Professor Gavin Parker has been appointed as the new Director of Professional Standards at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Professor Parker is currently Chair of Planning Studies and Director of Planning programmes within the Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He is a chartered planner and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive said:
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Professor Parker as our new Director of Professional Standards. He will play a critical role in leading the RTPI's strategy for membership, education, lifelong learning and research.
"Gavin is recognised as a leader in his academic field, nationally and internationally, and brings very strong management experience to the position."
Professor Parker said:
"I am delighted to be joining the Royal Town Planning Institute. One of my key priorities will be developing the RTPI's approach for professional education and accreditation. In my new role I also want to help to champion spatial planning, strengthen the knowledge and skills of planners, and to ensure that we set and maintain high ethical and professional standards.
"Joining the Institute, whilst retaining some time at Reading, will also enable a nurturing of the important links between the universities and the Institute and in enhancing standards and service to members and to wider society through the work of researchers and planners across the sectors'
Professor Parker will join the RTPI on a two year secondment and will continue to oversee the studies of his existing PhD students. From April 2012 Professor Parker will work four days per week at the Institute.
Professor Parker is the author of Key Concepts in Planning (Sage 2012) and a large body of research work, with papers in numerous international peer review journals. He has recently been actively researching community and neighbourhood planning. He briefed the House of Lords during the passage of the Localism Bill.
Gavin was Chair of the Community Council for Berkshire from 2006-11, sits on the council of partners for the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a director of the True Food Coop in Reading, and was an external examiner at Oxford Brookes University 2003-07.
Professor Parker replaces Sue Percy who left the Institute to become Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).