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Planning professionals receive New Year Honours

Words: Laura Edgar

Senior planning professionals, including Steve Quartermain, have been recognised for their achievements in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Chief planner at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Quartermain has been awarded a CBE for services to planning infrastructure. He said: “I have always believed that planning is about making life better and making things happen and this has been a driver for my career to date, and I am of course absolutely delighted to have been honoured in this way.”

Peter Rees, who retired as the chief planner for the Corporation of the City of London in 2014 and is now professor of places and city planning at University College London, will be awarded a CBE for services to architecture and town planning.

Transport for London’s managing director of planning since June 2007, Dr. Michèle Dix has also been recognised with a CBE for services to the transport industry.

Dix has worked on ensuring London’s transport network is suitable for the 21st century. From February, Dix will lead the team developing Crossrail 2 as managing director.

She said: “It is an honour to receive this award, especially as we are celebrating 100 years of women working in the transport industry. My role is hugely rewarding and I am very proud to have worked on some of the key transport projects that make a contribution to improving life in the capital.”

Additionally, Evan Paul Silk has been awarded a Knights Commander of the Order of Bath for services to the Parliaments of and Devolution in the UK; Sonia Clare Phippard has been awarded a CBE for services to the environment and flood risk management; and Peter Madden has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to environmental protection and sustainable development.

Former RTPI president Ewart Parkinson received an OBE for voluntary and charitable services in Cardiff.

President of the RTPI, Cath Ranson, acknowledged Parkinson’s contribution to the institute and to planning in Wales and expressed it is “terrific to see so many planning and built environment professionals included in the 2015 New Year’s Honours, particularly RTPI members. “

She added: “I’m proud of the extraordinary contribution they have made to planning and the communities in which they live and work across the UK. 

“These individuals reflect the diversity of the profession working in the public and private sectors across transport, spatial, architecture, sustainability and neighbourhood planning.”