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RTPI elects new Fellow, Bob May

05 July 2017

Bob May FRTPI V2

Bob May is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class and was awarded to Mr May for his outstanding contribution to planning.

Newly elected Fellow Bob May FRTPI said:

“To be made a Fellow is something I am very proud of.  The RTPI is, rightly, recognized worldwide as the preeminent professional body and to be recognized by my peers as having made a worthwhile contribution to enhancing the art and science of spatial planning for the public benefit is a true honour”

Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board said:

“Congratulations to Bob on behalf of the Institute. His fellowship is recognition of the major contribution he has made to the profession over the past 30 years both in the UK and internationally.”

Bob has worked as a planning professional for 31 years, since joining Rossendale Borough Council in 1986 and becoming member of the Institute in 1988.  He has spent the last 23 years with Turley. He has played a big part in their success, including five years leading the Leeds office and 10 years managing the Sainsbury's supermarket development contract across the northern regions. He currently heads up the Expert Witness service.  His planning knowledge is encyclopaedic and he plays a strong role in sharing that knowledge and developing others.

As a life-long learner Bob has led and developed CPD programmes as well as coached and mentored colleagues to reach their potential as planners and shapers of place.  He remains passionate about planning and the contribution it can make to society.

He has been a driving force in Turley’s CSR activities, chairing their Charitable Trust and contributing planning expertise to charitable projects at home and overseas.

For the last 5 years he has been supporting the continuing professional development of planners in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and actively engaging in the masterplanning and delivery of a new sustainable low-cost settlement of 2,500 people to re-house and provide employment for slum communities.

Read: how to become a Fellow