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Speaker and Chair Biographies 2019

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.

 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.

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.

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©

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

Victoria Hills MRTPI RTPI Chief Executive ResizeVictoria joined the RTPI in April 2018 and utilises her 20 years' experience and expertise in the fields of planning, transport and organisational leadership and development to drive forward the vision and strategic priorities for the 25,000 member strong RTPI. Victoria is making the case for investing in planning and planners, to deliver quality outcomes for future generations to come, and put 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 CEO of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, where she established the UK's second Mayoral development corporation. Victoria is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association.She is an experienced speaker and awards judge.

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

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.

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.

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


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.


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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