Our experienced team is an important part of our success.

Steven Barker - Director (Managing)

MA (Cantab) MA MRTPI

Steven has an academic background in both geography and environmental planning. He has spent the majority of his professional career in private practice following periods working for both a Borough and County Council.

He has considerable experience of numerous and varied proposals including applications, appeals and input in to the Development Plan process. These have varied from large scale residential, commercial and leisure schemes to more modest developments of all kinds and have included a wealth of interesting end uses including a maggot farm! He has extensive knowledge of planning processes and planning law and particularly relishes the forensic examination of planning policy. He is an experienced professional witness at Hearings, Public Inquiries and Development Plan Examinations.

Liz Fitzgerald - Director

BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI

Liz joined the practice in 2017. She has had many years’ experience of Local Government, most recently as a Development Manager. This was followed by two subsequent years in private practice before joining Barker Parry. Her extensive insight into the processes and practices of Local Planning Authorities is highly valuable, enabling her to ensure that her clients are guided through the planning system in an appropriate and ethical manner.


Liz has an extremely wide-ranging knowledge of planning law and procedure. She deals with a variety of planning matters and has expertise in managing the planning process for a broad spectrum of large developments, both residential and commercial. She is an experienced professional witness at Hearings, Public Inquiries and Development Plan Examinations.

Gae Parry - Director

BA (Hons) Dip TP

Gae is the co-founder of Barker Parry having started the company with Steven Barker in 1992. She has now retired from day to day work on behalf of clients. In her increased spare time, Gae works on various craft projects, including jewellery and glass work, along with training her new canine family member, Flora the Westie.

Kenya Sharland - Principal Planner

MPlan (Hons) MRTPI

Kenya joined Barker Parry in September 2020 with a background in private practice. She began her career in Central London and has more recently worked for a large property consultancy in Buckinghamshire. This experience has enabled Kenya to develop a broad knowledge of various sectors including major residential, leisure, retail and other commercial development.


Kenya also has particular experience navigating complex, small-scale development schemes including rural development, householder appeals and enforcement cases. She is a proactive coordinator and competent in guiding development proposals from the pre-application stage through to delivery. She has been involved with the promotion of sites via the Development Plan process and numerous planning appeals.

Nicola Morris - Office Manager

Nicola joined the firm in 2012. She has a diverse background which has included management and finance. She leads the administrative function of the firm and ensures the smooth running of the business. Nicola is the first port of call for any enquiries.

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E: office@barkerparry.co.uk

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