Our team

Our growing team of talented and professional architects, architectural technicians, designers and planners share a culture of excellence. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience and are truly committed to delivering a first class service to our clients. We are all dedicated to upholding the standards and integrity of our professional codes of practice and we adhere to robust quality assurance practices. We believe clear and regular communication is of paramount importance which for you, as our client, means you will receive personal attention and always know which members of our team are working on your project. Furthermore, as a chartered practice we are obliged to observe the professional codes of conduct of both RIBA and RTPI.

Brian Gatenby, Director

Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Architect

BAHons, BArch, MA Planning, RIBA, ARB, MRTPI

Brian GatenbyBrian Gatenby is a dual-chartered town planner and architect, a founder and principal of Get Planning and Architecture, a practice not only chartered by the RIBA but also chartered town planners with an excellent track record of delivering projects, especially in the residential sector. Described as ‘extremely thorough and always approachable’, Brian has over 30 years’ experience in leading architectural projects across all stages of your build, from concept, through planning and finally construction. He is known for his positive approach including skillful negotiations with planning officers.

He has an extremely successful track record with housing and many other types of project and has a high level of architectural design ability combined with a great deal of planning experience. Recent approvals for medium-size housing projects, including at Duppas Hill, Croydon, demonstrate an outstanding ability to combine planning and design to get planning for developers.

Brian also has in-depth experience involving Listed Buildings, conversions of all types, leisure projects and a successful track record in appeals and enforcement cases. Awards have included recognition for ‘excellence in architectural design’ for the Health Club at 4 Millbank, Westminster and a special Telegraph award for a swimming pool in Watford. In addition, he master-planned the first Virgin Active health club in the UK, in Preston.


Tom Cheffers, Practice Manager

Chartered Planner

BAHons, MA Planning, MRTPI

Tom CheffersTom is the practice manager and a lead planner working with two other Chartered planners at Get Planning and Architecture.

During the past 8 years, Tom has developed a wealth of expertise and experience in residential and commercial projects of varying size and complexity. Possessing strong technical knowledge in planning and construction, he has successfully managed hundreds of projects through their various stages of work, typically including: design development, planning strategies, applications and appeals, building regulations full plans compliance and supporting technical reports.

Tom is a graduate of Property Development and Planning (BA Hons) at the University of the West of England and has a Master's degree in Planning from London Southbank University.


Warren Pierson

Associate Chartered Planner


Warren PiersonWith over 20 years’ experience in local government planning and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) since 1996, Warren is well versed in the complicated practices, policies and procedures of planning legislation and the workings of Local Planning Authorities.

He has worked in the planning departments of many London Boroughs (primarily south London) and also other Borough Councils. This has primarily been in the field of Development Control. However, Warren also has considerable experience in the fields of Planning Enforcement, Planning Policy, Design and Conservation.


Sarita Dixit

Planning & Architectural Consultant


Sarita DixitSarita has 14 years of experience of working as a chartered architect overseas in the Architecture, Planning & Interior design. She has been working as an Architecture & Planning Consultant with GPA for various projects. She has considerable experience in residential, retail and commercial, educational and interiors. She has studied Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She has a robust experience in working on independent projects from start to finish. Sarita brings her wealth of knowledge and design experience to Get Planning and Architecture team.



James Richardson

Architectural Assistant

BSc Architecture

James RichardsonJames is a graduate in architecture and environmental design from Sheffield Hallam University. He works in the planning and architectural team as an architectural assistant part 1 and as part of his professional training towards becoming an architect.


Alison Tuohey

Customer Relations Manager


Alison TuoheyAlison has worked with the Get Planning and Architecture team for a number of years and is often a first port of call for clients, providing them with advice and guidance on how to proceed with their project. She assesses clients’ requirements and then act as a conduit with rest of the Get Planning and Architecture team to make sure the client requirements are clearly understood. She is a highly experienced manager in the commercial field and is skilled at translating the clients’ wishes into concrete suggestions. She remains on hand to assist clients after they have given instructions and their project has started. She is a chartered member of IPD.


Hilary Appleby

Operations Manager

Hilary Appleby

Hilary is the Operations Manager at Get Planning and Architecture. She is a highly experienced manager who ensures that systems that support the organisation run smoothly. She has an excellent knowledge of the planning and appeals processes and is therefore well placed to advise prospective and existing clients how best to navigate the sometimes complex planning processes.


Chris Knight

Customer Relations Assistant

Chris KnightChris works as a Customer relations assistant in Get Planning and Architecture team. He is often a first port of call for clients, providing them with advice and guidance on how to proceed with their project.


Ladislav Matasovsky


ladislav 111217Ladislav has a background in construction, property development and surveying and as our surveyor conducts measured building surveys and site inspections.

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