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Helen Martin

Chief planning officer Helen Martin offers her thoughts on the RTPI's recent Future Chief Planner initiative

When I started my career in local government over 20 years ago there were few female role models. Having aspirations and ambition are a lot easier when you look around and see people; see women, just like you. It makes those ambitions seem achievable and provides the motivation to challenge the norms and break through any glass ceilings.

"The chance to speak to women in senior roles and see for yoursefl what the job involves is empowering"

The chance to speak to women in senior roles and see for yourself what the job involves is empowering. This is why networks like Women in Planning and opportunities such as the Future Chief Planner initiative, which gives young planners the opportunity of shadowing a chief planning officer for the day, are an important part of ensuring that future generations of planners better reflect the communities they serve.

Helen Martin is chief officer – regeneration and enterprise at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. She has worked for a number of authorities across the West Midlands region, and has been at Dudley MBC for the past 14 years. 


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