"Voluntary work for the Institute has been a key part of my professional career. Since retirement, I have found being a member of the governance of the RTPI particularly rewarding, if only as a way of keeping the grey matter active while maintaining contact with longstanding friends and colleagues."
I was elected to Corporate Membership (then AMTPI) in 1970, Fellowship in 1985, and transferred to the Retired List at the start of 2011.
Following a BA in Geography at Bristol University and a Dip TP from Newcastle University, I began my professional career with Newcastle City Council. In 1974, I moved to the newly-formed South Tyneside Borough Council as Chief Assistant Planner, followed by 10 years as Chief Planner. In 1995, having fallen from political grace, I took early retirement from local government and began 11 years in the employ of the Institute as Planning Policy Officer and later Planning Policy Manager. Following a second retirement, I worked part-time as a sole practitioner before giving up paid employment in 2010.
My voluntary work for the Institute goes back over 40 years. I have held office in the Northern Branch /RTPI North East continuously since 1971, and am currently Hon Secretary. Nationally, I served on the Membership Board and Accreditation Panel in the 1980s/1990s, have been a member of the General Assembly since 2007, and an Assessor from the inception of the APC until my retirement. I received the Institute's Outstanding Service Award in 2009.