News  |  Posted March 12, 2024

Johanna Boyd and Erin Fulton recognised in 2024 Women of Influence list

Celebrating the achievement of two Planning Aid Scotland team members

We are very pleased to share that Johanna Boyd and Erin Fulton have been recognised in this year’s Women of Influence list compiled by The Planner, the official magazine of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The list, published to coincide with International Women’s Day, recognises women who have been influential in and around planning over the last year. Those appearing on the Women of Influence list were nominated by the readers of The Planner and assessed by a panel of judges that includes distinguished planners from across the UK.

Johanna Boyd

Johanna Boyd joined Planning Aid Scotland as Chief Executive in October 2022, and over the course of 2023 has led a number of innovative changes in policy and organisational culture – including the adoption of a four-day week – within the organisation.

In 2023, Johanna’s testimony to the Scottish Parliament’s Constitution, Europe, External Affairs, and Culture Committee catalysed policy change. Her insights on Local Place Plans led to a recommendation for enhanced community engagement in planning, especially for under-resourced groups.

Johanna has also led innovation within the profession, through the delivery of a new Mentoring Scheme in 2023, highlighting her commitment to nurturing future planners, bridging the gap between experienced professionals and newcomers.

Erin Fulton

Erin Fulton first joined Planning Aid Scotland as Volunteer Manager, then following a study break took up her current post as Community Development Manager.

Erin makes her way into the Women of Influence list, in part, for her successful delivery of the Sustaining Choices programme, empowering a variety of communities across Scotland to deliver their own active travel action plans. However, Erin has also been recognised for her empathic and nurturing approach, creating strong and engaging connections with all the communities and young people she supports across Scotland.

Beyond the inspirational list of women postively influencing planning across the UK, it is particularly welcome to see a number of women working across Scotland be recognised, including Kirsty Macari (Co-head of Undergraduate at the University of Dundee, and 2023 Convenor of RTPI Scotland), Jas Atwal (Chair of the Academy of Urbanism, and Director at KMA) and Monica Lennon (MSP for Central Scotland), amongst others.

Read the full list on The Planner here.