Press release

The Planning Inspectorate welcomes new Chief Executive

Simon Ridley takes up the post as Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate today (1st July 2014)

Simon was previously the Director of Local Government Finance at the Department of Communities and Local Government where he led a wide ranging reform agenda in local government finance to meet the Government’s priorities on fiscal consolidation, economic growth, localism and public service reform.

Prior to joining the Department for Communities and Local Government, Simon worked for 13 years at HM Treasury. He held a variety of roles there, predominantly focused on public spending and economic reform.

Simon said: “I’m delighted to take-up this opportunity to take the reins of this respected organization that is integral to ensuring a swift planning system is in place for all, from individual citizens through to major corporations.”

The Planning Inspectorate is an executive agency of the department and Simon takes over from Sir Michael Pitt who stepped down from the post on 30 June 2014.

Sir Michael was appointed chairman of the Infrastructure Planning Commission when it was created in May 2009 and was then appointed chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, overseeing the transition of the Commission’s responsibilities to the Inspectorate when it was abolished in April 2012.

Peter Schofield, Director General of Neighbourhoods at the Department for Communities and Local Government said:

“I’m delighted that Simon has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate and look forward to working closely with him. Simon’s track record prepares him well for a role that is key to ensuring the swift implementation of reforms to the planning system.”

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Biography

Simon is Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate. The Planning Inspectorate is an executive agency of the Department for Communities and Local Government. The agency deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.

Simon was previously the Director of Local Government Finance at the Department of Communities and Local Government. He held this position from 2010. In this role he led a wide ranging reform agenda in local government finance that met the Government’s priorities on fiscal consolidation, economic growth, localism and public service reform.

Prior to joining the Department for Communities and Local Government, Simon worked for 13 years at HM Treasury. He held a variety of roles there, predominantly focused on public spending and economic reform.