The Milton Keynes Head of Planning, David Hackforth, has become the new President of the Planning Officers Society. He was elected at the Society's Annual General Meeting held in Hereford on Friday 26th June 2009.
At the AGM David stated that my aim for the year is to build on the work of my predecessors in raising the profile of the Society and its contribution to better planning.
David has spent his career in local government, working at Wigan, Chorley and South Bedfordshire before moving to Milton Keynes in 1992. David graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Geography & Politics and has post-graduate qualifications in Planning and Management Studies.
David was Secretary and Treasurer of the Planning Officers Society from 2005 to 2007. He took up the position of Senior Vice President of the Society in May 2008 and has been very involved in the society's responses on the Community Infrastructure Levy and Eco-Towns.
The Immediate Past President of the Society is Phil Kirby, Strategic Director & Chief Planner at Broadland DC. The new Senior Vice-President is Stephen Tapper, Assistant Director in the Place Shaping & Enterprise Department at Enfield LBC. The new Junior Vice-President is Mike Holmes, Director of Planning & Transport Services at Bournemouth BC.
David Hackforth President 09/10