Two new directors among four RPS planning appointments

Written by: Ellie Kahn
Published on: 19 Jan 2021

Clockwise from top left: Barry, Thorpe and Stewart

Clockwise from top left: Barry, Thorpe and Stewart

Multidisciplinary consultancy RPS has made four appointments and one promotion in its UK planning division, including two new planning directors.

New starters at the firm’s London office include planning director, Adam Pyrke, and senior planner, Anna Murray.

Pyrke has previously worked at consultancies Cushman & Wakefield as a development and planning partner and Colliers International as director of town planning.

Murray has left her role as senior planner at consultancy Bidwells to join the firm. She has also previously worked at Runnymede Borough Council in Surrey as a planning policy officer.

Jonathan Stewart joins the Oxford office as an associate director of urban design, and Damian Barry joins the Cardiff office as a planning director.

Stewart, a qualified town planner, was previously an associate in the urban design studio at Bidwells and before that an associate urban designer at consultancy J B Planning Associates. He has also worked as an urban designer at Newcastle City Council and a planning officer at Sunderland City Council.

Barry joins the firm from his role as an associate director at consultancy Arup. He has also previously held director roles at consultancies Lambert Smith Hampton, Asbri Planning, and Atkins.

In addition, Sophia Thorpe, who joined the firm as a planning director in 2020, has been promoted to residential lead for the national planning and infrastructure team.