Linda Durtnal

During recent years Linda has undertaken a number of in-depth reviews of local authority development management operations, as well as working with the Planning Advisory Service on performance management matters. She is a specialist in the mapping and critical review of application processing procedures. She acts as the training manager for POS Enterprises, devising and managing a range of specialist officer and elected member training courses. Linda also provides secretariat and membership support to the Planning Officers Society and is the Secretary of the National Planning Forum.

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Ian Blake BEng (Hons) MSc CIWM CEnv

Ian has over 25 years of experience in the field of waste management and waste and minerals planning. He has helped many planning authorities successfully prepare planning policy concerned with waste management and minerals supply. He offers advice on all aspects of plan making including project management, evidence base preparation (including needs assessments and site selection), policy development and examination. Ian chairs the South-East Waste Planning Advisory Group and lectures on minerals and waste planning to students on the MSc Town Planning course at the University of Brighton. He is project officer for the Minerals and Waste Learning Group.

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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.

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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.

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Mike Holmes BSc (Econ) Dip TP Cert Management MRTPI

Mike had a long career in planning and senior management in local authorities, and was also part of the RTPI Award winning Planning Summer School and the Planning Officers Society, having been President of both bodies. Whilst in local government, Mike acted as a trainer for officers and members and has always received excellent feedback. Since leaving Bournemouth Borough Council, where he was the Director of Planning Transport and Regulation, Mike has continued to provide training to members as well as working through POS Enterprises to help several Councils review their planning services, creating more efficient and effective operations.

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Graham Jones BSC (soc sci) DipTP DipUD IHBC MRTPI

Graham’s background is firmly rooted in planning, with ‘hands-on’ experience in development management, plan preparation and regeneration. He has led a number of departmental and development management reviews, including a review of ministerial caseload at CLG. He has also worked with many LPAs on the introduction and implementation of CIL and leading the very successful CIL groups. Graham brings a straightforward approach to his advice which acknowledges the political and resources context authorities now work in. Prior to entering consultancy, Graham had extensive local government experience at senior level, including as strategic director of a multi-disciplinary department in a unitary authority.

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Karen Moore BSc (Hons) TPS DipTP MBA

Karen is a planner and manager, with over 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. An independent consultant, she has worked with a number of planning and management organisations. The majority of her work has been for local authorities on plan making, including interim management. She works with professionals, communities and local politicians contributing to planning policy and promoting sustainable development. Karen specialises in critical friend and peer review work and also acts as a mentor, trainer and manager. Her portfolio has included numerous contracts as part of a team working for the Planning Advisory Service.

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Catriona Riddell BA(Hons) Planning MRTPI

Catriona is a chartered town planner with significant experience working at a senior level in local government on the development and implementation of planning policy. She is the POS strategic planning specialist, with extensive experience from working on structure plans and regional strategies, and in supporting local authorities in meeting their Duty to Cooperate responsibilities. Catriona advises local authorities on plan-making, helping them to develop robust and deliverable planning frameworks in terms of the evidence base and statutory process.

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Malcolm Sharp MBE BSc DipTP MRTPI

Malcolm Sharp has managed both plan preparation and development management during his career, and has extensive top-level management experience as a Chief Officer with responsibility for a wide range of services and as Managing Director of a local authority. He is an experience trainer and has led a number of development management reviews for POS Enterprises as well as working directly for LPAs needing critical support for their services. He brings a strong strategic perspective to his work, focusing quickly on the key issues which are impeding effective performance, or which provide opportunities to exploit. Malcolm received a MBE in 2016 for ‘services to Town Planning in England’.

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Andrew Wright BSc DipTP MRTPI

Andrew is a plan making specialist, and has acted as critical friend to a wide range of clients. He has a knack of quickly identifying potential risks and helping the client address how they can be dealt with. He also advises on Green Belt reviews, and delivers training on preparation for examination. He developed the soundness assessment toolkit for the PAS and led the preparation of the SHLAA guidance for CLG. He retired from local government as Director at a Midlands authority, where he led corporate initiatives as well as dealing with major development projects.

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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.

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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.

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