Geoffrey Payne, director of GPA, has been training and teaching urban planners from around the world for more than 25 years, running courses in Belgium, Bolivia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sweden, Thailand and the UK.
Geoff's first course ran in 1976 and was an international training course set up at University College London Development Planning Unit in response to developing countries need for educated urban planners and was designed to offer professional training, directed at mid career professionals in public, private and voluntary sectors. Finding a talent for teaching professionals, Geoff initiated and directed some short courses at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), the course gained approval from the British Council and attracted participants from all over the world. Geoff went on to direct similar courses between 1990 and 1995 at the University College London Development Planning Unit. GPA has also contributed to international training courses in Belgium, Kenya and Thailand (for the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), as well as Bolivia and Sweden (for Lund University). GPA has also been an external associate adviser to the British Council on architecture, town planning, urban design and related disciplines since 1997.