Before starting her role as Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate in March 2016, Sarah Richards was Strategic Director Regeneration, Housing and Resources, at Slough Borough Council.
Sarah began her career as a planner with the Greater London Council. After working as a senior planner for Newbury District Council and then as Head of Planning at Reading Borough Council, Sarah progressed to Director of Planning for Test Valley Borough Council.
Sarah the spent over 3 years working as a managing Partner for Zurich Municipal Management Services where she led a team providing risk based consulting service to the public sector.
After setting up and leading the Planning Advisory Service she spent four years at Essex County Council in the role of Director for Sustainable Environment and Enterprise and as Head of Strategic Commissioning.
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 Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)) and in accordance with the normal Civil Service rules on propriety and securing value for money.