A chartered planner, who is the founding director of planning consultancy Planning Potential, has been elected as a chartered fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Chartered fellow is the highest professional membership grade offered by the RTPI, and is awarded to chartered members who have made a major contribution to the profession for the benefit of the public.
Helen Cuthbert, who has a master’s degree in town and country planning from the University of Westminster, founded Planning Potential in 2005.
According to the RTPI, Cuthbert has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector, with a particular focus on retail, leisure and residential developments.
Cuthbert said: “I’m passionate about the town planning profession and think the vital role we all play in shaping communities is often underestimated. “News of my election as a chartered fellow is a huge honour. I am very happy with the career choice I made and hope I will continue to support and inspire young planners to enter our profession and understand the value of our role in society.”
RTPI president Wei Yang added: “I would like to congratulate Helen on this achievement. The award of RTPI fellowship recognises the significant contribution to planning and the planning profession that Helen has made. I am particularly delighted that another inspirational woman planner has become a fellow of the institute.”