Chair of the Judging Panel:
The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford
Nick Raynsford has been the Member of Parliament for Greenwich since 1992 and Greenwich and Woolwich since 1997. He joined the Government in 1997 and held responsibility for housing, planning and construction as well as being Minister for London. He was Minister for Local and Regional Government in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from 2001 to 2005. He was made a privy councillor in the 2001 New Year's Honours. He left the Government in 2005. He was Shadow Minister for Housing and Construction from 1994 and front bench spokesperson for London from 1993. He was a member of the Environment Select Committee from 1992 to 1993. He was Member of Parliament for Fulham from 1986 to1987 and was a councillor for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from 1971 to 1975. He was Director of SHAC, the London Housing Aid Centre from 1976 to 1986, and Director of Raynsford & Morris Housing Consultants from 1987 to 1992. Nick Raynsford is Honorary Vice Chairman of the Construction Industry Council. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Structural Engineers, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Royal Town Planning Institute, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Housing. He is President of the Labour Housing Group, the National Home Improvement Council, Youthbuild and the Constructionarium, and a Trustee and Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association. He is Chairman of Triathlon Homes, the NHBC Foundation, the Fire Protection Association Council, the Centre for Public Scrutiny and a Trustee of Open City. He is a Non-executive Director of Hometrack, and a Member of the Pocket Advisory Board.
Craig McLaren BA (Hons) MRTPI MIED, Director of RTPI Scotland and Ireland
Craig is Director of Scotland and Ireland in the Royal Town Planning Institute. He took up post with RTPI in January 2011 and works with around 2,500 RTPI members in Scotland and Ireland to shape and inform policy and practice to ensure that planning helps to create great places for people. Prior to this Craig spent almost 8 years setting up, and then managing, the Scottish Centre for Regeneration in Scottish Government and its agency Communities Scotland, as its Director. Between 1997 and 2003 Craig was Chief Executive of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), the independent network promoting best practice in regeneration. He was Scottish Planning Policy Officer with the RTPI between 1994 and 1997, and before this he worked as a planner and economic development officer for the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Craig is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Economic Development and is an Academician of the Institute of Urbanism. He is a Trustee of Resilient Scotland Ltd and Scotland's Towns Partnership and has been appointed as Chair the National Waking Strategy Implementation Group by Scottish Government.
Dr Roisin Willmott MRTPI, Director, RTPI Cymru and Northern Ireland
Roisin, a Chartered Town Planner, first worked at Northamptonshire County Council, where she also studied for a Masters in planning at Oxford Brookes University. She moved to the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council in the early 1990s working in regeneration, after which she moved to Coleg Gwent. She then moved into economic and planning consultancy, working for ECOTEC across the UK and Europe. Roisin is now the Director for the RTPI for Wales and Northern Ireland, responsible for leading the RTPI's planning policy and practice activities and for delivering services for planners based in the two jurisdictions. Roisin studied part-time for a PhD at Cardiff University, analysing the changing governance systems in Wales used to implement European Regional Policy. She is Chair of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW), representing the six built environment professional bodies of the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales (RSCW).
Tammy Adams, Director of Planning with Homes for Scotland
Tammy has 18 years' experience as a town planner. Her career has spanned many aspects of planning practice, demonstrating the very diverse professional opportunities available to planners in the UK. In 2014 Tammy crossed the Anglo-Scottish border to join Homes for Scotland, the representative body for Scotland's home building industry, where she was recently promoted to Director of Planning. Previous posts include Head of Planning with Northumberland National Park Authority and planning advisor at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Tammy is a member of the RTPI Scottish Executive Committee and a graduate of Newcastle University. She became a Chartered Member of the RTPI in 2009. In 2016 she undertook the Institute of Directors' Certificate in Company Direction, passing with distinction. Tammy is a published poet. Her most successful poem to date – Finger Plan –was inspired by the 1947 urban plan for the expansion of Copenhagen.
Janet Askew, RTPI Past President for 2015
Janet Askew was the RTPI President for 2015. During her forty-year career in planning, following graduation from the University of Wales, she worked in local government in Scotland, private practice in London and Bristol and in academia. She is now a visiting senior research fellow of the University of the West of England, prior to which she was the head of the School of Planning and Architecture. Janet has considerable experience working in the Far East, and she holds an honorary international visiting professorship at the National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, and is a regular visiting lecturer at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan. She is a member of the QAA Town and Country Planning Benchmarking Committee, she chairs the UCL Partnership Board and sits on the partnership board for University College, Cork. In 2017, Janet Askew will become the RTPI's representative on the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP).
