Sue Manns is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election in November. Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class.
Sue is Regional Director for Pegasus Group (Birmingham) and their specialist lead on consultation and engagement.
She started her career at Birmingham City Council before becoming a senior lecturer in planning law and practice at the University of Central England where she led the research into public speaking at planning committee – a now widely adopted practice.
Newly elected Fellow, Sue Manns said:
“Being elected a Fellow is a very special and very treasured award as it is a recognition by professional colleagues of the work that I have done to date; but perhaps more importantly it provides me with a greater platform from which to engage and excite people beyond the profession in good planning and what it can do for the whole of society."
Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees said:
“Sue’s passion for planning and genuine community engagement makes her truly deserving of this recognition. Her dedication to the profession and the Institute over many years makes her a fantastic advocate for planning and Fellowship will provide her with a new platform to do this – congratulations Sue.”
In 2002 Sue became Head of Planning and Transport at Advantage West Midlands with responsibility for the integration of regional economic and planning policy and a range of major projects. This was followed by a move to Arup in 2005, where she led the growth of their Midlands Planning, Policy and Economics Business.
Sue is perhaps best known for her role as National Planner for the RTPI Planning Aid England. Passionate about good planning and positive engagement, this role enabled her to act as an advocate for best practice, providing advice, support and training to a range of public and private sector organisations. She was lead author of the RTPI Planning Aid ‘Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Projects’.
Sue has been involved in the RTPI for many years; she has served as West Midlands Regional Chair and is currently their representative on the General Assembly. She is an Assessor of Professional Competence for all routes to membership.
Read: how to become a Fellow