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UK’s first female chief planner highlights climate emergency challenge

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) names CABE’s founding Director Joanna Averley as the UK’s first female chief planner.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) names  CABE’s founding Director Joanna Averley as the UK’s first female chief planner.

A chartered town planner with nearly 30 years experience, Averley was deputy CEO and director of design and planning advice at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and strategic manager for growth and development at Crossrail. She was also CEO and trustee of think tank Centre for Cities, and director of design for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Averley joins MHCLG in September from HS2 where she was head of urban design and integration for two years.

Highlighting the challenges, from delivering quality homes and communities, to addressing the climate, Averley said:

“Planning and planners have a vital role to play – a creative, proactive approach and long-term thinking will be at the heart of bringing positive change for all.”

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