Faraz Baber, Director, Terence O'Rourke
Faraz is a Director at the planning and design consultancy Terence O'Rourke. He was previously an Executive Director for Policy at London First. There he led on all activity relating to property, planning and development policy. Prior to joining London First in 2011, Faraz was Policy Director at London Councils where he managed a large multi-disciplinary team focused on housing, planning, transport, environment, culture and London 2012 implementation. His previous experience also includes senior management policy and public affairs roles at Surrey County Council, British Property Federation (BPF) and the Royal Institution of Chartered surveyors (RICS). A highly experienced and multi-skilled professional with extensive knowledge within the property sector, Faraz has successfully delivered on a number of high profile policy led campaigns. He is a Bartlett School graduate, with dual qualifications: chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI). He is a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Sounding Board which provides industry advice to Government. Faraz is a Board member of the RICS P&D Professional Group and also serves on the RICS Planning Policy Panel. Faraz is a Visiting Professor at UCL and is also a Governor at John Hampden Grammar School.
Paul Barnard B.A. (Hons.), M.P.A., MRTPI, C.I.H.M. Assistant Director of Strategic Planning & Infrastructure, Plymouth City Council
Paul is a Chartered Town Planner and has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1984. He has nearly 30 years of experience working in Local Government. He joined Plymouth City Council in 1991 and has held a variety of planning policy, project management and managerial posts. He delivered the regeneration programme of Plymouth's historic Barbican which won the BURA/Secretary of State's Award for Partnership in Regeneration in 1996 and led the radical Vision for Plymouth produced by Barcelona architect David Mackay in November 2003. He oversaw the production of the Plymouth Core Strategy (the first and fastest adopted for a major English city) culminating in Plymouth winning the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup in February 2006 - and numerous other awards recognising Plymouth's approach to community and spatial planning. In 2016 Plymouth won the Silver Jubilee Cup for a second time, the only authority to have done so, for its Plan for Homes. It also won best local planning authority of the year. Paul has been an Assistant Director since 2006 and has implemented a number of major service modernisation programmes. He is a Planning Aid volunteer, Planning Advisory Service Peer, a member of the RTPI England Policy Panel and Honorary Professor of Planning at the University of Plymouth. Paul is Immediate Past Chair of the South West RTPI and sits on the Regional Management Committee.
Jan Bessell, Strategic Planning Advisor, Pinsent Masons Energy & Infrastructure
Jan has over 25 years' experience in planning, environmental assessment, regeneration and infrastructure having worked in Industry and both the public and private sectors, and is a Strategic Planning Advisor in Pinsent Masons Energy & Infrastructure planning team. Jan has been involved in nationally significant infrastructure projects from the start of the Planning Act 2008 regime having been one of the original Commissioners at the Infrastructure Planning Commission and a lead Examining Inspector at the Planning Inspectorate. Jan is a Fellow and sits on General Assembly, the National Policy, Practice and Research Committee, UWE Partnership Board and actively supports the NE Region of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Planning Aid. Jan also sits on the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association and was most recently recognised as one of "the most influential women in UK planning" in planning resource celebration of Women in Planning.
Marion Chalmers, Director of MRC Planning and Economics Limited
Marion Chalmers is a Charted Town Planner and multidisciplinary consultant with over 30 years' professional experience from research, local government and consultancy. Marion is Director of MRC Planning & Economics Limited and was previously founding Managing Director of DTZ Pieda Consulting Ireland. In consultancy, Marion has worked at a senior level across the majority of the UK and for the last 16 years in Ireland. This provides her with a relatively unique experience and understanding of the legislative, government and development agency frameworks across all of these jurisdictions and the issues and lessons that can be learnt from each. Prior to her move to Ireland, she was on appraisal panels of key agencies in England as well as leading major funding and plan led regeneration strategies in the north of England and North Wales. In Ireland, she is recognised as one of the country's leading retail consultants and has led the Institute's work in seeking to introduce viability in planning in development plans.
Barbara Cummins, Heritage Director of Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland
Barbara is Heritage Director at Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The Directorate designates nationally significant historic environment assets and advises Marine Scotland on designation of Marine Protected Areas. The Directorate provides HES input to the planning system in Scotland, manages grants for archaeology projects and programmes and leads for HES on World Heritage matters in Scotland. The Directorate leads the programmes and projects to survey and record the historic environment in Scotland and the management of the national record of the historic environment. Prior to joining HES, Barbara worked for 18 years in local government planning in Scotland. Barbara has BA Honours degree in Geography from the Queens University of Belfast, a Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Heriot Watt University, has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1990 and has a Master's in Business Administration from Edinburgh University.
