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Pilot Support Programme

We have launched an informal volunteer support network forEP-APC Guidance Front Page June 2016 EP-APC candidates who have had their application deferred. 

The experienced planners, listed below, have volunteered to provide guidance to candidates to help them fit their experience with the required competencies and expectations of the RTPI.

Before contacting our volunteers please read the pilot programme summary guidelines. Candidates taking part in the programme must complete the candidate form and return it to prior to forwarding their documentation to volunteers. This trial programme will be reviewed in 2019.

Gareth Capner MA FRTPI (Rtd)

Graduated from Sheffield University's first Town & Regional Planning course; worked for local authorities on development control, research, structure plans and major inquiries from 1970 to 1979; joined Barton Willmore as the firm's first town planner and retired as Senior Partner in 2008; now undertaking advisory roles including Chair of Government's Housing Design Awards and Member of RTPI Education and Life Long Learning Committee. Failed to be elected to RTPI at first attempt so don't give up!


Vincent Goodstadt MRTPI

Vincent Goodstadt works for public, private and voluntary sector bodies, and held senior management roles in local government. His recent role involves providing strategic planning advice across the UK. Vincent is an RTPI Past President, Honorary President of ECTP, an Academy of Social Sciences Fellow and Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester.


John Richard Mattocks BSc DipTP MRTPI FRGS

John Mattocks is semi-retired.  He was a Planning Inspector for over 30 years after starting his planning career in Local Government in 1971.  He has specialised in Development Plan policy work presiding at Local Plan Inquiries and examining Regional and Structure Plans as well as DPDs.  He now works mainly as a neighbourhood plan examiner.


Bob Wolfe MRTPI (Rtd)

Bob is a retired consultant planner who, following a successful public sector career, has over the past 20 years provided consultancy advice on major infrastructure, housing, commercial development and airports for developer clients and LPAs throughout the UK, including embedding these projects in national, regional, and local policy.


Cath Ranson BSc Hons DipTP PGCertL4C MRTPI

Public sector planner and past RTPI President, working in Wales, variously in policy, research, regeneration, remediation, environment across Local and Welsh Government, currently managing a policy and research section.

Planning qualifications gained through part time study at Bristol Polytechnic; RTPI membership prior to APC but with some experience of mentoring Licentiates and some experience (informal) in supporting colleagues through APC. Significant experience in volunteering for RTPI and RTPI nominated roles, including previous roles as Millennium Marque Assessor and as Planning Summer School member (CPD with bells on!).


Prof Tony Crook CBE BA MPhil PhD DLitt (Hon) FAcSS FRSA FRTPI (Rtd)

Tony Crook is former Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. His research on planning obligations and housing is published widely. He is an experienced chair/non-executive director of housing and related organisations and currently a member of the RTPI Trustee Board. He hopes to support those in academic practice and  housing.



An architect-planner with over 40 years' experience spanning the public, private and educational sectors. Particular interests range from large scale regeneration through design in planning at both strategic and detailed levels and work in historic and other sensitive environments. Involved in education as a highly engaged Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer – and through RTPI Partnership Boards.


Sue Bridge FRTPI

Sue Bridge has many years experienced in both public and private sectors. Her public sector experience was in local government in development management and policy, most recently as Head of Planning in a borough council. She has some experience of mineral planning, regeneration and community planning. Her private sector experience is mainly in the residential sector advising on and promoting strategic land portfolios from acquisition to obtaining permission, including several urban extensions. Sue is currently an independent planning consultant.