Scottish Government appoints Dr Fiona Simpson as chief planner

The Scottish Government has appointed Dr Fiona Simpson as its new chief planner.

Her appointment follows the completion of a open competition and takes immediate effect.

Dr Simpson had recently been filling the role on an interim basis.

She will lead the work of Planning and Architecture Division, bringing together our work on planning reform, spatial planning and policy, performance and casework, place and digital transformation of the planning system to deliver on our national outcomes.

Dr Simpson can be contacted at