A senior planner at Homes England – the government's housing delivery agency – has become the Royal Town Planning Institute’s newest Fellow.
Lindsey Richards, the Head of Planning, Enabling and Development at Homes England, has been elected into Fellowship – the Institute’s highest membership class.
Newly elected Fellow Lindsey Richards FRTPI said:
“It is a great honour to be awarded a Fellowship. I am immensely proud to have received such a high accolade from the Institute. Planning is such a worthwhile career, and which provides opportunities to engage on very many different levels and in a wide variety of disciplines.
“Fellowship brings with it responsibilities to ensure our profession is positively represented and the promotion of a wider understanding of the contribution that planners make to the environment and in creating new communities which are inclusive and self-sustaining.
“The RTPI represents a profession which has every right to be proud of what it achieves, both individually and collectively, and I am pleased to be part of it.”
Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees said:
“Congratulations Lindsey, her election to Fellowship is well deserved recognition for a career dedicated to serving the community first in local government and now at the national level. Fellowship will provide her with a platform to share the important work she is doing to help tackle one of the nation’s biggest challenges – the housing crisis.”
Lindsey started her career in Local Government at Daventry District Council as a planning trainee. She spent the next 15 years working in local government, developing expertise in major housing projects.
Lindsey lead on the Upton housing development, and through her work on Design Codes was asked to sit on the ODPM Design Code Working Group. In 2005 Lindsey moved to Milton Keynes Partnerships to lead the planning team responsible for the expansion of Milton Keynes and worked on the innovative Milton Keynes Tariff. In 2009 Lindsey moved to a delivery role, as Head of Midlands South, at the Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England).
She took up her current role in January 2017. Lindsey is also a Board member of MADE, sits on the Healthy Towns Steering Group and is currently a member of the RTPI General Assembly.
Read: how to become a Fellow