Meet the team

Clare_optClare Symonds (founder and Chair) has been recognised in the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum’s Green List for her work to improve community engagement in Scottish planning. Clare has worked on community empowerment issues in both local government and the voluntary sector strengthening her belief that a robust, democratic planning system is crucial for shaping fairer and more sustainable places.

Daya Feldwick (Community Network Coordinator) coordinates our community peer support network. With a background in community education, youth work and other community projects, Daya is an experienced activist and campaigner and passionate about local democracy. She has witnessed first-hand communities experiencing disempowerment and disillusionment with planning issues. She believes that local communities must become more organised and more strategic when engaging with the planning system, both locally and nationally. Daya develops a range of online resources for the network and helps to connect communities across Scotland experiencing common problems and injustices of the planning system. You can read more about Daya (Introducing our New Community Network Coordinator) and contact Daya.

Tim Ambrose (Treasurer) is a retired chartered accountant and tax advisor who worked for a large firm for over 30 years. Tim is also treasurer for the Scottish Wild Land Group and Scottish Environment LINK. He is also clerk to the Guildry of Brechin. His interests include geology and book-collecting and walking the dog, a very smart, curly-coated, border collie.

Sue_optSue Hamilton (Secretary) lives in Limekilns in Fife. She cares deeply about issues of justice, and has worked as a volunteer in the Fair Trade movement for thirty years. The subject of her MBA dissertation was the management of the relationship between big business and the local community. In her role as secretary of the community council she has seen enormous changes in the planning system. For all the worthy words that are spoken about consultation, she perceives that local communities feel increasingly alienated from the planning process. She was involved in a public inquiry into the proposed development of a container terminal at Rosyth.

Ben Christman (Trustee) has studied planning and environmental law and is currently a trainee solicitor working on housing and homelessness law. He is also a  Member of the Law Society Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee, a  Member of Scottish Environment LINK’s legal strategy subgroup and a volunteer editor for the UK Environmental Law Association. He is a keen runner, cyclist and environmental activist.



Ann Coleman (Honorary Trustee) lives in the village of Greengairs in North Lanarkshire, a community that hosts more than its fair share of the least desirable developments. She is an active member of her local community council and had the great privilege of being awarded an MBE for services to Environmental Justice and her local community in 2004. For the past 14 years, she has been committed to the principle that there should be equality for the public voice in the development of their neighbourhood.

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