Joe Ridgeon, a Planning Consultant with George F White LLP, is the Regional Chair in 2012.
Joe completed an RTPI accredited Masters Degree in Town Planning at the University of Newcastle in August 2007, after completing a Bachelor of Arts Geography Degree at the University of Durham. He joined Dickinson Dees LLP in September 2007, assisting in the preparation of planning applications, appeals and representations, as well as providing background research for public sector and institutional clients. He has also been on secondment at Castle Morpeth Borough Council, acting as an Area Development Control Officer.
Joe moved to George F White in March 2010. He is based in the Wolsingham Office and specialises in rural planning. Two-thirds of the Region is rural in character and Joe is keen to highlight the problems and opportunities faced by these communities. Joe is an active member of the Young Planners' North East Steering Group and is one of the group members who worked on the Young Planners Conference 2009, held in Newcastle. He is also a keen brass player and plays Euphonium for the NASUWT Riverside Band, who qualified for the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2010. He also plays rugby for Consett RUFC, but can normally only manage one half before having to retire to the bar!
Having captured one of the youngest Vice Chairs in RTPI NE history, the Regional Management Board would like to continue moves to refresh the Regional Activities and Policy Committee. If you would like to join RAPC at the next opportunity, why not contact Kay Lough for a preliminary chat? In particular, there is a current vacancy on RAPC for a non-corporate member, such as a Technical Member or Associate Member. If you fit that category, wed love to hear from you straight away. But other vacancies occur regularly, as RAPC members leave the region or retire from the committee, so why not think about it? As is usually the case, the present committee contains a disproportionate number of members based in Tyne and Wear, and more men than women, so perhaps you would like to help us make RAPC more representative of all sections of our membership.