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Dr Peter Geraghty inaugurated as President of the Royal Town Planning Institute

22 January 2013

peter geraghty with chainDr Peter Geraghty was today (16 January) inaugurated as President of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2013-2014.

The inauguration took place at Dartmouth House, in Mayfair. 

Thanks to Colin Haylock

In his inauguaration speech Dr Peter Geraghty was quick to praise the outgoing President: "Colin has done a tremendous job during his year. He has represented the profession to great effect and has established strong working relationships with key players including the former planning minister Greg Clark. He has endeared himself to all he has met with his warmth and enthusiasm. I would like to thank Colin most sincerely for all his hard work and efforts during the past year. He has been a fantastic ambassador for the Institute."

Following on from Colin Haylock's successful presidential year, Dr Geraghty intends to draw on the legacy of some of the giants of the profession who inspired him to become a planner-Thomas Adams, Patrick Geddes, Raymond Unwin and Patrick Abercombie-and be 'proud of planning and proud of planners'.

Proud of planning and proud of planners

Dr Geraghty said: "Adams, Geddes, Unwin and Abercrombie made a huge difference to the lives of people. They created places for people to live, places of beauty and inspiration. Whether in the private, public, or voluntary sector our working lives today are also spent trying to improve or enhance peoples' lives. We should express our pride in this work and showcase the achievements of those who undertake it. We must be proud of what our predecessors have achieved and what we achieve on a day to day basis. That is why I intend to make it my mission this year on the eve of our centenary to showcase and highlight our achievements as chartered planners. I am proud of the profession and proud of planners."

Presidential year

Specifically, Dr Geraghty intends to use August to promote some of the best that planning has to offer, use the Presidential visits to highlight the best planning and planners have to offer, to continue to build on the Institute's planning myths campaign, to showcase the best of British planning has to offer at the American Planning Association's Conference in Chicago, and to reinforce the value of employing chartered members to the public and private sectors.


Peter has over twenty-five years' experience working in the fields of planning and development in the public, private and voluntary sectors. One of the very few Presidents to be employed in the public sector in the modern era, Dr Geraghty currently works at Southend on Sea District Council. As Chief Planning Officer for Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council he has had responsibility for managing the authority's planning service and advising on large planning applications including housing, transportation, industrial, retail and regeneration schemes. He has worked for authorities in London, Essex and Norfolk.

He is also a former volunteer and Director for Planning Aid for London, Chair of the Regional Management Board of the Eastern Region of the RTPI in 2011, and Chair of the Board of the RTPI in 2012.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Liverpool from where he received a PhD and a Masters degree. As well as being a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Fellow of the Faculty of Building.