Sue Bridge MRTPI
(Trustee and Current Chair of Policy Practice and Research Committee)
As the UK finds a new place in the world, we, the RTPI, must seize this opportunity to broadcast how proactive planning delivers better social, environmental and economic outcomes to create successful places. We must campaign to keep the good features of the current planning and environmental regime through effective engagement with government. We must also continue to promote the benefits of planning, from the strategic to the neighbourhood, build on our successful research programmes, capitalise on the devolution agenda, learn from best practice and draw inspiration from international colleagues. I am an experienced practitioner who has worked at a senior level in both local government and the private sector. I have a track record of delivery, working in partnership with both private and public sector agencies and stakeholders, engaging at a senior level with national and local government and promoting the value and benefits of planning both through my work with the RTPI and during my normal working day. I care passionately about planning and the role that planners play in society. As ambassador for planning I would use my depth, breadth and variety of experience to advance the art and science of planning both at home and abroad.
Ian Tant MRTPI
(Trustee and Current Vice-Chair of Policy Practice and Research Committee)
Throughout the period to Brexit in 2019 – and beyond - planners have a critical task of ensuring that development needs, the importance of place, and related environmental issues, remain high on the agenda in all our nations and regions. The RTPI does much already but to many members, this is ‘below the radar’. I believe now is the time to become outspoken. I have skills and experience honed through the 38 years of my career to date, which has included leading teams in major development work; working in partnership with local authority planners; promoting schemes to senior Councillors, stakeholders, MPs and Ministers; and raising profile through public speaking, contributions to publications, and appearances on local, regional and national radio and television (including Newsnight). Importantly, I have the time to commit to the role. I want to “give back” to the profession and the Institute that has served me so well throughout my career I am passionate about the work that planners carry out and relish the opportunity to spend time spreading the joy of this work, giving voice to our profession in the face of the continuing challenges. I ask only for the opportunity to serve.