Published: 15th Oct 2019

The shortage of planners has been well-known for over a decade; local authority planning staff fell by 15% between 2006 and 2016. In a sector facing the challenge of recruiting and retaining sufficient planners, it’s imperative that the profession becomes more attractive to the next generation. In the latest instalment of our ‘Transformational Leaders’ series, Marek Dobrowolski, associate partner and Berwick Partners’ Place and Regeneration lead, talks to Caroline Harper, chef planning director of Be First about her transition from a corporate role in to the public sector as well as her plans to build a ‘planning super service’ at Be First. It has been almost two years to the day since I first met Caroline Harper, and as it panned out, successfully convinced her to join Be First, LB Barking & Dagenham’s highly innovative and dynamic regeneration company. At the time Be First was only a few months old, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)