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Speaker Biographies 2017

No 2-Leena Marie -Collier -B_W- TIF 20020352204 (002)Leenamari Aantaa-Collier, Legal Director, Shakespeare Martineau
Leenamari is a specialist planning, environmental and regulatory solicitor. She has a wealth of knowledge borne from her experience in both the public and private sectors. This gives her a unique advantage when providing practical and cost-effective advice to clients in these potentially complicated areas of public law.
Leenamari has an impressive record of advising public, institutional and private sector clients, including NHS Trusts in respect of the impact of proposed development (addressing both UK and EU legal implications); injunctive relief to LPAs (from commencement through to committal proceedings); s.288 legal challenges conduct of s.78 appeals; advising on major development schemes (from both the perspective of the developer and the LPA; advising on all aspects of s.106 planning obligations; Leenamari has assisted the House of Lords Select Committee on issues arising from conflict between the licensing and planning regimes; and all aspects of the planning control system.


John Acres RTPI VPJohn Acres MRTPI, RTPI Vice President
John Acres has almost 45 years' experience in planning, within both the public, private and voluntary sectors. Initially, he spent 15 years in Local Government in London, then moving to the Midlands to serve as the Regional Planner for the House Builders Federation for 10 years. Since then John has worked for Redrow Homes and Catesby Property Group, moving in 2012 to become a Director at consultants, Turley in Birmingham. John now runs his own planning consultancy, Acres Land & Planning Ltd. During 2005/06, John served on the Government's Affordable Rural Housing Commission. He was a founder Board member of the South Shropshire Housing Association where he served for 8 years and has previously sat as a local Parish Councillor in Warwickshire.



Pooja Agrawal

Pooja Agrawal - Architect and urban designer, Greater London Authority
Pooja Agrawal is an architect and urban designer working in the Regeneration Team at the Greater London Authority. She is responsible for overseeing a number of projects in the north-west of London valuing over 25 million pounds ranging from the co-ordination of housing led mixed-use developments in Southall to affordable workspaces in Kilburn. Pooja is also working on launching a new social enterprise 'Public Practice' to embed talented practitioners within local authorities to build the public sector's capacity to build homes and support collaborative planning. Prior to the GLA, Pooja worked as an architect at We Made That and an urban designer at Publica. She was responsible for delivering award winning public realm and high street improvements, urban strategies and local economy studies. Pooja is also a regular visiting critic and guest tutor at a number of leading architecture and planning schools in the UK including University of Cambridge, Central St Martins and the Bartlett.


TerrieTerrie Alafat CBE: CEO, Chartered Institute of Housing
Terrie Alafat is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. She was most recently Director of Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government, with overall policy responsibility for the supply and management of housing across all tenures, housing growth, and homelessness prevention and support. As part of this, she also leads on sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency. She has worked in the civil service covering various housing policies and programmes since 2003. Terrie was given a CBE in 2013 for services to homeless people. Terrie began her career in the UK in social services policy development in a local authority and was Director of Housing and Corporate Strategy in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea until she moved to the civil service. Her academic background is in social policy and research.


Janet Askew _I0A3118 Reduced _cropped _2-1MBJanet Askew, Town Planner
Janet Askew was the RTPI President in 2015. During her forty year career in planning, following graduation from the University of Wales, she worked in local government in Scotland, private practice in London and Bristol and in academia. She holds various academic positions including being a visiting research fellow at the University of the West of England, where she had previously been the head of the School of Planning and Architecture. Janet has considerable experience working in the Far East, and she holds an honorary international visiting professorship in planning law at the National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, and is a visiting fellow at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan. She chairs the UCL RTPI Partnership Board, and sits on the RTPI partnership board for University College, Cork. She is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert, and is the RTPI's representative on the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).



Sue BridgeSue Bridge, Director, Sue Bridge Consulting
Susan has over 40 years' experience as a planning practitioner in local government and in the development industry. She started her planning career in Tyne and Wear County Council in 1975, moving from there to Newcastle City Council before moving into the private sector. Susan spent 13 years (until 2008) working for Bellway Homes as Director of the Planning and Development Division. Following this, she spent six years as Head of Planning in Northampton Borough Council, where she successfully managed the department through a challenging period of national and local change and transformation. Susan left local government to set up her own consultancy in 2014. She now advises clients in both the public and private sectors on planning matters.
Susan was elected to the General Assembly of the RTPI in 2015 and in 2016 she was elected to the Board of Trustees for 2017/18.



