Ian Tant MRTPI was inaugurated as President of the RTPI on 23 January 2019. He was born in Manchester and was raised in Rainford, near St Helens.
In 1979 he moved South to take his first planning role at Broxbourne Borough Council, working in local plans and then development management.
In 1983 he moved to Hertsmere District Council where he worked in local plans. He then became Principle Planner at Wokingham District Council in 1985.
In 1986 he joined Barton Willmore, a leading independent planning and design consultancy, becoming the Senior Partner in 2004. In 2016 he left to became a freelance consultant.