Kent planning chief becomes new POS president

Sarah Platts, the strategic planning and infrastructure manager at Kent County Council, has become the new president of local authority body the Planning Officers Society (POS).

New POS president Sarah Platts (right) with her predecessor Paul Seddon
New POS president Sarah Platts (right) with her predecessor Paul Seddon

She was elected at the POS annual general meeting in Nottingham last week and becomes its 23rd president since its formation in 1997.

A chartered town planner with a background covering development management and policy, Sarah leads the county council's strategic planning and infrastructure team.

At the meeting, Sarah said: "As public sector planners, we are often under-resourced, unseen and sometimes under-appreciated and yet each of us contributes daily to improving the lives of people in our community.

"I will be focusing this year’s presidency on the future – future leaders, future technology and future planners."

Platts replaces Paul Seddon, Nottingham City Council’s director of planning and regeneration. 

The new senior vice-president is Richard Morris, chief planning officer at Sevenoaks District Council, while the new junior vice-president is Victoria Geoghegan, assistant director for planning and building control at the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

A summary of five key messages from last week's POS conference can be found here.

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