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Graeme Bell receives OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

Monday 18th June 2012

Graeme Bell, chartered surveyor and town planner, and Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has been awarded an OBE for services to the Association. 

Graeme Bell said:

“I am delighted and honoured to receive the award. I have been involved with the Town and Country Planning Association in a voluntary capacity for 25 years and it has been a pleasure to work with the best people in planning.”

“The TCPA is currently firing on all cylinders and making a great contribution to planning and environmental thinking and action; I am really chuffed to be associated with that.”

Lee Shostak, Chair of the TCPA Board, said:

“Graeme Bell’s honour in the Queen’s Birthday List is a testimony to the hard work and commitment Graeme has shown throughout his career to improving the planning system and in particular for the outcomes it delivers for local communities.”

Graeme has spent over three decades carrying out voluntary work in the planning sector and has dedicated his life to championing the cause of planning.

He started work in the 1960s for the Greater London Council, the London Borough of Harrow and Washington Development Corporation. He completed his career in local government several decades later as a Chief Planning Officer in three local authorities: Lancashire, Swindon and Devon. Graeme was elected the first President of the Planning Officers Society in 1997. He was Director of the TCPA 1998-2000, Secretary of the National Planning Forum 2003-05, and Chair of Trustees of the Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation (which pioneered Planning for Real) 2003-08.

In 2009, he stepped down from his role as Director of Planning, Infrastructure and Economy for Devon County Council to dedicate more time to his voluntary work.

He writes a regular column for Planning, and is a Trustee of the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust. He has lived in Welwyn Garden City since 1985.

The TCPA would like to congratulate all those named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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