Anna holds a first degree and masters in Town and Country Planning and has been an RTPI member since 2003. She started her planning career advising NFU members on planning, transport and environmental law before moving to Rugby Borough Council to bring forward the local development framework. Anna became Head of Planning and Culture at Rugby in 2007 taking on responsibility for economic development, sports and arts as well as planning. Anna lead the planning team through the first successful systems thinking review of a planning service and became well known for driving economic growth through planning. In November 2014 Anna moved to Milton Keynes Council as the Director of Growth, Economy and Culture. Alongside an ambitious programme of service improvement, Anna took a lead role in producing the next 50 year spatial vision for the area. Anna is currently the Head of the Planning Advisory Service, delivering improvement in planning services across the country. She has a focus on working collaboratively and creating the environment for making things happen. Anna is a past president of the Planning Officers Society; a trustee of the TCPA and a non-executive director of Public Practice. She is an active peer reviewer for the LGA and a regular speaker on strategic planning issues, growth focussed planning and improving the customer experience.