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Selfless dedication to the RTPI recognised

11 December 2013

Years of selfless dedication to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) were recently recognised as the Institute's Board of Trustees awarded the RTPI Outstanding Service Award to nine members from across the UK and Ireland.

We can all be very proud of the recipients of the Outstanding Service Award. Reading through nominations was a humbling experience and a reminder that the Institute is the sum of its members’ contributions.

The RTPI’s Outstanding Service Award is only eligible to members who have given active service over a substantial period. The Award is given by the Board of Trustees on the recommendation by the Nominations sub-committee.

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: “We can all be very proud of recipients of the Outstanding Service Award. Reading through nominations was a humbling experience and a reminder that the Institute is the sum of its members’ contributions. All ten of the recipients have selflessly given considerable time to the Institute, sometimes under very difficult circumstances, to ensure that the RTPI is an effective voice for planning.”


The nine recipients of the award are:


Mr John Acres (West Midlands)

John has been an active member of RTPI West Midlands since January 1996, is twice a former Chair of the Brand and has edited Tripwire the region’s magazine throughout the period.

Mrs Janthia Algate (South West)

Janthia has been active in the region since 1990 and has been an officer, including Chair,  for nearly all of that period – unique in the history of the branch. Most recently, she was a member of the SW Awards for Planning Excellence last year. She was only the third woman to serve as Chair of the region.

Mr Steve Bateman (East of England)

Steve has served on the committee in the East of England since the 1980s. As treasurer of the branch his input has proved essential to ensuring that the branch is well run; he has also been a  stalwart of Planning Aid within Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Mr Michael O’Connell (Ireland)

Michael been an RTPI member since the 1970s and has been an active member in both Scotland and Ireland. He served on the Irish committee between 1987-2011. A former Chair of RTPI Ireland, he has also had a distinguished planning career in local government and on the Board of the An Bord Pleanála (the independent Planning Inspectorate in Ireland).

Mr Tony Ray (Yorkshire)

Tony first became actively involved in the work of region in 1982. He was active in developing for the first time, a CPD programme for the region, and has held the post of Chair of the branch in 1987 and again in 1997.

Mrs Leonora Rozee (corporate nomination)

Leonara has been a member of the RTPI since 1975 and has made a substantial impact on the profession, within Planning Aid, as a deputy chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, in her contribution to the RTPI at branch and General Assembly level, and as Chief Executive of TCPSS.

Mr Alistair Stark (Scotland)

Alistair has been a member of the Institute since 1971; and active on the Scottish Executive Committee since 2002, Convenor of the Grampion Chapter and Convenor of RTPI Scotland in 2007. His commitment to RTPI Scotland has been unstinting and he has ensured better coordination between RTPI Scotland and the rest of the Institute.

Mr John Turner (Northern Ireland)

John has twice been on the Branch Executive, the latest being from 1983 to present. He was elected Chair in 2002 and has been Honorary Treasurer three times. In addition to his longstanding and significant contribution to RTPI Northern Ireland, he has also been given substantial time in the South Western Branch Executive Committee in the 1970s.

Mr Owain Wyn (Cymru)

Owain has represented RTPI Cymru as chair, as chair of its policy and research forum, as a member of the General Assembly, and as member of the RTPI Cymru Board. A Chartered Member since 1981, he was instrumental both in the creation of a single RTPI Cymru, and the appointment of a National Director for Wales. As a Welsh speaker, he has also provided support and advice to the RTPI in meeting the needs of other Welsh speaking RTPI members.

The RTPI will present a number of Outstanding Service Awards in January at its General Assembly; a number of recipients will receive their awards within their region.