Andrew Taylor is Director (Head of Planning) at Countryside and Brick Awards Judge 2019. Before joining Countryside (where he leads their strategic planning function), Andrew was Head of Planning at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties and prior to that spent over 18 years in planning authorities in the south east of England. He has experience of both urban and rural planning from small scale exception needs housing to master planning new settlements, major town centre redevelopments and international airport expansion. His dedication and knowledge of planning and the makeup of the residential landscape make him an ideal member for the 2019 Brick Awards judging panel.
‘I am looking forward to judging the Brick awards again this year. It is always stimulating to review all the submissions and discuss with fellow judges the various merits of the submissions and to pull together a short list and following site visits the category winners. I am looking for new approaches, challenges of working with brick, new ideas to overcome long standing problems and most of all the way that the buildings and scheme relate to their surroundings.’
Andrew also chaired the RTPI Board of Trustees for 4 years to December 2016 and helped steer the Institute through probably its most challenging period in recent years. As a result, the Institute dealt successfully with financial pressures, a change of governance and Chief Executive, the need to sustain Planning Aid and responded effectively to the ever present challenge of government changes. He took on the role of Hon. Treasurer in January 2017 and continues as a Trustee and on the RTPI’s General Assembly.