Kate Houghton

Kate is a Chartered Town Planner, and in her role at RTPI Scotland she works to ensure that planners have the policy and legislative framework they need to be effective place-makers, and to promote best practice in the profession.

Previously, she has worked for Junto al Barrio, a Chilean NGO focused on delivering community regeneration in some of the country’s most vulnerable urban neighbourhoods, and in policy advocacy for the Campaign to Protect Rural England. All of these roles have helped develop a keen understanding of the importance of community involvement and leadership in placemaking.

Statement of Ambition

“My experience working in national policy advocacy, focused on planning, has given me an understanding of the policy and political landscape. This would help me to shape how BEFS can effectively protect and enhance Scotland’s built heritage. My experience has been gained in two membership organisations, and I am therefore familiar with the governance of organisations that encompass wide-ranging views. Finally, working in community regeneration has given me a passion for ensuring that the experience of the people for whose benefit we shape public policy informs approaches and initiatives. I would hope to bring this approach to a BEFS board member role.”