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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management of the affairs of the Institute and promoting its objects. 

The members are also the charity trustees of the RTPI, which is a registered charity. 

The Board of Trustees is composed of the Honorary Officers of the Institute, eight members elected by the General Assembly and one member elected from the Regions and Nations representatives on the General Assembly. 



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John Acres MRTPI

John Acres has almost 45 years' experience in planning, within both the public, private and voluntary sectors. Initially, he spent 15 years in Local Government in London, then moving to the Midlands to serve as the Regional Planner for the House Builders Federation for 10 years. Since then John has worked for Redrow Homes and Catesby Property Group, moving in 2012 to become a Director at consultants, Turley in Birmingham. John now runs his own planning consultancy, Acres Land & Planning Ltd. During 2005/06, John served on the Government's Affordable Rural Housing Commission. He was a founder Board member of the South Shropshire Housing Association where he served for 8 years and has previously sat as a local Parish Councillor in Warwickshire.



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Vice-President 2018

Ian Tant MRTPI

Ian Tant is a freelance consultant, offering strategic advice to land promotion and development companies and to Local Enterprise Partnerships.  First qualified in Environmental Sciences, Ian trained in Town and Country Planning at the University of Manchester, starting work in local government with district councils in Hertfordshire and Berkshire.  He worked for Barton Willmore, one of the UK's leading planning consultancies, from 1986 – 2016 where he was an Equity Partner 1990 - 2016 and Senior Partner 2004 – 2015. He was elected to the RTPI General Assembly for 2014-15 and to the Board from 2016.  He is the RTPI Vice-President for 2018 and will become the President in 2019.




Immediate Past President

Stephen Wilkinson MRTPI

Stephen has been a chartered town planner for over 30 years having gained considerable experience working in London Boroughs on policy, development management and regeneration. At the Audit Commission he advised planning authorities on their delivery and management arrangements. He currently works for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority where he has worked on the delivery of London 2012 and its legacy. He served as President 2017-18.



Honorary Officers


IMG_2189Chair of the Board

Graham Stallwood FRTPI

Graham Stallwood is currently Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is part of the Council's management board.  He trained at the University of Sheffield before specialising in development management and improving business performance, completing a MBA in 2012. Graham chaired RTPI South East during 2005-07, before representing RTPI South East on the General Assembly 2008-10. He was first elected a trustee in 2011, Honorary Treasurer for 2012-14 and 2015-16 and Chair of the Board 2017-18.


IMG_2201Honorary Treasurer

Andrew Taylor FRTPI

Andrew Taylor is Director (Head of Planning) at Countryside Properties and leads the company's strategic planning function. Before joining Countryside, Andrew was Head of Planning at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties and prior to that spent over 18 years in planning authorities in the south east of England. He has experience of both urban and rural planning from small scale exception needs housing to master planning new settlements, major town centre redevelopments and international airport expansion.

Andrew chaired the RTPI Board of Trustees for 4 years to December 2016 and helped steer the Institute through probably its most challenging period in recent years. Andrew took on the role of Hon. Treasurer in January 2017 and continues on the RTPI's General Assembly.


Bernadette HillmanHonorary Secretary and Solicitor

Bernadette Hillman LARTPI

Bernadette is a planning solicitor and a partner with Shakespeare Martineau where she is the firm's Head of Planning in London. She has served as a legal member of the GA since 2008 and was on the Conduct and Discipline Panel 2009- 2015. She is Honorary Solicitor to the RTPI and sits on the organisation's Board of Trustees.

She is an Assessor to the Law Society's Planning Accreditation Panel and was voted Planning Woman of Influence 2017 by "The Planner".

Bernadette offers specialist advice and representation on all aspects of planning and licensing, including planning and enforcement appeals and judicial review.



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Peter Geraghty FRTPI

Peter Geraghty is Director of Planning and Transport at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and has experience of working across all sectors – public, private and voluntary. His previous roles have included Chief Planning Officer for Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council. He was Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees in 2012 and President of the Royal Town Planning Institute 2013-14. Peter is currently chair of the International Committee of the RTPI. He is also chair of the Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board for the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).


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Colin Haylock MRTPI

Colin Haylock is an architect-planner with over 40 years' experience spanning the public and private sectors. He is now running a specialist Planning and Design consultancy and working with a number of Neighbourhood Plan Groups. He was President of the Institute in 2012 and has been heavily involved in the design dimensions of planning through roles with CABE and Design Council CABE. He is an appointed Independent Member of the Planning Committee for the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation, a Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer at UCL and a member of the Fabric and Fabric Advisory Committees for Durham Cathedral.


