Dr Jenny Wood, Co-founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees


Jenny runs APiC day-to day and also works as a Research Associate in the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University. She is a trained town planner and completed her PhD at Heriot-Watt University on the relationship between the Scottish town planning system and children’s rights. Jenny has also worked with the voluntary sector for several years to help bring children into planning projects and training others to deliver similar projects/schemes. Jenny is also an experienced public speaker and has delivered stand-up comedy on the topic of town planning. Check out this video of Jenny’s first ever comedy performance! You can contact Jenny at


Dr Matluba Khan, Co-founder and Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees

Matluba-Khan-APiCMatluba works at the institute of health equity at University College London. A trained architect, she completed her PhD in Landscape Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Matluba specialises in the relationship between children’s physical environments and their learning, health and well-being. She co-designed and developed school grounds for children in Bangladesh as part of her PhD which won multiple international awards. Matluba is also an experienced public speaker and gave a Ted talk on her work in 2017 which you can watch below


Ms Deborah McCracken, Board Trustee, Treasurer and Communications Manager

Debbie is a full-time PhD student at Heriot-Watt University researching associations between urban greenspace and the health and wellbeing of children. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Human Health as well as an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning. Debbie is the Social Media Editor for the academic journal Cities & Health. She brings this experience to her role at APiC as Communications Manager.


Ms Anna Gaffney, Secretary and Board Trustee


Anna is a Senior Planning Officer at the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), providing advice on development proposals with environmental impacts. She has expertise in flood risk, water environment protection, climate change mitigation and environmental regulation. Anna has an MSc in City Planning and  previously worked for Historic Environment Scotland and planning authorities. She is an Operational Team Member for the 2050 Climate Group, which leads a social movement through empowering young people in Scotland to act on climate change. In 2016, Anna performed alongside Jenny to deliver Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Show ‘Keep the Kids Out!’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Dr Jamie Hamilton, Board Trustee

jamie-hamilton-apic.pngJamie is a strategy consultant for the private sector. He completed his PhD at Heriot-Watt University on relationships between indoor and outdoor task settings and cognition in primary schoolchildren. Jamie has a BSc psychology and MSc environmental-decision-making, and interests in systems theory, cognitive neuroscience and ecological psychology. He was co-founder of online qualitative research pioneers, Netfluential, and the Community Chartering Network, which facilitated development of the UK’s first community charters.