Andrew Close _RTPI Staff -0545Andrew Close, Head of Careers, Education & Professional Development, RTPI
Andrew is a Chartered Town Planner and urban designer and has worked in consultancy, local and national government planning roles since 2000. As Head of Careers, Education & Professional Development at the RTPI he is responsible for Institute-wide education policy and accreditation procedures, student advice and support including the new RTPI Bursary project, member's lifelong learning and CPD monitoring and standards, and the RTPI Future Planners volunteer initiative to promote planning as a career choice to young people.


Tony Crook _whiteProfessor Tony Crook CBE FRTPI, Professor Emeritus of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield
Tony Crook was Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield and now Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning. He chairs the Board of Trustees of Shelter, is Deputy Chair of the Orbital Housing Group, a Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a council member of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the CIH Influence Board.


Niall CussenNiall Cussen, Chief Planning Adviser, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Niall is the Chief Planning Adviser at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. Niall is responsible for advancing strategic planning and development policy at national and regional levels in Ireland and played an important role in the preparation of the Government's Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, "Rebuilding Ireland". Previously Niall has led the delivery of the Government's action programme on unfinished housing developments and is a member of the Dublin Housing Supply and Co-ordination Task Force. Niall is Head of Business Unit of the Forward Planning Section and leads the Department's professional Planning Advisers in the Department's Planning, Housing Market Policy and Land Management Division, progressing both the Department's as well as a wider government business agenda relating to legislative and policy development in planning and related matters, most recently in the context of the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015, two current planning bills and the preparation of a National Planning Framework to succeed the National Spatial Strategy. Prior to joining the Department in 2000, Niall worked in a number of planning posts in both local authorities such as Clare, Meath and Dublin City and An Bord Pleanála where he was a Senior Inspector dealing with a wide range of cases. Niall holds qualifications in economics and geography, regional and urban planning and environmental engineering from Maynooth University, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin respectively, and is both a member, and a past President, of the Irish Planning Institute.


Hayley Davis Photo [1][1]Hayley Davis, Graduate of Reading University
Hayley's background is in environmental science, which she studied as an undergraduate at the University of Brighton. After graduating in 2014, Hayley lead a Raleigh International expedition to improve water, health and sanitation in Tanzania, which enabled her to develop a practical side to her interest in global climate change and international development. Hayley joined Terence O'Rourke (an award winning, inter-disciplinary consultancy) as an Assistant Environmental Planner in 2015. Her role covers a range of schemes, including larger scale projects for which she assists with coordinating both the planning applications and the Environmental Impact Assessments. Hayley is currently studying part-time for an MSc in Spatial Planning and Development at the University of Reading. Hayley's interest in climate change and development continues and in recognition of this, she was selected for the Terence O'Rourke annual 'travel award' given to facilitate the development of professional knowledge. Hayley has chosen to travel to the South Pacific to investigate how the region is adapting to the immanent threat posed by climate change.


David EdmonsonDavid Edmondson MRTPI, Strategic Development Manager, Cornwall Council
David Edmondson is the Strategic Development Manager for Cornwall Council in the Planning and Sustainable Development Service. He is a Chartered Town Planner and has been a member of the RTPI for over 22 years. He currently manages the Strategic Development Management Team, Historic Environment, Highways and s106 Teams and is the Service Lead on Partnerships and Training & Development. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in several Development Management and Planning Policy sections and in private architectural practices. He is a member of the RTPI Education & Lifelong Learning Committee and sits on the RTPI General Assembly again this year. He Chaired the South West Branch of the RTPI in 2012 and continued and strengthened their strong annual CPD programme during his tenure. He is a great advocate for lifelong learning within the planning profession and for the wider players in the development industry, as well as Councillors and Town and Parish Councils. He now has a Training Manager in place, who will carry on the good work that won Cornwall Council the RTPI Employer Award for Planning Excellence in 2016.


