Chris Geere was presented with an outstanding service award by RTPI president Jim Claydon on 19 March. The award was given in recognition of Geere's significant contribution to the East Midlands region over the past 20 years. During this time he has served as honorary treasurer, vice-chairman and chairman.
- University celebrates 50 years of planning success
Academic planning staff at the University of Central England (UCE) in Birmingham are celebrating the 50th anniversary of excellence in planning education throughout the year. The school of property, construction and planning will host a series of events.
The school anticipates three inaugural lectures from visiting professors on topics including theories of knowledge, urban form, planning policy and future transport challenges. In September a panel discussion on the future skills and knowledge needs of the profession will be combined with initiatives to promote planning education. There will also be online debates on current local planning issues, taking a nostalgic look at planning in Birmingham over the past 50 years.
For more details, contact Katy Matthews (tel) 0121 331 6514, (email) firstname.lastname@example.org, the UCE media relations office (tel) 0121 331 6738, (email) email@example.com or visit www.planningis50.com
- Planning Centre Stage: The Planning Convention 2007
13-15 June. Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London.
The hottest ticket in town this June is the RTPI Planning Convention. Top planning, environmental and development professionals will debate issues that are placing planning firmly centre stage.
The convention includes study tours showcasing integrated transport in the capital alongside landmark developments in King's Cross and the City of London. Top plenary speakers from home and abroad will give keynote performances. There will also be workshops with the Environment Agency, Prince's Foundation, Planning Officers Society, Planning Advisory Service and the DCLG, focusing on the vital backstage areas of infrastructure and implementation.
For more details, please visit www.theplanningconvention.co.uk
- Membership elections
The membership panel met on 19 January. Those successfully elected to charted membership (continued from Planning, 13 April, p26) are:
Ryan McAlindin (North Ayrshire Council), Charles McCafferty (DOE-NI), Laura McGregor (Newcastle City), Angus McKenzie (O'Neill Associates), Alastair McKinley (RPS), Ross McLaughlin (Entec), Julie McLaughlin (Cushman & Wakefield), Aidan McLernon (Cunnane Stratton Reynolds), Grainne McMullan (Farningham McCreadie), Hannah Mears (Mid Sussex DC), Dawn Meeson (Sandwell MBC), Keith Mellor (Cannock Chase DC), Katherine Miles (Basingstoke and Deane BC), Charmaine Mills (North Lanarkshire Council), Elizabeth Milne (Capita Symonds), Katherine Mitchell (Steer Davies Gleave), William Mulvany (Peacock & Smith), Nicola Newenham (Canada), John Nicholls (LB Camden), Alan Osborne (Mono), Savreen Patel (East Cambridgeshire DC), Dheeraj Patil (Hong Kong), Karly Peck (LB Islington), Pong Kam-Keung (Hong Kong), Mark Pullin (Medway Council), Gary Purves (Aberdeen City), Christopher Purvis (Maldon DC), Adam Reddish (Erewash BC), Duncan Robertson (Midlothian Council), Hannah Rogers (Salford City), Karl Scholz (Runnymede BC), Rachel Scott (Jacobs Babtie), Iain Smith (Savills), Laura Smith (Thanet DC), Nicholas Smith (Chester City), Sharon Smith (Suffolk Coastal DC), So Shuk (Hong Kong), Catherine Stephens (GVA Grimley), Jill Stephens (Newark and Sherwood DC), Jill Stephenson (Network Rail), Jill Stevens (East Hertfordshire DC), Neil Stewart (Cairngorms NPA), Emily Summers (Birmingham City), Phillip Sweeney (Perthshire and Kinross Council), Caron Taylor (Chorley BC), Shaun Taylor (Warrington BC), Matthew Thomas (Southend BC), Ian Thompson (Thompson Hall), Louise Treacy (RPS), Maxine Turley (Walsall MBC), Andrew Turner (Robert Doughty), Andrew Vivian (Urban Design Team), Antony Wallace (Bradford MDC), Janet Wallace (Salisbury DC), Jonathan Walton (NAI Fuller Peiser), Daniel Washington (GL Hearn), Laura Waterton (Chiltern DC), Alan Webster (Dundee City), Lee Webster (Mott MacDonald), Mark Weingarth (South Bucks DC), Louise Wesson (Tandridge DC), Barry Whirrity (Hinckley and Bosworth BC), Lesley Whitehead (Turley), Nick Wild (Kirklees Council), Joanna Williams (LB Richmond-upon-Thames), Wendy Williams (Rapleys), Adam Williamson (Wear Valley DC), Thomas Wilson (Exeter City), Matthew Winslow (Basildon DC), Wong Hang-Yee (Hong Kong), Wong Pui Sai (Hong Kong), Wendy Wong Chang (Berkeley Homes), Dominic Young (Kirklees Council) and Yung Hung-Tan (Hong Kong).
Reinstated to chartered membership: Lesley Aspinall (Harborough DC), Paul Bird (Essex CC), Chau Yat-cheung (Hong Kong), Ian Filbin (Centre for Local Economic Strategies), Oonagh Gil (Stirling Council), Helen Golightly (Newcastle City), Victoria Hurrell (Peterborough City), Paul Jackson (South Holland DC), John Leggett (Entec), Ma Chiu Tsee (Hong Kong), Helena Merriott (Westminster City), Tony Rich (Rich Regeneration), Sarah Richardson (EDAW), Andrew Rushby (Kirklees Council), Robert Scrivens (Walsall MBC), Leo Tsang (USA) and Tonia Upton (Walsall MBC).
Phillipa Clarke (Wyre BC), David Hill and Brian Whalley (Bolsover DC) transferred from retired to charted membership.
Trudy Chapman (DOE-NI), Janet Mullen (Aylesbury Vale DC), Hamid Neghabat Shirazi (Cardiff CC) and James Willoughby (Northampton BC) were elected to technical membership.
Toni Kennerley (New Zealand) and Henrik Neumann (Germany) were elected to international associate membership.
Chartered membership through the assessment of professional competence was attained by the following:
Jennifer Atkinson (Manchester City), Katrina Hulse (Development Land & Planning) and Kristen Smith (Reading BC) were elected on 24 November last year. Gareth Clegg (Salford City) and Michael Stallard (Hyder) were elected on 20 January and Lora Hughes (DTZ) was elected on 2 March.