Niall Cussen, Principal Adviser (Planning), Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Niall is the Principal Adviser (Planning) in the Planning, Land Management and Housing Market Division of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Niall is responsible for advancing strategic planning and development policy at national and regional levels. Niall has also led the delivery of the Government's action programme on unfinished housing developments, leads strategic planning input into housing policies and actions and is a member of the Dublin Housing Supply and Co-ordination Task Force. Niall also leads the Forward Planning Section and the Departments professional Planning Advisers in progressing both the Department's as well as wider Government business agenda relating to legislative and policy development in planning and related matters, most recently in the context of the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015. Before joining the Department in 2000, Niall worked in a number of planning posts in the previous 11 years in both local authorities such as Clare, Meath and Dublin City and An Bord Pleanála where he was a Senior Inspector dealing with a wide range of cases. Mr Cussen possesses qualifications in economics and geography, regional and urban planning and environmental engineering from Maynooth University, UCD and TCD respectively and is both a member and former past President of the Irish Planning Institute.
Phil recently retired after over 39 years in Local Government. For the last 8 years of his career Phil was Chief Planning Officer at Leeds City Council. Previously, Phil worked for Birmingham City Council for over 22 years in a variety of roles in Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, culminating in 9 years as Assistant Director responsible for Development Management and Conservation. His first job was with Sedgefield District Council where he was part of the team which won the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup for the regeneration of Shildon following the closure of the historic wagon works. He was the founding Chair of the Core Cities Planning Group. Phil has given talks at a variety of national and regional planning conferences and workshops and published papers on Economic Development and Neighbourhood Planning. He has been an External Examiner and a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Birmingham University and is currently a member of the Joint Distance Learning Partnership Board. Previously, Phil was a member of the RTPI's Northern and West Midlands Branches. He was Branch Chair in the West Midlands in 1989. He has also served on a variety of the Institutes National Panels.
Viral Desai, Senior Planner at Barton Willmore
Viral is currently a Senior Planner at Barton Willmore and was RTPI Young Planner of the Year for 2015. He is strongly passionate about infrastructure planning, regeneration and tackling the housing crisis, whilst ensuring the issues of climate change are addressed through the planning system. Throughout his career Viral has worked in both the Public and Private Sector on a number of small, medium and NSIP sized projects across the UK in a wide range of sectors including energy, waste housing and commercial developments. Viral is also the Young Planners Co-ordinator for the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). Viral has been working with CAP to build a network of Young Planners across all regions of the Commonwealth. The network has expanded considerably, with the sharing of practice and ideas amongst built environment professionals aimed at tacking the issues of youth, climate change and urban planning across the Commonwealth.
Neeraj Dixit BSc (Hons), Dip TP (Distinction), MRTPI
Senior Director in The Planning Team of CBRE
Neeraj is a Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years varied experience including planning strategy, applications, appraisals, representations and appeals. Neeraj has particular experience and interest in large, complex, urban mixed use development schemes in London. Neeraj has also provided expert evidence at Public Inquiries and for Land Tribunals. Neeraj is currently a Senior Director in the Planning Team of CBRE with specific responsibility for leading its London Team. Examples of projects Neeraj has advised on are:
- Argent (King's Cross) – King's Cross Central: 743,000 sq. m.
- Barratt London – St. Andrew's Hospital, Bromley-by-Bow: residential-led scheme of almost 1,000 units
- ABP – Royal Albert Dock Business Park: "Hybrid" application for 437,000 sq. m. of employment led floorspace
- Bombay Spirits Company Ltd – Laverstoke Mill: new gin distillery for "Bombay Sapphire".
Sarah Elliott, Director, AECOM
Sarah is a Director at AECOM Design Planning + Economics with a broad range of experience drawn from the public, private and partnership sectors. Sarah's planning assignments, include: support for the London Borough of Barnet on the West Hendon and Brent Cross & Cricklewood Developments; lead on the housing, commercial and social infrastructure elements of the Olympic Legacy Communities Scheme; consultant partners to Huntingdonshire District Council; and a new commission to determine the regeneration and development potential of Crossrail 2. Sarah strengths lie in working alongside masterplanners and technical specialists to consider the development capacity, land use options, demographic impacts and delivery implications of strategic spatial plans. As town planning lead Sarah has considerable experience in integrating multiple workstreams to produce holistic spatial solutions on development projects with typically 20+ years construction programme. Sarah is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute & WTS Advancing Women in Transportation.
Laura Emmerson, Principal Transport Planner with WSP|PB, MRTPI MCIHT MTPS
Laura Emmerson is a Principal Transport Planner with WSP|PB, based in Newcastle. She is a chartered planner with 12 years' experience and her particular specialism involves providing advice and delivering service improvements to local government clients in both urban and rural environments. Key areas of work include bringing forward strategic sites, identifying innovative funding streams to deliver necessary local and regional infrastructure, highway development management, plan making and planning policy services. Laura studied Town and Regional Planning at the University of Dundee and Project Management at the University of Northumbria and her experience in both the public and private sectors means she understands the roles and pressures associated with each. Laura is passionate about the importance of transport planning and infrastructure delivery. Her professional activities include being the current Vice Chair of the RTPI- TPS network 2016-2017, acting as an RTPI APC mentor and providing support to Planning Aid England.
