RTPI SW CPD Working Group
RTPI South West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence Judging Panel
RTPI Lifelong learning and education committee, 2013 to 2016.
RTPI APC Assessor 2007 to present
RTPI South West Chair 2017
"I am delighted to embrace the challenge of leading the South West region of the RTPI in 2017. The role of the planning profession in managing our environment , balancing the need to provide more housing and to modernise infrastructure against the value of of preserving our countryside and the historic fabric of our towns has never been greater in modern times. The fact that the austerity drive in public spending since 2010 has hit local government spending hard and the resources of planning departments hardest of all has been finally and belatedly been recognised by government is positive. The RTPI both nationally and regionally has a considerable role to play in promoting the value of planning both to the public at large and to local government leaders. The morale in many planning departments is low, with years of stagnant pay, and ever increasing pressures as resources are cut. The recent White Paper allowing for a twenty percent rise in planning fees later this year, with the monies raised being spent to improve planning resources is welcome. However this on its own is insufficient, the political mood amongst the general population, encouraged by large sections of the media, is anti expert, and largely critical of 'planners', the RTPI both as an organisation and individual members have a significant role in challenging these views. Our regional planning achievement awards together with our successful CPD conference programme are valuable weapons in this fight, but individuals proselytising the value of their work within their communities can also counteract anti planner sentiments.
I am proud to have had a challenging career in the profession, being particularly fortunate to have been exposed to a wide range of experience in both the public and private sector, and it is though my involvement with the Institute that I can fulfil that much used phrase of ' giving something back'."
Following 'retirement' from a 15 year career with WYG (Dec 2015) where I ran the Bristol office since 2004, and was head of the planning discipline of WYG from 2013 to 2014. Prior to that I was a Director and part owner of MVM planning. I have now formed my own practice, Lowin Associates, and will be working for LPA 's going forward as case officer for major urban extensions.
I am also a non executive Director of Avalon Planning based in Exeter.
Previous experience in private practice, with housebuilders and a regional surveying company from 1984 until 1989, and LPA experience with Stratford on Avon DC from 1980 to 1984.
Hobbies: travel, 20 Century literature, wine , granddaughter