Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate

Sarah Richards


Sarah Richards, BSc,MPhil, MRTPI, took up post as The Planning Inspectorate Chief Executive in March 2016. Her previous role was Strategic Director Regeneration, Housing and Resources, at Slough Borough Council. Sarah gained extensive experience as a planner working in local government before moving to the private sector as managing partner for Zurich Municipal Management Services where she led a team providing risk based consulting service to the public sector. Upon returning to the public sector, Sarah set up and led the Planning Advisory Service and then moved to the Local Government Association as a national adviser on housing and economic growth.

Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate

The Chief Executive is personally responsible for the effective management of the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with the framework document (which describes the Inspectorate’s relationship with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG)) and in accordance with the normal Civil Service rules on propriety and securing value for money.

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