Joanne Farrar BA (Hons), MCD, MRTPI, Technical Director for Planning, Atkins
Joanne, BA (Hons), MCD, MRTPI, heads up the Atkins Planning, Economics and Heritage team. She has 22 years' town planning experience in both the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. She started her career with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames before taking an 18-month sabbatical to work for Johannesburg City Council (through VSO) on the preparation and implementation of area action plans and a tourism strategy for Soweto. She joined Atkins in 2001 and has since helped to secure planning and environmental consents for major development projects on behalf of clients including the Homes & Communities Agency, Church Commissioners for England, Ministry of Defence and the City of London Corporation. She has recently been supporting a masterplan exercise to guide the development of a major site in Johannesburg.
Sandra Ford, Spatial Planning Manager, HCA/ ATLAS
Sandra Ford is currently a Spatial Planning Manager, working within the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) part of the Homes and Communities Agency. ATLAS offers local planning authorities and their partner's advice on a variety of large scale housing and regeneration projects aiming to build capacity and improve relationships. A qualified town planner Sandra's current role frequently requires impartial advice/mediation between local authorities and developers. Sandra has been with the HCA-ATLAS since February 2010 and prior to that worked in a number of local authorities across the West Midlands. She was previously Head of Regeneration at East Staffordshire Borough Council with overall responsibility for housing, planning policy, economic regeneration, neighbourhood management, tourism and external funding. Sandra has a thorough understanding and practical experience of regeneration, development management, planning policy and housing work along with significant experience of partnership working at a senior level.
Julia Frost, Operations Manager at PAS
Julia Frost is a chartered planner, with over 16 years post chartered experience, and trained community engagement facilitator. She has worked for the public, private and now the third sector (both in the UK and South Africa) and has a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of planning issues. Julia's career has mostly been in the private sector - most recently as a Director at Turley in Edinburgh. Julia's role as Operations Manager at PAS involves overseeing all PAS social enterprise activity, with a particular focus on community engagement and planning education. Julia has been actively involved in the RTPI for over 20 years and is currently a member of RTPI Scotland's Executive Committee and an RTPI APC Assessor and Ambassador.
Dr. Peter Geraghty FRTPI, Director of Planning and Transport at Southend on Sea Borough Council
Currently Director of Planning and Transport at Southend on Sea Borough Council Peter has experience of working across all sectors – public, private and voluntary. His previous roles have included Chief Planning Officer for Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the RTPI in 2012. Peter was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute 2013-14. He is currently Chair of the RTPI's International Committee and representative on the Global Planners' Network. Peter is the RTPI's representative on the UK Built Environment Advisory Group for humanitarian Action (UKBEAG). Peter is Chair of the Planning, Housing and Regeneration Board for the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).
Mark Gibney, Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration, GVA
Mark Gibney is a Director in our London office responsible for a team of Planners in our Planning, Development and Regeneration Division. His areas of specialism include large scale mixed use regeneration projects predominantly in London and the South East, where he provides consultancy advice to developers, house builders and Registered Providers, Local Authorities and Government Departments. He has over 25 years' experience, working in both the public and private sectors and has held senior roles in both. He is an experienced expert witness and has appeared at Public Inquiries on behalf of Local Planning Authorities and developers. He regularly works with clients to assemble and lead multi-disciplinary teams and has been responsible for the delivery of a number of major regeneration projects from initial planning stages to completion. Through the above and working on a diverse range of development projects throughout London, he has a strong understanding of the development market.
Stephen Gleave, Executive Director, Turley
Stephen is Executive Director at Turley with responsibility for advancing the Shaping Better Places agenda across Turley. He was previously a co-owner and Managing Director of a profitable multi-disciplinary AJ 100 Practice based in South Manchester for over 10 years. His work experience is throughout the UK and his contact network is considerable. He is a Town Planner and Urban Designer. Stephen has a commercially driven approach to getting the very best physical environments and has long held a view that great urban design has real commercial value. He has also held teaching and tutorial advisory roles in a range of academic institutions including the Universities of Liverpool; Manchester; Sheffield Hallam; Westminster and Oxford Brookes. Stephen is a long standing and respected member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He was chair of their Urban Design Network and responsible for the annual housing design CPD for many years. In 2012 Stephen received the RTPI NW Town Planning Leadership Award.
