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RTPI announces new trio of elected Fellows

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) would like to congratulate Catriona Riddell, Michael Chang and Alice Lester who have been elected as Fellows of the Institute.

The trio join the 1% of members who are in this exclusive qualification – the highest professional membership grade offered by the RTPI. They join past presidents, leading academics and directors across both public and private sectors.

Catriona Riddell, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd:

“Achieving Fellowship status means that your contribution to the profession has made a difference in some way.   For me, it validates the work I have put in to both my day job and in terms of the voluntary support I provide to the RTPI and other organisations that strive to use planning as the positive tool it is to improve the quality of life for people and make places better. I love what I do and am extremely proud to call myself a Fellow of the Institute.”



Michael Chang, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities:

“Becoming a Fellow is an important career milestone for me having only become a Chartered Member in 2016 and after starting my UK planning career as a volunteer in 2007 at the Town and Country Planning Association. I join a very respected cadre of Fellows across a wide spectrum of sectors and specialisms.

For me it’s timely becoming a Fellow as a planning for health specialist. We have seen health professionals emerge on The Planner Women of Influence list and the RTPI President making health his presidential theme.

2022 will be seen as a turning point when the population’s physical and mental wellbeing is finally upgraded to join other important policy agendas.”




Alice Lester, Brent Council:

“I am very pleased and honoured to be awarded Fellowship, and am grateful to many colleagues and peers who have enabled me to reach this career highlight.

With many more challenges ahead around the expectations of the planning system, a strong RTPI is ever more important and I look forward to being able, as a Fellow, to use my experience and professional commitment to drive forward the agenda.”

Find out how to apply for a Fellowship here.

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