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Damehood for RTPI Gold Medal winner

03 January 2019

The Royal Town Planning Institute is delighted that Alison Nimmo, a past recipient of its prestigious Gold Medal and current chief executive of the Crown Estate, has been appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Alison was recognised in the 2019 New Year Honours List for public service and services to the Exchequer. She had previously been awarded a CBE in 2004.

Alison has been a member of the RTPI since 1989, and was awarded the Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest accolade, in 2014 as one of the foremost practitioners of planning of her generation.

In a career spanning 25 years, Alison has been involved in the regeneration of Manchester after the IRA bombing of 1996 and the redevelopment of Sheffield town centre for Sheffield One.

She was also design and regeneration director at the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2006 before becoming chief executive of the Crown Estate on 1 January 2012.

The Crown Estate’s property portfolio is estimated at £10 billion. Its portfolio of assets 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.

Alison is also a non-executive director of housebuilders Berkeley Group Holdings and a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University.