Wendy Hague, Chartered Planner
Wendy is a chartered planner with over 20 years of experience in development management and policy. She is now an independent consultant based in Cambridgeshire. An interest in minerals and waste planning was fostered after work experience with the Planning Department at Northamptonshire County Council. After studying Geography at Nottingham University, she spent two years in Sheffield at the Department of Town and Regional Planning. A love of the outdoors continues with family dog walks across the Fens and the north Norfolk coast a firm favourite. During a career break, Wendy served as a school governor, chaired a scout group in West Norfolk and was co-opted to the local community health council as a board member. Wendy is a member of the East of England Regional Activities Committee and is currently Senior Vice-Chair. Wendy also serves as the RTPI Representative on the Partnership Board for The University of Brighton's Planning School.
Joanne Harding, Principal Planning Officer at Halton Borough Council
Joanne is the 2016 winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award, and has enjoyed the year continuing to support and promote the planning profession. She is the current Honorary Secretary of the RTPI NW. Joanne has worked in both the public and the private sector and has more than a decade of experience in the profession. Joanne currently works for Halton Borough Council as the Principal Planning Officer, and is working on the preparation of their Local Plan.
Clive Harridge, Director and Head of Planning, Transport and Design, Amec Foster Wheeler
Clive Harridge is Director and Head of Planning, Transport and Design at Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK ltd. Clive's team operates throughout the country providing services to property, Government, power, transport, defence and other sectors. Clive is also the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). This is a voluntary role which Clive has held since 2010. CAP represents up to 40,000 planners across the Commonwealth.The organisation is active globally in promoting the need for sustainable development and supporting planners in tackling some of the world's biggest challenges including rapid urbanisation, poverty, inequality and climate change. Clive was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2006 - the first ever President elected by membership ballot. Clive's Presidential theme was "Get Real about Sustainable Development!" and he championed good practice in all aspects of sustainability. Clive became a Freeman of the City of London in 2007.
Martin Hawthorne, Head of WYG Planning, Southern Region
Martin heads the southern region of WYG Planning (covering Southampton, Guildford, Bristol, Wellington and Cardiff). He also is the office director for the multi-disciplinary WYG Southampton office and sits on the national WYG Planning and Design Board. Previously he had his own business (Hawthorne Kamm Planning) before selling the business to WYG in 2004. He has particular experience on large strategic sites having acted as lead consultant on a number of large urban extensions for a variety of national housebuilders and site promoters. He also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and has won and received a highly commended for this category in the last two years of the Planning Magazine Annual Awards for schemes in Broughton and Drayton. He has also appeared at the European Parliament and led a ten strong team working on the Dubai Waterfront. Martin secured his RTPI membership in 1989 and has previously sat on the Southern RTPI committee.
Neil Hemington, Chief Planner of the Welsh Government
Neil Hemington is the Chief Planner with the Welsh Government and is responsible for leading planning reform in Wales. Neil graduated from the London School of Economics and has qualifications in Economics and Planning. He began his planning career in local government. Following his experience in strategic and local planning, Neil moved to the Welsh Government in 1999, playing a pivotal role in the preparation of the first Wales Spatial Plan. This was followed by leading the team's responsible for planning policy and research and most recently the Planning (Wales) Act.
Keith Holland BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI ARICS, Director of Intelligent Plans and Examinations
Graduated as a planner in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1972. Has worked in the UK since 1975. From 1975 to 1982 in local government with Thurrock Borough Council and Wycombe District Council. From 1982 to 1995 worked in private practice as a planning consultant. Joined the Planning Inspectorate in 1995. Became an assistant Director of PINS with specific responsibility for Development Plans and CIL examinations. Responsibilities included assisting local authorities with plan preparation work, undertaking examinations and providing PINS perspective to Government in relation to the National Planning Policy Framework and the Planning Policy Guidance work undertaken by the group led by Lord Taylor. Retired from PINS in August 2015. Member of the Local Plans Expert Group set up by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning in September 2015. Undertook an examination into the Guernsey Island Development Plan in 2015. Now a Director of Intelligent Plans and Examinations, a company that provides expert advice regarding plan preparation and undertakes Development Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy examinations.
David Jackson, Head of Savills Planning
David Jackson is Head of Savills Planning. He is a town planner by profession and acts on behalf of public and private sector clients in all aspects of town planning including major infrastructure schemes, strategic mixed-use urban extensions and regeneration projects. He also provides strategic advice in relation to property portfolios, including on operational and non-operational land held by utility companies. In 1991 he obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from Nottingham University. He qualified as a town planner in 1994 and in 1998 joined Savills Oxford to set up and lead the town planning team. He has been head of Savills offices in Milton Keynes, Oxford and Reading. He is currently Head of Planning for Savills; the largest planning consultancy in the UK.
