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Crown Estate Chief Executive receives RTPI’s highest accolade

23 January 2014

Alison Nimmo CBE and PeterChief Executive of The Crown Estate Alison Nimmo CBE was today awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s prestigious Gold Medal. The RTPI Gold Medal is awarded for “truly outstanding achievement” in the field of Town and Country Planning and has only been awarded twelve times since 1953. Previous recipients of the honour include Professor Sir Peter Hall, Sir Patrick Abercrombie, and Sir George Pepler.  The most recent recipient was Professor Patsy Healey in 2006. It is the highest accolade the Institute has to bestow on its members.

Alison was awarded the Gold Medal as one of the foremost practitioners of planning of her generation in a career spanning 25 years which has included contributing to securing, planning and assisting in the delivery of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.  She has been a member of the RTPI since 1989.

In her current role as Chief Executive of The Crown Estate, Alison is charged with running an £8.1bn portfolio of assets, which include central London’s Regent Street and St James’s, 360,000 acres of rural land, one of the UK’s top ten largest portfolios of regional retail and leisure assets, as well as half of the nation’s foreshore and the majority of the seabed. Last year the organisation returned £252m to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances.

Currently, The Crown Estate is investing £1.5bn to transform Regent Street and St James’s, creating new, world leading, mixed use destinations in London’s West End and delivering a range of high quality residential, retail and leisure projects across its UK wide portfolio. 

The Gold Medal was awarded at the annual meeting of past Presidents of the RTPI.

Dr Peter Geraghty, immediate past President of the RTPI, said: “Alison’s contribution to the profession has been unique and truly outstanding and I am delighted that the RTPI has awarded her the Gold Medal. RTPI members can be extremely proud of what their colleague, peer, and for many, their role model has achieved - and will doubtless continue to achieve  - in her career. We can all be extremely proud of what our colleague Alison has achieved as a valued member of an important profession.”

Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious gold medal in the RTPI’s centenary year.  I am grateful to the Institute for choosing me and for the important role it plays in supporting the nation’s planners in shaping our towns and cities and protecting our countryside. Over the years I’ve worked with some truly inspirational people and so, for me, this award recognises the fantastic teams that I’ve been part of and the transformational projects we’ve delivered.”

Alison Nimmo CBE CV highlights

Jan 2012 – to date  The Crown Estate, Second Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Crown Estate

July 2006 – Dec 2011  Olympic Development Authority, Director of Design and Regeneration

One of eight directors responsible for delivering the facilities and legacy for the London 2012 games. Led a team of 40, budget of £1.5bn+. Lead on design, environment, sustainability and gender all recognized as areas of excellence.

Dec 2003 – 2006  London 2012/Interim Olympic Delivery Authority, Director

Senior position in the London 2012 bid team – main portfolio included: planning permissions for Olympic Park, Olympic Village and drafting key parts of the Bid Book.  Part of the successful bid delegation to Singapore. Director tasked with setting up and leading the (Interim) Olympic Delivery Authority.

Jan 2000- 2003  Sheffield One, Chief Executive

Seminal City Centre regeneration programme for Sheffield (£1bn).  Responsible for the set-up and delivery of this partnership of Sheffield City Council, Yorkshire Forward and English Partnership chaired by Sir Peter Middleton.

July 1996 – 2000  Manchester Millennium Ltd,  Project Director

Task Force responsible for the regeneration of Manchester City Centre following the terrorist bombing in 1996. Seconded from KPMG, was responsible for day-to-day management, operations and delivery of programme. Wrote commercial strategy, implementation plans and secured funding (£83m). Project won national and international awards for excellence.

Jan 1995 - 2000  KPMG, Consultant

Various government, development corporation and private company audit projects.

October 1989 – 1994  Drivers Jonas, Associate Partner

London-based Chartered Surveyor. Public and private sector regeneration projects – throughout the UK.

Dec 1986 - 1989  Westminster City Council

Planning and Transportation – policy and development control projects.

The Crown Estate

  • The Crown Estate manages a highly diverse property business valued at £8.6 billion.
  • It pays its surplus revenue (profit) to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation every year: in 2012/13 this was £252.6 million. Over the past ten years The Crown Estate has paid over £2 billion to the Treasury.
  • Its objectives, which are laid down by Parliament under the Crown Estate Act 1961, include enhancing the value of the estate and the revenue it produces.
  • The responsibilities of The Crown Estate are to maintain and enhance the value of the estate and its income over the long term and to do this having regard to good management.   In summary, The Crown Estate is a successful business organisation guided by our core values – commercialism, integrity and stewardship.
  • The Crown Estate manages a diverse property portfolio which includes office, retail and industrial premises; housing; farmland; forestry and minerals; parkland; and around half the foreshore and almost all the seabed around the UK.