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Speaker and Chair Biographies 2019

Ministerial Address
Kit Malthouse, Minister of State, Housing, Communities and Local Government

KM PhotoKit Malthouse was appointed Minister of State for Housing on 9 July 2018.

He was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions from 9 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015.

Keynote speaker
Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford

Mp 6Mark Prisk was first elected as the MP for Hertford and Stortford in 2001 and has been re-elected at every subsequent election. In 2017 he secured over 60% of the vote share.

Born in Cornwall and educated at Reading University, Mark is a Chartered Surveyor by profession. He ran his own business for ten years before entering politics. Mark is a former Government Minister, serving as Business & Enterprise minister 2010-2012; then as Housing Minister 2012-13.

He was appointed as the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to the Nordic & Baltic nations in 2014 and to Brazil in 2016.

John Acres MRTPI, Past President, Royal Town Planning Institute
John AcresJohn 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.

Ruth Bagley OBE, Director, Ardynt Consulting Ltd and Sub-group Chair, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

Ruthpic 120419Ruth Bagley chairs the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Working Group to secure the delivery of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow.  She holds NED roles in housing and higher education and is a member of the British Chambers of Commerce Expert Panel on Transport Infrastructure.

Ruth has 16 years' experience as Chief Executive to two councils, leading innovation in spatial planning, housing, economic growth and regeneration for which she and her teams have received national recognition.

Philip Barnes FRTPI, Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Developments Plc

Phillip _BarnesPhilip is the Group Land and Planning Director at Barratt Developments Plc.  Barratt is the UK's largest housebuilder with brands including Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, and Wilson Bowden Developments. He represents the group on land acquisition and the promotion of land through the planning process.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Prior to joining Barratt he was a Director (specialising in Housing) for the leading economics and planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.

Adrian Brown, Managing Director, The Berkeley Group Plc.

Adrian BrownAdrian is the Managing Director of the long term land business of The Berkeley Group Plc. Adrian has successfully promoted numerous large-scale residential led development schemes for the Group over the past 22 years and has a wealth of planning and development experience. Adrian is also a Board Member of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. Adrian is a Chartered Member of the RTPI and holds a MSc in Town Planning & Regional Economics from the University of Reading and a BA (Hons) Degree in Town Planning from London South Bank University.

Tony Burton CBE, Convenor, Neighbourhood Planners London

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Tony works free range on community, design and environmental projects, including as a leading neighbourhood planning advisor and Examiner.  He is volunteer convener of Neighbourhood Planners.London.  Tony is also Vice Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund and HS2's Independent Design Panel.  He is a trustee of mySociety, CPRE London, Greenspace Information for Greater London and TCV.  Tony is a member of Design Panels for Kingston, Epping, Harlow & Gilston and Otterpool Park and advises the National Infrastructure Commission on design and Tarmac on sustainability.  Tony founded Civic Voice in 2010.

Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU)

20190204_PAU_Staff _5_0019Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Vishaan has appeared on The Charlie Rose show, MSNBC's The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, the main stage at TED and has been profiled in The New York Times and The Financial Times.

Heather Claridge MRTPI, Principle Officer, Glasgow City Council

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Heather is a chartered Urban Planner, Designer and Geographer who has worked for Glasgow City Council since 2008, leading on a diverse range of spatial strategy, regeneration and green & blue infrastructure initiatives. Heather has co-delivered the internationally recognised Stalled Spaces programme and supported its national roll-out; built creative partnerships at different scales within Glasgow's Canal Corridor; secured investment for neighbourhood development; and led on Glasgow's involvement in the Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI) Association. Her creative approach to urban planning was recognised by the RTPI in 2018, when she was awarded UK Young Planner of the Year 2018.

Patrick Clarke MRTPI, Masterplanning Lead UK+I, AECOM

PC Headshot _2018Patrick is a Town Planner and UK+I lead for Masterplanning at AECOM. His work has included policy and design studies of Sustainable Residential Quality, the Urban Design Compendium and Better Places to Live. He was a member of CABE's national Design Review Panel and the TCPA Expert Group advising on Garden City Principles. He is currently involved in a range of new community projects across the UK including for Homes England at Burgess Hill.

Aidan Culhane MRTPI, Chief Executive, The Iveagh Trust

A Culhane ColAidan Culhane is Chief Executive of The Iveagh Trust, Ireland's oldest social housing provider. Previously, he was instrumental in founding Urbeo Residential, a mixed-tenure housing Fund. He is a former special adviser to the Minister for Housing and Planning at the Irish Housing Ministry, and also served as an elected member in Dublin local government for 12 years from 1999-2011. He is a chartered town planner and has written extensively on housing and planning issues.

