Diana Fitzsimons


Diana was formerly Chair of Fold HA for four years and, following the merger, became Chair of Radius Housing in 2017.

She is both a chartered planner and development surveyor and has worked in N Ireland as a planning officer for DoE Planning; as a senior  lecturer in Planning and Development at UU; as a sole practitioner; as a Principal Commissioner with the Planning Appeals Commission; as an English Planning Inspector; and as a Director of Turley (UK wide planning consultancy) where she led the Belfast office team for a decade.

She has an MA in Economics, an MSC in Town Planning and a PG Certificate in Property Law. She is a Fellow of both the RTPI and the RICS. She has extensive practical experience in urban regeneration and housing development and has published in this field.

She is former NI Chairman of the RICS; RICS Governing Council member; Deputy President of Lionheart; RTPI NI Chair; Deputy President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning; and a member of DCAL Ministerial Advisory Group.

She is currently a Belfast Harbour Commissioner; a Visiting Professor at Ulster University; and Co-Chair of UN Habitats Professionals Forum. 

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