RTPI SW Senior Vice Chair 2018 and past SW Chair in 2014.
RTPI South West Activities Committee since 2010
RTPI Vice Chair Dublin Institute of Technology Partnership Board
RTPI SW Editorial Working Group
RTPI SW CPD Working Group
Chris Balch is Emeritus Professor of Planning at Plymouth University where he has helped establish the UK's newest planning school. After graduating from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities he worked in regional planning at Strathclyde Regional Council before moving into consultancy with Halcrow Fox, Pieda and DTZ where he was Managing Director (UK & Ireland). As a dual qualified planner and surveyor Chris' experience has been focused on large scale infrastructure and regeneration projects. He was Chair of Basildon Renaissance Partnership and a Member of the Council of Essex University. He maintains an involvement in professional service businesses being until recently Non-Exec Chairman of Hilson Moran, Consulting Engineers and is currently a Member of the Supervisory Board of Ecorys BV. When not working Chris may be found growing vegetables, cycling or walking on the South Devon coast.