Carole-Anne Davies HonRTPI, Chief Executive, Design Commission for Wales


Carole-Anne Davies is Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales. A career predominantly in senior management roles followed her time in industry with Thorn EMI. Previously she was Director of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, a Trustee of National Museum Wales and consultant to the Scottish Government. In 2015 she was appointed founding Chair of The Gregynog Trust. She is an alumna of the CSCLeaders Commonwealth International Study Conference, of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Programme and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Calum Ewing, Head of Property, Metro Bank

Calum Ewing Head Shot 2Before joining Metro Bank in 2007, Calum advised retailers and landlords on property transactions across the UK. This included the initial Metro Bank's stores where they were the first new retail bank in the UK to receive a banking licence in over 100 years. Calum manages all aspects of Metro Bank's property acquisition programme. They currently have 66 stores, with plans to expand around the UK. Calum is continually motivated by the Metro Bank's unique culture and a focus on maintaining and delivering the clear business model.

Andy Foster, Business Development Director, Capita's Government Services business

Andrew Foster HeadshotAndy has over 20 years' experience delivering local, national and international regulatory strategies for government agencies.

At Capita he is responsible for developing their local government portfolio by growing partnerships that help transform services, reduce operating costs and create social value. More recently Andy has helped grow Capita's vibrant Planning resilience business who help clients manage workloads at times of high demand or provide specialist expertise for particular projects.

Malcolm Fraser, Director, Fraser/Livingstone Architects and Chair, Scottish Town Centre Review

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Malcolm Fraser is celebrated for his ability to understand and promote the culture and vigour of a place.  His buildings for art and culture, award winning homes and communities and the joyful renewal of historic buildings have all brought renewed life to communities. Fraser has held and holds various public posts and writes on, and advocates on behalf of, politics and culture in Scotland in general. He was recently Chair of the Scottish Government's Town Centre Review.

Photo credit: Angus Bremner©

Neil Hemington MRTPI, Chief Planner, Welsh Government

Neil HemingtonNeil 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.

Victoria Hills MRTPI, FICE, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

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Victoria joined the RTPI 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. At a time when the profile of town planning and placemaking has never been higher, Victoria is enjoyed to playing her part in making the case for investing in planning and planners, to deliver and preserve quality places and the environment for future generations to come, putting planning centre stage.

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. An experienced public speaker, Victoria recently judged the 2018 Construction News Awards, the 2019 New Civil Engineer Awards and is a judge for the 2019 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards. In March 2019 Victoria was delighted to join the new Board of The Construction Innovation Hub to help shape the work of the new £72 million Construction Innovation Hub, which seeks to transform the UK construction industry.

Sue Illman, Managing Director, Illman Young Landscape Design Ltd

Sue Illman Photo Credit To Robert Taylor

Sue Illman is Managing Director of Illman Young, a landscape architectural practice based in Cheltenham, and was President of the Landscape Institute from 2012-2014.  As an advocate of cross-institutional collaboration on water management, she is the Champion for Flood Mitigation and Resilience for the Construction Industry Council (CIC).  Sue was a co-author of the new SuDS Manual, launched in November 2015 by CIRIA, lead author for their new SuDS Construction Guidance published by CIRIA in November 2017, and both lead and co-ordinated the recently-launched LLFA Review of SuDS – Achieving Sustainable Drainage.

Photo credit: Robert Taylor

Amanda Lumley, Executive Lead Mayflower 400 UK, Plymouth Leadership Group, and Chief Executive of Destination Plymouth

DESTINATION_PLYMOUTH_08Amanda was appointed as Chief Executive of Destination Plymouth in March 2013. Amanda has worked in both the public and private sector such as Chester Zoo and Leeds Castle, managing major shopping centres to regional tourism and business partnerships including Visit Essex, Visit Kent, Dover Pride Regeneration Partnership and Kent County Council where she successfully delivered the Tour de France Stage 1 in 2007.

Amanda is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing and Director & Vice President of Tourism Management Institute

Grace  Manning-Marsh, Product Manager, LandInsight

Grace Manning -Marsh V2A Town Planner by training Grace has over 11 years experience working as a planning consultant. Working on achieving planning permission for residential and mixed use planning applications, along with extensive experience in regeneration strategies, community engagement and EIAs. She has always been interested in how the planning system could be improved by technology and has moved into the PlanTech space. Using her planning knowledge she heads up LandEnhance, working with data and software specialists to speed up and modernise access to planning information. The platform uses Machine Learning to aggregate, analyse and enable deep searching of Planning Applications and Policy Documents, to provide relevant arguments and statistics needed to make stronger planning justifications.

