Former POS President (2007/08) and current DCLG chief planner, Steve Quartermain is to take over as interim chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate as the existing chief executive, Simon Ridley, moves to a new role at DCLG, it has been announced.
John Silvester, himself a former POS President (2002/03) and the current Society Communications Manager, indicated that what has yet to be revealed is whether Quartermain will add this new role to his current portfolio or his current one will be dropped.
"It's a tough at the top of PINS", Silvester commented "and it will be difficult to balance both jobs at once; but if anyone can it's Steve."
- UPDATE 25th August: Quartermain has since confirmed that the interim placement at PINS will only be for six months whilst PINS appoints a new CEO; and that his current duties at DCLG will be covered from within the existing team.
- Silvester told Planning magazine that "Steve would be a steady hand on the tiller keeping the ship on course until a new CEO is in place". He added that whilst Quartermain would need to look at the possibility of re-directing resources to help eliminate the backlog in registering appeals, he didn't believe there would be any specific agenda from the government for him.
- UPDATE 28th August: Steve Ingram, Junior Vice President of POS, told Planning magazine: "There are clearly challenging times ahead for the planning system with another raft of reforms coming through and we will want to continue to work with Steve in order [to] make the Inspectorate function as effectively as possible."
Steve Quartermain back in 2007