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.


Helen Binnie, Director


Helen BinnieHelen Binnie is a founder and director of Get Planning and Architecture. She leads on Finance, Marketing, HR and Operations of GPA.

She has a background in leading businesses in the service sector with a key interest in quality management and improvement, equality and diversity, communications and business development.

She has 25 years’ experience of providing management consultancy for Government Department Policy units, charitable organisations, the education sector and the hospitality and leisure industry. She has been a board member of several charity organisations, is currently a trustee of Sutton College and a school governor. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Tom Cheffers, Practice Manager

Planning and Architectural Consultant

BAHons, MA Planning

Tom CheffersTom is the practice manager and leads the planning and design department 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.



Saman Zadehkochak

Planning & Architectural Consultant

MA Architecture

Saman ZadehkochakSaman has nine years’ experience working as a chartered architect overseas, where he studied for his Masters in architecture. He has been working in the UK as a senior architectural assistant whilst studying to qualify as an ARB registered architect. He has considerable experience in residential, retail and commercial design, detailing and project management. Saman brings a wealth of knowledge and design experience to the 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.


Chaitanya Kuvalekar

Architectural Consultant

BArch, March

Chaitanya KuvalekarChaitanya has studied architecture for five years full time, at graduate and master’s degree level. After completing his Bachelor of Architecture in India, Chaitanya did a Masters of Architecture at the University of Lincoln, specializing in Urban Design. Since then he has worked with various prestigious Architectural practices in both the UK as a senior architectural assistant and India, working on a wide array of retail, residential, institutional and industrial projects.


Diane Sheerman-Chase

PA to the Directors

BA Law

Diane Sheerman-ChaseDiane is a law graduate. She is PA to the Directors assisting them with Finance, HR and facilities management.


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.


Gauri Yennawar

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

BArch, March

Gauri YennawarGauri has experience of working as an Architect internationally in Italy & India while in London she has been working as a marketing professional for leading architectural practices. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from India and Master’s degree in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. With excellent all round technical understanding, she brings a wealth of expertise in marketing and communications to Get Planning and Architecture.


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.


Eszter Szekely

Customer Relations Assistant

BA(Hons) Business Studies (2018)

Eszter SzekelyEszter works as a Customer relations assistant in Get Planning and Architecture team. She has international experience in property development which she uses in her current role assisting clients.


Ladislav Matasovsky


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

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