Jane Jones, Principal Planning Officer, Snowdonia National Park Authority
Jane, initially studied for a degree in Land Management before embarking on a career in planning. To date Jane has over 15 years of experience in both English and Welsh Local Planning Authorities, specialising in compliance matters. For the last 10 years Jane has worked as a Principal Planner at Snowdonia National Park Authority. During this time Jane was a key player in the Craig yr Deryn Primary School development, and assisted in writing and collating the submission for the project. It went on to be the outright winner of the Wales Planning Award 2014 and won the category of Excellence in Planning for Community and Well Being at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence in 2015. For the last four years, Jane has also been an active contributor to the RTPI Cymru Management Board.
Rob Krzyszowski, Planning Policy Team Leader, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Rob Krzyszowski is the Planning Policy Team Leader at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with lead responsibility for reviewing the Council's Local Plan. He is a co-founder of Planning Out and is the RTPI's representative on the Construction Industry Council's Diversity Panel. In 2013 Rob chaired RTPI London and organised the London Planning Summit. In 2012, Rob chaired RTPI London Young Planners and organised the national Young Planners Conference. Rob has been a member of the RTPI's General Assembly since 2011. Rob has organised and spoken at a number of events on CIL, viability, neighbourhood planning and the Duty to Cooperate. Rob has previously worked at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the London Borough of Ealing and at Birmingham City Council.
Emma Lancaster, Associate at Quod
Emma Lancaster is RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2016. She began her career in local government and is now an Associate at Quod, where she leads on a wide range of planning projects and manages a diverse portfolio of clients. Emma is Vice-Chair of RTPI Yorkshire and part of the Young Planners Steering Group for the region. She takes an active role in the coordination and delivery of a range of professional activities across the region and is keen to promote the profession to young people. Emma has a particular interest in the concept of a "Northern Powerhouse" and has been actively involved in proposals to bring forward a Great North Plan.
Emma Langmaid, Director, Prospero Planning
Emma started her planning career in local government working for London Borough Richmond, followed by roles at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Auckland City Council and Monmouthshire County Council. Emma has also enjoyed working for two private sector multidisciplinary consultancies in Cardiff. Emma was a Senior Planner at RPS and later headed up the Planning and Landscape Team at Capita Symonds working with both private and public sector clients. In 2012 Emma established her own planning consultancy, Prospero Planning, based in Cardiff. Prospero offers planning advisory services to homeowners, developers and landowners and fellow professionals and manages contracts with local planning authorities in Wales providing support with development management and policy functions acting as an extension of the LPAs planning team. Emma is a member of the RTPI Cymru Management Board, is an external examiner for BSc City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University and a previous judge for RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015.
Alice Lester MBE (BScEcon, M. Phil, MRTPI) is Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing for London Borough of Brent
Alice Lester MBE (BScEcon, M. Phil, MRTPI) is Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing for London Borough of Brent, managing the Development Management and Policy teams, along with strategic transport. Prior to that she was Head of the Planning Advisory Service within the Local Government Association. In that role Alice worked with councillors and officers in planning authorities all over England, helping them to provide efficient and effective services and respond to and deliver changes in the planning system. Before joining PAS in 2005 she worked as a planner with three London local authorities. She is also a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and an external examiner for Planning post-graduate courses at Oxford Brookes university. Alice was awarded an MBE for services to planning in the 2016 New Year's Honours List.
Mary MacIntyre OBE MRTPI, Chartered Town Planner
Mary is a Chartered Town Planner and graduate of the University of Manchester. She has 40 years' experience in planning in local government in England, in private practice and in the Department of Environment Northern Ireland. She held a number of senior posts in DOE and prior to her retirement was Chief Planner for Northern Ireland. She has been a member of the RTPI Northern Ireland Branch Executive for almost 15 years. In 2014 Mary was awarded the OBE for services to planning and charity. She was made an honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects in 2015.
Fiona McCandless, Chief Planner & Deputy Secretary, Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland
Fiona is a Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years experience in planning in local and central government. She was appointed Chief Planner in April 2014 and is responsible for the overall leadership, management and delivery of the Department's planning responsibilities. Before joining the former Department of Environment in 1998 Fiona worked in a number of local authority posts in the Republic of Ireland including Dublin, Donegal and Roscommon. She is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast and has been both a member and former Chair of the RTPI NI Branch Executive.
John McNairney, Chief Planner, Planning and Architecture, Scottish Government
Over the last thirty years John has practiced as a chartered town planner in local government, planning consultancy and, most recently, in central government. He joined the Scottish Office at devolution initially leading a range of planning and transport policy developments and subsequently implementation of the Scotland's Freedom of Information legislation. In 2005 he was appointed Assistant Chief Planner supporting development of the Planning (Scotland) Act and subsequently its implementation, the Delivering Planning Reform Agenda and the development of Scotland's ePlanning programme. John has been Chief Planner since 2012 leading the Scottish Government's planning and architecture division. Over that period the Government have delivered Scotland's third National Planning Framework, the review of Scottish Planning Policy, Creating Places, the Place Standard tool and the continued development of the eDevelopment programme. His team are currently supporting the on-going review of the Planning system in Scotland.
