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

62361203_2284084301814474_3011608948873625600_nDebbie 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 First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Human Health as well as an MSc (Distinction) 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.


Sean Peacock, Board Trustee

Open Lab picture 2018Sean is a PhD researcher based at Newcastle University and working in Open Lab, a research group investigating digital forms of participatory citizenship. His research interests centre on the ways that digital tech can support young people’s participation in placemaking and urban futures. His professional background is as an urban planner, working in London and the North East of England before returning to university. He is motivated to see places made better with the input of politically marginalised groups, and through his research has developed expertise in designing methods and tools to amplify youth voices in city-making processes.


Lily the Labrador, Honorary Board Trustee, Office Security and Head of Wellbeing


Hi I’m Lily the Labrador! I don’t speak in the third person like that lot above me, I think it’s kinda weird and don’t really get it to be honest…

Anyways, I’m the APiC office dog and like to think of myself as the mascot of the charity! My main job is Office Security, whereby I patrol the room now and again, sniffing for anything that doesn’t seem right (so far, so good). I’m also the Head of Wellbeing (a role I take very seriously), where I let people give me treats and belly-rubs as and when required (it’s a hard job but someone has to do it!).

When I’m not at work, I like to spend my free time down at the beach or playing with my ball in the park. I’m a big advocate for outdoor play and HATE IT when I see a ‘No Ball Games’ sign! I believe that everyone has the right to play and enjoy local places, whether they have four legs or two!