Richard Blyth has been Head of Policy and Practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) since September 2011. Since then he has established the RTPI’s new policy paper series starting with Housing in 2013 and the special RTPI Centenary Planning Horizons research programme with five projects being published in 2014. Prior to this he was an associate director at Capita Symonds where he worked on commissions for local authorities on infrastructure planning to support core strategies and for a number of private clients on regeneration schemes. He spent over four years in the Civil Service, including being responsible for local plans in England. He led a small team within the Joint Strategic Planning Unit which produced the last Berkshire Structure Plan and has also worked for district councils on local plans. He spent two years in the Gambia West Africa as a physical planning officer working on physical development plans and market regeneration.