Prof. A.C.Mosha, B.A(Hons), Ph.D. Professor of Town Planning at the University of Botswana's Department of Architecture and Planning
Prof. A.C.Mosha, is a professor of town planning at the University of Botswana's Department of Architecture and Planning. He has extensive practical and academic experience in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, Human Settlements, Housing, Municipal Finance, and Urban Governance and Management. He has worked in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. He has carried out extensive research related to human settlements, urban governance and municipal finance and participated in various United Nations and international organisation consultancy projects in the African continent. Finally, Prof. Mosha is widely published and many of his contributions are recorded in papers, books and other publications which are used as valuable reference documents by academics and the public fraternity.
Dr. Conor Norton, PhD BA MRUP MSc (Urban Design) MIPI MRTPI
Conor is an academic and a practicing urban designer and town planner. He is currently Head of Environment and Planning in the School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning in Dublin Institute of Technology, where he manages the various functions of the Department including the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes. He lectures in the area of urban design, urban regeneration, planning policy and local spatial planning. He is currently researching in a range of areas of planning policy and practice including sustainable city centres, environmental assessment for renewable energy and marine spatial planning. Conor has been in private practice in the public and private sectors for over twenty years in Ireland and abroad. He founded the practice Loci in 2003 and has advised on and prepared significant National planning policy on Flood Risk Management, Local Area Plans, Unfinished Housing Development and the Manual for Urban Roads and Streets. Conor has also prepared a wide range of local spatial plans and detailed urban design and planning schemes. Conor is a Chartered Town Planner and was Chair of RTPI Ireland in 2015. He is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute.
John Pendlebury MRTPI IHBC FHEA, Professor of Urbam Conservation, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University
John Pendlebury MRTPI IHBC FHEA is Professor of Urban Conservation in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. He is a town planner and urban conservationist with ten years practice experience in local government, central government and consultancy before re-entering academia in 1996. His principal publications include the sole authored book, Conservation in the Age of Consensus (2009) as well as the edited collections Valuing Historic Environments (2009 with Lisanne Gibson) and Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstruction: Creating the Modern Townscape (2015 with Erdem Erten and Peter Larkham). He has around 40 peer-review journal papers and book chapters. He has received external research funding from AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy and the EU. He was Head of School between 2008 and 2016.
Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy and Infrastructure for East Midlands Councils
Andrew is Director of Policy and Infrastructure for East Midlands Councils, and has over 20 years' professional experience in local government covering planning, transport, housing, economic development and European issues. Most recently he has led the development of an East Midlands proposition for HS2, and helped to establish the Midlands Connect Partnership. Andrew holds a degree in Geography for the University of Hull and an MA in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Past Chair of the East Midlands RTPI. He was elected as a Trustee of the Town and County Planning Association (TCPA) in 2016, and to the TCPA Policy Council in 2013 and 2016. He has recently joined the Executive of Rail Forum East Midlands, an industry body that represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world.
Steve Quartermain, Director and Chief Planner at Department for Communities and Local Government
Before taking on the role of Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate in October 2015, Steve Quartermain was Chief Planner in the Department for Communities and Local Government. He took up this role in August 2008 following a career in local government. His first job was at Epping Forest District Council where he completed his post-graduate qualification in Environmental Planning in 1984. Following a period of work at Dartford Borough Council, Steve moved to Hambleton in 1986 where he held several senior posts, becoming Director of Planning and Environmental Services in 1998. A strong advocate of planning, Steve has worked with the Planning Officers' Society to promote good practice and was President of the society in 2007/8. Steve has been a member of the RTPI since 1982 and worked with the Yorkshire branch in various capacities from 1987–2007. Steve has also worked as a peer support for other authorities. Steve remains Head of Profession for planners within the Civil Service. Steve was awarded a CBE in 2014 in recognition of his work.
Sarah Richards, Chief Executive at The Planning Inspectorate
Sarah has had a varied career, but always working in or alongside the public sector. Before starting her role as Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate in March 2016, Sarah was Strategic Director Regeneration, Housing and Resources, at Slough Borough Council. Sarah began her career as a planner with the Greater London Council and then worked in a number of roles in local government and the NHS. Sarah left her role as Director of Planning in a Hampshire district council to move to the private sector, where she worked as Managing Partner for Zurich Municipal Management Services and where she led a team providing risk based consulting service to the public sector. Moving back to the public sector, Sarah set up and led the Planning Advisory Service and then moved to the LGA as a national adviser on housing and economic growth. Before her role at Slough, she worked at Essex County Council as Director for Environment and Enterprise.
