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Planning Inspectorate announces three promotions

Written by: Prithvi Pandya
Published on: 28 Mar 2022

Richard S [square]The Planning Inspectorate has announced three appointments to its leadership teams from within its organisation.

Sean Canavan has been appointed director of strategy, and will take over from Christine Thorby who leaves at the end of this month.

Rachel Graham is appointed chief digital and information officer. The role has been created to reflect the increasing importance that data and digital continues to have in all aspects of the Planning Inspectorate’s work, including contributions to the reforms of the planning system. 

Richard Schofield has been appointed as head of planning inspector profession. He will lead on all professional development of inspectors and he will be the main liaison with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and other key stakeholders.

Sarah Richards, chief executive of The Planning Inspectorate, said: “I am pleased that these are all internal promotions. These appointments reflect the impressive skills and expertise of our staff and the benefits of nurturing and developing talent across the Planning Inspectorate. The knowledge and expertise of each will be invaluable in continuing the work of the Executive Team and delivering our priorities in future.”

Pictured: Richard Schofield

Thumbnail: Sean Canavan

Image credit | Planning Inspectorate