Chief Planner, Scottish Government
Fiona Simpson, Scottish Government Chief Planner has worked for the Scottish Government for over 15 years. She has overall responsibility for the work of Planning, Architecture and Regeneration Division, including national planning policy, national planning decisions, regeneration programmes and the digital transformation of the planning system. Fiona provided secretariat to the independent review of the planning system in 2016, played a key role in planning reform including the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, and led the preparation of National Planning Framework 3 (adopted 2014) and 4 (2023). Prior to that Fiona was Head of Environmental Assessment and worked across Government to provide technical advice on a wide range of planning, energy, marine and environmental policies and programmes.