HOPS Conference 2022 Speakers

Pam Ewen
Head of Planning, Fife Council

Pam returned to Fife Council to head up Planning in September 2015. With 80 staff the Planning Authority deals with 2,000+ applications, sets out the development strategy through FIFEplan, leads on environmental planning, climate change and zero waste. All with the aim to ensure that the planning system can support sustainable economic growth in keeping with the Authority’s aim to make “Fife the best place to do business” as well as tackling climate change.


Pam has worked within a number of Planning Authorities in Scotland since graduating in the early 1990’s from Strathclyde University. In different management roles throughout the last 20 years in Fife Council and TAYplan SDPA, Pam has led a number of award winning projects including winning the overall UK RTPI Planning Award for the TAYplan Strategic Development Plan. She has a degree in Town Planning, an MBA and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Pam is Chair of Heads of Planning Scotland Executive and a past Convenor of RTPI Scotland. Beyond her passion for planning, she cherishes family time and enjoys golf.

Kevin Treadwell
Service Manager for Strategic Development and Infrastructure (Planning), Fife Council

Kevin has almost 20 years of development management experience in local government from various authorities in Scotland. He has an in-depth knowledge of both the planning system and a detailed knowledge of Fife. Having led the Major Business and Priority Team, he now leads on the Strategic Development areas across Fife including the delivery of large and time critical infrastructure to support the planned growth across Fife. He has a detailed understanding of development viability and cashflow from the development industries perspective. He has also worked closely with Scottish Government to secure a grant from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to assist with the delivery of key infrastructure to support the strategic sites across Dunfermline.

Steve Iannarelli
Strategic Development Manager, Fife Council

Steve has worked in the planning sector for the last 18 years, including development management roles in various local authorities and the private sector. Prior to this, he worked in a Melbourne planning  authority on development and environmental projects within the City’s eastern fringes. He has extensive experience co-ordinating strategic development and EIA Projects from inception, through the consenting process, to delivery. Steve now leads on the assessment and delivery of the Strategic Development Areas within Fife, seeking to delivery key infrastructure, regeneration priorities and economic development ambitions across the Authority.  

Fergus Tickell
System Transformation and Business Development Lead, SGN Energy Futures

Fergus has responsibility for developing SGN’s role in the use of hydrogen to decarbonize pipe networks for domestic, industrial and commercial customers. He is an ecologist by training with over 25 years’ experience in renewable energy project development and consultancy, sustainable development and land use. Experience includes feasibility studies in the emerging hydrogen economy across a range of scales and uses, the development of renewable energy projects across a range of technologies, the integration of renewables projects into industrial facilities and local energy planning.

Malcolm Hewines
Partner, Montagu Evans LLP

Malcolm is a qualified planner and surveyor. He has over 20 years’ experience in the development consultancy field. His track record is leading advice on high profile, complex schemes, with a particular focus on advising the public sector on town centre regeneration initiatives; from scheme inception to completion. He is currently engaged in a number of masterplan and feasibility projects across the UK, as well as leading on the enabling and setting up public private partnerships to deliver change in town centres. This work often involves securing funding to achieve regeneration goals. He is also an external lecturer at Glasgow University on their Real Estate Development Course. In his spare time Malcolm loves getting into the great outdoors.

Mark Simpson
Director of Estates, St. Andrews University

After graduating from Heriot Watt University with a Master’s Degree in Project Management and qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor, Mark worked within Fife Council and Barnardo’s before moving on to join the University in 2006 as a Project Manager. He was then promoted to Director of Estates in 2015.

Outside of work Mark enjoys eating out and following the Scottish Rugby Team.

Neil Collar
Partner, Brodies LLP

Experienced adviser, inquiry advocate, blogger, author and conference speaker – Neil Collar is one of Scotland’s best known planning lawyers. He is a Legal Associate of the RTPI and accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in planning law.

He has over 30 years’ experience as a planning lawyer. His work spans all aspects of the planning process, planning applications, appeals and inquiries (including inquiry advocacy), court actions, planning issues in relation to land acquisition and disposal, compulsory purchase and compensation, listed buildings and conservation areas, and trees.

He is working on the 5th edition of his book “Planning”.

Karen Hamilton
Partner, Brodies LLP

Planning specialist and compulsory purchase expert – Karen has over 20 years experience advising public and private sector clients. Karen has worked on some of Scotland’s biggest infrastructure projects including the M8, M73, M74 Network Improvements, the Cross Tay Link Road, and the A9 dualling.

Karen advises on all elements of the planning system, including environmental, contentious and strategic matters, across a range of sectors including  transport, energy, living and commercial. She is known for her friendly, down to earth approach.

DavidMelhuish
Director of the Scottish Property Federation

The Scottish Property Federations is a representative body within the British Property Federation for the real estate sector in Scotland covering a wide spectrum of interests including planning, energy efficiency, businesses rates, investment and property law. Prior to the SPF position David worked on for the BPF in London; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Association of University Teachers, as a Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Lords and for the National Audit Office. He splits his time away from the SPF between family in Bathgate and serving as a Royal Naval Reservist, based in Rosyth.

Tom Arthur
Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth.

Tom Arthur was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2016 as the first ever SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South, and re-elected in May 2021 with an increased majority receiving 50.5% of the vote. In May 2021 he was appointed Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth.

In his previous parliamentary session, he served a Deputy Whip and was previously as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs; the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Having had a longstanding interest in politics, Tom first became politically active during the 2007 Scottish Parliament Elections before joining the SNP in November 2009. He is a previous National Secretary of SNP Youth, where he modernised its constitution and represented the organisation internationally. Tom was also an election agent in the 2012 Local Government Elections, where he oversaw the election of two SNP Councillors. He lives locally with his wife and two pugs. Outside of politics, Tom enjoys reading, travel and music.

Jim Miller
Head of Planning, North Ayrshire Council

Jim graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Town & Country Planning in 1978 and was subsequently elected to the RTPI in 1980. Since then his career has been working in local authority planning in Development Plans, Implementation, Development Management, and now management currently as the Chief Planning Officer at North Ayrshire Council. Jim has been involved with the Heads of Planning since 2003 and will take over as Chair in 2022. He is also a Board Member of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership and Joint Service Committee for West of Scotland Archaeology Service.

Outwith work Jim’s main interests are my family, a variety of sports, reading and my Church. Jim is also a trustee of the ‘Ruby Trust’, which supports young people into employment.


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