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RTPI response to New Year’s Honours 2015

05 January 2015

President of the RTPI, Cath Ranson, congratulated the prominent planning and built environment professionals who were recognised in the New Year’s Honours list: “It’s terrific to see so many planning and built environment professionals included in the 2015 New Year’s Honours, particularly RTPI members.I’m proud of the extraordinary contribution they have made to planning and the communities in which they live and work across the UK. 

I’m proud of the extraordinary contribution they have made to planning and the communities in which they live and work across the UK.

These individuals reflect the diversity of the profession working in the public and private sectors across transport, spatial, architecture, sustainability and neighbourhood planning. I would particularly like to acknowledge former RTPI President Ewart Parkinson (1975-76) and the important contribution he has made to the Institute, to planning in Wales and to strengthening cultural ties between Wales and Norway, in particular his role in the salvaging and reconstruction of the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay.”

The RTPI members recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours are:

  • Ewart Parkinson, FRTPI, former RTPI President (1975-76) received an OBE for voluntary and charitable services in Cardiff. 
  • Steve Quartermain, MRTPI, the Department for Communities and Local Government's Chief Planner, received a CBE for services to planning infrastructure.
  • Peter Rees, FRTPI, who retired as Chief Planner at the Corporation of the City of London last year was awarded a CBE services to architecture and town planning.

In addition, the following built environment professionals:

  • Michèle Dix, Transport for London’s Managing Director for Planning, received a CBE for services to the transport industry.
  • Peter Madden, Chief Executive at Future Cities Catapult, received an OBE for services to environmental protection and sustainable development. 
  • John Rhodes, Founding Partner of planning consultancy Quod, received an OBE for services to economy planning and community.
  • Graham Spencer, who played a central role in the Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan, was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Tattenhall, Cheshire.
  • Quinlan Terry, architect, was awarded an OBE for services to classical architecture.

For the full list of Honours see more here