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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 _acres _mrtpiJohn 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.

Shannon Franklin, Planning & Enforcement Officer, Shropshire Council

Shannon FranklinShannon Franklin BSC (Hons) MA, a Planning & Enforcement Officer at Shropshire Council, has recently achieved the 2018 West Midlands Regional RTPI Award for the Academic Excellence. Since Moving from private practice to Shropshire Council in 2017, her current role incorporates a variety of rural and urban applications and enforcement investigations. Shannon is particularly interested in the impacts of decisions on marginalised communities and ethnicities, as well as the implications of modern technology on the planning system.


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©

James Harris, Policy and Networks Manager, Royal Town Planning Institute

James Harris Sat 1010James Harris is the Policy and Networks Manager at the Royal Town Planning Institute. He works on regeneration, infrastructure, devolution, technology and strategic planning, and manages the Transport Planning Network. His research covers the relationship between settlement patterns, urban form and sustainability, and the use of new technology in strategic planning. James has an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from University College London, and an MA in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews. Prior to the RTPI, he worked as a consultant specialising in European funding for the environmental and sustainability projects in London.


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

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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

Sarah James MRTPI, Policy & Membership Development Officer, Civic Voice

Civic Voice _Sarah JamesSarah is Policy & Membership Development Officer at Civic Voice. With 10 years' Local Authority experience in Midlands authorities, Sarah also worked on the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy. Joining Civic Voice in 2015, Sarah leads on policy development and has been instrumental in influencing national policy to give greater emphasis to earlier and more meaningful community engagement. Sarah was recognised on The Planner's Women of Influence list in 2019 for the 3rd year running and through her experience, has a unique perspective from a local government and community point of view. 


Angus Kerr MRTPI, Chief Planner & Director of Regional Planning, DfI

AngusAngus Kerr is Chief Planner & Director of Regional Planning and is responsible for developing planning legislation and policy. 

Angus is a chartered Town Planner with over 26 years' experience working in a wide range of planning posts across Government. 

Angus was recently Project Director over the planning reform and transfer project which was responsible for reforming the planning system and transferring the majority of planning functions to the new 11 Councils on 1 April 2015. 


Helen Lawrence, Operations and Partnerships, Open Systems Lab

Helen1Helen joined Open Systems Lab, where the focus is on digital tools for the built environment, in 2017 to lead on Operations and Partnerships. Before this, as Hub Director of Big Innovation Centre, Helen was responsible for overseeing the hub's operations and programme of projects. Her earlier career spanned work in theatre, publishing and higher education, giving her insights into the ecosystem for innovation.


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

Duncan Maclennan RTPI(Hon), Professor of Public Policy, University of Glasgow

17 - 157 Social Sciences Duncan Mac Lennan  0030 (002)Duncan MacLennan works in the UK, Australia and Canada and lives in Edinburgh and at Kingsburg, Nova Scotia. He is an applied economist with an international reputation for work on housing, infrastructure, neighbourhoods, cities and regions. He is presently Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and Professorial Fellow in Urban Economics at City Futures, UNSW, Sydney. Previously he was Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews (2008-18) and held Chairs in applied economics at the University of Glasgow from 1983-2003 and directed the UK's national (ESRC) research centre for cities and housing throughout that period. He has previously held visiting chairs in the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), the Department of Land Economics, University of Cambridge, the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and the Cities Research Centre at RMIT, Melbourne.


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.

Louise Mansfield AssocRTPI, Director, Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners

Louise Mansfield _headshotLouise is a Director at Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners with fifteen years' experience in developing masterplans, design guidance, planning policy and regeneration projects in collaboration with local communities.

Louise specialises in developing design strategies and guidance in their broadest sense, taking account of social considerations, how towns and cities function and how people lead their daily lives, exploring the intersection of these elements with physical design and its impacts. She has a particular interest in social and built fabric heritage and how this can inform contemporary place strategies.


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.

Abbie Miladinovic, Planner, Leeds City Council

IMG_6115Abbie has worked in the Policy and Plans Group at Leeds City Council since October 2016, after joining the Council's corporate graduate development programme. Since then, she has been supporting neighbourhood planning groups across Leeds to prepare and implement neighbourhood plans, including through the designation, policy preparation, examination and referendum processes. Abbie was part of the team that organised the first national neighbourhood planning forums event in October 2018 and she has co-authored the Council's Neighbourhood Planning and Design Toolkit.

She has a particular interest in supporting neighbourhood planning groups in inner-city, urban areas, and in community engagement as part of the neighbourhood planning process. She's also a neighbourhood planning champion.


Celine Mionnet, Consultant, Inner Circle Consulting

Celine MionnetCeline is a consultant at Inner Circle Consulting. She is a planner and a development manager focusing on the delivery of complex regeneration projects. She is an experienced project manager with a background in community development, local government and stakeholder management. Her current work is to oversee the delivery a £4.4M GLA Good Growth Fund project including the fit-out of a community kitchen, and to develop a Supplementary Planning Document to support the delivery of a 400-home scheme in a town centre location

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.

