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RTPI’s Roisin Wilmott awarded an OBE

Words: Laura Edgar
Roisin Wilmott / RTPI

RTPI Cymru and Northern Ireland director Dr Roisin Wilmott FRTPI has been awarded an Order of British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to the planning profession in Wales.

Wilmott’s contribution to the development of Welsh national planning policy, through successive roles, has been described as profound by the RTPI.

Currently the director of the RTPI Cymru, a position she has held for nearly 10 years, Wilmott has transformed the profile of the planning profession and the institute in Wales.

Her work has seen her develop the RTPI Cymru into a “pro-active all Wales service” that shapes planning policy. She also established the RTPI Cymru Planning Conference, which recently celebrated its 10th event with over 220 attendees.

Willmott said: “I am passionate about planning and am grateful for the insights, values and perspectives it has given me of the world – there aren’t many careers that can do this. I am humbled to receive this honour and I hope my OBE will help to promote the planning profession in general to a wider audience, it’s an extremely rewarding vocation.”    

Stephen Wilkinson, president at the RTPI, said: “We are extremely proud of Dr Willmott and her achievements not only in Wales but in being an inspiration to a wider audience. There is no better ambassador for the planning profession and her richly deserved OBE is testament to her passion and dedication to planning in Wales and Northern Ireland.”    

The Queen’s Birthday Honours recognises individuals, in any profession or industry, who have made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.

The full list of Queen's Birthday Honours can be found on the UK Government website (pdf).