The new RTPI Regions and Nations chairs for 2012 met for the first time as a group at the Institute in London on 1 December.
Welcomed by President, Richard Summers and Junior Vice President, Dr Peter Geraghty, the incoming chairs discussed their priorities for the next twelve months. The chairs provide invaluable leadership at both the national and local level.
Championing planning and supporting members was a shared theme through out the day.
Chief Executive, Trudi Elliott, gave a briefing on a range key issues, including the latest discussions with government in England on the Localism Act and the draft NPPF, and planning reform in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. She also covered educational developments, the challenges ahead in 2012 and a range of other top level matters.
Charles Veal, Member Services Manager, who organised the meeting said:
"It was great to bring everyone together and to see so much enthusiasm from our new chairs for the year ahead. They also discussed the priorities and challenges in their areas and how everyone could work together on behalf of the profession."
Richard Summers reflected on his year as President and particularly how what he had learned from his visits to the Regions and Nations was very important because he was able to draw on this in his meetings with ministers and for his appearances before parliamentary select committees.
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(Photo shows: Chris Potts (Wales), Miles Thompson (South East), Bob Reid (Scotland), Peter Geraghty (Junior Vice President), Julia Riddle (London), Joe Ridgeon (North East), Richard Summers (President), John Knight (North West), Andy Haigh (Yorkshire), Dave Brown (Northern Ireland), Dave Edmondson (South West), Pete Wilkinson (East Midlands), Andy Thompson (West Midlands), Jerry Barnes (Eire), Phil Godwin (East of England)