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RTPI Cymru Management Board

RTPI Cymru Management Board 2017

The RTPI Cymru Management Board for 2017 was agreed at the RTPI Cymru Annual Review on 1 December 2016. Below is the full list of members.

Chair - Alan Southerby

Alan SoutherbyStarting out with the former Aberconwy Borough Council in North Wales, Alan has since worked for several planning authorities across the UK, most recently Powys County Council and is a past Chair of the Planning Officers' Society for Wales. Alan now runs his own planning consultancy whilst also being an associate with Prospero Planning supporting both the public and private sector. He lives close to Builth Wells and outside of work, enjoys a hectic family life. 

Senior Vice Chair - Tom Watson

Tom WatsonTom is a Senior Planner at Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (Arup) with seven years spatial planning experience in consultancy and working for and on behalf of local authorities.

The majority of Tom's recent professional experience has been to advise developers and local planning authorities through the planning process for major infrastructure development in Wales and England. This has included 'Development Consent Orders' for rail development, transmission lines, tidal energy and nuclear power generation.

Tom is a 'young planner' and was Chair of Young Planners Cymru for two years beginning in 2013. Tom is also a member of the RTPI Cymru Policy & Research Forum and represents Wales on the RTPI Nations and Regions Panel.

Junior Vice Chair - Huw Evans

Huw EvansHuw has 42 years experience of planning, 35 of which have been in the public sector embracing planning policy, development management, regeneration, conservation, countryside and coastal management. He worked for Swansea, Alyn & Deeside and Flintshire Councils and is a past Chair of POSW and was Planning Adviser to the WLGA.

He was involved in a number of major schemes with Capita including the Welsh Food Centre at Bodnant. For the last 5 years he has run his own independent planning consultancy in North Wales and is a Planning Adviser to the Public Services Ombudsman in Wales. Huw has until recently chaired the North Wales Chapter for many years helping to organise an active annual training programme for planners and has also served on the Wales Planning Awards Panel.

He lives on the Flintshire border near Chester, enjoys good food and wine, walking, skiing and travelling with his main passion being motorcycling..

Immediate Past Chair - Pete Lloyd

Peter was first elected to the Management Board in December 2012 and runs his own consultancy from north Wales.

Secretary - Allan Archer

Allan was until recently, RTPI Cymru's General Assembly representative and a past Chair of RTPI Cymru. Allan has his own consultancy and is based in west Wales.

Treasurer - Martin Buckle

Martin BuckleMartin works as an independent planning, transport and regeneration consultant. He is also a qualified Project and Programme Management practitioner.  Recent commissions include: flood risk management; urban design; planning appeals; transport plans, programmes and asset management; waterway regeneration; performance management; heritage.

He had previously spent much of his career working in local government, including spells with Mid Glamorgan, Cardiff, Torfaen and Somerset councils, and with Sewta, the former regional transport consortium for South East Wales. 

He also spent 10 years as a Member of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, appointed by the Welsh Government. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee, and was Member Champion for Heritage.

Martin has been a member of the Management Board of RTPI Cymru since 2006, serving as Honorary Treasurer. He has been a member of the Policy & Research Forum since 2011. He is a member of the UK Urban Flood Resilience Research Strategic Advisory Board. He is also a Director of Planning Aid Wales.

Student Representative - Kate Davis

Kate is studying the BSc in City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. She was awarded the Bill Unsworth Prize for excellence in examinations and coursework in the first year of the BSc in City and Regional Planning at the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University.

Licentiate Representative - Jack Pugsley

Jack PugsleyJack is a Planner at Geraint John Planning (GJP) in Cardiff – having previously worked at Amec Foster Wheeler on Sustainability Appraisals, Strategic Environmental Assessments and Developments of National Significance. To date, Jack has worked on a wide range of projects at GJP, from strategic allocations within LDPs and rural enterprise dwellings in the open countryside to Local Development Orders and associated development.

Jack has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Design and Technology from UWIC, Cardiff (now known as CMU) and a Master of Arts in Town and Country Planning from UWE, Bristol. Jack's interest in planning stemmed from his dissertation in the final year of his degree. His dissertation focused upon the major changes which mega events, such as the Olympics or World Cups as prime examples, can make to the built environment through urban regeneration and revitalisation – albeit for every Barcelona 1992 (Gold Standard) there is a Beijing 2008 (White Elephant).

 Jack is a member of the Young Planners Cymru Steering Group for 2016. Jack is hopeful of progressing toward chartered membership of the RTPI in 2017 but will continue in his role as Licentiate representative and look to assist the RTPI Cymru Management Board wherever possible.

Associate Representative - Rob Chichester

Rob began his planning career in 2005 within the Development Control department for Bridgend County Borough Council. He was originally appointed as a Planning Assistant in 2005 and subsequently promoted to senior role as a Planning Officer in 2009.

In addition to his role within the Local Authority, Rob pursed a part time career in the private sector to broaden his planning knowledge. He was employed by C2J Architects & Town Planners as a Town Planning Consultant and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor on a part time basis from 2009.

In February of this year, he left his role within the Local Authority and accepted an offer to become a Director and shareholder in C2J Architects & Town Planners.

