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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management of the affairs of the Institute and promoting its objects. 

The members are also the charity trustees of the RTPI, which is a registered charity. 

The Board of Trustees is composed of the Honorary Officers of the Institute, eight members elected by the General Assembly and one member elected from the Regions and Nations representatives on the General Assembly. 




Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI

Stephen is a chartered town planner with considerable experience in planning and regeneration. He has worked for four London Boroughs and for the Audit Commission where he advised planning authorities on their management arrangements. He currently works for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and sits on several regeneration boards.



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John Acres MRTPI

John Acres has almost 45 years' experience in planning, within both the public, private and voluntary sectors. Initially, he spent 15 years in Local Government in London, then moving to the Midlands to serve as the Regional Planner for the House Builders Federation for 10 years. Since then John has worked for Redrow Homes and Catesby Property Group, moving in 2012 to become a Director at consultants, Turley in Birmingham. John now runs his own planning consultancy, Acres Land & Planning Ltd. During 2005/06, John served on the Government's Affordable Rural Housing Commission. He was a founder Board member of the South Shropshire Housing Association where he served for 8 years and has previously sat as a local Parish Councillor in Warwickshire'



Immediate Past President

Phil Williams MRTPI

Phil Williams has 35 years' experience in the public sector in London, Welsh and Northern Irish authorities. He has led on major projects, including redevelopment of Cardiff Bay and City Centre and regeneration/reclamation schemes in the Valleys. He currently Belfast's first Director of Planning and Place. 


Honorary Officers


IMG_2189Chair of the Board

Graham Stallwood FRTPI

Graham Stallwood is currently Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is part of the Council's management board.  He trained at the University of Sheffield before specialising in development management and improving business performance, completing a MBA in 2012. Graham chaired RTPI South East during 2005-07, before representing RTPI South East on the General Assembly 2008-10. He was first elected a trustee in 2011, Honorary Treasurer for 2012-14 and 2015-16 and Chair of the Board 2017-18.


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Honorary Solicitor & Secretary

Pat Thomas LARTPI

Pat Thomas is a solicitor admitted in 1974. She was formerly a partner in Denton Hall (now Dentons) and SJ Berwin (now no more) where she established their planning law practice. After a few years running her own practice she now acts as a planning law consultant and holds various trusteeships. She was the Chair of the Law Society's Planning and Environment Committee for a number of years and a member of the Organising Committee of the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference. She was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to town and country planning.


IMG_2201Honorary Treasurer

Andrew Taylor FRTPI

Andrew Taylor is Director (Head of Planning) for Countryside Properties where he leads the strategic planning function for the company. Before moving to Countryside Andrew was Head of Planning for Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, prior to which he had over 18 years' experience in planning authorities in the south east of the country, he has been involved with both urban and rural planning from major town centre redevelopments to small scale exception needs housing. Andrew is a member of the Leeds Beckett University Partnership Board and part of the Management Committee for The National Planning Forum.

 Trustees for 2016-2017


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Samer Bagaeen MRTPI

Prof Samer Bagaeen is Associate Director with 100 Resilient Cities, Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Samer worked in academia and in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Samer led graduate urban planning education at the University of Brighton. He served in the early 2000s as Director of Urban Studies at the National Resources Investment and Development Cooperation in Jordan with responsibility for master planning former military sites. He has written extensively on private urban governance and the reuse of military brownfields. He is also a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association.


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Peter Geraghty FRTPI

Peter Geraghty is Director of Planning and Transport at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and 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 RTPI Board of Trustees in 2012 and President of the Royal Town Planning Institute 2013-14. Peter is currently chair of the International Committee of the RTPI. He is also chair of the Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board for the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).


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Colin Haylock MRTPI

Colin Haylock is an architect-planner with over 40 years experience spanning the public and private sectors and is now running a specialist consultancy. He was President of the Institute in  2012 and has been heavily involved in the design dimensions of planning through role with CABE and Design Council CABE. He is Visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University, a Visiting Professor at UCL and a Member of the Planning Committee for the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation and the Fabric Advisory Committee for Durham Cathedral.


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Lucy Seymour-Bowdery MRTPI 

Lucy Seymour-Bowdery is a Senior Planner at West Sussex County Council in the Strategic Planning department where she specialises in planning policy and infrastructure planning. She is also Chair of the South Coast Young Planners' Network. Lucy chaired the organising committee for the Young Planners' Conference in 2015, which has been shortlisted for an Association Excellence Award. 


