As we begin the search for a new chief executive, TCPA chair Mary Parsons invites applications from those who can help the TCPA carry forward its timeless vision.


The TCPA is an extraordinary charity. I am often astounded by the output and influence of such a small organisation, whose work carries forward the voices of over a century of place-makers and social reformers and broadcasts them throughout every corner of government. We are now seeking an exceptional person to join us as our new chief executive at one of the most exciting times in our rich history.

Our organisation has a proud legacy of change, and now that we face one of the most troubling times in the history of housing – with over a million families on the social housing waiting list and the number of rough sleepers increasing year-on-year – our ability to create change is needed more than ever.

But it is not enough that the country just builds the right number of homes. One of the TCPA’s core purposes has always been to ensure that homes are created with respect for the unique needs of a community, ensuring that people have proper access to education, leisure, care and the natural environment.

We may be the oldest planning charity in the country, but we are also one of the most progressive voices in its future. We may campaign for a new generation of ‘garden communities’ that will deliver the quality of place that the originals did, but above all we view planning as a catalyst for change and the foundation of prosperity and equality.

We are an organisation steeped in history, but very much future-facing. Just as our ‘founding father’, Ebenezer Howard, responded innovatively to the social challenges of his time, so we will continue to do the same. At a time when the challenges facing the NHS and social care systems are evident to all, we have campaigned to reunite health and planning and have worked with all sectors to create practical solutions to help improve the health and wellbeing of communities. While we have a generation priced out of their own home, we will continue to work with our public sector partners to develop new ways of delivering more – and more affordable – housing.

The TCPA is in one of the strongest positions in its 120 year history – and we need someone very special to carry forward our timeless vision. By joining us you will meet some of the most inspiring place-makers in the country and see the often-unsung role that our nation’s local authorities and housing associations play in trying to care for their communities under some very challenging conditions.

Leading the TCPA is indeed a huge responsibility, but one that someone with the right contacts, knowledge and integrity can meet. We want to create meaningful change and ensure that neither person nor place is forgotten in the rush to address our nation’s housing crisis.

If this is you, we would love to hear from you, and we look forward to receiving your application. For a full job description and to apply for the role, click here.

Mary Parsons

Chair, TCPA