RTPI Planning Convention Headshot _Hannah FawdonHannah Fawdon, Graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 2015 RTPI Bursary Award Winner
Hannah is a Graduate Planner with EDF Energy working on a range of energy projects including new nuclear and gas. Prior to joining EDF Energy, Hannah graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2016 with an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning and benefited from a RTPI bursary which allowed her to further her studies in the built environment, after gaining a bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews. Hannah gained some initial work experience during her studies with a planning consultancy based in Edinburgh, supporting clients on planning matters including emerging Local Plans and carrying out site appraisals. Hannah is currently working towards her Chartered Membership of the RTPI and believes that a career in planning will allow her to make a direct and valuable contribution to society through the development and renewal of vital infrastructure


Approved1Marion Frederiksen MRTPI, International Policy and Research Officer, RTPI
Marion Frederiksen is a chartered town planner and the RTPI's International Policy and Research Officer. Her job includes mainstreaming international planning by working with the Institute's policy, research, membership and education teams. She champions the role of planners and good planning in helping to address global issues and implement international commitments like the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, along with the RTPI's President and Chief Executive, Marion attended and presented at Habitat III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development. She has over 15 years' experience in the UK and South Africa working for private consultancies on environmental impact assessments, infrastructure, housing and flood defence projects; and has lectured on spatial planning, environmental and African planning.


Peter GeraghtyPeter Geraghty FRTPI, Director of Planning and Transport, Southend on Sea Borough Council
Peter has experience of working across both the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has over twenty-five years' experience working in the fields of planning and development. As Chief Planning Officer for Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council he has had responsibility for managing the authority's planning service and advising on large planning applications including housing, transportation, industrial, retail and regeneration schemes. He is responsible for managing the Council's infrastructure network and assets. He has worked for authorities in London, Essex and Norfolk. He is also a former volunteer and Director for Planning Aid for London and was Chair of the Regional Management Board of the Eastern Region of the RTPI in 2011. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the RTPI in 2012. Peter was president of the Royal Town Planning Institute 2013-14, and currently, he is Chair of the RTPI's International Committee and representative on the Global Planners' Network. Peter is the RTPI's representative on the UK Built Environment Advisory Group for Humanitarian Action (UKBEAG). Peter is Chair of the Planning, Housing and Regeneration Board for the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT). Peter was appointed a member of the UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation Advisory Board in 2013. Peter is a graduate of the University of Liverpool from where he received a PhD and a Masters degree. As well as being a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Association of Building Engineers, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.


Phil Gibby Photo April 17Phil Gibby, Director, Arts Council
Phil Gibby joined Arts Council England in March 2010, and is the organisation's Area Director for the south west. He joined from Welsh National Opera, where he held the post of Director of Development & Communications. Previously, Phil was south west Regional Director of Arts & Business and had headed up the Marketing and Development department at Bristol Old Vic. Phil has previously sat on the boards of several arts organisations including South West Arts Marketing, art+power, Malvern Theatres, Wiltshire Music Centre, Total Theatre Network, the Tobacco Factory Arts Trust and Show of Strength.



Simon Gilbert HeadshotSimon Gilbert MRTPI, Operational Manager (Strategic Development Management and Placemaking), Cardiff Council
Simon Gilbert is the Strategic Development and Placemaking Manager at Cardiff Council, having worked for the Authority for 22 years. During his time at the Council, Simon has been responsible for preparing Cardiff's City Centre Strategy delivering successful economic regeneration and environmental enhancements within the city centre and Cardiff Bay. Simon is passionate about the role planners can and should play in shaping new and existing environments, through working closely with communities, stakeholders and across the professions. Simon now leads the Strategic Development and Placemaking Team, which brings together a number of professional disciplines including Development Management, Urban Design, Conservation and Masterplanning. Simon is responsible for delivering Cardiff's ambitious plans for growth by embedding the masterplanning principle in new developments, including significant urban extensions and major brownfield regeneration.


Robin HambletonProfessor Robin Hambleton MRTPI, Professor of City Leadership, UWE
Robin Hambleton is Emeritus Professor of City Leadership at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol and Director of Urban Answers, a company he founded in 1997. He has held professorial positions in City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University, in City Management at UWE, and in Urban Planning and Policy, and Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was the founding President of the European Research Association (EURA) and was the Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2002-07). In recent years his work has focussed on how to improve place-based leadership by learning from inspirational civic leadership in different countries. His latest international book is Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet. (Policy Press 2015).


