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RTPI Director of Wales and Northern Ireland awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

17 June 2017

Roisin Willmott Recieving OBE

Dr. Roisin Willmott OBE FRTPI has today been awarded an Order of the British Empire in recognition for her services to the planning profession in Wales. 

Dr Willmott, who was elected as a Fellow of the Institute in 2016 is the RTPI Director of Cymru (Wales) and Northern Ireland, a post she has held for nearly 10 years. Dr Willmott has made a profound contribution to the development of Welsh national planning policy through successive roles. She has transformed the profile of the planning profession and the Institute in Wales, making her one of the most pre-eminent planning professionals in the country.

She has worked tirelessly to develop the RTPI Cymru into a pro-active ‘all-Wales’ service which shapes planning policy. She also established the annual Wales Planning Conference, now in its tenth year and has grown the RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner into the most prestigious planning profession event in Wales attracting 200 guests. In Northern Ireland, Dr. Willmott supported the profession during the most significant restructure of the planning system in forty years, when powers were transferred from national government to local councils.

Roisin Willmott OBE FRTPI said:

“I am passionate about planning and am grateful for the insights, values and perspectives it has given me of the world – there aren’t many careers that can do this. I am humbled to receive this honour and I hope my OBE will help to promote the planning profession in general to a wider audience, it’s an extremely rewarding vocation.”   

I am humbled to receive this honour and I hope my OBE will help to promote the planning profession in general to a wider audience, it’s an extremely rewarding vocation.

RTPI President, Stephen Wilkinson said:

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Willmott and her achievements not only in Wales but in being an inspiration to a wider audience.  There is no better ambassador for the planning profession and her richly deserved OBE is testament to her passion and dedication to planning in Wales and Northern Ireland.”  

Queen’s Birthday Honours recognises individuals, in any profession or industry, who have made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. GOV.UK says “they’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do”.

More information: RTPI Cymru