning course at Cardiff University, an advisor to EUREKA (Cardiff’s joint Masters programme in EU Spatial Policy with Nijmegen and Blekinge Universities), and an External Examiner for Liverpool University’s MCD programme.

Kay is a Planning Aid Wales volunteer (since 2006), and is Planning and Conservation Advisor to the Llandaff Society (affiliated to Civic Trust Cymru).

Martin Buckle

Independent Planning, Transport and Regeneration Consultant

Joined Management Board – 2016

Following an initial planning role with Oxford City Council in the 1970s, Martin moved to Cardiff in 1975. He has subsequently spent most of his career working in local government in Wales, mainly in planning, transport, regeneration, tourism and countryside services. In the 1980s and 1990s, Martin was also a Planning Aid Wales volunteer.

In 2006, he commenced working as an independent consultant, mainly in South Wales and South West England. In 2010 he returned to local government, acting until 2014 as lead officer with Sewta, the former regional transport consortium for South East Wales. Through 2014 and 2015, he returned to work in England, this time as Project Manager on the Somerset Flood Action Plan.

Over the period 2006 to 2016, he was also a Member of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, appointed by the Welsh Government, progressing in 2012 to become Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee and Member Champion for Heritage.

Since 2006, Martin has also been a member of the Management Board of RTPI Cymru, fulfilling the role of Honorary Treasurer, and has been a member of the RTPI Cymru Policy & Research Forum since 2009.

Martin’s academic background includes qualifications in economics, town planning, urban design, and business management.

Lawrence Dowdall

Senior Planning Officer, Cardiff County Council

Joined Management Board – 2012

Lawrence is currently working as a senior planner in development management for Cardiff Council. He has worked as a planner since 2006 in Edinburgh and Cardiff. Whilst working in Scotland, Lawrence volunteered for Planning Aid Scotland.

Prior to working as a planner, Lawrence worked as an architect in the UK and also overseas. He has a particular interest in architecture, urban design and regeneration.

Ian Horsburgh

Chartered Planner (retired)

Joined Management Board – 1995

Ian Horsburgh was a Planner with Cardiff Council in various guises between 1972 and 2009. He is now ‘retired’ but still involved with community groups and also helping gypsies and travellers. He has been involved with Planning Aid since 1976 and was instrumental in making South Wales Planning Aid, the precursor of Planning Aid Wales, an independent charity. He has previously served as Chair of the organisation and is a Board member, heading the Marketing Group.

Ian has been heavily involved with community groups in South Wales and has founded two other charities. Over the winter months, he migrates south to the Alps to indulge his passion in off-piste skiing.

Graham Walters

Graham is a recently retired barrister. He was in practice in Cardiff for 30 years and a founder member of Civitas Law, civil and public law barristers, and remains there as a door tenant. he specialised in administrative and public law generally with a particular emphasis of planning and public inquiry work for developers and public bodies.

He maintains his interest in the planning and development process in Wales and seeking to widen understanding of it.

Derek Hobbs

More information coming soon.

Kate Miles

More information coming soon.



Send this to a friend