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RTPI appoints new Chief Executive

22 October 2010

Trudi ElliottTrudi Elliott CBE has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Trudi joins the RTPI from the Government Office for the West Midlands, where she has been Director since 2006. She has a long background in planning and takes up her appointment from 4 January 2011.

Richard Summers, Chairman of the RTPI Executive Board, who also chaired the appointment panel, said:\"I am delighted to welcome Trudi to the RTPI as our new Chief Executive. She brings to the Institute extensive senior level leadership and planning experience and has an impressive track record of successfully managing complex organisations with high public accountability and profile. Trudi will play a crucial role at this vital time, building on our recent growth and achievement. She will ensure the RTPI continues to champion the profession in the most effective way possible and to improve the services provided to members in what remains a challenging economic environment.\"

Trudi Elliott acknowledges challenging times

Trudi Elliott said:\"I am very much looking forward to joining the Institute. These are challenging times for planners and the profession but I see planning as being very much part of the solution in laying the foundations for investment in infrastructure, services, job and home creation. It is also one of the key tools for delivering the aspirations of communities and in shaping and protecting the environment. For RTPI members, one of my key aims will be to continue to make sure we are providing 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 work constructively and effectively with the Government, helping to develop a planning system which works, and one that is supported by good practice. Getting out into the regions and nations to meet members and engaging with the forthcoming Decentralisation and Localism Bill are two of my top priorities.\"

Trudi will work closely with RTPI Managing Director Sara Drake and Sue Percy, Director of Professional Services.

Trudi has a wide ranging and in depth knowledge of planning, where she has worked in one capacity or another for the past twenty years. As Director, Government Office for the West Midlands, Trudi had responsibility for advising on large and controversial planning applications, managed the national planning case work on behalf of all government offices and advised on all aspects of planning, housing, transport and regeneration as they affected communities across the West Midlands.

In her role as Chief Executive of West Midlands Regional Assembly, Trudi led the regional planning body and worked closely with local authorities, businesses and the third sector on the regional spatial strategy, regeneration, housing, transport and sustainable development.

Trudi's other roles include Chief Executive, Bridgnorth District Council and Director of Local Government Practice (West Midlands), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She has a degree in law and economics and has also practised extensively in town and country planning as a solicitor.