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RTPI elects new Fellow, Dr Roisin Willmott

16 November 2016

Roisin Willmott Trudi Elliott Fellow NI Annual Conference _v2Dr Roisin Willmott is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class and was awarded to Dr. Willmott  by Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive at the first RTPI Northern Ireland Annual Conference in Belfast yesterday.

Dr Willmott is currently the RTPI Director of Cymru (Wales) and Northern Ireland, a post she has held for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining the RTPI she worked in private consultancy and local government. She has been a Chartered Member since 1994.

She has been awarded Fellowship of the Institute for her profound contribution to the development of Welsh national planning policy through successive roles. She has transformed the profile of the planning profession and the Institute in Wales, making her one of the most pre-eminent planning professionals in the country.

She has worked tirelessly to develop the RTPI Cymru into a pro-active ‘all-Wales’ service which shapes planning policy. She also established the annual Wales Planning Conference, now in its ninth year and has grown the RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner into the most prestigious planning profession event in Wales attracting 200 guests.

In Northern Ireland Dr. Willmott supported the profession during the most significant restructure of the planning system in forty years, when powers were transferred from national government to local councils. She delivered training to senior staff at the NI Department of Environment, advised on policy initiatives and provided support to the Chief Planner. Most recently she has been the driving force behind creating the first Northern Ireland Annual Planning Conference.

Newly elected Fellow Roisin Willmott FRTPI said:

“I am passionate about planning and am grateful for the insights, values and perspectives it has given me of the world – there aren’t many careers that can do this. I am privileged to work for the RTPI, to witness the amazing outcomes our profession achieves on a daily basis. I am honoured to be part of the RTPI and humbled that my contributions have been recognised by my peers with the award of my Fellowship. I hope that my Award will inspire others to seek professional recognition, both as a Chartered Member of the Institute and to become a Fellow.”

Andrew Taylor, Chair of the RTPI Board said:

“I am thrilled that Roisin has been elected to Fellowship. Having worked with her closely over the past four years as Chair, I can personally vouch for the outstanding contribution she has made to the RTPI and the profession. She has been integral the success of the profession and the RTPI in Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Read: how to become a Fellow

More information: RTPI Cymru and RTPI Northern Ireland