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RTPI activity at LGA conference

Held over three days in Bournemouth, the Local Government Association (LGA) conference provides an opportunity for delegates to engage in a range of sessions on how innovation and good practice can deliver the best local public services for our communities. One of those session is being hosted by the RTPI and Countryside Properties:

Finding and Keeping Planners – the Industry Guide   

2 July, 6.30- 7:30pm
Purbeck Lounge, Bournemouth International Centre

The resource shortfall of planners in local government planning teams affects the whole development industry, however the lack of qualified and experienced planners is also affecting private sector employers.  

Our panel of experts includes;  Ben Derbyshire President RIBA, Andrew Taylor Director of Planning, Countryside, Anna Rose Head of the Planning Advisory Service, and Lindsey Richards Head of Planning, Enabling and Design at Homes England,  chaired by Victoria Hills CEO RTPI.

Refreshments will be served.

How to book

You do not need to pre-register for this event, but you will need to sign up as a conference delegate. Information on how to do so is available on the LGA website


Find out a bit more about our excellent panel of speakers

Victoria Hills - RTPI Chief Executive 
Andrew Taylor - Director at Countryside Properties
Lindsey Richards - Head of Planning, Enabling and Development at Homes England
Ben Derbyshire - Chair of HTA Design LLP and RIBA President
Anna Rose - Head of the Planning Advisory Service 


Victoria Hills 

VictoriaVictoria joined the RTPI as Chief Executive in April 2018 and utilises her 21 years' experience and expertise in the fields of planning, transport and organisational leadership and development to drive forward the vision and strategic priorities for the 25,000 member strong RTPI. 

Victoria is passionate about planning great 'liveable' places for people, with an unrivalled insight into London's governance; having worked for all three Mayors of London.

Prior to the RTPI, Victoria was Chief Executive Officer of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, where she established the UK's second Mayoral development corporation.

Prior to this she was Head of Transport for the Greater London Authority, and before that held a variety of roles in Transport Consultancy and Local Government. 

In 2017 Victoria was made a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2018 joined the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association. In March 2019 Victoria joined the new Board of The Construction Innovation Hub. 

Andrew Taylor

Andrew TaylorAndrew Taylor is Director - Head of Planning - at Countryside Properties and leads the company's strategic planning function. Countryside focus on delivering landscape-led urban extensions and new settlements and urban regeneration schemes.

Before joining Countryside, Andrew spent over 18 years in planning authorities in the south east of England. He has experience of both urban and rural planning from small scale exception needs housing to master planning new settlements, major town centre redevelopments and international airport expansion.

Andrew chaired the Royal Town Planning Institute Board of Trustees for 4 years to December 2016 and took on the role of Hon. Treasurer in January 2017 and continues as a Trustee and on the RTPI's General Assembly.

Andrew Chairs the Leeds Beckett University Partnership Board and is also Chair of the National Planning Forum's Management Committee, championing planning and inspiring all those involved in the planning process and in delivering the new planning agenda.

Lindsey Richards 

LindseyLindsey Richards is the Head of Planning, Enabling and Development at Homes England and a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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.


Ben Derbyshire 

Ben Derbyshire is Chair of HTA Design LLP, a design consultancy to the home building industry, practicing 'creative collaboration' in a range of professional and other disciplines.

A member of the practice since 1976 and a co-owner since 1986, Ben became a main board director when the practice incorporated in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director in 2005. Ben became Managing Partner in 2013 when HTA Architects Limited became HTA Design LLP and then Chair in 2016.

He has built up broad-ranging expertise through involvement in much of HTA's work in regeneration, masterplanning, housing and mixed use design.

Ben has worked on a many complex large-scale schemes undertaken by the practice over the years. As well as acting as HTA's Chair, Ben is responsible for the practices internal Design Review process and leads the Marketing effort.

Ben was elected as President of the RIBA in a ballot of members in August 2016. He became President in September 2017 and will step down in August 2019.


Anna Rose 

Anna RoseAnna is currently the Head of the Planning Advisory Service, delivering improvement in planning services across the country. She has a focus on working collaboratively and creating the environment for making things happen.

Prior to this Anna was the Director of Growth, Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council.

She is a past President of the Planning Officers Society, a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and a regular contributor to panels, boards, papers and press in the planning profession.