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RTPI announces new Fellows Gareth Giles and John McNairney

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is delighted to announce that Gareth Giles and John McNairney have been elected to Fellowship 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.

Gareth Giles (pictured below) is a founding Partner at planning consultancy Whaleback based in Sussex and has previous experience as a planning officer at local authorities including Mid Sussex District Council, South Downs NPA and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Gareth said: “I am immensely proud to be elected to Fellowship of the Institute which has real significance for me personally and professionally. I am so grateful to those in the industry who have supported and encouraged me throughout my career and nominated me for this honour.”

John McNairney (pictured below) is currently the Chief Planner for the Scottish Government.

John said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded the Fellowship of the RTPI. Our profession has always meant a great deal to me and I’ve been fortunate to have been able to work with some superb colleagues in the profession supporting planning and place over the years.”

Under the provisions of the RTPI’s Royal Charter, Gareth and John are now entitled to use the designatory letters FRTPI.

RTPI President Sue Manns, herself a Fellow of the Institute, said: “The Award of Fellowship of the Royal Town Planning Institute recognises the significant contribution to planning and the planning profession that both Gareth and John have made. My congratulations to them both.”

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