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Two new RTPI Fellows announced

The Royal Town Planning Institute would like to congratulate Irene Beautyman and Patrick Clarke on being elected Fellows of the Institute.

Chartered Fellow is the highest professional membership grade offered by the RTPI and is only awarded to chartered members who have made a major personal contribution to the planning profession for the benefit of the public. Under the provisions of the Royal Charter, they are now entitled to use the designatory letters FRTPI.

Irene Beautyman, Place and Wellbeing Partnership Lead at the Improvement Service and Public Health Scotland, impressed the Subcommittee with the breadth and depth of her planning experience. In particular, the Subcommittee made special mention to Irene’s work with Public Health Scotland, supporting mental health through her planning work.

Irene said, "Being in the top 1% of anything is not something I usually experience. To find myself professionally in this position as a new RTPI Fellow is especially humbling.

“I am immensely grateful to my fellow professionals for endorsing the leadership, innovation and “going above and beyond what is expected” in my work. I am equally thankful for the inspired people I have (and still) work with who have contributed to making this possible."

Patrick Clarke, Director, UK + Ireland Masterplanning Lead, AECOM Ltd, impressed the Subcommittee with his work preparing national guidance documents to inform better design practice, in particular his contribution to The Urban Design Compendium and the Building for Life Initiative, both of which are referred to in teaching today.

The Subcommittee were also impressed by the range of professional conferences, seminars and CPD events Patrick has spoken at, organised by a range of imminent organisations such as The Landscape Institute, the Prince’s Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Patrick said: “Choosing a career in Town Planning has been one of the best decisions of my life. It has given me the opportunity to work on a diverse range of significant and simulating projects including strategic planning and policy studies, the preparation of national design guidance, the development of masterplans for new communities and the delivery of complex infrastructure projects.

“It has allowed me to work with a peer group of professional planners who are passionate about what they do and committed to creating a legacy of sustainable, resilient, and attractive places.

“To be recognised by the RTPI for making a major contribution to the Planning profession for the benefit of the public is humbling and a great honour. 

“My RTPI Fellowship reflects the contribution of a wider network of professional colleagues who have guided, supported, and encouraged me in developing my career.  I am so very grateful to all of them and particularly those who nominated me for Fellowship. I hope that they will take pride in their contribution to my election as an RTPI Fellow.”

Find out how to apply for a Fellowship here.


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