Neil Shurety, Founder, Border Archaeology
Neil founded Border Archaeology in 1997. The introduction of PPG Planning Policy Guidance reinforced Neil's belief that supporting developers and Utilities in the discharge of Heritage and Archaeological Planning Conditions was the best way of marrying the proper needs of heritage & conservation with economic reality. Acquiring DCWW Laing O 'Rourke as Border's first major client for a full Asset Management Plan, Border Archaeology has gone on to develop an impressive portfolio which has progressively expanded to include major housebuilders, developers, infrastructure, renewable and other water companies over the subsequent years. Neil is an experienced Public Speaker addressing over 4,500 members of the public during Archaeological Presentation Evenings and Open Days Border Archaeology now ranks among the UK's leading providers of Commercial Archaeological and Built Heritage Services – over the last four years, the company has been responsible for the evaluation and mitigation of over a million square metres of development sites.
Stefano Smith, Director of Planning at Peter Brett Associates
Stefano Smith has over 28 years of professional experience, managing multi-disciplinary teams within a planning, design, engineering and environmental consultancy. He is currently the Director of Planning at Peter Brett Associates, a Development and Infrastructure consultancy where he leads the Planning team in Scotland. Stefano has extensive experience in providing development planning and project management services, with specific experience in statutory planning (including approvals & consents and expert witness), sustainability, regeneration, master planning & urban design, consultation & engagement strategies & tools and development economics. He is a chartered town planner, gaining a Degree in Town Planning from Heriot-Watt University and a post-graduate Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Westminster. He has been a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1990 and is the RTPI Scotland Convenor for 2017. He has been an RTPI Ambassador since 2014. Stefano is also a Scottish Executive Committee Member for RTPI Scotland and Convenor of the Communications Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, as well as a member of the RTPI Education and Lifelong Learning Committee since 2016. He has been an External Practitioner for Heriot-Watt University since 2012.
Corinne Swain OBE, Arup Fellow
Corinne is a former Director and Head of Planning at Arup. She is now an Arup Fellow focussing on peer review, knowledge sharing and research. Her interests are at the interface between planning, economics, demographics, transport and the environment. Much of her current work relates to the cities agenda. She is one of eight lead experts steering the UK Government's Future of Cities foresight project, is a member of the Mayor's Outer London Commission, and of an Arup interdisciplinary cities network. She has been a member of government advisory committees on planning research, transport, property and professional standards. She was an independent EiP panel chair testing regional spatial strategies in the 2000s, on behalf of the Planning Inspectorate. She is a member of RTPI's English Policy Panel, TCPA's Policy Council, and National Planning Forum. Prior to consultancy, she worked in local government and for BAA.
Professor Vanessa Watson, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Vanessa Watson is professor of city planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town (South Africa). She holds degrees, including a PhD, from South African universities and the Architectural Association of London. She is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town. She is the author/co-author of seven books, and numerous articles, chapters, conference papers and keynotes in the field of planning. She is an editor of the journal Planning Theory, and on the editorial boards of Planning Practice and Research, the Journal of Planning Education and Research and Progress in Planning. She was recently appointed the new Global South editor for Urban Studies. She is currently PI on an ESRC/Dfid project on African urban food security. She was chair and co-chair of the Global Planning Education Association Network (2007-2011), is a founder of the Association of African Planning Schools and is a founder and on the executive of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Wei Yang MRTPI, MCIHT, RIBA Client Adviser, AoU
Founder, Wei Yang & Partners
Dr Wei Yang is the Founder of Wei Yang & Partners, an award-winning UK master planning firm driven by a commitment to promote design excellence, engage wider stakeholders, and create truly sustainable environments and liveable places. Wei is a renowned master planner and an active practitioner in promoting joint-up thinking between different cultures and different disciplines. Wei has extensive experience of leading multi-disciplinary master plan teams and managing large scale regeneration and sustainable master plan projects. Her professional strength lies in combining innovative master plan inspirations with feasible implementation solutions. A major focus of Wei's work has been to help forge a closer UK-China collaboration on sustainable urbanisation. One of Wei's current projects is to lead a Chinese Ministry pilot project on the sustainable development of small towns in China, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Prosperity Fund (SPF).
Prof. Anthony G.O. Yeh, Chan To-Hann Professor in Urban Planning and Design
Prof. Anthony G.O. Yeh is Chan To-Hann Professor in Urban Planning and Design and Chair Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of GIS Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong. He is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academy of Social Sciences in the UK and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning Institute of Australia, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. His main areas of specialisation are in urban development and planning in Hong Kong, China, and S.E. Asia and applications of GIS as planning support system. He received the UN-HABITAT Lecture Award in 2008 and Dr. Gill-Chin Lim Global Award in 2012 for his outstanding global contribution and commitment to research, thinking and practice in human settlements development and planning.