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PR 56 - RTPI appoints new Managing Director

08 October 2008

Sara Drake has been appointed the new Managing Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Sara joins the RTPI from the Home Builders Federation (HBF), where she has been Managing Director since 2005. She takes up her appointment from 1 December 2008.

RTPI Secretary General, Robert Upton, said:

\"I am delighted to welcome Sara to the RTPI as our first Managing Director. She brings very substantial management experience to the Institute at a time when the RTPI is continuing to review its structure and ways of working. Sara will play a crucial role in driving forward change and building on our past record of achievement in order to ensure the RTPI continues to champion planning and the profession in the most effective way possible and improves the services provided to members.\"

Sara Drake said:

\"I am very much looking forward to joining the Institute at this important time in its development. We need to make sure we are giving RTPI members the best possible service at an affordable cost, as well as having a voice that is heard at the very highest levels of decision-making so we can help influence and shape vital policies.\"

The appointment of a Managing Director was a key recommendation of a review into the management structure and operation of the RTPI. The new MD will help to increase strategic and lobbying capacity at the top of the organisation and improve efficiency, including increasing non-subscription income.

For further information contact:

Sophie Stapleton
Communications Manager
Royal Town Planning Institute
44 (0) 20 7929 9479


1. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people. We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space. Through our members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

2. As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

The RTPI, 41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL is a registered charity in England 262865 and Scotland SC037841.