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RTPI Cymru Management Board

RTPI Cymru Management Board 2018

The RTPI Cymru Management Board for 2018 was agreed at the RTPI Cymru Annual Review on 7 December 2017. Below is the full list of members.

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.

Senior 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 - 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.

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.

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.


Corporate Members

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.

Aneurin Mon Parry

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

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.

Mike Cuddy

Mike is a member of Penarth Town Council and is Chair of One Voice Wales.

General Assembly Representatives

Chris Potts

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

Emma Langmaid

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.

Young Planners Cymru Representative - Sian Thomas

Sian is a planner with DPP and will represent Young Planners Cymru on the Management Board.

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