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Tom Venables MRTPI

Tom is a Director at AECOM Design, Planning + Economics with extensive experience strategic planning and regeneration projects in the UK and overseas. At AECOM Tom leads a variety of commissions advising public and private clients on urban strategies, spatial planning and the development of sustainable urban masterplans. He has led the production of  a number of Local Plans, major planning applications and has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement. Recent projects include the Jeddah Plans, Dubai 2020 Master Plan, Ebbsfleet Garden City Framework Masterplan and the Kent and Medway Growth and Infrastructure Framework


Trustees for 2017-2018


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Vice Chair of the Board & Trustee to represent Scotland

Ian Angus MRTPI

Ian Angus is the Strategic Development Plan Manager for South East Scotland, the Edinburgh city region. A geographer/planner, Ian has over twenty years experience in a range of roles in development planning and, for ten years, led on community engagement for Scottish Natural Heritage. Ian is a past Convener of the RTPI in Scotland, an APC Assessor and a member of the RTPI – Newcastle University Board. He has also been Chair of Planning Aid for Scotland.



Corporate Trustee

Tony Crook FRTPI (Rtd)

Tony Crook is former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning.  He is Deputy Chair of the Orbit Housing Group; director of a regional house- builder, and chairs working groups of the Academy of Social Sciences.  Recent former roles include: member of Northern Housing Commission; independent chair of the review of governance in Rotherham;  chair of Shelter Trustee Board;; Coalfields Regeneration Trust trustee; Academy of Social Sciences council member; Sheffield Homes Ltd chair; and Lloyds Banking Group Housing Commission member. His current research includes private renting and planning obligations.  His latest books are 'Private rental housing: comparative perspective' (Edward Elgar) and 'Planning Gain: providing infrastructure and affordable housing' (Wiley Blackwell), the latter winning the 2016 RTPI Research Excellence Award.


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Corporate Trustee

Susan Bridge MRTPI

Susan is a Chartered Town Planner with nearly 30 years' experience as a planning practitioner in local government and 12 years in the development industry.  She was Head of Planning for six years at Northampton Borough Council and has a proven track record in successfully managing the department through a difficult period of change and transformation. Since 2014 Susan has worked as an independent planning consultant working with both public and private sector clients. As a planning practitioner she has experience of developing and implementing development and regeneration projects and a proven track record of working in partnership and in a multi-agency and disciplinary environment.  Susan is currently the Chair of the RTPI's Planning Policy and Research Committee.


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Corporate Trustee

Ian Tant MRTPI

Ian Tant has 38 years experience in local government and consultancy.  He began his career with local authorities in Hertfordshire and Berkshire before joining the planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore in 1986, where he became a Partner in 1990 and Senior Partner from 2004 - 2015.   He retired from Barton Willmore in 2016 and now acts as a freelance consultant and adviser with roles including the chair of the Housing and Regeneration Task Force of the Coast to Capital LEP (2016-17) and strategic adviser to a London-based development company."


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Independent Trustee

John Powell

John Powell is a commercially focused, Big 4 trained, Chartered Accountant with extensive back-office (IT, HR, logistics and company secretarial) financial and operational transformation experience, covering all phases of the business-cycle from start-up right through to managed closure. After spending roughly the first quarter of his professional career in "blue-chip" public practice (PwC and EY, audit and management consultancy) and the middle half in industry and commerce (largely international, customer-facing, consumer electronics) board-level roles, the last dozen or so years have been spent engaged in a range of positions in the not-for-profit sector (recognised by being awarded the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting - DChA), predominantly at SMT level.

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Independent Trustee

John Fenna

John Fenna is Head of Marketing, Communications & Digital at Tavistock Relationships, a social enterprise with academic status, internationally renowned for delivering and developing advanced practice, training, policy and research in therapeutic (and psycho-educational) relationship support. His previous roles include being Head of Marketing & Service Development at Action for Children and Marketing Director at Clarion Events, where he spent nearly 10 years working on large international exhibitions in fields as diverse as Gaming, Antiques, Defence and Security. John holds the Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and recently passed the Google Squared digital marketing qualification with distinction.