Meet your Presidential team
President - Ian Tant MRTPI
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.
Vice President - Sue Manns MRTPI
Sue is Director of Sue Manns Associates, a specialist consultancy. From 2011 to 2018 she was Director for Pegasus Group (Birmingham) and their specialist lead on consultation and engagement.
She started her career at Birmingham City Council before becoming a senior lecturer in planning law and practice at the University of Central England. In 2002 Sue became Head of Planning and Transport at Advantage West Midlands. This was followed by a move to Arup in 2005, where she led the growth of their Midlands Planning, Policy and Economics Business.
Sue is best known for her role as National Planner for the RTPI Planning Aid England. She was lead author of the RTPI Planning Aid 'Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Projects'.
Immediate Past President - 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.