Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, congratulated RTPI members Brian Sore, Simon Marsh and Professor Malcolm Grant on being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. He said: “I warmly congratulate Brian, Simon and Malcolm on being recognised for their outstanding contributions to public life. Each in their own way have gone out of their way to make life better for others. It is recognition of the value that planners and planning brings to society and fellow planning professionals are rightly very proud of them.”
Brian Sore, who is also a former RTPI NI policy officer, has been awarded an MBE for services Planning and Healthcare in Northern Ireland. He has, perhaps uniquely, held senior posts in the fields of planning, healthcare and the arts in Northern Ireland.
Pictured: Patron of the RTPI HRH The Prince of Wales with Brian Sore.
Simon Marsh is the RSPB’s Head of Planning Policy. He has been awarded an MBE for services local government and communities in the UK. His most recent notably contributions include the membership of Lord Taylor’s review of planning guidance, membership of DCLG’s Planning Sounding Board and membership of the National Planning Policy Framework practitioners’ advisory group.
Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President & Provost and honorary member of the RTPI, has been awarded a Knighthood. Professor Grant is a barrister, environmental lawyer, academic and public servant and has researched and published widely in areas including planning and environmental law, regulation of biotechnology, local government structures, finance and political management, central–local government relations, human rights, property and participation and environmental dispute resolution.
As part of his Presidential theme, Proud of Planners Proud of Planning, Dr Geraghty launched a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/proudofplanning where more examples of why everyone should be proud of the profession can be found.