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Lucy Seymour-Bowdery MRTPI 

Lucy Seymour-Bowdery is a Senior Planning Officer at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) where she specialises in planning policy. Before Lucy joined MHCLG she was a Senior Planner at West Sussex County Council. Lucy was Chair of the South Coast Young Planners' Network 2015 – 2016 and chaired the organising committee for the Young Planners' Conference in 2015, which was shortlisted for an Association Excellence Award. 


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Tom Venables MRTPI

Tom is Planning Director at Prior+Partners with extensive experience strategic planning and regeneration projects in the UK and overseas. At Prior+Partners Tom leads a variety of commissions advising public and private clients on urban strategies, spatial planning and the development of sustainable urban masterplans. He has led the production of  a number of Local Plans, major planning applications and has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement. Recent projects include the Jeddah Plans, Dubai 2020 Master Plan, Ebbsfleet Garden City Framework Masterplan and the Kent and Medway Growth and Infrastructure Framework


David StovellTrustee for Regions and Nations

David Stovell MRTPI





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Vice Chair of the Board & Trustee to represent Scotland

Ian Angus MRTPI

Ian Angus is the Strategic Development Plan Manager for South East Scotland, the Edinburgh city region. A geographer/planner, Ian has over twenty years experience in a range of roles in development planning and, for ten years, led on community engagement for Scottish Natural Heritage. Ian is a past Convener of the RTPI in Scotland, an APC Assessor and a member of the RTPI – Newcastle University Board. He has also been Chair of Planning Aid for Scotland.



Corporate Trustee

Tony Crook FRTPI (Rtd)

Tony Crook is former Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning.  He is Deputy Chair of the Orbit Housing Group; director of a regional house- builder, and chairs working groups of the Academy of Social Sciences.  Recent former roles include: member of Northern Housing Commission; independent chair of the review of governance in Rotherham;  chair of Shelter Trustee Board;; Coalfields Regeneration Trust trustee; Academy of Social Sciences council member; Sheffield Homes Ltd chair; and Lloyds Banking Group Housing Commission member. His current research includes private renting and planning obligations.  His latest books are 'Private rental housing: comparative perspective' (Edward Elgar) and 'Planning Gain: providing infrastructure and affordable housing' (Wiley Blackwell), the latter winning the 2016 RTPI Research Excellence Award.


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Corporate Trustee

Susan Bridge MRTPI

Susan is a Chartered Town Planner with nearly 30 years' experience as a planning practitioner in local government and 12 years in the development industry.  She was Head of Planning for six years at Northampton Borough Council and has a proven track record in successfully managing the department through a difficult period of change and transformation. Since 2014 Susan has worked as an independent planning consultant working with both public and private sector clients. As a planning practitioner she has experience of developing and implementing development and regeneration projects and a proven track record of working in partnership and in a multi-agency and disciplinary environment.  Susan is currently the Chair of the RTPI's Planning Policy and Research Committee.


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Janet Askew MRTPI

Janet Askew was the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2015.  Over a forty-year career, she has worked as a planner in the public and private sectors, and in academia, currently holding the post of Visiting Professor in Planning Law at Ulster University in Belfast. She is the 2018 chair of the RTPI's International Committee, and she represents the RTPI on the European Council of Spatial Planners. She holds the Honorary International Professorship in Planning Law at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, as well as being an invited member of the International Platform of Planning Law Experts.


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Independent Trustee

John Powell

John Powell is a commercially focused, Big 4 trained, Chartered Accountant with extensive back-office (IT, HR, logistics and company secretarial) financial and operational transformation experience, covering all phases of the business-cycle from start-up right through to managed closure. After spending roughly the first quarter of his professional career in "blue-chip" public practice (PwC and EY, audit and management consultancy) and the middle half in industry and commerce (largely international, customer-facing, consumer electronics) board-level roles, the last dozen or so years have been spent engaged in a range of positions in the not-for-profit sector (recognised by being awarded the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting - DChA), predominantly at SMT level.

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Independent Trustee

John Fenna

John Fenna is Head of Marketing, Communications & Digital at Tavistock Relationships, a social enterprise with academic status, internationally renowned for delivering and developing advanced practice, training, policy and research in therapeutic (and psycho-educational) relationship support. His previous roles include being Head of Marketing & Service Development at Action for Children and Marketing Director at Clarion Events, where he spent nearly 10 years working on large international exhibitions in fields as diverse as Gaming, Antiques, Defence and Security. John holds the Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and recently passed the Google Squared digital marketing qualification with distinction.