The RTPI’s recently published ‘State of the Profession’ report identified, perhaps unsurprisingly, that planners are increasingly being employed in the private sector, with numbers growing by a third over the last decade. The number of planners working in the public sector has reportedly shrunk by a quarter over the same period.
Pleasingly though and perhaps contrary to preconceptions, this flow is not one way and some planners are making the move into or back into the public sector.
In this episode you will hear a chat that Sam Stafford recorded with Pooja Agrawal, CEO at Public Practice, about the work of the organisation, and then you will hear from four professionals who have made the move from private to public. The four are
- Andrew Martin, Principal Planner at East Suffolk Council;
- Iona Norton, Housing, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Greenwich Council;
- Oli Boaler, Economic Development Manager at Rochdale Development Agency; and
- Hannah Haddad, Head of Strategic Planning Applications at Hounslow Council.