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Planners recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Words: Laura Edgar
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Planning professionals have appeared in the latest Queen’s birthday honours list.

Cliff Hague, Emeritus Professor in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, has been awarded an OBE for services to planning.

Hague was president of the RTPI in 1996, and is also a past chairman of the Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Hague told The Planner he has been overwhelmed by how many people have contacted him from so many parts of the world to congratulate him, "not least from members of my extended family saying how proud my parents would have been, who both left school at 14 and never had the opportunities that the welfare state gave to me'.

He said he "owes so much" to his wife, Irene, and his four children for all their support.

"I guess the award particularly reflects on my involvement with planning education, the RTPI and the Commonwealth Association of Planners, and again I am grateful to the many talented and committed people whom it was a privilege to work alongside in each of those spheres. I have been very lucky; and this honour should be shared with so many others inspired by the potential of planning to make better places and better life opportunities for all," Hague concluded.

RTPI member Anthony Thompson, deputy head of planning development management, Department for Communities and Local Government, has also been awarded an OBE. Thompson has been honoured for services to planning and voluntary services to young people.

Vice-president of the RTPI, Stephen Wilkinson, said the institute is proud that Hague and Williams have been recognised for their "outstanding" contributions to planning and to wider society. The have both "made a significant mark within the profession, working tirelessly to make life better for others over many years".

Terence Morgan has been awarded a knighthood. Morgan is the non-executive chairman of Crossrail Ltd. He has been recognised for services to UK infrastructure, skills and employment.

Paul Doe, chief executive at Shepherds Bush Housing Group, becomes an MBE for his services to housing and voluntary service in tackling homelessness.

David Cameron, director at Community Land Scotland, has been recognised with a CBE for services to community land ownership in Scotland.

A full list of the honours awarded can be found here (pdf).

Earlier this year, Hague wrote an opinion piece for The Planner, ‘A new civic culture must fill the void’. It can be found here.

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