Sue Manns, Director, Sue Manns Associates

Sue MannsSue is Director of Sue Manns Associates, a specialist consultancy. She started her career at Birmingham City Council before becoming a senior lecturer in planning law and practice at the University of Central England. In 2002 Sue became Head of Planning and Transport at Advantage West Midlands. This was followed by a move to Arup in 2005, where she led the growth of their Midlands Planning, Policy and Economics Business. Sue is best known for her role as National Planner for the RTPI Planning Aid England and was lead author of the RTPI Planning Aid 'Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Projects'. In 2011, Sue moved to become a Regional Director for Pegasus Group (Birmingham) and their specialist lead on consultation and engagement. In 2018, she set up her own specialist community engagement and consultation practice.

Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive, Association of Town & City Management

Ojay HeadhotOjay McDonald is the Chief Executive of the Association of Town & City Management. He works with Government Ministers, parliamentarians, economic development professionals, business leaders and place-makers across the UK and Ireland to support town and city centres. He works on a range of policy issues including tax reform, local government finance, the EU and UN Urban Agenda, devolution, the Northern Powerhouse, transport, housing, planning, retail and urban regeneration.

Sue Morgan, Director of Architecture and Built Environment, Design Council

SueSue joined the Design Council in January, after leaving her consultancy Around the Block Ltd, a company passionate about Place, helping clients reimagine public space. A landscape architect by training, she has over 25 years' experience working in the private, public and third sectors, consultancy, strategic management and project delivery.

The previous CEO of the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and a keen advocate for GI, she is the Vice Chair for the Park Alliance, a member of MCHLG, Park Action Group, a former Cabe Space enabler, a Civic Trust Buildings & Landscape Awards Assessor and Heritage Lottery Fund Mentor. She was until recently a long-standing Trustee for the Bankside Open Spaces Trust, which she founded in 1997.

Professor Janice Morphet FRTPI, Visiting Professor, UCL Bartlett School of Planning

Janice MorphetJanice is a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL and is a CABE Built Environment Expert. Janice was on the Planning Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games and a Senior Adviser on local government at DCLG, 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 RTPI and TCPA.

Her latest book Changing Contexts in Spatial Planning (2018) and recent research with Dr Ben Clifford  includes NSIP flexibility and delivery and Local Authority Direct Provision of Housing (2017) with further research published in 2019.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive, Nottingham City Homes

Nick Murphy HeadshotNick Murphy is Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, who manage and maintain 27,000 properties. As well as delivering record satisfaction from existing tenants, the company is working with the Council to build new homes and regenerate areas of Nottingham, creating jobs and investment in local communities.

Nick has an extensive background in local authority housing and experience of working in the senior civil service, developing national housing policy and legislation. He is a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Policy Advisory Committee.

Stephanie Pollitt, Assistant Director, British Homes Federation

Spollitt _165x 227Stephanie Pollitt joined the British Property Federation in 2011 leading on the Federation's commercial and residential portfolios. Her work broadly covered residential property management as well as a wide range of commercial property matters, including retail insolvency. As Assistant Director, Stephanie oversees the BPFs work on residential policy which included working in close partnership with Government to help shape their leasehold agenda and continuing to champion the build to rent sector across the industry.

John McNairney MRTPI, Chief Planner, Scottish Government

John Mc Nairney Professional Photo (15)John is the Chief Planner at the Scottish Government where he leads the Planning and Architecture division. He has practiced as a chartered town planner for over last thirty years and has worked in  consultancy, in local and in central government.

He joined central government in 1999, at Devolution, and has since supported a range of policy and modernising initiatives covering information, planning policy and digital. He was appointed Chief Planner in 2012. His team have since delivered Scotland's third National Planning Framework, the review of Scottish Planning Policy, the policy on architecture and place, Creating Places, the collaboration of the Place Standard tool and the continued development of Scotland's Digital Planning programme. He is the lead official on the current review of planning in Scotland where the Planning Bill is currently under consideration by the Scottish Parliament. 

Steve Quartermain MRTPI, Chief Planner, MHCLG

Steve QuartermainI began my career as a trainee planner having studied geography at Durham. I took a postgraduate qualification and became an RTPI member in 1982. My early career was mostly in Development management in Epping Forest and Dartford. I moved to Yorkshire to be Head of Development Control. In 1988 I was made Head of Planning covering DM, Local Plans and economic development and tourism.In 1996 I was appointed as Director of Planning and Environmental services, which included all front line services except for housing benefits. This put me in a good position to place planning at the heart of "making the district better" and the council was awarded Beacon Council status for the work we did in linking planning and communities together. We adopted "neighbourhood planning" before it was invented and even had a version of CIL before it was thought of. We were also one of the first to get a sound plan in place following the 2004 Act. It was a great job delivering planning objectives on the ground and seeing the positive changes happen. The opportunity to take up the role as Chief Planner at DCLG proved to be one I could not resist and I have manned the defence of planning ever since. In this role I am Head of Profession and we have done significant work to promote and champion the role of planning in the civil service.