Mike Harris _RTPI Staff -0613Dr Michael Harris, Deputy Head of Policy & Research, RTPI
Dr Michael Harris is Deputy Head of Policy and Research at the Royal Town Planning Institute, where he leads on the RTPI's research activities. Previously he was a senior associate at the new economics foundation (nef) think tank, and Director of Public and Social Innovation at Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). He has also worked in local government and academia. Michael has an on-going interest in localism, health and wellbeing, and community engagement.


Norzila HashimNorliza Hashim, Secretary General, Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlement (EAROPH)
Norliza Hashim is the Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlement (EAROPH), an international multi-sectoral organisation that encourages excellence in planning, development and management to improve the sustainability of human settlements. She sits on the Board of Town Planners Malaysia and is a registered town planner with more than 26 years of town planning experience. Norliza has managed her own firm – AJM Planning and Urban Design Group Sdn Bhd – for the past 22 years and her experience covers a wide spectrum of the planning discipline. She has also served as a consultant to UN-Habitat in its Urban and Housing Rehabilitation Programmes. Norliza had led a team of experts to develop the Low Carbon Cities Assessment Framework for the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and is now the Director for the Malaysian Institute of Planner's Low Carbon Cities and Sustainability Centre. She is actively involved in community-based programmes, sits on various advisory panels and is a Board of Director of the Melaka World Heritage Sdn Bhd. Norliza's passion lies in the promotion of sustainable development and in providing innovative planning solutions that improve the quality of life of local communities. Her work has brought her to many countries including Russia, Indonesia, China, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia. Her most recent effort is the founding of Urban Lab – a unique entity, which she hopes will evoke critical thinking and inspire people to develop creative ideas, and solutions that can solve or mitigate urban problems.


Jadine Havill Photo _editJadine Havill, Assistant Planner
In 2015, Jadine graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. Whilst at the University, she was awarded the 'Most Promising Planning Student' by RTPI West Midlands and was a Student Ambassador promoting the geography and planning discipline. Jadine has a keen interest in the role of social media in the future of planning, writing an article on the topic for Volume 02 of Affix Magazine, an Australian planning magazine inspired by planning, culture and sustainable development. Since then, Jadine has completed her masters at Cardiff University in Spatial Planning and Development, where she focused her research on the role that Instagram photography can have in understanding what people value about their city. Alongside both degrees, Jadine regularly undertook work experience at Turley to expand her knowledge of planning and has been an Assistant Planner at the Bristol office since September 2016.



Peter HeadProfessor Peter Head CBE, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ecological Sequestration Trust
Peter is a civil and structural engineer and a recognised world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and sustainable development in cities and regions. In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could 'save the planet'. The same year he was cited by Time magazine as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN's Principle Voices. In 2011 Peter was awarded the CBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment. In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust, a Charity which has brought together the world's top scientists, engineers, economists, financiers, health, ecology and other specialists to create, demonstrate and scale a CHEER (Collaborative Human-Ecological-Economics-Resource systems) GIS platform to enable regions all over the world to plan, design and implement inclusive resilient growth, using low carbon urban-rural development approaches which are energy, water and food secure. The first prototype has been demonstrated in Accra Ghana in 2016 for WASH, and Peter now plans to scale the platform use globally to support SDG delivery. Peter is Visiting Professor in Sustainable Systems Engineering at University of Bristol.


Neil HemmingtonNeil Hemington MRTPI, Head of Planning Division, Welsh Government
Neil Hemington is the Chief Planner with the Welsh Government and is responsible for leading planning reform in Wales. Neil graduated from the London School of Economics and has qualifications in Economics and Planning. He began his planning career in local government. Following his experience in strategic and local planning, Neil moved to the Welsh Government in 1999, playing a pivotal role in the preparation of the first Wales Spatial Plan. This was followed by leading the team's responsible for planning policy and research and most recently the Planning (Wales) Act.


NicoNico Heslop, Deputy Director, Planning, Economy & Society, DCLG
Nico began his career working on planning in DCLG. He held a number of positions in the department including as Private Secretary in the Secretary of State's office during the transition to the Coalition Government. He then had spells in Cabinet Office working on foreign and domestic policy and most recently spent three years in the Treasury as Head of Energy Tax. Nico returned to DCLG in January as Deputy Director for planning policy and planning for housing.


