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Bristol based planners recieve inaugural leadership awards for their outstanding contribution

14 September 2009

Two Bristol based planners, Kath Haddrell and Mike Harris, who work for the Planning Inspectorate, have been recognised by a prestigious new award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – the body which represents 23,000 of Britain's planning professionals. The awards are designed to celebrate leadership within the profession.

Martin Willey, President of the RTPI, visited Bristol to present the 'Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders' Awards' to the pair at a special ceremony, in the head office of the Planning Inspectorate, after the two were voted top by their fellow members from across the South West region.

RTPI SouthWest Leaders Awards winners, Kath and Michaelm with RTPI President Martin Willey

Martin Willey said: \"Kath and Michael are very worthy winners of the award for their outstanding contributions. It is exciting to see a new generation of talented young planners coming through and ones combining a mixture of public and private sector experience. It is a particular credit to the Planning Inspectorate that two of their staff have been recognised in this way\".

Katrine Sporle, Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate, said: \"This is a fantastic achievement. Kath and Mike are shining examples of Leaders in their field. The future of planning looks bright with people like this committed to the profession. Success like this deserves to be celebrated, and hats off to the RTPI for doing just that.\"

The ceremony was also attended by Katrine Sporle, Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate; Mark Southgate, Director of Casework; and Sean Canavan, Head of Quality Assurance Unit.

RTPI Regional Chair, Andrew England, who is Cornwall-based, also attended.

The award winners will be invited to London to a special Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders' meeting.

Mr Willey is a former Chief Executive of the Western Development Partnership.

Kath Haddrell – Today's Leaders Award Winner - biography

A Chartered Town Planner since 1997, Kath is a Higher Planning Officer in the Planning Inspectorate, where she is part of a growing team of Planning Officers who advise Inspectors, Government Offices and Local Planning Authorities on Local Development Frameworks. Within the team, Kath leads on urban design, development finance and transport issues.

Kath has also worked for the Government Office for the South West, covering Devon and Cornwall, and prior to that, she worked in the Spatial Planning team at Cornwall County Council. She began her career in the private sector, spending four years at CSJ Planning Consultants in Bristol.

Mike Harris – Tomorrow's Leaders Award Winner- biography

Employed by The Planning Inspectorate since late 2005, Mike initially worked in various Appeal Procedure teams before gaining promotion to Planning Officer in 2008. During this time, he has been sponsored by PINS to complete the MA Town and Country Planning course at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

In his role as Planning Officer, he has achieved much in a short time. Along with work supporting Inspectors on a number of DPD examinations, including attending examination sessions, he is currently supporting the Panel appointed to examine the West Midlands RSS Phase 2 Revision.

Mike has also spent three months on secondment to the Department of Communities and Local Government, working with the local development framework team. During this time, he was involved in the ongoing work to support Local Authorities throughout England in delivering Development Plan Documents.

Mike also undertook a project to more consider the wider issues and problems that are faced by Local Authorities, in developing and delivering their LDFs. This work, supported by CLG, was further developed to take the form of his MA Dissertation submission.

Mike is a volunteer for South West Planning Aid and is currently exploring the potential for joint working with PINS, to develop training sessions for the wider public, including Community Groups and Parish Councils, to ensure that they are as best placed as possible to be involved with the Planning system.A