About Us

PlaceShapers Team

Pictured, L-R, Charlotte Kay, Joanna Charlton, Rachael Orr, Claire Higgins (Vice-Chair), Matthew Walker (Chair) and James Bryson 

Meet the Team

PlaceShapers has been described as a ‘lean giant.’ We are a tiny core team of four supported by an enthusiastic and involved board. Run by members for members we also benefit from the assistance of specialist networks within the network. We put place-shaping at the heart of decision-making to improve lives and communities.


Rachael Orr
(Chief Executive)


James Bryson
(Public Affairs Officer)


Joanna Charlton
(Communications Lead)


Charlotte Kay
(Business and Member Support Manager)