Rebecca HildrethRebecca Hildreth, Head of Marketing and Communications, RTPI
Rebecca has over 25 years' experience of working as a senior communications professional and consultant for membership, trade association, not for profit, local government and commercial organisations in the arts, travel, fashion, education and built environment sectors. Rebecca specialises in crisis and reputation management and is currently Head of Communications and Marketing at the Royal Town Planning Institute. She is particularly interested in how planners can promote their important work and role in society.


1201_Adovocacy _Jason _019 (002)Jason Jordan, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, American Planning Association
Jason Jordan directs policy, advocacy and federal relations programs for the American Planning Association. He is responsible for advancing the organisation's legislative and policy agenda in Washington, DC. Jason is also a partner in the Washington, D.C. public affairs and government relations consultancy, Advocacy Associates, LLC, where he directs the firm's transportation, local government and community development practice. Previously, Jordan worked for U.S. Senator Max Cleland and in policy and association management positions for several non-profit organisations. Jordan also has electoral campaign experience having managed field operations and provided general strategic guidance for transportation-related ballot measures and congressional campaigns. He has degrees from Emory University and American University.


M Keeling New1Dr Mary Keeling, Global Program Director, Economic Analysis, IBM
Dr Mary Keeling is part of the Global Government Strategy team and is responsible for economic analysis underpinning IBM's strategy to help Governments drive improvements in productivity, efficiency, and quality of education, transport, water, buildings, public safety, and other services critical for economic growth. Prior to that Mary was part of the Senior Leadership Team and Manager, Economic Analysis for IBM's Smarter Cities business globally. Mary joined IBM in 2007 and spent 5 years at the Institute for Business Value writing IBM's thought leadership on Smarter Cities. Prior to joining IBM, she spent over a decade as a lecturer in economics at the University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, and NUI Maynooth.


Rob KrzyszowskiRob Krzyszowski MRTPI, Co-Founder, Planning Out
Rob is a Co-Founder of Planning Out, a professional network for LGBT+ planners, the RTPI's representative on the Construction Industry Council's Diversity Panel and is on the steering group for Future of London's Diversity Pledge. In 2013, Rob chaired RTPI London and the London Planning Summit. In 2012, he chaired RTPI London Young Planners and the national Young Planners' Conference. He has been a member of the RTPI's General Assembly since 2011 and sits on its England Policy Panel. He has organised and spoken at a number of events on Local Plans, CIL, viability, neighbourhood planning and the Duty to Cooperate. Rob is the Planning Policy Team Leader at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with lead responsibility for the Council's Local Plan as well as CIL and S106 policy and has previously worked at Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Birmingham City Councils.


Christer Larsson HeadshotChrister Larsson, Planning Director, City of Malmö, Sweden
Christer Larsson is the City Planning Director of Malmö, Sweden, since 2005. Previously, he served as City architect and has run his own architectural office. He has been part of Malmö City's Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö and from 2014-2015 he acted as special investigator for Sweden's Government to formulate a new national policy for architecture, form and design. Christer Larsson is adjunct Professor of Architecture at Lund University, Chairman of the Nordic City Network, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), the Division for Building and Construction, and a Board member of the International Urban Development Association (INTA).


HeadshotSue Lovelock, Deputy Director, Planning for Development Management, DCLG
Sue Lovelock is Deputy Director for Development Management in the Department of Communities and Local Government – her team are responsible for the new brownfield registers and permission in principle, reform of the compulsory purchase regime, permitted development, planning fees and appeals policy. Sue joined the Civil Service in 2003, working initially in the Department for Transport and then in a number of roles in DCLG, including as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, Bill Manager for the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 and as a senior policy advisor and team leader in a range of roles on preventing repossessions, homelessness, housing strategy and major infrastructure planning.


Hilary LushHilary Lush, Senior Membership Adviser, RTPI
Hilary Lush is a Senior Membership Advisor at the Royal Town Planning Institute. She has BAs in Communication and International Studies and has previously worked in media and market research. She advises on all aspects of the membership application process, including the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – the main route to Chartered Membership.



