Four planners receive honours in Queen's birthday list

Four chartered planners have been recognised in the Queen's annual birthday honours list for services to the built environment.

Mike Galloway: former Dundee Council executive director of city development becomes CBE
Mike Galloway: former Dundee Council executive director of city development becomes CBE

In her birthday honours list, published at the weekend, the Queen made Mike Galloway, former executive director of city development at Dundee City Council a CBE for services to architecture and city regeneration.

Galloway, now retired, has a BSc in town and regional planning from the University of Dundee and a masters in urban design from Oxford Brookes University. 

During his career he worked in a variety of planning roles at large councils in Glasgow, Manchester and Lewisham, and also served as director of the Crown Street regeneration project in Glasgow.

At Dundee, he led the city development department responsible for producing the 2001 Dundee Central Waterfront masterplan, which has guided the regeneration of the area.

Also on the list, Raymond Colbourne, former team leader of the National Planning Casework Unit at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has been made an MBE for public service.

Colbourne studied town planning at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) and also has postgraduate management qualifications.

He also previously previously worked as senior planning manager for the Government Office for the West Midlands between 2000 and 2011, working on local plans and the area's regional spatial strategy.

Prior to that he worked in Birmingham City Council’s strategic planning team.

Thirdly, consultant Louise Brooke-Smith, a chartered planner and surveyor, becomes an OBE for services to the built environment and diversity and inclusion.

She runs her own consultancy, Brooke Smith Planning, which was bought by built environment consultancy Arcadis in 2017.

Brooke-Smith, who has a postgraduate diploma in town planning from the former Birmingham Polytechnic, was appointed global president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in July 2014, the first woman to be appointed to the role.

Finally, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI's) former director of professional services, Sue Percy, has been awarded a CBE for services to transport. Percy is currently chief executive of professional body the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

RTPI President Ian Tant said: "The RTPI would like congratulate these four members on their awards which are recognition of some incredible achievements and for public service over many years.

"Working in fields as varied as architecture, transport and city regeneration as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives, these members have made a significant contribution to the RTPI and to the planning profession as a whole."

Other built environment professionals to receive honours include Lucy Musgrave, founding director of urban design consultancy Publica, who becomes an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment.

Musgrave currently serves as a design advocate for the London mayor and a board member of Public Practice, a social enterprise aimed at improving planning capacity in councils and other public bodies.

Meanwhile, Steve Douglas, chairman of the former government regeneration quango the Housing Corporation between 2007 and 2008 becomes a CBE for services to the housing industry.

Douglas now runs his own housing consultancy.


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