Kelvin MacDonald MCIH FRTPI FRSA
I started my career as a draughtsman in a planning consultancy in the 1960s. After university, I joined Westminster City Council working on the City Plan. I then joined the Department of the Environment (now the DCLG) for five years. Despairing of this work, I became Assistant Director at the TCPA. It was then that I started a twenty five year stint of writing a monthly column for Planning.
After leaving the TCPA, I got a job leading the Borough Plan team in Brighton. I had already started lecturing in the evenings at Birkbeck and was then pleased to get a lecturing job at PCL – now Westminster University – for five years.
However, campaigning called and I became the Director of a small charity called the National Housing and Town Planning Council (NHTPC). I was also asked to be a Specialist Adviser to the then ODPM Select Committee and I have, over the last ten years advised a number of Committees, including the recent inquiry into the NPPF.
The NHTPC merged into the RTPI and I spent five happy years as the Director of Policy and Research there. I left the RTPI in 2007 to start my own consultancy with highlight jobs being writing an affordable housing policy for Jersey and acting as the adviser to the RTPI on changes to the localism Bill.
I am now pleased to be a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Land Economy, Cambridge and a member of the board of Shelter.