Adele MaherAdele Maher MRTPI, Strategic Planning Manager, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Adele is an experienced town planner and urban designer. She was highly commended in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 as Young Planner of the Year. Adele is Strategic Planning Manager for London Borough of Tower Hamlets, responsible for planning policy, design and conservation. She is currently focused on the preparation of a new Local Plan to accommodate 40,000+ new homes and on the Opportunity Area Planning Framework for the Canary Wharf area with the GLA. Previously, Adele led Havant Borough's' CIL Charging Schedule to adoption in 2013; its Local Plan to adoption in 2014 and secured decisions on CIL spending in 2015. Adele managed the preparation of a sub-regional spatial growth plan on behalf of 12 planning authorities including Portsmouth, Southampton and Solent LEP from 2014 to 2015. Adele has also worked for the Feria Urbanism design and planning practice on masterplanning in Liverpool, Weymouth and Bournemouth.


Jane -Manning _PhotoJane Manning, Associate Director, Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners
Jane is an urban designer and environmental planner. She has extensive experience in masterplanning, urban design and characterisation at a variety of scales from the strategic to the site specific. Jane has led the production of a series of high profile masterplans and strategies for Old Kent Road, Old Oak Common and Lea Bridge and Leyton in London. She has undertaken research projects looking at local character, density and green infrastructure. Jane has led much of the practice's ground-breaking sustainability work. She led the production of the Sustainable Places website, working in partnership with CABE and the English Core Cities to establish authoritative and practical guidance on addressing climate change in urban areas. Her project work involves extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation – from informing site design proposals to preparing neighbourhood plans. Jane has held a number of advisory roles including as a member of the TCPA's Policy Council and Zero Carbon Task Team. She sits on the Urban Design editorial board and has lectured on sustainable design for regional agencies and universities.


Sue Manns PhotoSue Manns MRTPI, Director, Pegasus Group
Sue is a Regional Director with the Pegasus Group and is responsible for their public engagement and consultation specialism. She has wide ranging and extensive experience of planning and public consultation gained in the public, private and voluntary sectors at national, regional and local levels. Sue works with a range of organisations, across a variety of sectors, to advise on best practice in public engagement. As National Planner for the RTPI/Planning Aid England she authored the "Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Schemes" and as a Senior Lecturer in Planning Law and Practice, she led the research into public speaking at planning committees, now a recognised practice in most authorities. Sue is a regular speaker at national conferences focusing on public engagement in the planning system. She is Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Fiona Mc CandlessFiona McCandless MRTPI, Chief Planner, Northern Ireland
Fiona is a Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years' experience in planning in local and central government. She was appointed Chief Planner in April 2014 and is responsible for the overall leadership, management and delivery of the Department's planning responsibilities. Before joining the former Department of Environment in 1998 Fiona worked in a number of local authority posts in the Republic of Ireland, including Dublin, Donegal and Roscommon. She is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast and has been both a member and former Chair of the RTPI NI Branch Executive.


John Mc Nairney Professional Photo (1)John McNairney MRTPI, Chief Planner, Scottish Government
Over the last thirty years John has practiced as a chartered town planner in local government, planning consultancy and, most recently, in central government. He joined the Scottish Office at devolution initially leading a range of planning and transport policy developments and subsequently implementation of the Scottish Executive's Freedom of Information legislation. In 2005 he was appointed Assistant Chief Planner supporting development of the Planning (Scotland) Act and subsequently its implementation, the Delivering Planning Reform Agenda and the development of Scotland's ePlanning programme. He was appointed Chief Planner in July 2012 following Jim Mackinnon's retirement from Scottish Government.


Janice Morphet1Professor Janice Morphet FRTPI, Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
Janice Morphet has been a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London since 2005 and is a CABE Built Environment Expert. Janice was on the Planning Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was a Senior Adviser on local government at DCLG 2000-2005, having been Chief Executive of Rutland CC, Director of Technical Services at Woking, and Professorial Head of the School of Planning and Landscape at Birmingham Polytechnic. Janice has been a trustee of the TCPA and held several roles at the RTPI including as Trustee, Chair of the Education and Life Long Learning Committee and the London Chapter. Janice has also been included in Planning's Power 100 list of planners. Janice's research includes infrastructure planning, EU, health, smart cities and state rescaling. Her recent books include Modern Local Government (2008), Effective Practice in Spatial Planning (2010), How Europe Shapes British Public Policy (2013), Applying leadership and management in planning: theory and practice (2015) and Infrastructure delivery planning: an effective practice approach (2016) and Beyond Brexit (2017).



