Hugh is senior planner at the TCPA. Before taking the post he had been senior planning advisor to Friends of the Earth for 10 years and had previously worked as a lecturer in the University of Sheffield planning school. Hugh's key responsibilities are to provide expert planning advice to the organisation.
Since joining TCPA Hugh has led the Planning and Climate Change Coalition which published a major policy document in April 2012. He has been involved in providing expert advice and analysis of the NPPF and Localism Act and the more recently the Growth and Infrastructure Act. In 2013 he co-wrote Planning out Poverty, a year-long research project with the Webb Memorial Trust which explored the overarching question 'how can we re-focus planning to be more effective in dealing with social exclusion?'
Hugh was closely involved in a number of TCPA-led European projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation, including the GRaBS project which finished in August 2011 and the LEAP project, which finished in November 2013. He is now working on the TCPA-led European project on spatial planning and energy (SPECIAL) as well as delivering officer and elected members training. Hugh has a BA in town and regional planning, a Diploma in Town planning and a PhD.