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03/04/2014

New Planning Inspectorate chief executive named

Words: Huw Morris

Simon Ridley, director of local government finance at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), is to become the new chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales.

He will take over the role on 1 July when current chief executive Sir Michael Pitt steps down.
 
Ridley joined the department in 2010 in his current job where, according to the DCLG, he has "led that directorate through a period of considerable change, implementing the most significant reform of local government finance for many years".
 
Ridley was acting director-general for localism between January and April 2013. He has previously worked at the Treasury on public spending, growth and productivity.
 
Sir Michael was appointed chairman of the Infrastructure Planning Commission in May 2009 and became chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate in April 2012 when it took over the Commission's responsibilities.
 

"I'm delighted to...lead an organisation that is integral to ensuring a swift planning system is in place for all."

 
In a statement, the DCLG said: "Simon’s background in finance in a time of scrutiny on public spending and experience of working at the heart of government with ministers across Whitehall will be invaluable to the chief executive position."
 
Ridley said: "I’m delighted to take up this opportunity to build on the work of Sir Michael’s leadership and lead an organisation that is integral to ensuring a swift planning system is in place for all, from individual residents through to major corporations.
 
"I look forward to taking up this role in the summer and working with all the teams in the Inspectorate."

 

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