Within his role as a Town Planner/Planning Officer for C2J Architects and the Local Authority, Rob have gained significant experience in dealing with a number of major developments which include the Regeneration of Bridgend Town Centre, several housing developments, Commercial and Retail Developments and two of the most recent secondary schools to be developed within South Wales.

Technical Representative - Jane Jones

Jane JonesJane initially trained to become a Chartered Surveyor obtaining a HND in Land Administration and then graduated in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in Land Management. In 1999 Jane embarked on a career in planning when she became the Planning Enforcement Officer at South Lakeland District Council and then Enforcement Planner at the Lake District National Park Authority in 2004.

In 2005 Jane moved to Wales and continued to focus on planning enforcement, working in planning enforcement at Powys County Council and Flintshire County Council before taking up her current role of Principal Planning Officer (Compliance) at Snowdonia National Park Authority in September 2007.

Having worked in a number of Local Planning Authorities in England and Wales, Jane has gained much experience over the years in planning enforcement and development control procedures and practices. Jane was a Technical Member of the RTPI since 2006 and has recently become a full member. She is also a member of the National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) and during 2007/8 sat on the Management Committee. Jane is also a member of the RTPI's General Assembly.

In her limited spare time from being a busy Mum to Rob and Jessica, Jane enjoys assisting the family in showing and breeding Welsh Section B ponies.

Corporate Members

Neil Harris

Neil Harris is a senior lecturer in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. His research and teaching interests relate to core aspects of the statutory planning system including both spatial planning policies and development management.

Neil is a Chartered Town Planner having completed a BSc City and Regional Planning and a Diploma in Town Planning at Cardiff University, including a short period in practice with Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council. He then completed a Diploma in Social Science Research Methods before presenting his doctoral thesis, also at Cardiff University.

Neil has completed research for a range of organisations across the public, private and charitable sectors. He also acted in an advisory capacity on aspects of the planning system in Wales.

Neil has also served on various external bodies, including RTPI Partnership Boards, as a director of Planning Aid Wales and in the role of external examiner at other academic institutions.

Gareth Hawke

Gareth is the Land Director for Taylor Wimpey South Wales with responsibility for the identification and acquisition of immediate and strategic land opportunities, and securing associated LDP allocations and planning permissions. His work ensures interaction with a broad range of parties, across all sectors and at all levels.

Gareth has been a Chartered Town Planner for 15 years and holds a BA and BTP from the University of the West of England. Gareth's planning career began within the Central Area/Bay Core team at Cardiff Council in 1997, and has since included roles at the Planning Inspectorate and in private planning consultancy, both in Bristol, as well as within the house building sector where he spent time with Beazer Homes and Barratt Homes before joining the Regional Board of Taylor Wimpey in 2010.

Cath Ranson

Cath is the Development Plans and Conservation Manager for Pembrokeshire County Council. She is a past President of the Institute (2014), a former chair of RTPI Cymru (2004) and served on the RTPI's Executive Board for six years, standing down in 2015. She continues as a member of the General Assembly, Planning Policy and Research Committee and as Vice Chair (2016) of Nations and Regions Panel and to encourage locally provided CPD in west Wales.

Alison Thomas

Alison, a past Chair of RTPI Cymru, works for the Welsh Government in the Transport Division.

Charlotte Beattie

Charlotte BeattieCharlotte Beattie is a Chartered Town Planner in JBA Consulting, with sixteen years professional practice.  Her technical specialisms are focussed on development management and plans, flood risk and strategic environmental management. Charlotte led the successful delivery of the first local flood risk management strategy, published and adopted in Wales in 2013.  This innovative strategy focussed on the core principles of sustainable development and integrated risk management.  Has directly led her work to further reviews and strategy/policy development and environmental assessments in England and Wales. Leading review and development of local and national policies on planning and flood risk for range of clients including Local Authorities, Environment Agency, and Welsh Government. Charlotte was a volunteer member of RTPI Cymru Policy and Research Forum 2010-2016 and is a current PhD student at University of Liverpool analysing flood risk of sustainability appraisal of local plans in Wales.

General Assembly Representatives

Chris Potts

Chris is Director at Savills and a past RTPI Cymru Chair.

Mike Cuddy

Mike previously worked for the former Welsh Development Agency and is now the Leader of Penarth Town Council. Mike served on RTPI Cymru's Policy and Research Forum between 2006 and 2013.

Co-opted Members

Jane Coppock

Jane is a chartered town planner with over twenty years planning experience in the public sector. Her career has focussed on planning policy in Wales, beginning with Ceredigion County Council. Moving to the Welsh Government, Jane was responsible for the preparation of development plan policy and procedural guidance and the scrutiny of development plans. She then moved to Monmouthshire County Council becoming the Head of Development Plans in 2005.

After a career break, Jane is pleased to return to the Management Board having been involved in the establishment of the all Wales Branch of the RTPI. She was elected to the role of Honorary Secretary of RTPI Cymru and has also been a member of the Wales Planning Policy Panel.

Aneurin Mon Parry

Aneurin is based in north west Wales and works for Gwynedd Council.