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Planners appoint first female chief executive

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has named its first female chief executive in Kate Henderson, who has been in the role in an acting capacity since January.

Formerly communications manager at the charity, Henderson was named as acting chief executive at the start of 2010 after Gideon Amos moved to become a commissioner on the Infrastructure Planning Committee.

Henderson holds a masters degree in environmental technology (energy policy) from Imperial College London and a first class honours degree in geology from University College London. She joined the TCPA in 2007 as communications and energy policy manager, and was more recently head of strategy.

She said: “As the nation begins to recover from the recession, the Association must show that good planning enables economic growth, helps to meet local housing needs and addresses the challenges of climate change.”

Lee Shostak, TCPA chairman, said: “Kate is bringing her exceptional talent, skills and experience to drive the TCPA’s efforts to ensure that the new government’s reforms will lead to providing a decent home for everyone, empowering local communities, and promoting more sustainable development.”

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