Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at the Planning Inspectorate


The role of the Planning Inspectorate Board is to provide collective strategic leadership to the organisation.

Responsible for

Under the terms of the framework document, the Board is responsible for:

  • ensuring an effective business planning and performance management framework is in place
  • ensuring the Planning Inspectorate delivers against its strategic objectives and ensuring sufficient resources are available to achieve those objectives
  • setting and communicating the Planning Inspectorate values, purpose and objectives to inspectors, other staff and stakeholders whilst protecting and enhancing the Planning Inspectorate reputation for professionalism, effectiveness, integrity and efficiency
  • monitoring and continuously improving performance and quality
  • ensuring an adequate risk management framework is in place and reviewing strategic risks
  • ensuring that proper accounting procedures are in place
  • ensuring that the Planning Inspectorate policies are consistent with the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Welsh Government and that its affairs are conducted with probity consistent with Managing Public Money

The Board members are

  • Chair of the Planning Inspectorate Board – Trudi Elliott
  • Planning Inspectorate Chief Executive – Sarah Richards
  • Non-Executive Directors – Sally Dixon, Stephen Tetlow and Rebecca Driver
  • Director of Corporate Services – Navees Rahman
  • Director of Strategy – Christine Thorby
  • Director of Operations – Graham Stallwood
  • DLUHC representative – Simon Gallagher

Board meeting minutes

The Board meets throughout the year. Minutes are available from each meeting.

Board minutes 26 July 2018 (PDF, 134 KB, 7 pages)

Board Minutes 14 June 2018 (PDF, 118 KB, 4 pages)

Board Minutes 24 May 2018 (PDF, 126 KB, 5 pages)

Board Minutes 22 March 2018 (PDF, 147 KB, 9 pages)

Board minutes 25 January 2018 (PDF, 180 KB, 13 pages)

Board minutes 23 November 2017 (PDF, 152 KB, 11 pages)

Board minutes 14 September 2017 (PDF, 151 KB, 11 pages)

Board minutes 18 July 2017 (PDF, 201 KB, 11 pages)

Board minutes 8 June 2017 (PDF, 87.7 KB, 2 pages)

Board minutes 18 May 2017 (PDF, 166 KB, 12 pages)

Board minutes 16 March 2017 (PDF, 158 KB, 10 pages)

Board minutes 16 February 2017 (PDF, 154 KB, 10 pages)

Board minutes 19 January 2017 (PDF, 168 KB, 12 pages)

Board minutes 08 December 2016 (PDF, 160 KB, 11 pages)

Board minutes 10 November 2016 (PDF, 164 KB, 12 pages)

Board minutes 13 October 2016 (PDF, 177 KB, 13 pages)

Board minutes 15 September 2016 (PDF, 163 KB, 11 pages)

Board minutes 16 August 2016 (PDF, 163 KB, 11 pages)

Board minutes 7 July 2016 (PDF, 156 KB, 10 pages)

Board minutes 2 June 2016 (PDF, 169 KB, 12 pages)

Board minutes 5 May 2016 (PDF, 170 KB, 12 pages)

Board Minutes 10 March 2016 (PDF, 187 KB, 12 pages)

Board Minutes 12 February 2016 (PDF, 121 KB, 8 pages)

Board Minutes 14 January 2016 (PDF, 138 KB, 11 pages)