Dr Gavan Rafferty MRTPI, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Gavan Rafferty 02Gavan is a Lecturer at Ulster University's Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment with research interests in community engagement and co-production in both community planning and spatial planning. He coordinated the Community Participation in Planning (CPiP) project, collaborating with Community Places (UK), University of Aveiro (Portugal) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy) to co-design, teach and test different ways of engaging stakeholders in community and spatial planning. Gavan is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and past Chair of RTPI Northern Ireland (2009-2010).

Sarah Richards MRTPI, Chief Executive, The Planning Inspectorate

Sarah Richards DSC_1166 Specs Blue Middle CropSarah Richards, BSc, MPhil, MRTPI, took up post as The Planning Inspectorate Chief Executive in March 2016. Her previous role was Strategic Director Regeneration, Housing and Resources, at Slough Borough Council. Sarah gained extensive experience as a planner working in local government before moving to the private sector as managing partner for Zurich Municipal Management Services where she led a team providing risk based consulting service to the public sector. Upon returning to the public sector, Sarah set up and led the Planning Advisory Service and then moved to the Local Government Association as a national adviser on housing and economic growth.

Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands

Laura -Shoaf2Laura Shoaf is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) which is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA); and the strategic transport authority for the area covered by the seven metropolitan authorities of the West Midlands.  She has more than 25 years international experience in delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration and is the first woman in England to lead a strategic transport authority.

Tammy Swift-Adams MRTPI, Planning Director, Homes for Scotland

TA 370 X 240Tammy is Planning Director at Homes for Scotland, the voice the Scottish home building industry. She leads their planning, land reform and infrastructure work. She is a member the RTPI General Assembly and Scottish Executive Committee and, proving wide opportunities available to planners, has previously worked for Northumberland National Park Authority, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Hambleton District Council, Coventry City Council and the Civic Trust

Ian Tant MRTPI, President, Royal Town Planning Institute
Ian TantIan Tant is a freelance consultant, offering strategic advice to land promotion and development companies and to Local Enterprise Partnerships.  First qualified in Environmental Sciences, Ian trained in Town and Country Planning at the University of Manchester, starting work in local government with district councils in Hertfordshire and Berkshire.  He worked for Barton Willmore, one of the UK's leading planning consultancies, from 1986 – 2016 where he was an Equity Partner 1990 - 2016 and Senior Partner 2004 – 2015. He was elected to the RTPI General Assembly for 2014-15 and to the Board from 2016.

Lisa Taylor, Chief Executive, Future of London

Lisa Taylor HeadshotWith a background in project management and stakeholder relations, Lisa has run Future of London since 2013. She leads on strategy, external affairs and facilitation and is one of The Planner's 'Women of Influence'. Internationally, she served as a US travel council trustee, worked with Projet Montréal, which now runs that city; and beyond the sector, worked at director level around the world on complex projects for CBS TV, Land Rover and the Canadian government.

Andy von Bradsky Dip Arch RIBA FRSA, Head of Architecture, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

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Andy is an architect with over 30 years' experience in the design and delivery of housing and regeneration for the private and public sector.

He has been a consultant at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government advising on design quality, housing supply and estate regeneration programmes and was appointed Head of Architecture at MHCLG in March 2019.

He is committed to working closely with communities on the design of their neighbourhoods and homes, and to supporting the architectural profession to achieve places and homes that reflect occupiers needs and aspirations. He has also co-authored influential reports on standards and quality in housing developments.

Stefan Webb, Director of Digitising Planning and Standards, Future Cities Catapult

Stefan WebbStefan leads the design, development and delivery of projects across the Future Cities Catapult. Stefan leads the Future of Planning programme, which has researched the key challenges in the UK planning system, supporting innovative SMEs to bring new products to market and advised MHCLG on what a digital planning system may look like.  He has developed the case for data devolution to Bristol, as well as leading the review of the Smart Dubai strategy.  Stefan has degrees in Sociology, Politics and Government, and Urban Regeneration. Before joining the Future Cities Catapult he worked for different local authorities, including the Greater London Authority where he worked on spatial policy and strategy for the Thames Gateway and Olympic Legacy development.

Neil Whittaker MRTPI, Planning Associate, Ivy Legal Ltd. Chair, National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE)

Neill WhittakerNeill joined Ivy Legal in June 2014 as a Planning Associate and has over 15 years experience working in planning enforcement, having previously managed the planning enforcement teams at Runnymede Borough Council, Hertsmere Borough Council and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Neill was elected a Chairman of the National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE) in January 2018, is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and Planning Aid volunteer.

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