Ms Anna Gaffney, Chair of the Board of Trustees


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 Jenny Wood, Co-founder and Board Trustee


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

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.

Katie Fisher, Board Trustee

MEKatie is a trainee Educational Psychologist with the University of Dundee, due to qualify in 2021. She has a MEd in Inclusive Education with a specialism in behaviour and is particularly interested in the inclusion of marginalised groups within decision making. In her professional life, Katie worked in Community, Learning and Development and in Widening Participation across Glasgow, before returning to university. Katie has also sat on the Children’s Panel in Glasgow.  

Nafsika Michail, Board Trustee

Nafsika MichailNafsika is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University, exploring the indicators of Active Streetscapes for children and how children’s experiences could inform better planning and design through participatory methods. She has a background in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, however, her interests focus on the influence of the built and natural environment on people’s behaviour and health. She is also working for Sustrans North England, bringing her experience on participatory design projects and she is co-operating with Ryder Architecture on writing a series of articles on placemaking and walkability, in order to create bridges between research and practice.