Our Directors

POS Enterprises is a limited company and is steered by a Board of Directors, who are appointed by the Planning Officers Society. They are all chartered town planners. Directors are unpaid volunteers, who give their time to help support public planning services. They oversee the management of POS Enterprises as a company, and work with the General Manager to identify areas where new services or support should be offered to planning practitioners.

 

David Evans Chairman

David retired from local government in 2015 having been Director of Environment for West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland District Councils. Prior to this he worked for several local authorities in planning policy, development management and conservation. He is a former President of POS. David represented the Society on the CLG’s starter homes technical advisory group. He was responsible for West Dorset being awarded Beacon Council for the Quality of the Built Environment. He worked for 15 years on the Poundbury Urban Extension at Dorchester, and now advises local authorities on achieving design quality in major developments.

James Doe

James is Assistant Director for Planning, Development and Regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire. He is a Chartered Town Planner who has worked for local authorities in the East of England across a full range of planning services since 1987. In recent years he led on the Hemel Evolution programme of regenerating Hemel Hempstead town centre and the creation and ongoing delivery of the town centre masterplan. Currently in addition to leading planning services at the local authority, he is taking a leading role in the delivery of the new Hemel Hempstead Garden Town proposals through partnership working.

Peter Geraghty

Peter is Director of Planning and Transport at Southend on Sea Borough Council in the southeast of England, where he is responsible for a range of public services including planning, highways, transportation, sea defences and enforcement. Peter has experience of working across all sectors – public, private and voluntary. His previous roles have included Chief Planning Officer for Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council. Peter is also Chair of the Sustainable Growth Board for the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport.

Phil Kirby

Phil recently retired as Chief Executive of Broadland District Council, where he was previously the Director of Development, having spent his career as a chartered town planner in various local authorities. Phil was for some years the Society’s lead on development management before a term as President in 2008/09. He has been the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives representative on the Planning Advisory Service Board, and was also a Director of Broadland Growth Limited, a local authority owned award-winning housing development company.

Richard Morris

Richard is the Society's Senior Vice-President, and Chief Planning Officer at Sevenoaks District Council, having previously been Head of Planning at Elmbridge in Surrey. He has always involved himself in extracurricular planning work, and with his background as a Director of the Planning Summer School he places enormous value on enhancing knowledge and understanding of planning. Richard is a great believer in talking to people to help explain often complex or bewildering situations. Outside of work he is a runner, swimmer and rugby coach.

Sarah Platts

Sarah is the Society’s current President. She has over fifteen years of experience working within local government across Kent. Her background is in Development Management and her work is now focused at a more strategic level in her current position as Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Manager at Kent County Council. This role covers a wide range of work around helping to ensure that growth is supported by the right infrastructure and services in order to deliver sustainable communities. Sarah’s other interests include open water swimming, surfing and triathlons.

Paul Seddon

Paul is the Society’s immediate past President, and its place making and heritage subject specialist. He has over 25 years’ experience across a number of Councils in the North West and East Midlands, with over half of this at senior officer level. He is Chief Planner at Nottingham City Council, where he has led the delivery of a successful, well regarded and award-winning Planning Directorate in the face of increasing financial challenges. The City Council is driving a development and regeneration programme to transform the city and deliver jobs and homes, and the role of planning in providing place leadership is central to this success.

Penelope Tollitt

Penelope is passionate about ensuring planning remains focused on outcomes - getting sustainable development on the ground, rather than obsessing with process. She is Head of Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council. For a short period she ran her own consultancy whilst lecturing at the University of the West of England. Her background is in urban design, and she has also considerable experience of engaging the public in planning matters. Current key issues include getting an adopted local plan that delivers high quality place shaping, through the duty to co-operate without a 5 year land supply, and running a customer focused development management service.

For enquiries about any of our services, please contact Andrew Wright, General Manager at andrewwright@posenterprises.co.uk or call 0845 6019 067.