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Creating Better Places - Skills and Experiences

Interview series where leading planning professionals discuss their professional experience and highlight the skills and characteristiscs they have needed to progress in their career and deliver successful planning. Interviews by Martin Willey FRTPI (RTPI Past President 2009-10).


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Paul Farmer, Hon MRTPI, Former CEO and Ethics Officer, American Planning Association

Gives an American perspective on professional planning ethics.

Richard Grant

Richard Grant, MRTPI, Local Planning Manager, Plymouth City Council

Discusses how the innovative and inclusive approach taken by planners in Plymouth has resulted in a vision that the whole of the city can embrace.

Waheed Nazir

Waheed Nazir, MRTPI, Strategic Director Economy (Interim) at Birmingham City Council 

Talks about his approach to communication as a planner and the need to deliver a clear and simple message. He also discusses how he supports future planners.

Kieron Hyams, ARUP

Kieron Hyams, MRTPI, Associate at ARUP

By discussing his role in key research and evaluation projects Kieron demonstrates the pivotal role planning can have in ensuring good decision making in the market economy.


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Riette Oosthuizen, MRTPI, Planning Partner at HTA Design

Discusses the need for effective and ongoing communication to deliver the RTPI award winning zero carbon development at Hanham Hall, Bristol.


Interview with Mary MacIntyre OBE, MRTPI

Former Chief Planner, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland discusses her career and the move to Northern Ireland's new planning system



Under the spotlight

Dr Maggie Bochel, MRTPI, Head of Planning and Sustainable Development at Aberdeen City Council discusses the importance of good communication in running a busy planning department

Louise Brook Smith


Planning with two qualifications Louise Brooke-Smith, MRTPI, Brooke Smith Planning Consultants Ltd discusses balancing an ethical challenges with a commercial approach

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The purpose and value of planning Simon Coop, MRTPI, Associate Director, NLP discusses viability and the importance of understanding the economic value of planning

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Planning in Scotland

Jim MacKinnon, previous Chief Planner, Scottish Government discusses the future of planning in Scotland and the importance of good leadership

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Advocating for planning Nikola Miller, MRTPI, RTPI Scotland

Viv Ramsey

Planning lessons from the London 2012 Olympics Vivienne Ramsey, former Director of Planning Decisions, Olympic Delivery Authority

Ruth Richards

Teaching future planners

Ruth Richards MRTPI, Acting Head of Urban, Environment & Leisure Studies Department, London SouthBank University

Sue Bridge Lessons from the private sector Sue Bridge, MRTPI, former Head of Planning, Northampton Borough Council
Stewart Murray Delivering planning in a determined local authority Stewart Murray, former Chief Planning and Regeneration Officer, London Borough of Redbridge
Paul Watson Working constructively with the private sector Paul Watson, MRTPI, former Strategic Director for Community and Economic Regeneration, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Mike Hyatt and Jake Berriman

The reality of neighbourhood planning

Mike Hyatt, former Corporate Head of Strategic Planning and Jake Berriman, Head of Strategic Delivery, Shropshire Council

Paul Barnard

Delivering local plans Paul Barnard, MRTPI, Assistant Director of Development and Regeneration, Planning Services, Plymouth City Council

Dr. David Evans

Making localism work for planning Dr. David Evans, Director of Planning and Environment, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland District Councils