Graham StallwoodGraham Stallwood FRTPI, Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Graham has worked in planning in local authorities across south east England and now specialises in leading service improvement and applying business management theories to planning and local government contexts. He completed an MBA in 2012.
Graham is Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with a portfolio covering planning policy, applications and enforcement, strategic developments, conservation, design, arboriculture, building control, land charges and the lead local flood authority. He is a member of both RBKC's Management Board and the Shared Services Board for the London Tri-Borough Councils. Graham chaired RTPI South East 2005-2007, has been a member of the RTPI General Assembly since 2008, was elected a RTPI trustee in 2011, served as Honorary Treasurer 2012-2016 and became Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2017. He is a former RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence judge and Director of the Construction Industry Council.

CSwain Photo For Planning Convention 2017Corinne Swain OBE FRTPI, Arup Fellow
Corinne is a former Head of Planning at Arup, the engineering and design-based consultancy. She is now an Arup Fellow focussing on peer review, knowledge sharing and research. Her consultancy background is largely in policy research, major infrastructure and development projects, and more recently pursuing the cities agenda as one of 8 lead experts steering the UK Government's Future of Cities foresight project (2013-16). She was a member of the Mayor's Outer London Commission (2008–16), a Birmingham university led commission on future urban living (2012-15), and previous government committees on planning research, transport, property and professional standards. Since the demise of English regional planning, she regularly writes and presents on ways of reinventing strategic planning linked to national infrastructure planning and city regional devolution. She contributes to the work of the RTPI, TCPA and the National Planning Forum. Prior to consultancy, she worked in local government and for BAA.

Andrew Taylor _whiteAndrew Taylor, Director - Head of Planning, Countryside Properties
Andrew Taylor is Director (Head of Planning) for Countryside Properties where he leads the strategic planning function for the company. Before moving to Countryside Andrew was Head of Planning for Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, prior to which he had over 18 years' experience in planning authorities in the south east of the country, he has been involved with both urban and rural planning from major town centre redevelopments to small scale exception needs housing. Andrew is a member of the Leeds Beckett University Partnership Board and part of the Management Committee for The National Planning Forum.


Mary -travers -newMary Travers MRTPI, Group Manager (Local Plans), PINS
Mary Travers is Group Manager (Local Plans) with the Planning Inspectorate and is responsible for the agency's role in examining plans and supporting the plan-making system. She has had extensive experience as an Inspector, including major appeals casework and examinations of local, county and regional plans. Prior to joining the Planning Inspectorate in 1991 her planning career was mainly in local government, ranging from metropolitan to rural authorities, and also included work for the (then) Greater London Council and part-time university teaching.


DSC_0446Ryan Walker, Graduate of Queen's University Belfast, 2016 RTPI Student Prize Award Winner
Ryan recently completed his M.Sc. in Planning and Development at Queen's University of Belfast where he received several honorary prizes. Since graduation he has gone on to gain employment with Belfast City Council's Planning Department working on the creation of a new local development plan. His research specialises in policy mechanisms that can be used by the profession to decrease residential segregation and increase cohesion. He believes that planners should facilitate closer work with developers to promote sustainable objectives that yield both social and economic returns. These objectives should include social empowerment and environmental justice and this is something he hopes to promote throughout his career in the profession.


Nick WhittingtonNick Whittington, RTPI Planning Apprentice, New Forest District Council
Nick is among the first group of students to complete the inaugural Apprenticeship in Town Planning, a programme developed by the RTPI in partnership with a number of national colleges. He carried out his studies at Chichester College in West Sussex while working within the Planning Department at New Forest District Council. Through his apprenticeship he quickly progressed to head up a number of projects within both household and major development teams within his department.


Stephen Wilkinson _whiteStephen Wilkinson, RTPI President 2017
Stephen is a chartered town planner with considerable experience in planning and regeneration. He has worked for four London Boroughs and for the Audit Commission where he advised planning authorities on their management arrangements. He currently works for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and sits on several regeneration boards.



Phil WilliamsPhil Williams, Director of Planning and Place, Belfast City Council
Phil Williams is Belfast City Council's first Director of Planning and Place, having taken up post in June 2015 following the transfer of planning powers to local government. He has had 35 years' experience in the public sector in London and Welsh authorities. He has led on major projects, including the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay and city centre and regeneration/reclamation schemes in the Valleys. He holds a BA (Hons) Geography degree from King's College London, an MSc in Planning from Cardiff University, and an MBA from the University of South Wales. Phil was the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2016.

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