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Planning Inspectorate appoints non-executive directors

The Planning Inspectorate has appointed three non executive directors — David Clements, Janet Goodland and Valerie Owen — it announced today.

Clements — a chartered civil engineer — was appointed on 12 December and Goodland and Owen began as of 1 January.

The appointees will oversee the transfer of the Infrastructure Planning Commission’s functions to a new national infrastructure unit created within a restructured Planning Inspectorate in April 2012.

“They join us during a period of continuous improvement and their independent judgement will be invaluable in helping us to shape a more efficient Planning Inspectorate,” said Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sir Michael Pitt. “The new non executive directors are as committed as I am to ensuring that there is a seamless transfer to the new arrangements. They will drive innovation within the organisation, achieve efficiency and productivity gains, and assist the Inspectorate in responding to the Localism Act.” 


A chartered civil engineer with more than 40 years experience in the engineering and construction industry, latterly with a specialisation in PFI and PPP projects. Now retired from full-time employment, Clements’ last executive role was as a member of the Atkins Group Executive Board, responsible for the company’s PFI and PPP project developments and also for its Facilities Management business. He is currently a non-executive director of Partnerships UKand since 2010, the Infrastructure Planning Commission. He has also held non executive directorships of Lambert Smith Hampton, Driver Group, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and a large number of PFI project companies. Prior to joining Atkins, he had a wide-ranging career in engineering and construction in the UK and overseas including 20 years with the Balfour Beatty Group and a period with the Biwater Group before heading up a venture-capital backed consultancy business, Wootton Jeffreys Consultants, which he sold to Atkins in 1994.


Working career entirely in private sector but with an extensive non-executive director portfolio in the public sector. Managing director of Le Vaillant Owen from 2004 – a consultancy specialising in sustainable development and regeneration. Prior to that managing director of London First, dealing with economic development across housing and health. Earlier roles included being a Director in Jones Lang LaSalle and an Equity Partner in Shenstone & Partner. 


Recently retired from a career in the rail industry spanning the period of change from a nationalised industry to private sector companies. Previous roles include director, network development in Network Rail, head of business planning in Railtrack and senior management roles in British Rail. Led the sponsorship and development of the £5.5bn Thameslink, involving close liaison with government departments and other public and private sector organisations. Member of CBI London Council 2001-2011.


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