The Planning Officers Society has elected Anna Rose, service director for planning and transport at Milton Keynes Council, as its new president.
Ms Rose is the 20th president of the society since its formation in 1997, and the third woman to take the title.
New president Anna Rose
She said: 'My aim for the year is to promote the production of plans to secure the development that is necessary across the country.
'In doing this, I am encouraging local government planners to drive forward a new approach to strategic planning, being brave and bold in the advice they give to elected members. We all need to work together, across administrative boundaries, to create deliverable development plans for our areas.'
Prior to Milton Keynes, Ms Rose spent seven years as head of planning and culture at Rugby BC following four years leading Rugby's local plan work.
A chartered town planner with over 12 years' experience in local government, Ms Rose is currently leading the growth agenda for Milton Keynes Council and was heavily involved in the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP.
Ms Rose is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and formerly the senior vice president of the Planning Officers Society. She is also a trustee director of the Society's board and the Society's subject specialist for management of planning.