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Royal Town Planning Institute elects two new Fellows

31 October 2013

Professor Mark Tewdwr-JonesRecognised by their peers for their contribution to the profession, Newcastle University’s Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones and Southend-on-Sea Council’s Head of Planning and Transport Dr Peter Geraghty have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) it was announced today.

Pictured right: Professor Tewdwr-Jones.

Fellows make up just 159 of the 23,000 RTPI members working worldwide across the private, public, education and charitable sectors.

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Professor of Town Planning and a member of the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University. He has been an advisor on planning, land use and housing issues to ministers in UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments. He was also a lead expert on the NHS NICE project on spatial planning and health, served on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCRC) CASE Award Panel and RTPI General Assembly, and is a panel member for Department for International iDevelopment's (DFID) Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.  He currently serves as Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Regional Studies Association and plays an active role in the N8, the partnership of eight northern universities.

Dr Peter Geraghty

Peter Geraghty is President of the RTPI and Head of Planning and Transport at Southend-on-Sea Council having previously been Chief Planner at Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council. In addition to a long and distinguished local government career he has played an important role within the RTPI, leading the ‘proud of planning proud of planners’ Dr Peter Geraghtycampaign which aims to restore confidence in the planning system.

Andrew Taylor, Chair of the RTPI’s Board, welcomed their election: “I’m delighted to welcome Mark and Peter as Fellows.

Mark is one of the UK’s leading authorities on planning, land use and urban development. The author of 14 books and having led a number of planning schools, he combines vast experience of planning policy and practice with an enviable ability to communicate complex ideas lucidly and with the passion that he has for the subject.

Peter has excelled in local government practice and through his ‘proud of planning and proud of planners’ campaign has really captured the mood of the profession. He has also a genuinely impressive academic pedigree, holding a MCD from Liverpool, a PhD in environmental impact assessment and is the author of numerous papers. His experience transcends planning as a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, of the Association of Building Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.”

Pictured above: Dr Peter Geraghty.

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones: honoured

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones said:  "I am truly honoured to have been elected Fellow of the RTPI and to be recognised by my peers in this way. 

I have had the privilege to work with many planners, politicians, developers and communities, all of whom have played a part in my ongoing experience of planning. I have also been fortunate to be able to play some part in educating future generations of planners too. They have all recognised the importance of planning to the process of managing change in our towns, cities and countryside.

Over the last 25 years, as we have witnessed the continuing ebb and flow of planning fortunes, but it is worth reminding people that planning matters. 

As a nation, we need new homes, better and cheaper energy, improved infrastructure such as roads and railways, and more jobs, but we also want to ensure that we don’t allow a free-for-all on new developments everywhere. Where land for building is scarce and arguments over change so contentious, I am proud to be part of a profession that manages these challenges and helps communities make sense of the pressures of living in the 21st century."

Dr Peter Geraghty: privileged

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, echoed Professor Twedwr-Jones’ comments: “It’s truly an honour to be elected Fellow of the Institute.

As President, it’s been a privilege to have met so many great planners and see the transformative work that they are doing across the UK and Ireland. There’s much to be proud of. Members can be assured that as Fellow I will continue to speak up on their behalf.”