Charlotte Orrell MRTPI, Senior Planner, Central London Planning
Charlotte Orrell - HeadshotCharlotte is a Senior Planner working within Iceni's Central London Team having previously worked within the London Planning Team at Savills. Throughout her career Charlotte has worked on a range of projects across London; from large-scale mixed-use developments to private residential homes. Charlotte has a strong interest in PlanTech and Modular Methods of Construction and has participated in international workshops on the digitalisation of Planning and actively aids technology start-ups to enter the Planning Sector.


Stephanie Pollitt, Assistant Director, British Property 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.


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.

Aranvir Singh Gawera, Graduate Planning Policy Officer, Leicester City Council 

Aran Gawera 378Aran works on the emerging Local Plan at Leicester City Council. He helps write policies which set the direction for what his home city will look like in the future. Aran is also initiating a public outreach program which promotes participation in planning, built environment career paths, and public sector working to local secondary schools. More widely, he is a taskforce member of the Town and Country Planning Association's Raynsford Review of Planning.


Joseph Smithyman, Marine Planner, Marine Management Organisation

Joseph SmithymanJoe is a Marine Planner for the Marine Management Organisation. His work includes leading on Climate Change policy development for the Marine Plans in English waters. Alongside this he covers the North West marine plan area to deliver a variety of engagement work, particularly with Local Authorities and cross-border stakeholders. He is pursuing interests in marine aggregates, master planning and the alignment of marine and terrestrial planning.

Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Director of Operations, The Planning Inspectorate

Profile 2Graham trained at the University of Sheffield and worked in planning in local authorities across south east England for twenty years, including four years as a Chief Planner.

Graham has recently become Director of Operations at the Planning Inspectorate.  This new role will bring together, and provide strategic leadership for, around 500 Planning Inspectorate case officers, planning and environmental officers and planning inspectors across England handling nationally significant infrastructure projects, planning appeals, development plans and other specialist casework.  As part of the role he will be leading performance improvements. 

Graham is a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).  He chaired RTPI South East from 2005-2007 and has been a member of the RTPI General Assembly since 2008.  He was elected a trustee in 2011, was Honorary Treasurer 2012-2016 and became Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2017, stepping down recently from RTPI roles on taking up his new role at the Planning Inspectorate.

He is a past RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence judge and past Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Construction Industry Council.

Andrew Stewart, Project Manager - Growth Delivery, East Lothian Council

IMG_2535Andrew Stewart is a Town Planner with 18 years experience working on development plans and major projects. He led preparation of the East Lothian Local Development Plan 2018, including its Action Programme, infrastructure strategy and contributions framework. He is now a Project Manager in the Council's new Growth Delivery Team. He has responsibility for delivering transformational projects with corporate, inter-agency and collaborative working, including through the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.


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, Founder/Director, Coherent Cities

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With an extensive background in project management, communications and stakeholder relations, Lisa created Coherent Cities after six years building the reputation, reach and capacity of Future of London as CEO, including the Speaker Diversity Network. A sought-after facilitator and advisor, on The Planner's Women of Influence list since 2016, Lisa has worked at director level around the world, delivering complex projects and government negotiations for clients including Environment Canada, CBS TV and Land Rover.


Michael Voges, Director, ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators)

Michael VogesMichael Voges is the Executive Director of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the representative body for housing-with-care providers for older people in the UK. Michael has worked with ARCO since its formation in 2012 and was appointed as ARCO's first Executive Director in August 2013. ARCO's work is focused on tackling issues around regulation, public awareness and supply of high quality retirement communities. Michael was a public-sector consultant for 6 years, having previously worked as a journalist. He holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University.


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.

Rob Whetton, Deputy CEO and Finance Director, St Monica's Trust

Rob HS Low ResRob is Director of Finance & Deputy CEO of St Monica Trust, a charity that develops and operates mid-market Retirement Communities with extra-care housing, care homes and community facilities in and around Bristol. He has worked in the sector for 19 years and has been involved in the purchase, development and operation of each of the Trust's 5 sites, representing an investment programme of more than £200m, including the new Chocolate Quarter service near Bath.


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.

Stephen Willacy, City Architect, City of Aarhus, Denmark

Stephen _Willacy 1Stephen is an architect BA(Hons) OXON, Dipl Arch PCL, MAA, RIBA, AoU. Formerly Associate Professor at Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Danmark. Visiting Professor at Arizona State Univeristy, USA and written numerous articles and participated in international conferences seminars and workshops. Former owner and partner in schmidt hammer lassen architects. In 2018, Stephen Willacy was appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Dundee.

As chief city architect Stephen works towards ensuring the city develops in a way where architectural considerations are held in the highest regard and contributes towards continued innovation in relation to city planning, urban design and architectural quality.


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