Graham Stallwood (pictured right with Janet Askew) is the newest Fellow at the RTPI after receiving his Fellowship from RTPI President Janet Askew at General Assembly on 21 October. He became a Chartered Planner in October 2001, volunteered for Planning Aid, has been heavily involved in the governance of the RTPI both regionally and nationally including as a Trustee, Honorary Treasurer, Chair of RTPI South East and Chair of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee and has been a RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence judge.
He is currently Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and previously worked across a range of local authorities. Graham specialises in development management and in applying innovative business and management approaches to improve the performance of planning authorities, increase satisfaction and reduce costs.
Newly elected Fellow, Graham said:
“Planning remains an extremely rewarding profession crucial to successfully delivering so much of the local agenda and I am humbled but incredibly proud to have my contribution, innovative approaches and leadership in planning recognised by my profession and peers in this way. I hope it will encourage and inspire others, particularly those of a younger generation, to become Fellows and be proud of what planning and planners achieve, often in very challenging circumstances. I also hope it helps to raise the value of actively contributing to the RTPI. It not only makes our profession stronger but has given me valuable skills to transfer to my workplace, valuable opportunities to use my skills in different contexts for the RTPI and widened my professional network.”
Andrew Taylor, Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees, said:
“I’m extremely pleased Graham has been elected to Fellowship. He has an impressive career particularly across local authorities. He has demonstrated longstanding commitment to the profession and the Institute through his heavy involvement in its governance and Planning Aid.”