Tony Bateman (left) and Jim Tarzey (Pic: Pegasus Group)
The managing director and founding member of planning consultancy Pegasus Group has retired.
Tony Bateman, a chartered planner and chartered surveyor who was part of the management team that founded Pegasus Group in 2003, retired on 30 June.
Former Pegasus Group chairman Jim Tarzey will assume the newly created position of CEO, with director Chris May as deputy CEO.
Director Gary Lees will become chair of the executive board and executive finance director Sam Kerby will become chief finance and group services officer.
Upon his retirement, Bateman warned that there are not enough young people joining the industry and called for more investment to be applied to them.
“We have an education system where young people are often encouraged to not do a vocational degree but to do a more general degree. This means there are fewer people studying planning, architecture and landscape at university, which is a problem nationally as planning difficulties become bigger,” he said.
He added that while apprenticeships “have their place”, there is a need “to tap into the very best calibre of people coming out of university”.
“I think finding professionals skilled enough to do the work is a problem that will continue to haunt the industry over the next 10 years,” he said.
Bateman is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors, and was previously a member of the Home Builders Federation’s regional and national planning committee.