Nikola is a Principal Planning Advisor at Homes for Scotland.
Nikola is passionate about planning and the built environment. She is currently Principal Planning Advisor at Homes for Scotland, and is involved in supporting the interests of the home building industry through Scotland-wide committees as well as reviewing and influencing emerging national policy, Strategic Development Plans, Local Development Plans, Supplementary Guidance and related housing policy matters.
Prior to working for Homes for Scotland, Nikola was Planning Policy and Practice Officer for RTPI Scotland with a focus on engaging with and influencing key policy makers including MSPs, Scottish Government and other organisations; communicating key messages to stakeholders and members in a range of ways, including as Co-Editor of Scottish Planner, the journal of RTPI Scotland; and leading and developing thinking on policy and practice through research and discussions. Nikola has also worked for rural property consultancy Smiths Gore working mainly for large land-owner and estate clients across Scotland promoting land through the Development Plan, and also securing planning permission for a range of scales of development.
Nikola started her career with GVA Grimley in Edinburgh as a planning consultant delivering planning services to a range of public and private sector clients. As part of this she was offered a secondment to Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) as a Development Officer, working with the team for 14 months to deliver best practice and improved services for clients. This involved development and delivery of training for communities and planning professionals on a wide range of planning matters including waste, renewables, housing, applications for large-scale energy generation, and community engagement.
Nikola was heavily involved as a volunteer for the Institute prior to taking up her current post, and was Convenor of the Edinburgh, Lothians, Borders and Fife Chapter; Member of the Scottish Executive Committee; Vice Chair of the Scottish Young Planners’ Network; APC Assessor; APC Mentor; and was the recipient of the RTPI Young Planner of the Year award in 2012.
Nikola is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Board Member and Volunteer of PAS, Secretary of the Women in Property Central Scotland Branch, and Committee Member of the RTPI South East Scotland Chapter, and Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.BACK