South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have promoted from within to fill the post of planning policy manager for their joint planning service.
The post has gone to Sophie Horsley who had been a team leader after joining the council from the States of Guernsey in February where she had been planning policy officer.
Horsley will manage three teams: the Vale of White Horse policy team, South Oxfordshire planning policy team and a newly formed joint projects team, which is currently focusing on an area action plan for Science Vale Oxford. She will also oversee continuing work on a joint local plan for the two authorities.
Speaking to Planning, she said: “I relish a challenge and the role of planning policy manager seemed an excellent opportunity to stretch myself and my management skills.
“I am very much a generalist and I enjoy the balance between programme management, people management, guiding the technical process and representing the authorities externally.”
Horsley gained a bachelors in geography from the University of Leeds before completing am MA from Leeds Metropolitan University. She gained MRTPI status in 2003.
She previously worked at consultancy Urban Initiatives as an associate and at regional development agency Yorkshire Forward as sustainable development manager and senior urban renaissance manager.
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