Sarah Foster is a chartered town planner with 19 years’ experience in the public, private, and voluntary sectors in England and Scotland.
She has worked in both urban and rural environments and has been involved with developments on a wide range of scales from small householder developments to major brownfield regeneration schemes. Sarah has most recently worked for the Peak District National Park Authority as Planning Manager, and now works part-time for a small property development company as well as operating as a sole trader planning consultant. She actively volunteers for Planning Aid Scotland's Advice Service . Before retraining to become a planner, she was a geography teacher. She was the RTPI Young Planner of the Year in 2010, and Chair of the RTPI North West region from 2008 – 2010. Sarah was awarded the RTPI Planning Summer School’s Travel Scholarship in 2005 and travelled to New South Wales to study the Australian system of planning obligations.