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Candidates announced for RTPI vice-president

Words: Laura Edgar

Candidates from across the UK have put themselves forward to be elected to the RTPI’s General Assembly and Board, including the chair of the board and vice-president roles.

For the General Assembly, there are 28 chartered members running for 14 positions and nine students/licentiates vying for three positions. There are also 11 chartered members running for three places on the RTPI Board.

Phil Williams, RTPI President, said: “It’s great to see so many people nominated for this year’s elections. Our strength as an institute comes from our members’ involvement. I now urge all members to have their say by voting. It’s important that as many members as are eligible cast their vote so that the outcome better reflects the views of our membership.”

Vice president 2017 nominees

John AcresJohn Acres is currently a private planning consultant at Acres Land & Planning Ltd. He is an RTPI General Assembly member and also a member of the RTPI Policy and Practice Committee. He has been the editor of the RTPI West Midlands’ magazine Tripwire for the past 16 years and is a member of the West Midlands Regional Management Board.

In his nomination statement Acres said: “I want to inspire planners of all ages and backgrounds to share my passion for planning, to celebrate our achievements as a profession and to motivate and encourage those volunteers around the regions and nations who freely give their time to the institute. Planning should be a force for change to create a better society.”


Sue BridgesSue Bridge is the director at Sue Bridge Consultancy Ltd. She has been a judge in the RTPI Planning for Excellence Awards for the past four years and is a corporate member of the RTPI General Assembly. Bridge is is the vice-chair of the RTPI Policy, Practice and Research Committee. In addition, she is a member of the RTPI’s England Policy Panel and member of the Independent Consultants Network.

In her nomination statement Bridge said: “As the ambassador for planning I would strive to work to improve the standing and relevance of the planning profession with both government and the public and making the case for planning to be properly resourced. As vice-president, I would work to further the aims of the profession by demonstrating what good planning can achieve.”


Marion ChalmersMarion Chalmers is currently the director at MRC Planning & Economics Limited. She sits on the RTPI Board of Trustees and is the vice-chair of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee. Chalmers sits on the Partnership Accreditation Panel, DIT Accreditation Panel and the Irish Executive Committee.

In her nomination statement Chalmers said: “Throughout my career, at whatever level or location, my commitment and enthusiasm for planning and our profession has been unfaltering and continues to grow and develop. It is an energy which I bring to my work be it with staff, clients, students or in the different roles I play or have played in the institute.”


Members will receive an email from ERS, the RTPI’s election provider, which will provide details about how to vote. Members will need to vote before 30 September.

More information can be found here.