Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has announced Fiona Howie as their newly appointed CEO.
Howie’s appointment was announced at the TCPA’s annual conference last year. She takes over from Kate Henderson, who led the organisation for almost a decade.
Howie was previously CEO of the Campaign for National Parks and before that head of planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
On her appointment, she said: “I am delighted to have taken on this new role. The TCPA has a long and established history, and it currently has a fantastic opportunity to draw on its knowledge and expertise to help shape a new generation of places based on garden city principles, helping to deliver much needed homes.
“The TCPA’s work, making clear links between the role of planning and people’s health, mitigating the impacts of climate change and promoting the value of place-making, all illustrate the environmental, social and economic value of a planning system that enables appropriate development that is in the public interest.
She added: “It is essential that we have a planning system that is fair and equitable and works for people, whether they live in wealthy suburbs or areas of high social deprivation which are in desperate need of regeneration.
“An important part of a system that delivers this vision is the ability of the planning system to prevent poor quality, dangerous development.
“I look forward to working with the incredibly talented staff team, the board and the TCPA’s members to maximise the impact of the organisation and its important work.”
Mary Parsons, chair of the TCPA, said: “Fiona’s arrival at the TCPA marks a new and exciting chapter in the history of the association.
“It coincides with one the most challenging times for people and communities in the UK, and her commitment and insight into values of the TCPA will make us more relevant than ever to the cause of securing beautiful and healthy surroundings for ordinary people.
“Ebenezer Howard [English founder of the garden city movement] would have been proud and delighted that the ideals of social transformation that founded our movement will be in such capable and inspiring hands.”