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Secretary-General to leave RTPI for new appointment

14 July 2009

Robert Upton, Secretary-General of the Royal Town Planning Institute, has announced he will be leaving the organisation to take up a new appointment as one of two Deputy Chairs of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

Robert, who has led the RTPI for the past 13 years, is a preferred candidate of Communities and Local Government for the position. His appointment is subject to a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

Robert Upton said: \"I am sorry to be leaving the RTPI, but very pleased by the prospect of my new appointment. I am a great believer in the need for the IPC. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with so many dedicated members, volunteers and an excellent staff.\"

Martin Willey, President of the RTPI said: \"Robert has transformed the RTPI over the 13 years he has been at its helm. He leaves us in very good shape. We will miss his intellect and drive, and wish him well in the future, and know he will continue to champion the planning cause.\"

Robert will leave the RTPI at the end of September. The Executive Board of the Institute will shortly commence making arrangements to appoint a successor.