Craig McLaren has been appointed the new National Director of RTPI in Scotland.
He joins the RTPI from his role as Head of Scottish Centre for Regeneration (SCR) at the Scottish Government.
Craig is an experienced chartered town planner, regeneration specialist and economic development practitioner with extensive experience in developing policy and practice in regeneration, planning and the built environment.
The 43-year-old also helped set up the RTPI in Scotland's head office 16 years ago while working in a previous role at the Institute.
Craig said: \"I am delighted to take up this post at a critical time for planning in Scotland. We face tight public finances and a renewed scrutiny of public services, a drive to build the economy as we move out of recession and challenging climate change targets. Given this, as we look towards the Scottish Parliamentary Election in May, I look forward to working with the membership to show how the planning system can help to facilitate the sustainable change we need to face up to these challenges.\"
The Scotsman was formerly the Chief Executive of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum before becoming the Director of Scottish Centre for Regeneration for Communities Scotland (SCR), before SCR was integrated into the Scottish Government in a 2008 reorganisation. His began his planning career as a Senior Planning Assistant at The London Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
When not working Craig enjoys music, football, reading and playing the guitar.
Ian Angus, Convenor of the RTPI in Scotland, said: \"We welcome Craig to the RTPI in Scotland and are very much looking forward to working with him. He brings an excellent range of skills and experience to the role and the Institute, and we very much look forward to having him on board.\"
Craig begins working at the Institute on January 31 2011.