RTPI South West Regional Activities Committee
RTPI South West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence Judging Panel
Geoff Walker has been actively involved with the RTPI in the South West for over 30 years, serving as Branch Chair in 1992 and establishing, in the same year, the Region's own annual Planning Awards Competition, which is still run, each year, in collaboration with the Institute's National Awards for Planning Excellence. In the Summer of 2008, he retired from the University of the West of England (UWE) after teaching planning there for over 29 years. During this time, he was the founder National Manager of the Joint Distance Learning Masters course in planning, was Programme Leader of the MA Town & Country Planning postgraduate conversion course for over 10 years, and chaired the University of Newcastle/RTPI Partnership Board for three years. His main teaching area was strategic spatial planning and for a number of years worked on behalf of UWE, in a consultancy capacity, with the South West Regional Planning Conference local authorities officer team.
Between June 2008 and June 2016 Geoff was employed part-time (10 hours per week) as RTPI SW Policy Project Officer. This post, unique among the Institute's English regions, provided a link between members in the region and the evolving planning policy arena, involving, amongst other things, the preparation of bi-monthly 'Update Reports' on policy and related issues, written from a South West perspective ; the preparation of responses to consultations by central government and other bodies ; and support for the process of commissioning regionally based research. Geoff was also a member of the editorial team for the production of the 56 page Centenary edition of 'Branchout' published in 2014.
He now works from his home in Bath as a sole practitioner planning consultant ,has re-joined the RTPI SW Regional Activities Committee and remains a member of SW Planning Awards judging panel. In travelling widely around the region – to conferences, meetings and as a judging panel member, Geoff has derived particular pleasure in meeting up with many of his past students and seeing them mature and prosper as planning professionals.